Archive for harassment

Fruitbat sex again

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 10 January 2011 by Steve

“Recently the Irish high court ruled on the case of Dylan Evans. It gave a ruling which can be divided into three parts …” (more)

[Mark Foreman’s Blog, 8 January]

Notorious fruit bat research wins ‘Ig Nobel’ prize

Posted in Life with tags , , , on 14 October 2010 by Steve

“An academic paper about oral sex among fruit bats – which sparked a sexual harassment claim between two academics at an Irish university – has won an alternative scientific award …” (more)

[Breandan Morley, Independent, 14 October]

Disciplinary proceedings halted in ‘fruitbatgate’ case

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , , on 5 July 2010 by Steve

“University College Cork has been forced to halt disciplinary proceedings against the academic at the centre of the so-called ‘fruitbatgate’ row after the Irish High Court agreed to consider the case …” (more)

[Hannah Fearn, Times Higher Education, 5 July]

Lecturer bids to quash bat sex complaint

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , , on 1 July 2010 by Steve

“University College Cork (UCC) lecturer Dylan Evans has brought High Court judicial review proceedings seeking to quash a complaint against him related to the ‘sex life of fruit bats’ controversy. The college carried out an investigation earlier this year …” (more)

[Tim Healy, Herald, 1 July]

Lecturer in bat-sex row takes fight to High Court

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , , on 1 July 2010 by Steve

“A university lecturer has taken court proceedings in a bid to quash a high-profile complaint of sexual harassment made against him. The complaint against University College Cork (UCC) lecturer, Dylan Evans, emerged in the recent ‘sex life of fruit bats’ controversy …” (more)

[Tim Healy, Independent, 1 July]

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]

Evans denies posting documentation to Facebook

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , , on 10 June 2010 by Steve

“Dr Dylan Evans, the lecturer at the center of the controversial ‘Fruitbatgate’ fiasco, has told the Cork Student News that he has no idea who posted confidential documentation onto the internet which revealed the details of UCC’s internal investigation process following allegations of sexual harassment by a member of the Medicine faculty at the University …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 9 June]

Something to cheer up the lawyers

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 10 June 2010 by Steve

“High Court grants Dylan Evans leave to apply for judicial review of #fruitbatgate investigation – see http://bit.ly/9UHdXx for court order” (tweet)

[Dylan Evans, Twitter, 10 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]

How not to handle harassment cases

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

“Recent news stories have highlighted the issue of harassment in an academic setting. On the whole, harassment cases are quite rare in universities, but when they arise they can be very complex. Academic discourse is robust, as lecturers learn early to defend their position aggressively …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 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]

Gardaí should investigate harassment – TCD lecturer

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

“A Trinity College lecturer at the centre of an eight-year harassment investigation involving a female colleague has said such claims should be handled by gardaí and not college authorities …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Sunday Tribune, 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]

Fruitbatgate: Sexual Harrassment or Intellectual Discourse?

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 26 May 2010 by Steve

“… 1. The fact that Dr. Evans didn’t intend to offend is irrelevant on the question of harassment, if his behavior created ‘an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment’. His intent may be useful in mitigating the severity of discipline, but doesn’t change the effect of his actions on his colleague. 2. Dr. Evans exhibited a pattern of behavior over a period of a year that can only be described as overly familiar with a professional colleague …” (more)

[Susan Walsh, Hooking Up Smart, 26 May]

Irish University Goes Batty

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 26 May 2010 by Steve

“… Sexual harassment law is not supposed to be about totally de-sexing interaction between men and women. It is about enabling women to work in environments that are not hostile to them (whether because of sexual predation by those with power over them, or because of pervasive expressions of misogyny, or other reasons). It’s intended to support, not undermine, women’s equality …” (more)

[Russell Blackford, IEET, 25 May]

Fruit-Bat gate

Posted in Life with tags , on 26 May 2010 by Steve

“… While this story has certainly received much attention, I can’t help but wonder if the frontpages of newspapers and on News shows is the most appropriate arena to resolve this particular case. I do, however, believe that it is a good opportunity to discuss the topic of harassment (sexual or otherwise) in the workplace …” (more)

[Cormac Molloy’s Blog, 25 May]

Effects of fruitbatgate

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 24 May 2010 by Steve

“Sadly releasing names & docs makes harder to report RT @9th_level_irl: Problem of harassment in unis http://wp.me/pjiT3-3NI #fruitbatgate” (tweet)

[Declan Jordan, Twitter, 23 May]