The Equal Opportunity Act 2000 (EOA) states that subject to any agreement or practice between the State and any educational establishment, Board or other institution, an educational establishment shall not discriminate against a prospective student or a student.

How does the EOA protect prospective students and students?

The EOA prohibits an educational establishment from discriminating against a person or student:

  • By refusing to accept a person’s application for admission;
  • In the terms and conditions on which a person is admitted as a student;
  • By denying or limiting a student’s access to the facilities, services and benefits provided by the establishment;
  • By expelling the student or subjecting the student to any other detriment
  • There is however, an exception in that the discriminating acts as mentioned above do not apply to single sex educational establishments.