Archive for the Legal issues Category

GMIT abolishes appeals board that upgraded 8% mark to pass

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues with tags on 18 March 2011 by Steve

“Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) will abolish an exams appeals board that was being abused by some students in order to have fail marks upgraded to pass, the Galway City Tribune has learned …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Galway City Tribune, 18 March]

Plagiarism: An Administrator’s Perspective

Posted in Legal issues, teaching with tags , on 18 March 2011 by Steve

“Yes, this is another post on plagiarism, which is a topic academics will continue discussing until it disappears (and how likely is that to happen?). ProfHacker has had posts before on preventing plagiarism and responding to plagiarism, and I am sure we will have more posts following this one …” (more)

[HT: Sharon Flynn]
[Nels P Highberg, Chronicle of Higher Education, 17 March]

Colleges Can Buy Rivals’ Names for Search-Engine Ads, Canadian Court Says

Posted in Legal issues on 17 March 2011 by Steve

“Colleges can buy their competitors’ names from search-engine companies and use them to promote their own institutions, a court in British Columbia ruled recently …” (more)

[Law Report here]
[Ben Wieder, Chronicle of Higher Education, 16 March]

Should lecturers monitor students for radicalisation?

Posted in Legal issues, Life with tags on 16 March 2011 by Steve

“A major review of the government’s counter-terrorism policy on radicalisation is expected to call for an increase in monitoring of students by university and college lecturers …” (more, video)

[BBC News, 16 March]

St Patrick’s Day warning to Northern Ireland students

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , , on 16 March 2011 by Steve

“St Patrick’s Day is not an excuse to engage in drunken anti-social behaviour, a senior police officer has warned. Chief Superintendent Alan McCrum has told students in Belfast’s Holyland area to be on their best behaviour this year, or face serious consequences …” (more)

[Lesley-Anne Henry, Belfast Telegraph, 16 March]

The professor’s night job

Posted in Legal issues, Life with tags on 16 March 2011 by Steve

“A former assistant professor of psychology at John F Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, California, has sued the institution for sex discrimination, alleging that she was fired for performing in an off-campus burlesque act …” (more)

[Dan Berrett, Inside Higher Ed, 15 March]

Holylands residents given Patrick’s Day warning

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues with tags , , , on 15 March 2011 by Steve

“St Patrick’s Day revellers in the Holylands area of Belfast have been warned they could be left with a life-time hangover if they do not behave. Amid fears of a repeat of riotous scenes that have blighted festivities in the heavily populated student neighbourhood in recent years, the city council, police and universities have reminded party goers of the potential repercussions of their actions …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 15 March]

St Patrick’s Day Message To Ulster Students

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues with tags , on 15 March 2011 by Steve

“The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ulster and the President of the University of Ulster Students’ Union have urged students to enjoy St Patrick’s Day responsibly …” (more)

[University of Ulster, 15 March]

Police accused of false arrest at fees protest

Posted in Fees and access, Legal issues with tags on 14 March 2011 by Steve

“PCC investigating claims that officer colluded with colleagues to arrest man on false grounds during December protest …” (more)

[Matthew Taylor, Guardian, 14 March]

Hidden toll of embryo ethics war

Posted in Legal issues, research with tags on 14 March 2011 by Steve

“At its heart, the ongoing legal battle to block US federal funding for research on human embryonic stem (ES) cells seeks to protect embryos. But Nature has learned that in a bitter irony, the dispute seems to be holding up research on lines of human ES cells that can be derived without destroying embryos …” (more)

[Heidi Ledford, Nature, 14 March]

The dubious legality of the second Employment Control Framework

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues with tags on 14 March 2011 by Steve

“On 26 March 2009, the Minister for Finance confirmed that the Government had decided to implement a moratorium on public service recruitment, precluding recruitment, promotion, renewal of fixed-term contracts, or payment of an allowance for the performance of duties at a higher grade …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 14 March]

Tenure; a political, not a legal or IR issue

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 13 March 2011 by Steve

“With the recent change of government, we are finally in the endgame. The 1997 act required university admin to cater for the ‘tenure’ of officers, without saying what that is; likewise, the supreme court’s Susan Denham, when pressed on the issue by DCU’s barrister Sreenan, refused to define it on the grounds that she would then be ‘legislating’ …” (more)

[University Blog on Academic Tenure in Ireland, 12 March]

College to review plagiarism and ethics policies

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues with tags , on 12 March 2011 by Steve

“Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology has invited staff to review its policy on plagiarism and student assessments following recent controversies at the third-level institution …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 12 March]

Breakthrough as single European patent is one step closer

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 11 March 2011 by Steve

“After more than 50 years of negotiation, the EU Competitiveness Council yesterday decided to authorise the use of the enhanced co-operation procedure for the creation of a single European patent …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 11 March]

European Court of Justice rejects stem cell patents

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 11 March 2011 by Steve

“The European Court of Justice today issued a preliminary opinion that procedures involving established human embryonic stem (hES) cell lines are not patentable …” (more)

[Alison Abbott , Nature, 10 March]

A Folly That Can Cost a Reputation – or Not

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 9 March 2011 by Steve

“Until last week, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg was one of the most popular politicians in Germany. Defense minister in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government, Mr. Guttenberg’s aristocratic background and high-profile marriage to a glamorous television personality had him nicknamed ‘the German Kennedy’. When it emerged that he had copied parts of his doctoral dissertation, the resulting scandal forced him to resign on March 1 …” (more)

[DD Guttenplan, New York Times, 6 March]

Student arrested for changing classmates’ grades for money

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 8 March 2011 by Steve

“A 19-year-old student in University of Nevada has been charged with hacking into his school district’s computer system and improving his classmates’ grades …” (more)

[Sean McTiernan, Newswhip, 8 March]

Academic sent death threats to Stirling University boss

Posted in Legal issues, Life with tags on 8 March 2011 by Steve

“An academic sent abusive e-mails to a university boss and threatened to slit her throat, a court has heard …” (more)

[BBC News, 8 March]

Over 30 students for court after week-long ‘festivities’

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 8 March 2011 by Steve

“Over 30 students will be facing either a court appearance or an official Garda caution after the NUI Galway, College Week ‘festivities’ …” (more)

[Frank Farragher, Connacht Sentinel, 8 March]

PhD row ex-minister faces charges after resignation

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 8 March 2011 by Steve

“Karl-Theodor Freiherr zu Guttenberg, who last week stepped down as Germany’s Minister of Defence following allegations of plagiarism in his doctoral thesis, has also resigned his seat in parliament, meaning he is no longer immune from prosecution. With more than 100 accusations of plagiarism being probed by prosecutors, zu Guttenberg is now facing preliminary court proceedings …” (more)

[Michael Gardner, University World News, 8 March]