University College Dublin to introduce mandatory sex consent classes
The news that University College Dublin is to introduce mandatory sex consent classes comes in the wake of an investigation into reports that a group of male students were sharing intimate images and information about female classmates online.
UCD will introduce the classes while college officials attempt to discover which students were involved in the gross sharing of explicit images.
Reports appeared in the college newspaper last week of a private chat on social media that has been used to share images, including explicit images, of young women with whom participants have had sex.
A spokesman for UCD said it had launched a full investigation into the alleged behaviour of the students.
Marcus O'Halloran, president of the Students' Union in UCD, confirmed it was also conducting an investigation.
To date no evidence had been found, but any information that linked UCD students to 'revenge porn' or other privacy breaches would immediately be passed on to gardaí, he said.
In a letter sent by UCD Deputy President Mark Rogers to students, Mr Rogers outlined the details regarding the investigation.
He explained that the university is trying to "identity any students involved in posting inappropriate images of others without their consent".
Mr Rogers added that the university is trying to "reach out and identify any students victimised by the inappropriate social media posting" and will offer supports to those affected.
In his letter, Mr Rogers also stated that the Dean of Agriculture had contacted all agricultural students asking them to "come forward in confidence with any information" on the allegation.
"The investigation is progressing," Mr Rogers wrote.
Meanwhile, UCD Students' Union confirmed that it expects consent classes will be rolled out across the university from September.
President of the Union Marcus O'Halloran described the meeting with university president Andrew Deeks as "positive".
"The President was very quick to support us, and he said he doesn't feel that it would be adequate enough to just provide it for students that are incoming and living on residence, that he feels that it should be obligatory for all," said Mr O'Halloran.
A Garda spokesman confirmed there is no investigation, adding that no complaint has been received in relation to the issue. UCD did not respond to queries.