Rape, groping, and ‘revenge porn’: Sexual disclosures by UCD students

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A students’ union welfare officer at University College Dublin (UCD) received some 350 disclosures of harassment and assault in one academic year at the university. Melissa Plunkett was welfare officer at UCD for the academic year 2018-2019. The 363 incidents disclosed to her by other students mostly took place during this time …” (more)

[Una Mullally, Irish Times, 3 October]

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UCD Receives Gender Equality Award Amid Sexual Assault Allegations

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

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has received an Athena SWAN Bronze institutional award for its work towards gender equality, despite recent criticism concerning sexual misconduct towards its female academics. UCD first received the institutional award in 2017, which was renewed this month …” (more)

[Isobel Dunne, College Tribune, 30 September]

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UCD sexual abuse; reform must address ordinary management and personal integrity

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There is a startling lacuna at the core of reactions to the abuse of a young staff member at UCD. Emphasis is on the system, while there is emptiness where ordinary people would expect to find personal integrity. All the talk is of systems, organisations, policies and procedures, culture, training etc. Unfortunately it’s a familiar type of talk in Ireland where any curse-of-God excuse or fig leaf will do to avoid holding anyone – any real, live, breathing person – responsible …” (more)

[Colum McCaffery’s Weblog, 22 September]

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Staff and students condemn UCD sexual harassment procedures

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On Saturday September 5th 2020, The Irish Times published an article exposing the two years of harassment Dr Aoibheann Ní Shuilleabháin had suffered in UCD at the hands of a fellow professor. Dr Ní Shuilleabháin is an Assistant Professor in the School of Mathematics & Statistics, where she is director of the BSc Science, Mathematics & Education programmes in the College of Science …” (more)

[Doireann de Courcy Mac Donnell, University Observer, 22 September]

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Active Consent toolkit launched for third-level institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris have launched a new Active Consent toolkit for third-level institutions in Ireland to tackle sexual harassment on campuses around the country. Earlier this year, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) published the findings of a survey on the prevalence of sexual harassment in Irish colleges …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 20 September]

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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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During Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin’s harassment, I was alerting UCD to problems on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I woke early last Saturday morning, ready for coffee and newspapers to gently ease into the day. I have not been the same since. Dumbfounded reading Una Mullally’s account in The Irish Times of Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin’s harassment by a senior academic in UCD, I was horrified to read of what my young colleague had endured …” (more)

[Marie Keenan, Irish Times, 12 September]

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UCD president defends college’s handling of sexual harassment case

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin’s president, Prof Andrew Deeks, has faced strong criticism of the university’s handling of the Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin sexual harassment case from members of its governing authority, The Irish Times has learned …” (more)

[Una Mullally, Mark Hilliard and Jack Horgan-Jones, Irish Times, 12 September]

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An end to bullying?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I wonder if the virtualisation of the campus workplace is having much of an impact on levels of bullying. Interestingly, the French language doesn’t have a word for plain old bullying. Sexual bullying translates as ‘harcèlement sexuel’, which is fair enough …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 11 September]

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UCD professor quit university group over lack of action on sexual harassment

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin president Prof Andrew Deeks was told last year by a professor who quit a gender equality group at the university that she saw ‘no evidence of any commitment to take the necessary steps’ to rid the campus of physical and verbal sexual harassment …” (more)

[Una Mullally, Irish Times, 10 September]

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Any ‘tolerance’ for abuse in colleges must end, says rape crisis chief

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Dublin Rape Crisis Centre chief executive Noeline Blackwell has said she will work to rid university life of the ‘malfunction’ of tolerance for sexual abuse and harassment following her appointment to the governing authority of University College Dublin (UCD) …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 9 September]

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UCD proposes new ‘zero tolerance’ policy to deal with sexual harassment

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

Ireland“A ‘zero tolerance’ policy and a new concept of disclosure are among proposals that University College Dublin (UCD) has put forward to deal with sexual harassment in the university. The proposals are contained in four documents that a working group in the university has put forward to staff and students …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 8 September]

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Culture needs to change in academia to tackle harassment – Ní Shúilleabháin

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

Ireland“UCD academic Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin said it took her a huge amount of time to process her experience of harassment and abuse in her job and she feels a broader conversation is needed around the issue …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 8 September]

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UCD and sexual harassment

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin’s willingness to go public about her experience at UCD gives us a rare insight into how sexual harassment policies work – or don’t work – in practice …” (more)

[Justim McAleese, Irish Times, 7 September]

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Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin contacted by UCD president with personal apology

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“President of UCD, Professor Andrew Deeks, has confirmed he contacted lecturer and broadcaster Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin on Sunday evening, to personally apologise for the harassment and abuse she suffered at the university for two years …” (more)

[Sean McCárthaigh and Kitty Holland, Irish Times, 6 September]

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Urgent action needed to ensure staff and students safe on college campuses, says NWC

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Urgent action is needed to ensure staff and students are safe on college campuses, the National Women’s Council (NWC) has said after broadcaster and academic Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin spoke out about her ordeal at University College Dublin …” (more)

[Brian Hutton, Irish Times, 5 September]

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Major shake-up at UCD over the harassment of academic

Posted in Governance and administration on September 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The president of University College Dublin, Andrew Deeks, has apologised to assistant professor Aoibhinn Ni Shúilleabháin and has pledged a major shake-up of how bullying and harassment is dealt with on the campus after she publicly described her ordeal at the college …” (more)

[Niamh Horan and Alan O’Keeffe, Independent, 6 September]

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Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin: Two years of harassment at UCD

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“One of Ireland’s best known academics was repeatedly harrassed by a professor at UCD over the course of two years. She was frightened of being alone on campus and unnerved almost to the point of abandoning her successful academic career. This was the reality of workplace harassment for one of Ireland’s best-known academic figures …” (more)

[Una Mullally, Irish Times, 5 September]

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Simon Harris praises Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin for speaking out about harassment

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has praised professor Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin for speaking out about the harassment she faced while at UCD. In an interview with the Irish Times, she spoke at length about her experience with a professor at the university. Mr Harris said on Twitter that he spoke with Aoibhinn about her experience …” (more)

[Kenneth Fox, BreakingNews.ie, 5 September]

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Ní Shúilleabháin praised for ‘bravery’ as she reveals sexual harassment ordeal

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The National Women’s Council of Ireland has commended the ‘courage and bravery’ of Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin in speaking out about her experience of sexual harassment. Dr Ní Shúilleabháin recalled her ordeal in an interview with the Irish Times and also posted about it on Twitter …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 5 September]

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