IT Carlow ESP committee formed to implement government Framework for Consent
Institute of Technology Carlow has established the Ending Sexual Violence, Prevention and Support Committee (ESP) to oversee its implementation of the governmental Framework for Consent in Higher Education Institutions: Safe, Respectful, Supportive and Positive - Ending Sexual Harassment in Irish Higher Education Institutions.
The ESP committee will be responsible for the review and implementation of governmental policy and procedures in relation to the framework. Members comprise representatives from the institute’s academic staff, student support services, its Office of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), Human Resources office, Students’ Union and a selection of external specialist agencies. Together, they will work to ensure delivery and implementation of the framework to ensure a campus culture at IT Carlow that is safe, respectful and supportive.
Staff and students will have access to education and support on the area of consent to make it a valued and social norm. This will include consent education, active bystander education, and disclosure and support training across IT Carlow. In partnership with NUIG, a series of consent workshops, piloted in 2019 and again in 2020, will educate students on gender-based violence and sexual consent. Trained facilitators deliver the workshops and participants have access to trauma services, if needed.
“IT Carlow values and promotes a culture where each and every individual is treated with dignity and respect, and free from harassment and bullying. The higher education student experience is not only concerned with the pursuit of academic excellence, but also with preparing students to engage with and make positive contributions to society”, commented Vice-President for Academic Affairs David Denieffe.
“As part of IT Carlow’s response to the Framework, we are working to ensure that all students and staff have access to relevant education and support. Supporting the safety, health and wellbeing of our students and staff is our top priority. We believe in an organisational culture which encourages and supports the contribution of all and where members of our community can learn or work to their full potential”, added Mr Denieffe.
See https://www.itcarlow.ie/resources/equality-diversity-inclusivity.htm for further information on IT Carlow’s response to the Framework for Consent in Higher Education Institutions: Safe, Respectful, Supportive and Positive - Ending Sexual Harassment in Irish Higher Education Institutions.