Minister to examine compulsory sexual-consent college classes

Third-level institutions will need to meet minimum standards of response to sexual harassment on campus

Mary Mitchell O’Connor publicises a report on sexual consent among third-level students. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

Mary Mitchell O’Connor publicises a report on sexual consent among third-level students. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

Minister of State for higher education Mary Mitchell O’Connor said she is considering making classes on sexual consent compulsory in all Irish colleges.

Ms Mitchell O’Connor was speaking at the publication of research from the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) that found 70 per cent of female students and 40 per cent of male students said they experienced sexual hostility or crude gender harassment by the time they were finishing third-level education.

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