UCD Students in Standoff With Security, As Rent Protests Escalate

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

“University College Dublin (UCD) students today attempted to storm the college’s Club Restaurant in protest at campus rent increases, with a tense standoff between students and security marking the latest in a series of demonstrations in recent weeks …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 4 March]

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Cork students praised by Gardai for their behaviour during RAG week

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

Ireland“Community Gardaí in Cork have said there have been no major issues with RAG week this year, and they want to commend students’ behaviour during this week of celebration. RAG week, or raise and give week, is a week where students raise money for charity …” (more)

[Áine Kenny, EchoLive, 13 February]

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Donegal Tuesday brings massive crowds to Eyre Street for day long drinking

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

Ireland“Donegal Tuesday, the ‘highlight’ of the unofficial Rag Week for students in the city, is back again with big crowds at the Hole in the Wall. Students have turned out in massive numbers on Eyre Street today, as they do every year for Donegal Tuesday, filling the street with Donegal jerseys as they wait to get into the pub …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, Galway Daily, 11 February]

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Former Lord Mayor says issuing fines to students for anti-social behaviour has proved successful

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

Ireland“Issuing fines to students has worked wonders for the area around UCC says Catherine Clancy. That’s according to former Lord Mayor and Chair of Magazine Road and Surrounding Areas Community Association Catherine Clancy who is welcoming plans by CIT to implement a similar policy in the future …” (more)

[Red FM, 11 February]

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UU and QUB outline measures in place to tackle student trouble in Belfast’s Holyland

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

“Ulster University said it has robust disciplinary procedures in place to deal with any student who is the subject of any off-campus complaint. ‘Off-campus complaints can relate to low level anti-social behaviour such as noise and social activity, and on occasions reports of disorderly behaviour’, a spokesman added …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 12 February]

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‘People think trouble in Belfast’s Holyland only happens on St Patrick’s Day and Freshers’ Week, but it is all the time’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2020 by steve

“Behaviour in the Holyland area of south Belfast has become so bad that one woman reported seeing a student defecate against a tree. She said the problem of antisocial behaviour is ‘constant’ in the area …” (more)

[Gillian Halliday, Belfast Telegraph, 12 February]

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Angry Holyland residents demand action after 3,600 complaints about students

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2020 by steve

“Nearly 3,600 complaints about student behaviour were made to our two universities in a four-year period. People raised concerns over a range of off-campus incidents including antisocial behaviour, excessive noise and disorder – much of it fuelled by alcohol …” (more)

[Gillian Halliday, Belfast Telegraph, 11 February]

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Gardaí Say They Will Be Taking A Zero Tolerance Approach Towards Anyone Causing Trouble During Raise And Give Week

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Annual events like Freshers and Raise and Give Week have been heavily criticised by some locals. Some community groups in Cork say some people are afraid to leave their homes at night due to increased levels of anti-social behaviour …” (more)

[Red FM, 10 February]

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RAG Week kicks off at 7am as students queue outside Cork City early-house

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

Ireland“Leo Varadkar might have applauded the people who were getting up early in Cork this morning – until he saw them queuing up outside an early house. But it all seemed to be good natured for the students who were waiting patiently in the dark outside a packed Charlie’s Pub on the quays by City Hall as RAG Week got off to a bleary-eyed, 7am start …” (more)

[Joe O’Shea, CorkBeo, 10 February]

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Students At UCC Have Paid More Than €11,000 In Fines For Anti-Social Behaviour

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

Ireland“The policy has led to a drop in complaints. Particularly during Rag and Fresher’s weeks over the past two years …” (audio)

[RedFM, 5 February]

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Unruly UCC students hit with €11k in fines

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students of University College Cork (UCC) have paid almost €11,000 in fines as part of a new crackdown on antisocial behaviour. The new approach, involving university authorities and students themselves, has also seen the number of complaints from the public about antisocial behaviour linked to UCC’s Rag Week and Fresher’s Week events drop over the last two years …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 5 February]

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Belfast Holyland residents ‘at wits end’ as universities probe scores of anti-social behaviour cases

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

“Queen’s University is investigating 100 cases of anti-social behaviour in the Holyland area of Belfast since the beginning of term. Figures obtained by the BBC show that the cases had come before the university’s disciplinary officers up to October 11. They are currently ongoing. Ulster University (UU) has issued 47 written warnings to students living in the area from the start of the academic year in September until November 7 …” (more)

[Gareth Cross, Belfast Telegraph, 28 November]

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Cork college considering student fines to tackle issue of anti-social behaviour

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Authorities at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) are considering the introduction of student fines as part of a new regime to tackle drink or drug-fuelled anti-social behaviour involving its students. The news emerged after residents living near UCC spoke out about scenes of drunken chaos as hundreds of third level students converged on suburban pubs in the area for the unofficial student-organised ‘Christmas Day’ celebrations …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 22 November]

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House parties with up to 300 people celebrating ‘Christmas Day’ were cleared by gardaí in Cork last night

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Student house parties with 200 to 300 people were broken up by the Gardaí last night, but only a handful of arrests were made during the unofficial ‘Christmas Day’ event that took place yesterday. Speaking to The Echo, Community Policing Sergeant Stewart Philpott said …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 22 November]

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Huge student numbers celebrate ‘Christmas Day’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Large crowds of students celebrated an unofficial ‘Christmas Day’ event all day although Gardaí said law and order was maintained. From early in the day, College Road and Bandon Road were thronged with students merry with intoxication heading to the local bars …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 21 November]

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Concern over student revellers at Eyre Street Christmas party celebration

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Concerns have been raised over the behaviour of student revellers as a large group has gathered at Eyre Street awaiting admission to a nearby establishment. The students have gathered for a student Christmas party being hosted by the Hole in the Wall …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 14 November]

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Holyland residents describe ‘chaos’ as students go wild during Freshers’ week

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2019 by steve

“Holyland residents have described ‘total chaos’ as hundreds of young people partied on the streets of the south Belfast neighbourhood overnight. Chair of College Park Avenue Residents’ Association Brid Ruddy told the Belfast Telegraph that the trouble started at lunchtime on Sunday when students began drinking on the streets …” (more)

[Mark Edwards, Belfast Telegraph, 16 September]

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Surge in university students wearing banned smartwatches in exams

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on August 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Universities have recorded a sharp increase in the number of students wearing banned smartwatches in exam halls. Most third-level institutions prohibit the use of Fitbits, Apple Watches and other devices which allow users to upload and access documents …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 August]

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College party clampdown ramps up

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students in UCC who engage in antisocial behaviour could have their landlord contacted by the college, according to radical new plans being explored. The plans, which were revealed at a community forum this week, are part of new attempts to clamp down on late-night partying by college students living in neighbouring areas …” (more)

[Ryan O’Neill, Cork Independent, 12 June]

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With Hazing, the Dignity and Respect Policy and the Junior Dean Are Failing

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Just three weeks after The University Times exposed an evening of hazing, the Master of the Knights of the Campanile, Peter Ledbetter, released a triumphant statement declaring the exoneration of his society and its student members of any initiation practices. The public letter, addressed to ‘Fellow Knights’, not only represented an unblushing attempt to reduce serious accusations to – simply – ‘the student Knights had a party’, but offered a worrying insight into the way the College handles disciplinary investigations …” (more)

[University Times, 15 April]

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