Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Questions (210)

Anne Rabbitte


210. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of cases of sexual assault or harassment involving students investigated by third level institutions in each academic year 2013-14 to 2018-19 in tabular form; the level of compensation paid out in such cases; the systems in place for reporting sexual assault or harassment in third level institutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26512/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

On 5th April 2019 my colleague the Minister of State for Higher Education launched the Framework for Consent in Higher Education Institutions, “Safe, Respectful, Supportive and Positive – Ending Sexual Violence and Harassment in Irish Higher Education Institutions”. This Framework outlines specific aims and outcomes for students, staff, third level institutions, as well as the Higher Education Authority and my Department. Funding of €400,000 is being made available by my Department over the period 2019-2020 to assist institutions in progressing initiatives in this area.

The information requested by the Deputy is not readily available, and I am arranging for the higher education institutions to be contacted in this regard.