Fitness To Study
This procedure will apply to you where the University is trying to respond to or manage any concerns regarding your health or behaviour where it is thought that it is seriously impacting your ability to study and the ability of those around you to study. The procedure is in place to enable you to successfully complete your studies where possible and if you present with physical, mental or emotional wellbeing difficulties, you should be considered by the University from a supportive perspective.
It’s important to note that if you don’t engage with the procedure, it will continue in your absence. You are also encouraged to inform the University of any disability or health condition that might affect your ability to study or that might require support arrangements
Why might the University be concerned about my fitness to study?
I’m demonstrating behaviour that poses a risk to myself or others
My behaviour and/or the circumstances are significantly affecting my ability to achieve the competence standards or learning outcomes required
My behaviour or health is causing disruption to the teaching, learning or support of other students
I’m unwilling to engage with the support offered to me by the University
What will happen if there is a concern about my fitness to study?
The informal stage
Your Head of Department will consult your personal tutor, course leader or the Head of Student Services and evaluate the risk to you and/or others. If the risk is thought to be low, it will be resolved under stage 1. If it is high, the concern should proceed to stage 2 (the Fitness to Study Case Review Group).
Stage 1 involves a Case Worker being appointed, will be usually be a Student Support Adviser. They will work closely with your personal tutor and should arrange to meet with you discuss the support you require and the concern that has been raised. They should set clear actions for the review period and meet with you again after 3 works.
Stage 2 will enable a meeting of the Case Review Group. You will be asked to submit a statement in response to the concern, as well as any supporting documents. You might be asked to attend if required. The CRG will normally meet within 5 working days of the deadline by which you need to have submitted your statement.
The CRG will decide whether there is a need for additional intervention from the case worker or whether your case needs to be referred to the Fitness to Study Committee if there are continuing or escalating concerns.
The Fitness to Study Committee
The Fitness to Study Committee might ask for a specialist assessment of the risk to be conducted. You will given the opportunity to consent to this, and encouraged to do so in order to address any concerns.
You will asked to attend the meeting, as will any witnesses you or the Chair call upon.
You will receive the outcome within 5 working days of the FTSC, and can appeal to OSACC within 5 working days of the written confirmation of the committee’s decision if you are not satisfied with it.
Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA).
Fitness to Study Procedure