Dignity and Respect Review in UCD – Period for Feedback

Period for Feedback

Following a period of consultation last Autumn (please see further information below), the Dignity and Respect Review Group now wishes to invite UCD employees and students to read the Dignity and Respect Review report below and to provide your final feedback on the draft documentation.

This report details the entire review process from the commencement of the review, including feedback from the consultation process and the revised draft policies, formal procedures and supporting documents as well as recommendations regarding the implementation of a broader support framework for Dignity and Respect in UCD. The Draft Dignity and Respect Review Report is made up of 8 Chapters as follows: :

  • Chapter 1: Introduction & Executive Summary of Key Recommendations
  • Chapter 2: Dignity and Respect Review
  • Chapter 3: Consultation Process and Feedback
  • Chapter 4: Recommendations
  • Chapter 5: Dignity and Respect Bullying and Harassment Policy
  • Chapter 6: Dignity and Respect Sexual Misconduct Policy
  • Chapter 7: Dignity and Respect Supports
  • Chapter 8: Formal Complaints Procedure and Draft Process Maps

For ease of reference, we have compiled links to these chapters below. Your feedback is welcome particularly on Chapters 4 – 8 of the Report.

You can submit feedback by completing the Feedback Form available below (deadline: 24th March 2021)

  • Employees can submit feedback via the Employee Form here. (deadline: 24th March 2021)
  • Students can submit feedback via the Student Form here. (deadline: 24th March 2021)

Consultation Process in October/November 2020 

Significant consultation took place internally and externally last Autumn in relation to the draft policies, procedures and supporting documentation as outlined below. There was a great deal of engagement from all areas of the Univeristy community, from both employees and students.

Internal Consultation

  • 11 externally facilitated Focus Groups with employees, students, ELG, GA and internal contributors in this area
  • Over 50 written submissions
  • Trade unions
  • A number of individual meetings

 External Consultation

  • Dublin Rape Crisis Centre
  • Men’s Aid
  • National Women’s Council
  • External Investigator with experience of Dignity and Respect complaints
  • External Legal Experts (Arthur Cox)

Feedback from the consultation process was collated and reviewed and key themes identified as follows:

  • Culture
  • Trust & Transparency
  • Support/Roles
  • Training
  • Communications
  • Power Dynamics
  • Language
  • Legal & Technical context
  • Definitions
  • Timeline

Next Steps 

Post feedback, the report will be considered and revised. It will then be sumbmitted for final external legal review. UMT will  review the document again before being submitted to AC and GA.

 

Support

There are a range of supports available to employees and students who have experienced bullying, harassment, sexual harassment and/or sexual misconduct. 

For employees, you are strongly encouraged to discuss any issues with your line manager (or the next level up).  Further support is also available from your HR Partner or the EDI Unit.  Students are advised to contact their Student Adviser in the first instance for support and guidance. The trained panel of Dignity and Respect Contact Persons are also available to provide support and information to all members of the University community.

Any employee who wishes to seek additional support can contact the Employee Assistance Service confidentially and the Student Counselling Service is available to any student who wishes to seek further support.

If you need information on how to report a case of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment and/or sexual misconduct, please take a look at the Dignity & Respect at UCD page

Consultation

* The consultation process has now ended. The Dignity & Respect Review Group is currently revising the draft documents following an in-depth analysis of the feedback received internally and externally * 

The University wishes to consult with UCD employees and students on the following draft documents (available below):

  • Dignity and Respect - Bullying and Harassment Policy
  • Dignity and Respect - Bullying and Harassment Procedure
  • Dignity and Respect - Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy
  • Dignity and Respect - Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Procedure

It is essential that we get your feedback on these important documents to ensure that the University is meeting the needs of our students and employees regarding Bullying and Harassment and Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct. 

There will be two main channels for obtaining feedback on these documents:

1. You can submit feedback by completing the Feedback Form available below (deadline: 23 October 2020)

2. You can attend a facilitated focus group (via Zoom) where your feedback will be captured. If you wish to participate in the employee focus group, please register via the UCD booking system

Employee Focus Groups:

  • Thursday 24 September 2020, 10am - 12pm
  • Monday 28 September 2020, 2pm - 4pm 

Extended Leadership Group Focus Groups:

  • Tuesday 13 October 2020, 10am - 12pm
  • Thursday 15 October 2020, 12pm - 2pm

EDI Groups and Subgroups Focus Group:

  • Thursday 8 October 2020, 10am - 12pm

Students' Focus Groups:

  • Wednesday 14 October 2020 (Students' Union Sabbatical Officers) 
  • Wednesday 14 October 2020 (Residential Assistants)
  • Friday 16 October 2020, 1pm - 3pm (Students can attend a facilitated focus group (via Zoom) where your feedback will be captured. If you wish to participate in this student focus group, please register here)

Please be advised that you must read the documents below in advance of the focus groups.

Please note:

  • Students can also submit feedback via the Student Form on this website (deadline: 23 October 2020)

Dignity & Respect Consultation Process - Draft Documents

Draft UCD Bullying and Harassment PolicyPDF|303kb Draft UCD Bullying and Harassment ProcedurePDF|431kb Draft Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct PolicyPDF|441kb Draft UCD Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct ProcedurePDF|480kb