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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Third-level classes in consent will not yet be mandatory

Posted in Teaching on July 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Consent classes for freshers at third-level will not be made mandatory yet, despite an upsurge in sex assault allegations among students. Higher Education Minister Simon Harris admitted there has been an ‘epidemic’ of sex cases and described consent classes as ‘a very sensible idea from where I stand’ …” (more)

[Senan Molony, Independent, 28 July]

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Issues of consent and sexual violence an ‘epidemic’ at third level, says Harris

Posted in Governance and administration on July 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There is ‘a real epidemic in our country’ around the issues of consent and sexual violence, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said. ‘We need to get really serious about this as a country’ and in the third-level sector in particular ‘we need to take action’, he stressed …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 27 July]

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Simon Harris to consider fining colleges who don’t act on sexual harassment

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

Ireland“All third level institutions will be required to produce and publish action plans on tackling sexual harassment as part of efforts to root out sex crimes in colleges …” (more)

[Juno McEnroe, Irish Examiner, 27 July]

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University of Limerick President challenges results of sex assaults survey

Posted in Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The number of sexual assaults on students at the University of Limerick and other third-level institutions are being grossly under-reported, according to a recent survey. Outgoing president of UL, Dr Des Fitzgerald, has said that the Sexual Experiences Survey, carried out by the Union of Students in Galway, ‘in no way reflects the reality or the frequency of sexual assault …'” (more)

[Bernie English, Limerick Post, 21 July]

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UCD response to National Sexual Experience Survey

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Many universities from across the country have issued responses following a recent survey highlighting the prevalence of non-consensual sexual experiences among university students. In light of the report, several representatives of University College Dublin’s staff and Students Union have acknowledged the universities acute awareness of this issue, and the importance of working to tackle it …” (more)

[Gemma Farrell, College Tribune, 30 June]

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Colleges have ‘no record’ of sexual violence despite alarming survey results

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Colleges and universities in Ireland do not know how much sexual violence is happening on their campuses, despite evidence that one in three female students has been forced or coerced into having sex …” (more)

[Ellen Coyne, Independent, 30 June]

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Universities Have Been Too Slow to Tackle Sexual Misconduct on Their Campuses

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“This week, the results of a survey conducted by NUI Galway and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) showed us what many students unfortunately already know – sexual harassment and assault are scarily common on campuses …” (more)

[University Times, 28 June]

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Three in 10 female students experience non-consensual sex at college

Posted in Legal issues on June 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Three out of 10 female students experience non-consensual sex during their time at college, as a national survey reveals high levels of sexual violence and harassment in higher education. One in 10 male students, and 28% of non- binary students, also reported experiencing non-consensual penetration, either through force or threat of force or while incapacitated and unable to give consent …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 22 June]

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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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What Third-Level Can Expect from Ireland’s Next Government

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Almost four months after the general election, Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party have drawn up a programme for government, which will now be put to their members for a vote …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins and Emer Moreau, University Times, 15 June]

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UCD To Introduce Mandatory Sexual Harassment Workshops

Posted in Teaching on March 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On Tuesday 25th February, the University held its official launch of UCD Report and Support. The event, held in the Student Centre’s Fitzgerald chamber, saw a large turnout from staff across the UCD community. Speakers at the event announced 90-minute classes on preventing sexual assault, an anonymous bystander reporting tool for all members of the UCD community and the Students’ Union announced an upcoming ‘It Stops Now’ campaign …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 8 March]

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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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Higher Education Institutions – Sexual Harassment

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2019 by steve

Joan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to address sexual harassment of staff in higher education institutions; the work programme of the new Centre of Excellence for Gender Equality to address same; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 October]

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WIT ordered to review rules on sex harassment

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has been ordered to review the way it responds to staff who complain about sexual harassment. The Labour Court issued the instruction when it awarded €10,000 compensation to a lecturer who was subjected to sexual harassment by male agricultural science students …” (more)

[Waterford Today, 3 October]

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Lecturer sexually harassed by students awarded €10,000 compensation

Posted in Legal issues on September 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A female college lecturer who was told male students ‘would do her’ in one of a number of incidents of sexual harassment has been awarded €10,000 …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 26 September]
[The judgment is here]

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Lecturer who was told how male students ‘would do her’ awarded €10,000 by Labour Court

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A female college lecturer who was told how male students ‘would do her’ in one of a number of incidents of sexual harassment has been awarded €10,000. In the case, the Labour Court has ordered Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) to pay the €10,000 compensation …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Examiner, 26 September]

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Investigating Sexual Harassment in Universities

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“This morning I came across a piece in the Guardian about a report from the UK Office for Students about hate crime and sexual harassment in Universities. One of the recommendations of the report is that that Universities should hire specialist staff to investigate sexual harassment …” (more)

[In the Dark, 12 June]

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Quarter of students suffer unwanted sexual advances in Northern Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 28th, 2019 by steve

“More than a quarter of students at universities or colleges in Northern Ireland have experienced unwanted sexual behaviour, a survey has revealed. Over 2,200 students took part in the survey on consent and unwanted sexual behaviour, conducted by the National Union of Students-Union of Students in Ireland (NUS-USI) …” (more)

[Gillian Halliday, Belfast Telegraph, 28 March]

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