Ending Sexual Violence and Harassment

AIT’s Commitment to Ending Sexual Violence and Harassment

AIT espouses a culture that upholds the human rights of our students and staff and promotes equality and diversity. AIT, therefore, is actively engaging in an implementation plan to support the Government initiative of ending sexual violence and harassment (ESVH) in Irish higher education institutions. We know that all our efforts can ensure that our AIT community is protected from harmful behaviours that impede the safe, full, and active participation in college life. Our values of equity, inclusiveness, and professionalism, as outlined in our TU application to be designated as the next technological university in the Irish higher education system, are the foundations on which we will build our institution that equally respects and supports our staff and students. Our direct support and involvement in the implementation of the framework related to this initiative is clear evidence of developing equality, diversity and inclusivity in our new TU. It will directly ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff and empower them to stand up for themselves and others in challenging circumstances and in doing so foster our social and civic responsibility.

John McKenna, Vice President for Strategic Planning, Institutional Performance, Equality and Diversity, and Frances O’Connell, Vice President Academic Affairs and Registrar, Ending Sexual Violence and Harassment (ESVH) Steering Committee Co-Chairs.

Publication: Framework for Consent in Higher Education Institutions: Safe, Respectful, Supportive and Positive – Ending Sexual Violence and Harassment in Irish Higher Education Institutions (Download)

AIT Action Plan for Ending Sexual Violence and Harassment

AIT has developed an Action Plan for Ending Sexual Violence and Harassment. The action plan identifies the actions AIT will undertake and the timeframes for those actions. Publication: AIT Action Plan for Ending Sexual violence and Harassment (Download

AIT is implementing the work outlined in the action plan through the following training initiatives:

Active Consent

Active* Consent programmes are developed by NUIG and involve various types of workshops and training. During COVID restrictions, we have been unable to host further Smart Consent workshops or the excellent consent drama which we hope to bring back on campus when possible. We continue to offer the 30 minute online Active* Consent workshop to all incoming first years during induction and to other student groups throughout the year. To find out more or book a session please email lhanlon@ait.ie or suwelfare@ait.ie

Note: Click the image to access Active* Consent programmes.

Bystander Intervention

NUIG Active* Consent created ‘How to Support Yourself and Your Peers’ which is also available on the ESVH Moodle page for all staff and students. It moves users from understanding and applying Active* Consent to becoming an Active* Bystander. It provide viewers with introductory skills in supporting friends who disclose negative experiences and how to safely call out and intervene in developing negative situations in their peer group and community. By empowering users to not only learn new terms but build a proactive skill set, we believe that together we can step up to and work on ending sexual violence and harassment on our campuses.

Note: Click the image to access "How to Support Yourself and Your Peers" Active* Consent programme. 

Staff Awareness Video

NUIG Active* Consent has developed a short 20-minute video on consent, sexual violence and harassment for staff members working in Irish higher education. The video covers:

• Key findings from Active* Consent’s years of research with students on consent, sexual violence and harassment that aid understanding of the stakes of these issues 

• Basic definitions of consent, sexual violence and harassment

• Quick tips for supporting a student if they disclose negative sexual experiences to you 

• Where to go to get more information and support

You can watch the video here

Report & Support

Speak Out Tool: We are partners with Psychological Counsellors in Higher Education Ireland (PCHEI) to develop Speak Out – an online system that will allow anonymous reporting of incidents of sexual harassment, bullying, assault or violence.

Supports for AIT Students and Staff

If you have been affected by sexual violence or harassment or wish to disclose an incident and access support please contact one of our AIT supports below:

  • AIT Supports for Students

    If you have been affected by sexual violence or harassment or wish to disclose an incident and access support please contact one of our AIT supports below:  

    AIT Student Counselling Service: 

    Email: counsellor@ait.ie 

    Tel: 090 6468063  

    For more info visit the counselling section on AIT website

    AIT Student Health Service:  

    Tel: 090 6468063 or studenthealth@ait.ie  

    AIT Students' Union:  

    Tel: 090 646 8067 

    Vice President for Welfare & Equality: email: suwelfare@ait.ie. Phone: 086 8590998 

  • AIT Supports for Staff

    If you have been affected by sexual violence or harassment or wish to disclose an incident and access support please contact one of our AIT supports below:  

    Staff who wish to disclose/report sexual harassment can speak to the HR Manager, Equality Officer, any manager in the workplace or a trade union representative, as outlined in AIT’s Dignity and Respect Policy.  

    For support: 

    Employee Assistance Programme at no cost with Spectrum Life: You can call anytime (24/7, 365 days a year) for telephone advice & counselling.  

    Email: eap@spectrum.life 

    Freephone: 1800 814 243Whatsapp/SMS: Text "Hi" to 087 369 0010 

  • National and Local Supports for Students and Staff

    Rape Crisis Centre:

    A rape crisis centre is a holistic safe space to access counselling and therapy to help you move forward from trauma, as well as receive practical and crisis support and information. For more info: https://www.drcc.ie/.

