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Sunday 20 October 2019

College radio show 'sorry' for sexual comments about female students in 'unacceptable' broadcast

University College Dublin students have been criticised
University College Dublin students have been criticised

Students at University College Dublin have apologised for making offensive comments during a broadcast on the college radio station Belfield FM.

Radio show Keepin' It Country came under fire over alleged sexual comments made about female students in the college after the student publication The College Tribune reported details of the broadcast.

Sexual

They included comments naming sexual acts being carried out on female students at the university. The podcast was removed and the team behind the show has since apologised.

"We are sincerely apologetic to all who have been affected by the use of inappropriate language and disrespectful comments made on the show," they said.

"These comments are not reflective of our personal viewpoints or that of the school of Agriculture and Food Science.

"We are aware that the comments made are not acceptable in the society in which we want to live.

"We've accepted that we were wrong, and that there is a needed change of attitude regarding respectfulness and equality for everyone."

Belfield FM station manager Aisling Grennan declined to comment and referred queries to the Societies Council.

It is understood the council has been made aware of the comments made on the show but both it and the Students Union refused to comment.

Criticism

Asked if the dean of undergraduates would investigate, a university spokesperson said: "The dean will attend to anything brought to his attention."

They added: "It has not been brought to the attention of the dean".

In 2016, students from the School of Agriculture came in for criticism over an alleged Facebook group rating images of other female students.

At the time the university said it was investigating.

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