Archive for 18 May 2010

Sad but true

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 18 May 2010 by Steve

“Sad but true: RT @breakfastnt: Papers publish name of complainant in #fruitbatgate – who would be brave enough to make a complaint now?” (tweet)

[Kelly Coate, Twitter, 18 May]

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Academic freedom stifled, alleges lecturer censured over showing paper on bat sex

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 18 May 2010 by Steve

“A UCC lecturer has claimed the upholding of a complaint of sexual harassment made against him over showing a female colleague a research paper on the sexual activities of bats is an example of how academic freedom is being stifled …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 18 May]

No action against college staff in email libel case

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 18 May 2010 by Steve

“The Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) has insisted there will be no disciplinary action taken against two senior academics who circulated defamatory comments about a lecturer …” (more)

[Brian McDonald, Independent, 18 May]

Fruit bats and the limits to academic freedom

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 18 May 2010 by Steve

“Right now it seems the whole world, and not just the academic part of it, is talking about the tale of the University College Cork lecturer and the article on the sexual habits of fruit bats. Indeed the story has been awarded the ultimate accolade of the electronic world, a hashtag name on Twitter, #fruitbatgate …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 18 May]

Just making it worse

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 18 May 2010 by Steve

“UCC seem fair set to make matters worse for themselves in #fruitbatgate. They don’t like all the public discussion. http://bit.ly/b7ucA4” (tweet)

[Miriam Cotton, Twitter, 18 May]

Woman in bat-sex row is expert nutritionist

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 18 May 2010 by Steve

“A university lecturer who filed a complaint of sexual harassment against a colleague who showed her an article about the sex life of fruit bats is a highly regarded expert on clinical nutrition …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 May]

What to do about the legions of adjuncts and contingent faculty (Ad-cons)?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 18 May 2010 by Steve

“… Scary. I doubt there is any properly systematic data on this issue in the Irish system, but as the numbers of core staff is reduced, the slack will be picked up somewhere, and possibly through increased numbers of part-time and other staff …” (more)

[Shane O’Mara, Irishscience, 17 May]