As we encourage our student population to engage in the conversation around consent it is crucial that our staff have an entry-level understanding of the issues around consent, sexual violence and harassment, their prevalence in experiences of the student population and basic information regarding how to support students if they disclose negative sexual experiences to you.
A staff Active* Consent video and guide has been developed to increase your own awareness on Consent. Relevant MU Support Links are included in the guide if you should need them.
MU Staff Awareness Video - Supporting Information Guide
As part of our implementation of the Bystander Intervention Programme we've included here a 'quick guide' on how to be an effective bystander (from the UCC Nationwide Active Bystander Awareness Campaign).
MU is partnering with the third level Counsellors Association PCHEI (Psychological Counsellors in Higher Education Ireland) to setup Speak Out– an online reporting tool that will allow for the anonymous reporting of incidents of sexual harassment, bullying, assault and violence.
In March 2020, we partnered with the MSU to host the National Women's Council 'It Stops Now' campaign at MU, reaffirming our dedication to stopping sexual harassment and violence at MU.
Implementation of the Consent Framework in MU has been assigned to a member of the University Executive (UE) team (the Vice-President for Equality and Diversity), as recommended by the Consent Expert Group. Recognising the breadth of stakeholders across the University who have a role to play in ensuring the development of an institutional campus culture which is safe, respectful and supportive, the Vice-President for Equality and Diversity coordinates two implementation structures: a UE Subgroup (including the VP for Equality & Diversity, Bursar, VPA/Registrar, Director of HR, and the Dean of Teaching & Learning) provides strategic oversight; and an Implementation Working Group coordinates operational implementation.
A strand of implementation of the Consent Framework is development of a dedicated policy on sexual violence and sexual harassment against students and staff. Work on this policy is currently underway.
Our Implementation Working Group is chaired by one of our academic experts in this area, Dr Sinéad Ring. Dr Ring is a member of the National Advisory Council and has been instrumental in preparing the Irish Universities Association Consent Framework guidelines, as well as being a member of the Expert Advisory Group that developed the Consent Framework. Implementation Working Group Membership:
Academic Chair – Dr Sinéad Ring;
Vice President for Equality and Diversity - Dr Gemma Irvine;
Vice President Welfare and Equality, Maynooth Students’ Union - Luke Buckley;
Director of Student Services - Marianne Dunne;
Head of Student Counselling Services - Kathleen McNutt;
Director of Access - Dr Rose Ryan;
Director of Campus and Commercial Services - Michael Rafter;
HR Representative - Neil Coogan;
Equality Officer - Sam Blanckensee.