At the end of the zoom session, two lecturers discussed in crude terms with the students and apologized to the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology for specifying personal details about the students’ lives.
The college president said he would like to fully apologize to our students for the data breach. Orla Flynn said in a statement.
GMIT is known as a student-centered institute and some of the comments made by our staff do not reflect the values we want.
She said the college takes the violation of GMIT policies and data protection laws very seriously.
Footage of the incident had been circulating on social media in recent days.
In it, the two women speakers discuss what they describe as the students’ “very weak” performance between their online presentations.
It is clear that both believe that they are talking privately and that some students are unaware of the fact that they can hear them and are recording them.
Mentioning students by name assumes that a student has a disability.
“Is there something wrong with her (named student)?” Someone asks. Another responds that she was thinking the same thing.
She says: “It’s a joke. I was thinking about communication (voice and body language) before making a (marking) decision … I said it’s better to check access to see if she’s somewhere on the list.”
The lecturer refers to the College’s Disability Access Office, which supports students with disabilities.
“I thought the student would never come,” he said.
“Anyway I couldn’t take more of them, I was exhausted,” says another.
This lecturer goes on to say that one student commented, “Not too bad, I found him interesting”; “But I thought, the other student, (named the student) I thought I should take a Z and start brushing my teeth, they were so painful, to pay attention to him”.
In a statement issued by the college this evening, he said he would apologize to the students directly involved.