NUIG students vote to scrap Rag WeekWednesday 19 October 2011 00.05
NUI Galway students have voted to replace their annual 'Rag Week' celebrations with a range of concessions requested from the University.
Last night, class representatives voted by 107 votes to seven to abolish the controversial week in return for five concessions.
The concessions include a one-day concert to replace Rag Week, an extra €60,000 a year, index-linked contribution to the Student Assistance Fund and the abolition of a €2 charge for the student gym.
A guarantee not to introduce charges to visit a doctor or nurse at the Student Health Unit and extra notice boards were also agreed.
In March of this year 37 people were reported to have been arrested during the week, which garnered widespread negative media attention.
NUI Galway President James Brown had called for the week to be scrapped.