Violence and Harassment: the Speak Out tool

Posted in Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2021 by steve

IrelandJennifer Carroll MacNeill (Dún Laoghaire, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will report on the operation of the Speak Out tool for the anonymous reporting of violence and harassment in higher and further education institutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 30 November]

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Minister Harris launches ‘Speak Out’ – an online and anonymous tool for students and staff to report violence and sexual harassment

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, has today launched ‘Speak Out – the Anonymous Violence and Harassment Reporting Tool’ for higher education institutions …” (more)

[DFHERIS, 18 October]

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Minister Harris launches national staff and student surveys on sexual violence and sexual harassment in Irish Higher Education Institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A ground-breaking survey into staff and student experiences of sexual violence and sexual harassment in Irish Higher Education Institutions is being launched today (12 April) by Simon Harris TD, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. The survey, which will begin today and will be conducted by the Higher Education Authority, will be sent to every student and staff member by their Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). There are over 30,000 staff and 235,000 students in higher education …” (more)

[gov.ie, 12 April]

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Third-level staff, students to be surveyed on sexual harassment

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“All staff and students in higher education are to be surveyed on their experiences of sexual violence and sexual harassment during the coming weeks as part of a ‘zero tolerance’ initiative to create safe campuses for all. In addition, all colleges are being required to record and report cases of sexual harassment and bullying of staff and students on an annual basis …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 April]

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UCD spent €100,000 on fees and inquiries in abuse cases

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has spent almost €100,000 on solicitor fees and investigations following allegations of sexual harassment. Internal university data shows there have been 14 complaints of sexual harassment at the south Dublin college in the past five years …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 11 April]

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‘I got used to working with the door locked’ – Dr Ní Shúilleabháin on UCD Harassment

Posted in Legal issues, Life on April 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“UCD Academic Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin has claimed that there were times during the two year period between 2015-2017 where she was advised by colleagues to take extra security measures to remain safe from her harasser. Speaking to Róisin Ingle as part of The Irish Times Women’s Podcast’s Big Night In, Ní Shúilleabháin recounted her experience of navigating the issue whilst upholding her duties as an academic in the university …” (more)

[Doireann O Sullivan, College Tribune, 10 April]

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The higher education sector has a unique role to play in preventing sexual violence

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Two weeks ago, ‘The PROPEL Report: Promoting Consent and Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Institutions,’ was published. It was never anticipated that the publication would coincide with violent cases in both Ireland and abroad …” (more)

[Eavan O’Brien, Independent, 29 March]

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Minister Harris launches 8 week campaign to help educate students and staff to deal with disclosures of sexual harassment and violence

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris has today launched an 8-week social media campaign aimed at helping education students and staff in higher education institutions manage disclosures of sexual harassment and violence …” (more)

[gov.ie, 1 March]

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Large Volume of Harassment Not Reported at UCD

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on January 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“During a presentation to UCD’s Governing Authority in October, university officials revealed new figures demonstrating a dramatic increase in complaints. These figures show that incidents of harassment and sexual misconduct have been largely underreported at UCD …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 20 January]

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Education around consent should be a requirement, not an option in third level institutions – Harris

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A survey is set to be carried out into harassment, sexual harassment and bullying in the country’s higher education institutions. The survey, which will look into harassment and bullying of both staff and students, was confirmed by Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris …” (more)

[Michelle McGlynn, Irish Examiner, 26 November]

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Minister Harris confirms survey into harassment, sexual harassment and bullying of staff and students in higher education institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has confirmed a survey is to be carried out into harassment, sexual harassment and bullying of both staff and students in our higher education institutions …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 26 November]

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Colleges must report annual bullying and sexual harassment figures

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“All third level colleges are to be required to measure cases of sexual harassment and bullying of staff and students as part of new ‘zero tolerance’ initiative to create safe campuses for all. Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris TD is to announce on Thursday that higher education institutions will be required to record and report these statistics annually from now on …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 26 November]

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Bullying in Educational Institutions

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 22nd, 2020 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the degree to which bullying has been identified in academia; the actions taken in response; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 October]

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‘Out With The Old, in With The New’: Examining UCD’s Proposed Dignity and Respect Policies

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has released new drafts of their Dignity and Respect Policies for review to students and staff this week. The four documents contain proposed revisions of the University’s Dignity and Respect Policy, which concern bullying, harassment, and sexual misconduct and how these issues will be dealt with by UCD’s Management team moving forward …” (more)

[Isobel Dunne, College Tribune, 7 October]

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Third Level Institutions – Harassment

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 20th, 2020 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of incidents of bullying, intimidation or harassment including sexual harassment reported in each of the past five years to date in third-level institutions; the extent to which such allegations were investigated; the action taken arising therefrom; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 September]

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Mandatory Bystander Intervention Module for UCD First Years

Posted in Teaching on August 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“All first year students in University College Dublin (UCD) must complete an online bystander intervention module as part of their orientation this September. Students will not be awarded academic credit upon successful completion of the module. The introduction of the Bystander Education programme forms part of a series of initiatives established in UCD to deal with the issue of sexual harassment and violence, both on campus and in the wider community …” (more)

[Nessa Collins, College Tribune, 14 August]

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‘Programme for Government: Our Shared Future’ (June 2020)

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Legal issues, Research, Teaching on June 17th, 2020 by steve

IrelandThe full (draft) Programme is here; extracts related to third level are here.

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Investigation after creepy online posts target over 20 female UCC students

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 4th, 2020 by steve

“UCC are investigating after some online posts were made targeting a number of female students. A probe has been launched after over 20 women had their pictures posted on an Instagram account which appeared to run a competition where viewers could rate them based on their looks …” (more)

[Gavin O’Callaghan, CorkBeo, 3 April]

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UCC course to combat sexual abuse reaches wider audience

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An anti-sexual abuse course developed in University College Cork is to be made mandatory for all new students at University College Dublin. The bystander intervention course, which focuses on how to help when you see someone at risk of predatory behaviour, was developed by UCC’s vice dean at the School of Law, Dr Louise Crowley …” (more)

[Shane Raymond, Irish Examiner, 25 February]

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UCD to introduce class on how bystanders can intervene in harassment

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A mandatory 90-minute lesson on how bystanders can intervene in cases of sexual harassment or assault will be taken by some 5,500 incoming first-years at University College Dublin in September. The aim of the lesson, which will be embedded into the orientation programme for first-year students, is to ‘equip students with the confidence to intervene in small ways in the event they do see something or experience it themselves’ …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, Irish Times, 25 February]

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