Higher Education Needs More Action and Fewer Surveys on Sexual Violence

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this week, Simon Harris – quite rightly – referred to the prevalence of sexual violence on third-level campuses as an ‘epidemic’, and announced a number of initiatives to tackle the issue. Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) Welfare Officer Leah Keogh and the National Women’s Council of Ireland praised Harris on the initiatives he announced …” (more)

[University Times, 2 August]

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IT Sligo receive 20 reports of sexual assault and harrassment in last three years

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“35 complaints of sexual assault and harassment have been reported to third level institutes in the last 3 years. According to the Sunday Times, IT Sligo has received 20 reports, UCD had 12 complaints while Trinity College picked up just one report …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 2 August]

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Harris ‘stunned’ by prevalence of sex attacks in colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on July 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Simon Harris has said society needs to challenge the perception of what sexual assault is, adding he was ‘stunned’ by the prevalence of attacks among students. Almost three in 10 female students have reported non-consensual penetration by incapacitation, force or threat of force during their time in college, according to a Union of Students Ireland (USI) survey published in June …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, BreakingNews.ie, 27 July]

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There is a Sexual Violence Epidemic on Campuses. Students Need to Force the Government to Act

Posted in Governance and administration on July 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An extensive survey of third level students has revealed that almost one-third of women experienced ‘non-consensual penetration during their time in college’. The figure is 28% for non-binary students and 10% for males …” (more)

[Ruth Coppinger, University Times, 13 July]

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Colleges to Launch System for Reporting Sexual Assault this September

Posted in Governance and administration on July 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A new framework for reporting sexual assault anonymously on college campuses will be rolled out at the end of September, its developer Gertie Raftery has said …” (more)

[Molly Furey, University Times, 7 July]

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Emergency call point pillars with strobe lights installed at University of Limerick to reduce risk of sexual assault

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

Ireland“Six dedicated emergency call point pillars have been installed in the University of Limerick campus in order to further enhance the security of students and reduce the risk of sexual assault. The news comes as the president of the university, Dr Des Fitzgerald, addressed the issue of sexual assaults on the campuses of higher education institutions in Ireland saying there ‘can be no mistaking the fact that they are grossly underreported’ …” (more)

[Aine Fitzgerald, Limerick Leader, 24 June]

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Nine colleges sign up for anonymous online system for students to report sexual assaults

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Nine colleges across the country have signed up to an online system for students to report sexual assault. The new service will allow victims of assault and harassment to report their cases anonymously. The aim is to provide a space for people to feel comfortable in coming forward, and to collect accurate data …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 18 February]

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Irish colleges to develop €80,000 online system for reporting sexual assault and harassment

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Nine Irish Colleges have signed up to an €80,000 online system that allows students to anonymously report experiences of sexual assault. Some of Ireland’s largest colleges, including Trinity College Dublin, NUI Galway and Maynooth University, have signed up to the system, which is funded by the Department of Education …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 18 February]

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Universities lobbied for exemption to student housing rent caps

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s seven universities strongly lobbied to have college-owned student accommodation exempt from legislation to introduce rent caps and extra tenants’ rights for purpose-built student housing. The Irish Universities Association (IUA) claimed new legislation giving more tenancy rights to students would hamper colleges’ ability to deal with cases of alleged sexual assaults in campus accommodation …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 20 June]

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The Irish Times view on sexual consent classes: time to bring this hidden violence into the public eye

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Research indicates that rape, sexual assault and harassment are mostly hidden problems on our college campuses. A Union of Students in Ireland report in recent years, based on a survey of more than 2,700 students, found 16% of respondents had experienced ‘unwanted sexual contact’ …” (more)

[Irish Times, 20 March]

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Cultural change needed to make campuses safer for third-level students

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Rape and sexual assault at third level is usually hidden. But last autumn, it tumbled out into the open when the Cork Sexual Violence Centre said it had been made aware of three rapes of first-year college students at the start of the academic year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 March]

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University of Limerick student claims ‘drunk’ men ‘exposed themselves’ to her

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick is investigating claims that a female student was ‘assaulted by a group of drunk young men’ who cornered her and made her watch as ‘they exposed themselves’. The incident, details of which were first published in a letter to UL’s student newspaper, is alleged to have taken place on campus during Freshers Week …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 17 November]

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Consent Workshops Won’t Be Enough to Tackle On-Campus Sexual Assaults

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A few weeks ago, the Irish Examiner reported that three University College Cork (UCC) students were raped in the week that classes began this semester. As we watch the fallout in the aftermath of the Kavanaugh trial and Bill Cosby begins his prison sentence, one can only shake their heads in disbelief at RTE’s tweet last week, which asked whether the #MeToo movement has done more harm than good …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 11 October]

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Report: universities called on to do more to support students reporting sexual harassment complaints

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 5th, 2018 by steve

“UK universities need to do more to avoid ‘failing sexual harassment victims’, according to a new report, funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s Catalyst fund …” (more)

[Out-Law.com, 5 October]

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Sexual consent classes needed across all of third level, says Minister

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sexual consent classes for students should be embedded across all third level colleges, according to the Minister of State for Higher Education. Mary Mitchell O’Connor told a forum of higher education representatives that she was ‘appalled’ at the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault among students …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 October]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor convened a major higher education workshop on consent and tackling sexual violence in Third Level Education at Dublin Castle

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, with special responsibility for Higher Education has today (4th October 2018) brought together higher education representatives, students unions and other stakeholders for a workshop on consent and tackling sexual violence in third level education …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 4 October]

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A ‘Dignity and Respect’ Policy is Hardly the Place for Sexual Assault

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The news that three first-year students from Cork had been raped since the start of term rightly sent shockwaves through the country. Jolted into action, the government took the decision to create a forum on student sexual assault – a gesture that is not only long overdue, but arguably not enough …” (more)

[University Times, 30 September]

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Government Supports Creation of Forum on Student Sexual Assault

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“After reports of three students raped in University College Cork, the Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan has lent his support to the creation of a Garda forum to tackle sexual assault in universities …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 26 September]

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Assessing level of sexual assaults at college almost impossible

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Again, and again, the same issues arise for those who deal with sexual assault allegations involving third-level students: alcohol, a fear of reporting and a lack of understanding about sexual consent. So often do those issues appear that it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to discover how bad the problem of sexual assaults now is in Irish third-level colleges …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Conor Gallagher and Daniel Comer, Irish Times, 25 September]

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Terrible assaults emphasise the need for educational campaigns surrounding consent

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Labour spokesperson on Justice, and TD for Cork East, Seán Sherlock has called on Minister Mitchell O’Connor to lay out a timeline for the delivery of promised compulsory consent classes in Irish Universities. This call follows reporting today of three incidents of rape of students in Cork in recent weeks …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 25 September]

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