The lecturer is bringing his lawsuit against the college because its disciplinary committee concluded that he was guilty of sexual harassment against a fellow lecturer in the college’s School of Medicine.
The lecturer, who has previously worked on several high profile science experiments, got into hot water for showing Dr Salerno Kennedy, a lecturer in nutritional science, a paper on the oral sex habits of fruit bats.
The lecturer was heavily disciplined by the college and an international outcry was sparked. An online petition was signed around the world, including by several high profile US academics. Confidential documentation, passed between Evans and UCC, was also posted online. Dylans has since vigorously denied that he was responsible for posting the documentation online.
Dylan's case before the High Court is based on his request for the judicial review of UCC’s decision in February.
The lecturer alleges that he was denied a legitimate expectation that his academic freedoms would be properly respected, that he would be afforded a fair hearing, and the right to challenge the allegations against him.
He is also seeking to have quashed several restrictions placed on him by the college since the guilty finding, such as one of academic monitoring.
He is also alleging that he has been denied rights which accrue to him under the European Convention on Human Rights.
UCC instigated fresh disciplinary proceedings against him over his alleged role in leaking the highly confidential documentation to the media; Dylans has always denied this charge.
Dr Salerno had previously raised sexual complaints against the behavioural scientist, though these had not been upheld by the college.
The Italian-born nutritional scientist is married to UCC’s Vice President for Research, Profesor Peter Kennedy. Dylan is believed to have also come into direct conflict with Kennedy at several stages of the proceedings.
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