    National 24-hr helpline: 1800 778888

    Athlone Midland Rape Crisis Centre: http://www.amrcc.ie/welcome.aspx.

    Phone No.090 64 73862 / Free phone: 1800 306 600

    Email: amrcc@eircom.net.

    Gardaí: If you want to report the assault, call the Gardaí–contact your local station or call 999 or 112 for more. The Gardaí will also arrange transport to the nearest Sexual Assault Treatment Unit to get you medical attention and collect forensic evidence. Choose your location station here: https://www.garda.ie/en/contact-us/station-directory/.

    Athlone Garda Station: 090 6492600

    Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU): For medical attention, your local SATU provides specialist treatment and information. You can find your local SATU as well as information on what to expect here: https://www2.hse.ie/sexual-assault-treatment-units/.

    Mullingar SATU Midland Regional Hospital: Phone: 044 939 4239 or 086 04 09 952 weekdays from 8am to 5pm.Phone: 044 934 0221 after 5pm and weekends, ask for SATU.

Ending Sexual Violence and Harassment - AIT Moodle Page 

This site holds all the information related to our efforts to eliminate sexual violence and harassment. You can visit this page anonymously to access information or learn more about the various topics. Each tile on the page has information about various related topics, for example: where to go to disclose and/or go to for support, how to be supportive if someone discloses to you, how to access Active Consent workshop or How to support yourself and your peers, information about relationships and much more.  

To find the page, visit "Site Home" on Moodle and then go to the "Resource Area" and click on "General Resources".  

Ending Sexual Violence and Harassment AIT Newsletters 

There are dedicated newsletters every quarter to keep staff and students up to date on ongoing work, training, supports, information and initiatives. All newsletters can be viewed here or on the ESVH Moodle page.

AIT Ending Sexual Violence and Harassment Implementation Groups 

To oversee the management and implementation of the framework we have established an ESVH and Harassment AIT Steering Committee and an ESVH AIT Working Group. The steering group is led by senior management (Frances O’Connell and John McKenna) and provides oversight for the Working group which is chaired by Student Resource Centre Manager Sarah La Cumbre. The membership of the groups recognise the breath of stakeholders within AIT and from the community who have a role to play in ensuring the development of an institutional campus culture which is safe, respectful and supportive.

  • ESVH AIT Steering Group Membership

    Frances O’Connell - Vice President Academic Affairs & Registrar (Joint Chairperson) 

    John Mc Kenna - Vice President Strategic Planning & Institutional Performance (Joint Chairperson) 

    Treasa Fox – Head of Student Counselling 

    Bernie Langtry – Disability Liaison Officer  

    Alison Hough – Lecturer in Law, Faculty of Business and Hospitality 

    Caroline Burke - HR 

    Dr Don Faller – Dean of Faculty of Science and Health 

    Eric Naughton - An Garda Siochana 

    Ina Stanley – AMRCC (Athlone Midlands Rape Crisis Centre) 

    Jackie Farrell - Equality, Diversity, and Inclusivity Office 

    Nessa Gill – CNS, SATU Mullingar 

    Orla Thornton - Director of Marketing & Communications 

    Niall Naughton - Student Union Deputy / Vice- President for Welfare and Equality 

    Aine Daly - Student Union President 

    Bronwyn Slevin - Counselling Service Administrator 

  • ESVH AIT Working Group Membership

    Sarah La Cumbre – Student Resource Centre Manager (Chairperson) 

    Treasa Fox – Head of Student Counselling  

    Eoin Kiveney – International Office 

    Dr Tony Johnston – HOD Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure 

    Laura Tully – Health Centre Coordinator and Institute Nurse 

    Lisa Hanlon – Healthy Campus Coordinator 

    Niall Naughton - Student Union Deputy / Vice- President for Welfare and Equality 

    Kevin Packenham - SU Vice President for Education & Communications 

    Aine Daly - Student Union President 

    Caroline Burke - HR 

    Marcus Rahilly – HOD, Electronics, Computer, and Software Engineering 

    Margo McNulty – Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering & Informatics 

    Joanne Gillivan – Senior Library Assistant; Library Outreach & International Liaison 

    Dr Kieran Dowd - Course Coordinator B.Sc. Physical Activity and Health Science and B.Sc. Exercise and Health Science, Exercise and Health Science Lead in the SHE Research Group 

    Margaret Harty – 3rd Year Social Care Practice Student  

    Nathan Cafolla – Digital designer & Photographer, Marketing Dept 

    Linda Reidy – Lecturer, Faculty of Business and Hospitality  

    Ollie Hegarty – HOD, Humanities 

    Urji Ashbire – Student representative 

    Ciara Casey – Student representative 

    Bronwyn Slevin – Counselling Service Administrator 

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