Sexual consent support hub set up for third-level students from autumn

Posted in Governance and administration on July 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A new online sexual consent support hub will be available for third-level students and staff when the new academic year begins in the autumn. The digital hub aims to improve sexual consent awareness and understanding on university campuses in Ireland. It will contain material including eLearning resources on consent, video series and training resources for advocates and young people …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, Irish Times, 19 July]

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Sexual consent guidance for students online from September

Posted in Governance and administration on July 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“An online hub to inform third-level students about sexual consent will be launched tomorrow and go live at the beginning of the academic year in September. It is part of a wider national campaign on consent initiated by the Department of Justice …” (more)

[Ali Bracken, Independent, 18 July]

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Framework for Consent in Higher Education Institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on July 9th, 2021 by steve

IrelandNiamh Smyth (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the progress regarding implementation of the Framework for Consent in Higher Education Institutions: Safe, Respectful, Supportive and Positive – Ending Sexual Violence and Harassment in Irish Higher Education Institutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 8 July]

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Action plans against sexual violence and harassment in higher education welcomed by Minister Harris

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

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has today (Monday, 28 June 2021) welcomed the publication by higher education institutions (HEIs) of their action plans aimed at ending sexual violence and harassment …” (more)

[DFHERIS, 28 June]

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Sexual consent classes to be offered to third-level students

Posted in Teaching on June 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Classes on sexual consent are to be offered to third-level students and colleges will in future have to put in place new mechanisms for the anonymous reporting of sexual harassment. Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris will on Monday announce a new plan that will see colleges commit to offering consent classes as well as specialised training for staff in dealing with harassment complaints …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Irish Times, 28 June]

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DCU told to pay €27,000 for victimising former employee days after she made allegation of sexual harassment

Posted in Legal issues on May 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University has been ordered to pay €27,500 for victimising a former employee two days after she made a complaint of sexual harassment against her male boss. In the case, Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) adjudicator, Marian Duffy ordered DCU to pay Rene O’Reilly €27,500 to compensate her for the distress caused to her and the effects of the victimisation under the Employment Equality Act …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Independent, 31 May]

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College must act to implement a specific sexual misconduct and assault policy

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The topic of consent has been brought to the fore in recent years, particularly in the wake of the Me Too movement which sparked discussions about the prevalence of sexual misconduct in all echelons of society. College campuses are in no ways exempt from a culture of misogyny, sexual assault, or victim blaming. While a broad cultural shift is needed to take on such ingrained societal attitudes, the least universities can do with regards to sexual assault is to have a robust policy in place that enables victims to report assault in a way in which they feel comfortable, and can be assured that due process will be guaranteed …” (more)

[Grace Gageby, Trinity News, 5 May]

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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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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 welcomes the publication of the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) PROPEL Project report, towards tackling sexual harassment and violence in third level institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Speaking today, Minister Harris said: ‘The preparation of the report was funded by my Department. In August 2020, I wrote to the Presidents of all publicly funded higher education institutions requesting that they develop and publish specific institutional action plans on tackling sexual violence and harassment …'” (more)

[MerrionStreet.ie, 15 March]

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Institutes of technology seek posts to deal with sexual violence

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Institutes of technology are seeking funding to create new posts dedicated to preventing and responding to sexual misconduct. It is recommended in a report from the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) dealing with consent and the prevention of sexual violence in higher education institutions …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 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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‘I don’t ever want to ever, ever, ever, hear a story like Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin’s again in an Irish institution’ – Simon Harris

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

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Simon Harris has said there cannot be a repeat of a sexual harassment case like academic Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin’s if universities are to receive increased funding. Mr Harris said Irish institutions needed to do more to tackle sexual harassment …” (more)

[Independent, 30 December]

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Colleges spend €230,000 on fees after sexual harassment claims

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Colleges and universities have spent more than €230,000 investigating, settling, and seeking legal advice after allegations of sexual harassment on campuses were made over the past five years …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 27 December]

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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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