Archive for harassment

Fruit bats and the right to Justice

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

“I wonder when a Fruit bat couple are sitting at home in front of the TV on a Friday night wondering if they’re going to have an early one, does it cross their minds that the ‘fruits’ of there romantic endeavours would cause such a consternation in a University campus in Ireland … Not so much is it ‘What will the neighbours think?’ but ‘What will the Humans think?’ …” (more)

[What de focal, 23 May]

Problem of sexual harassment in universities is ‘about to break open’

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 23 May 2010 by Steve

“A Sunday Tribune survey of businesswomen and female academics in the wake of the ‘fruitbat controversy’ at UCC has revealed that sexual harassment in the workplace is now a major problem, despite the fact few women have made official complaints …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Sunday Tribune, 23 May]

Good intentions lead all too often to bad consequences

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 23 May 2010 by Steve

“… These days, there is rightly no tolerance of the casting couch, whether the metaphorical casting director is male, female, gay or straight. And mostly it’s accepted that you really shouldn’t make a pass unless you have good reason to think it would be welcome. Unfortunately, as we improve society we always run the risk of making some aspects of it worse, as traditional victims become harassers in turn …” (more)

[Ruth Dudley Edwards, Independent, 23 May]

The week the ‘bat-sex lecturer’ story flew around the world

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 22 May 2010 by Steve

“An encounter between UCC academics has become a global media story – but is that because of its implications for academic freedom or because we all love a bat-sex story? It was early on a Monday morning in November when Dr Dylan Evans, a behavioural scientist working in the department of medicine at University College Cork, dropped in on a female colleague …” (more)

[Davin O’Dwyer, Irish Times, 22 May]

Fellatio and fruit bats: sexual harassment vs. academic freedom

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 22 May 2010 by Steve

“When is sexual harassment not sexual harassment? When it pertains to the rights of an academic to discuss the sex life of fruit bats with a colleague. Add a cry for understanding, a wail of academic censorship and a quick online petition and the academic community is up in metaphorical arms …” (more)

[Morrígan Reborn, 21 May]

UCC moves to ‘shut up’ Evans

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 20 May 2010 by Steve

“University College Cork has begun further disciplinary procedures against the lecturer who is embroiled in a sexual harassment row over an academic article on the sex life of fruit bats …” (more)

[Brian Hayes Curtin, Cork Independent, 20 May]

Bat poll continues to divide opinion

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 20 May 2010 by Steve

“Readers of the Cork Student News, Ireland’s biggest student website, continue to be undecided over whether or not Dr Dylan Evans was right to allegedly leak confidential documentation to the press. Since the poll was initiated, however, Dr Evans has denied that he personally leaked the documents to the press, saying that someone else did it …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 19 May]

Bringing the veil down on the fruit bats

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , , on 19 May 2010 by Steve

“For the moment the story is not going away, though I think it should. In fact, it should never have turned up in public anyway. It has been suggested by some commentators that UCC lecturer Dr Dylan Evans had no choice but to make his case public. I just cannot see that. There is always a choice …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 19 May]

UCC starts disciplinary action over sexual harassment posts

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 19 May 2010 by Steve

“University College Cork has begun disciplinary procedures against a lecturer over the posting of confidential material on the web relating to a complaint of sexual harassment made against him by a female colleague …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 19 May]

Bat-sex lecturer to face fresh hearing over leak

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 19 May 2010 by Steve

“University College Cork (UCC) has started fresh disciplinary proceedings against the lecturer at the centre of the ‘sex life of fruit bats’ controversy …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 19 May]

59% of voters say UCC lecturer was wrong to leak docs to media in bat scandal

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 19 May 2010 by Steve

“There’s been no clear indication of strong reader sentiment either way since the Cork Student News opened a poll this morning to gauge readers’ feelings on the discipline action taken against Dr Evans of the School of Medicine, who was disciplined by the College for approaching a female colleague with an academic article concerning bat fellatio …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 18 May]

College chief rejects case’s web campaign

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 19 May 2010 by Steve

“A university president has rejected an internet campaign which says sanctions against a lecturer for sexual harassment are a breach of academic freedom. Dr Dylan Evans has been told by University college Cork president Dr Michael Murphy to undergo counselling …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 19 May]

Who?

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 19 May 2010 by Steve

“@uccmedstudent – YOU should do the honourable thing and say who you are instead of hiding behind the veil of anonymity #fruitbatgate” (tweet)

[Dylan Evans, Twitter, 18 May]

Uncomfortable

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

“this leaves me and the rest of the female students feeling quite uncomfortable,The guys just describe him as ‘the creep’ #fruitbatgate” (tweet)

[uccmedstudent, Twitter, 18 May]

#Fruitbatgate

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

“As far as I’m aware, I started the #fruitbatgate tag on twitter. I felt it was the right thing to do when I signed the petition for Dr Evans, because I felt his case deserved as much attention as possible. When I read the Huffington Post article on the matter, before the other documents had come out, my thinking went like this: …” (more)

[Stephen Kinsella, 18 May]

One-sided

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

“@iainmacl #fruitbatgate You are spot on. Amazed at how many eminent people sign petition on basis of hearing just 1 side of a story.” (tweet)

[Dorothy Bishop, Twitter, 18 May]

Bat call a stupidity but how about the reaction?

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

“This week UCC got some rather unconventional bad press after one of its lecturers, Dr Dylan Evans, an expert in Behavioural Science at the School of Medicine, leaked a story to the media about his internal disciplining because of an alleged sexual advance on one of his colleagues in the School …” (more)

[Daniel O’Carroll, Cork Student News, 18 May]

UCC defends handling of harassment complaint

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

“… Mr Evans said: ‘I assumed the findings had exonerated me and was relieved to have been cleared’. However, UCC president Dr Murphy, refuted this. He said the investigators had upheld the complaint regarding showing her the article about oral sex among bats and that this amounted to sexual harassment. Dr Murphy said the sanctions imposed on Mr Evans, a two-year period of intensive monitoring and counselling, were in line with UCC’s outlined protocols …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 18 May]

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]

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]