Approximately 14% of students have been bullied during their college years, with one in thirty students being bullied by their own tutors, according to recent research.
According to the Irish Examiner, the online questionnaire, which was instigated by Trinity College Dublin’s Anti-Bullying Research Centre, surveyed almost 400 Irish college students, with one in seven admitting to experiencing “traditional forms of bullying”.
A further 24% of those who were bulled “in a traditional manner” admitting to being bullied by teaching staff within their college.
More than one in five have reportedly witnessed such bullying, which also includes verbal bullying, and more than half of the students who had admitted to being bullied claimed they experienced exclusionary bullying.
The report states that this was, “much higher than rates found in studies at second level, where 9% of bullied students were victims.”
According to the publication, 24% of students have said that they had “experienced unwanted sexual attention” and this was reportedly “four times the rate in a 2001 Irish workplace study.”
Liam McGuire, who was responsible for the study, noted that “sexual aggression” was a significant issue amongst third level students.
“Though the increased rate is understandable, given the far more social element of college life as compared to working life, where college mates would be viewed as prospective partners far more than work colleagues, it would appear that sexual aggression is definitely an issue among students in Ireland,” Ms.McGuire said to the Irish Examiner.
The report also stated that 34% of students had claimed they had been marked unfairly, 27.5% of students said they had received a "hostile" reaction from tutors after approaching them with a problem, 18% had their work ignored by tutors and 15% were “subject to persistent unwarranted criticism of their work".
Ms. McGuire was also heavily critical of Irish colleges and the manner in which they deal with bullying amongst their students.
Almost two thirds of students had “no idea” if their college had a bullying policy in place and Ms. McGuire said that this pointed to the poor advertising within colleges of such bullying policies.
The report further notes Ms. McGuires observation that, “not one student who had been bullied, in either form, approached their tutor for help with these issues.”