"Mandatory" sexual-consent workshops on the curriculum for Trinity students

First-year residents of the college's off-campus accommodation will be expected to attend the workshops

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Junior Freshman students who take up accommodation in Trinity College’s off-campus halls in Rathmines will be required to take a mandatory workshop on sexual consent, a first of its kind move in Irish education.

The new residents of Trinity Hall who move in next September will receive the usual introductory meetings on college clubs and societies and fire safety, but will also be expected to be in attendance at workshops on the sexual consent. The course, which students will be allowed to leave after it begins, will follow the model currently undertaken by first-year students in Oxford and Cambridge colleges in England.

A motion brought by the TCD student union’s Citizenship Officer, Kieran McNulty, to help organise the workshops with the Junior Common Room, a representative body for student residents, was passed near unanimously at last night’s meeting of the SU council.

Last year, a survey released by the then SU Welfare Officer revealed that one in four female TCD student said that she had had a non-consensual sexual experience. One in 20 male students reported the same issue. The same study also revealed that 31% of women and 32% of men said that they have never heard of the concept of consent campaigns before.

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