Promoting Consent

Promoting Consent and Preventing Sexual Violence at Dundalk Institute of Technology

Promoting Consent and Preventing Sexual Violence at DkIT

DkIT is committed to fostering a safe, respectful, and supportive institutional campus culture.

We are actively working to implement the Framework for Consent in HEIs: Safe, Respectful, Supportive and Positive: Ending Sexual Harassment in Irish Higher Education Institutions and learning from the recommendations in THEA’s Promoting Consent and Preventing Sexual Violence Report.

Active Consent and Bystander Workshops

In previous years we ran Active Consent training in conjunction with NUIG Active Consent Team. This year in Partnership with UCC we are running Bystander training as part of first year student Induction. This will be provided as part of each individual department's induction with new students. Watch a Quick Guide on Bystander Intervention

Over the course of the Academic Year several training options will be available to students and staff:

  1. Active*Consent 30-minute online training on Consent. Watch this video for a brief introduction to the training.
  2. Upon completion of NUIG’s Active*Consent workshop, students and staff are also advised to take the NUIG Active*Consent E-Learning Module, Sexual Violence and Harassment: How to Support Yourself and Your Peers. This module builds on topics explored in the Active*Consent online workshop to introduce a more nuanced understanding of sexual violence, harassment, and support services available to students who have had negative sexual experiences. This is a 45-minute self-guided eLearning module and provides viewers with introductory skills in supporting anyone who discloses negative experiences and how to safely call out and intervene in developing negative situations in their peer group and community.
  3. Following on from the introduction to first years, Bystander self-directed training will be offered to those interested in extending their knowledge.

Staff and Student representatives will be provided with disclosure training to ensure that students in distress are responded to with compassion and care and guided to the best support available to them

 

DkIT’s Steering Group

The institute has established a new Promoting Consent and & Preventing Sexual Violence (PCPSV) Steering Group which will oversee the development and implementation of the new programme.

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Speak Out

PCHEI (Psychological Counsellors in Higher Education Ireland), (of which the DkIT Student Counselling Service are members), and the Higher Education Authority, have developed an online reporting tool that will allow for the anonymous reporting of incidents of sexual harassment, bullying, assault and violence.  The tool will help you to find relevant supports and highlight formal reporting procedures, should you wish to use them.

It is important to remember that as the tool is completely anonymous, we have no way to identify or make contact with any member of the college community. Should you wish to report an incident formally please visit the DkIT Dignity and Respect Policy. This policy is currently being revised.

Please report one incident, or series of related incidents at a time; this is to ensure that we can understand the nature of your experience.

Visit Reporting Tool

Staff Awareness

As we encourage our student population to engage in the conversation around consent it is important that our staff are aware of the issues around consent, sexual violence, and harassment as well as their role in supporting disclosures. The working group are developing a training plan for staff. In the interim, the following video developed by Active Consent provides valuable information in relation to concepts, statistics, and basic language to support students or colleagues who disclose sexual violence to them.

Support Services for Staff & Students

 

DkIT Student Counselling provides a range of services and contacts.

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DkIT Student Health provides a range of health services. 

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The Employee Assistance Programme for staff

The EAP is an available resource, providing professional support and information on a wide range of topics. It is available to all DkIT staff and their families. Free Phone 1800 814 243.

Rape Crisis Centre:

042 9339491, 24 hr. emergency service 1800 212122

Garda Station Dundalk: 

042 9388400