Archive for fruit bats

Fruit Bat Gate Reframed

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , , on 14 June 2010 by Steve

“… I would suggest that the University appoint a task force or commission to rapidly investigate and modify University regulations to make clear this difficult territory in terms of behaviorally specific rules that can be taught and deployed to all members of the University …” (more)

[Creativeconflictwisdom’s Blog, 12 June]

Court gives Dylan Evans leave for Judicial Review

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , , on 12 June 2010 by Steve

“An Irish Court has moved to grant Dr Dylan Evans, the lecturer at the centre of the so-called ‘fruitbatgate’ fiasco leave to apply for judicial review to the Irish High Court …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 11 June]

Sign in haste, repent later

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 4 June 2010 by Steve

“Regarding the Fruitbatgate affair (‘Yikes! Attack of the killer viral fruit bats’, 27 May), I would argue that the reputational damage has been done not to University College Cork but to the 3,763 academics who signed the petition supporting Dylan Evans without first checking the facts …” (more)

[Dorothy Bishop, Times Higher Education, 3 June]

Bat sex

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 3 June 2010 by Steve

“In the recent past, an almighty debate has risen up over academic freedom. In Ireland, an academic has been investigated for having shown a female co-worker a paper on the subject of the sex lives of bats. As this blog is a family show, I will not describe what the bats have been doing …” (more)

[Mark Foreman’s Blog, 2 June]

Postscript : Academic mobbing in cyberspace

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 31 May 2010 by Steve

“Remarkably, if you scroll down to the end of the petition you find a couple of entries where people have signed up in order to warn others not to sign! It seems that the petition is really treated more as a blog …” (more)

[BishopBlog, 30 May]

Academic mobbing in cyberspace

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 30 May 2010 by Steve

“… My personal reaction on hearing of the petition was to check a few facts to see if there was another side to the story. The first point to emerge was that neither Evans nor his colleague worked in evolutionary biology or zoology. His post was in a Medical Education Unit in the School of Medicine, and his PhD was in philosophy …” (more)

[BishopBlog, 30 May]

The complexity of academic freedom

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , , , on 27 May 2010 by Steve

“As pretty much all the world knows, Ireland has recently experienced a major debate about the meaning of academic freedom. The particular context was the claim by University College Cork lecturer Dylan Evans that the university’s decision to discipline him for showing an academic paper on fellatio by fruit bats to a colleagues who had been made to feel uncomfortable by the encounter was an assault on his academic freedom …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 27 May]

Bats give head? Violation of academic freedom at UCC

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 15 May 2010 by Steve

“… Apparently, Dr Evans showed an article on fellatio in bats to a colleague, and was accused of sexual harassment. He has now been cleared, but due to this, has been placed under extensive monitoring. His petition is doing the rounds of academia, and has attracted such luminaries as Steven Pinker and Daniel Dennett to sign it already …” (more, discussion thread)

[, 15 May]

Sex, Fruit Bats, and Politically Correct Zoology at an Irish College

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , , on 15 May 2010 by Steve

“I had heard of ‘the love that dare not speak its name’, but I had no idea it referred to the sexual habits of fruit bats. According to a professor at University College Cork in Ireland, however, sharing with colleagues a peer-reviewed article about observed oral sex among fruit bats was enough to get him put on double secret probation …” (more)

[Greg Lukianoff, Huffiington Post, 15 May]