Councillor calls on University of Limerick to establish code for off-campus students

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A local councillor has called for the establishment of a code of conduct for students who live away from the University of Limerick (UL) campus. Green member Sean Hartigan has held meetings with residents of the Magazine Road in Cork, where a protocol was put in place, and, he says, has seen anti-social behaviour there decrease …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 17 July]

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160 UCC students broke Covid-19 guidelines

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A total of 160 University College Cork students were found to have breached public health guidelines designed to stop the spread of Covid, with 43 of these students temporarily suspended while an investigation was conducted, the Irish Examiner can reveal …” (more)

[Nicole Glennon, Irish Examiner, 16 July]

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UL sanctions students over public order incident

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick has sanctioned a number of students who have been officially reported and investigated and found to have broken the institution’s code of conduct relating to the current Covid-19 restrictions …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 21 April]

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More than 300 unauthorised gatherings detected at university residences

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

Ireland“More than 300 unauthorised gatherings and parties were recorded on university campus residences in the first semester of the academic year, new figures show. Data released to the Irish Times under the Freedom of Information Act by each of Ireland’s universities showed that 347 unauthorised gatherings took place from September to December …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, Irish Times, 18 April]

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Landlord welcomes High Court quashing of ruling over students’ Covid house parties

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A landlord has welcomed a High Court order quashing a ruling by a district court judge which held him responsible for noise pollution emanating from students holding lockdown parties at two of his properties near University College Cork …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 15 April]

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Term’s over, but the parties go on in Belfast’s troubled Holyland

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2021 by steve

“Hundreds of young people are making up for the disappointment of a quieter St Patrick’s Day by partying harder than ever in the Holyland, residents said. It follows reports of ‘busloads being shipped in to view properties in the area’ – even though term has finished and there is no need for students to be there …” (more)

[Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph, 30 March]

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University Retains No Information on non-students: Queen’s

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 25th, 2021 by steve

“Queen’s University, Belfast responded to The Gown that they did have Information Sharing Agreements with public agencies such as the Police and Belfast City Council, following concerns raised by students connected with the Student’s Union. Some representatives said that there were dangers for public trust if Queen’s University held any information on non-student members of the public who had breached Coronavirus laws …” (more)

[Peter Donnelly, The Gown, 25 March]

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Students are not the problem – fix the rental issue

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

Ireland“I refer to article of March 3 last by your correspondent Eoin English Residents near UCC fear summer of Magaluf-style parties which outlined the stark reality of life for the residents of Magazine Road and the surrounding areas adjacent to UCC. Both UCC and MTU (formerly CIT) expanded significantly over the years, but little or no provision was made for the additional accommodation requirements of students …” (more)

[Tony Long, Irish Examiner, 19 March]

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Young people being made ‘scapegoats’ for pandemic problems, claims students’ union president

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

“Young people have been made scapegoats for the pandemic, a students’ union has said. Ulster University Students’ Union president Collette Cassidy made the claim after St Patrick’s Day passed off without major incident …” (more)

[Gareth Cross, Belfast Telegraph, 18 March]

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Holyland residents’ outrage after council blocked from tightening restrictions by Stormont

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2021 by steve

“Residents in Belfast’s Holyland area have voiced their anger after it emerged that the city council requested powers from Stormont to deal with issues in the area six months ago – but was blocked …” (more)

[Andrew Madden, Belfast Telegraph, 16 March]

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No students suspended or expelled after Covid rules breaches

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

Ireland“Universities have avoided using suspension or expulsion to deal with breaches of Covid-related regulations. Students have been banned from living in campus accommodation, fined, or told to write reflective essays or letters of apology after partying or breaking public health rules …” (more)

[Independent, 16 March]

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‘Respect Belfast Holyland residents’, says PSNI chief Byrne warning St Patrick’s Day Covid breaches will be dealt with

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

“The PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne has warned anyone planning to travel to the Holyland area of Belfast for St Patrick’s Day that police will deal robustly with Covid-19 breaches and anti-social behaviour. Mr Byrne is also backing a call by the area’s MP for a task force to oversee change in the main student area of Belfast – not just on St Patrick’s Day but all year round …” (more)

[Lauren Harte, Belfast Telegraph, 15 March]

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Holylands task force needed to tackle the Belfast area’s systemic problems, says MP Claire Hanna

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

“A task force is needed to oversee change in the main student area of Belfast – not just on St Patrick’s Day but all year round, the area’s MP has said. The Holylands area has become synonymous with anti-social behaviour on March 17, with large crowds, including those from outside the area, gathering to party …” (more)

[Mairead Holland, Belfast Telegraph, 15 March]

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Over 200 Queen’s students suspended for Covid breaches

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2021 by steve

“More than 200 students have been suspended from Queen’s University, Belfast in just seven months for breaching coronavirus regulations, it can be revealed. In total, 252 students have been reported to the university by police, while 229 were suspended for a fortnight after flouting the health and safety rules …” (more)

[Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph, 10 March]

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Executive has abandoned us, say furious Holyland residents

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2021 by steve

“Residents of the Holyland have rounded on the First and deputy First Ministers for their ‘wholly inadequate’ response to concerns about house parties in the run-up to St Patrick’s Day. The south Belfast student area is notorious for revelry at this time of the year …” (more)

[Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph, 10 March]

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Students ‘do not need’ to be living near University of Limerick says garda chief

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

Ireland“The head of the Limerick garda division has questioned the need for so many students to be living near the University of Limerick during the pandemic. Chief Superintendent Gerard Roche says a number of students have moved from elsewhere in the city into off-campus accommodation in Castletroy …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 8 March]

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University Statement: St Patrick’s Day

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

“The University continues to be proud of the exemplary way in which the vast majority of our students have responded to the challenges that the pandemic has posed. Although this has not been the academic year that we hoped for, we continue to be impressed by the commitment, dedication and adaptability that our students have shown to their studies …” (more)

[QUB, 8 March]

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Gardaí target landlords to address anti-social behaviours in Limerick student town

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Landlords of properties rented to students in Castletroy, Limerick, where house parties have come under the spotlight during the Covid-19 pandemic are to be targeted in a joint operation coordinated by Limerick City and County Council and gardaí …” (more)

[David Raleigh, BreakingNews.ie, 5 March]

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Universities have little power to tackle off-campus Covid breaches

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“There has been plenty of tough talking from third-level colleges when it comes to taking a zero tolerance approach to Covid-19 breaches by students. Much of it is just that. The reality is that the most egregious breaches captured on shaky mobile phone footage have been taking place outside college campuses in the private rented sector …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 March]

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Street Party Linked to UL Students ‘Completely Unacceptable’, Says Harris

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has described a party held by students in the University of Limerick (UL) as ‘completely unacceptable’ and a ‘slap in the face to everyone sacrificing so much’. Over 50 fines have been issued to students of the University of Limerick (UL) after coronavirus restrictions were breached during a street party in Castletroy yesterday, according to RTÉ News …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 3 March]

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