Fit to study? Dealing with problem students

A student may present a series of continuing problems to an institution for a variety of reasons.  In some cases the institution sees a need to act in order to support a student with medical or psychological problems or to protect other  students or staff from disruptive or otherwise unacceptable behaviour.  Such behaviour may be no fault of the student for medical or other reasons or it may be of a kind which would normally lead to disciplinary action. Sometimes extreme behaviour develops as a consequence of the failure to resolve a complaint. Among the causes may be consequences of (real or perceived) flawed handling of an earlier complaint which may ultimately take a student with a complaint to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator. iStock_000005881622_ExtraSmallA number of institutions have developed ‘fitness to study’ procedures. Some are chiefly concerned with the need to protect other students from disruptive or inappropriate behaviour by a student who may, for example, have mental health problems.  Some are geared especially to health problems which may make a student ‘unfit’ to study. Some are concerned to ensure that students are not subjected to disciplinary processes when their behaviour may be the result of medical or other problems which are not their fault. Examples may be found at: Aberystwyth University http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/toolkit/training-resources/resources-policies-procedures/fitnesstoattend/ Bangor University https://www.bangor.ac.uk/ar/main/regulations/BUProc08-v201301.pdf Bath Spa University https://thehub.bathspa.ac.uk/services/research-and-graduate-affairs/graduate-school/suspension-of-studies-withdrawal Bath, University of  http://www.bath.ac.uk/regulations/Appendix2.pdf Birkbeck College http://www.bbk.ac.uk/mybirkbeck/services/rules/Fitness-to-Study.pdf Bradford, University of  http://www.bradford.ac.uk/legal-and-governance/media/legalandgovernance/allfiles/documents/appeals/Fitness-to-Study-Policy.pdf Bristol University http://www.bristol.ac.uk/equalityanddiversity/act/protected/disability/fitnesstostudy/ Brunel University http://www.brunel.ac.uk/about/administration/university-rules-and-regulations/senate-regulations/senate-regulation-11-fitness-to-study Buckingham New University http://bucks.ac.uk/content/documents/formal_documents/academic_quality/fitness_to_study_procedure.pdf Cambridge, Clare College http://www.clare.cam.ac.uk/Fitness-to-Study/ Cambridge, Downing College http://www.dow.cam.ac.uk/index.php/about/forstudents/welfare/241-fitnesstostudy Cardiff Metropolitan University http://www3.cardiffmet.ac.uk/English/registry/AH2013-14/Documents/AH1_09_03.pdf Cardiff University http://learning.cf.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/2.02-Students-Fitness-to-Study-Procedure1.pdf Chichester University http://www.chi.ac.uk/sites/default/files/Fitness%20to%20Study%20Policy%20and%20Procedure_0.pdf Creative Arts, University of the http://webdocs.ucreative.ac.uk/Fitness%20to%20Study%20Procedure%20v1%2013-14-1375974960243.pdf East Anglia, University of http://www.uea.ac.uk/learningandteaching/documents/attendance_engagement_progress/FitnessforStudyProcedure Exeter, University of http://www.exeter.ac.uk/students/administration/complaintsandappeals/fitnesstostudyexeter/ Falmouth University http://www.falmouth.ac.uk/sites/default/files/download/health-wellbeing-fitness-to-study-policy-2013_0.pdf Harper Adams University http://www.harper-adams.ac.uk/student-services/files/Fitness-to-Study-Assessment.pdf Highlands and Islands, University of the http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/about-uhi/governance/policies-and-regulations/policies/fitness-to-study-guidelines/fitness-to-study-guidelines/view Leeds, University ofhttp://www.leeds.ac.uk/studentcounselling/information_for_staff.html Liverpool John Moores University http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/corporate/SPR/90523.htm London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/currentstudents/studentregulations/generalregulations/fitness_to_study_policy.pdf London South Bank University https://my.lsbu.ac.uk/assets/documents/student-life/fitness-to-study-guidelines.pdf London University http://www.london.ac.uk/fileadmin/documents/about/governance/ordinances/Ordinances_November_2013/Ordinance_16_Fitness_to_Study.pdf Manchester University medical faculty http://www.medschools.ac.uk/AboutUs/Projects/studentfitnesstopractise/resources/Documents/Terminology%20note%20-%20fitness%20to%20study%20vs%20fitness%20to%20practise%20T%20J%20David%2026%204%2012.pdf teases out quite helpfully the difference between fit to study and fit to practise. Newcastle University http://www.ncl.ac.uk/students/progress/assets/documents/Fitness-to-Study-Procedure.pdf Oxford, St Hilda’s College student handbook http://www.sthildasmcr.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/student1314.pdf . Oxford, University of Statute XIII, B, http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/statutes/787-121.shtml Plymouth University http://www1.plymouth.ac.uk/ouruniversity/teachlearn/Handbook/D-G/Pages/default.aspx – downloadable doc. Queen’s University Belfast http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/media/Media,409034,en.pdf Reading University http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/academicengagement_fitnesstostudy.pdf Roehampton University http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/uploadedFiles/Pages_Assets/PDFs_and_Word_Docs/Policies/Fitness-to-Study-Policy.pdf Salford, University of http://www.governance.salford.ac.uk/cms/resources/uploads/File/policies/Fitness_to_Study_Procedure.pdf SOAS [FOI response no procedure] https://www.soas.ac.uk/infocomp/foi/log/2013/fitness-to-study-policy.html Southampton University http://www.calendar.soton.ac.uk/sectionIV/fitness-study.html Surrey, University of http://www.surrey.ac.uk/currentstudents/Files/2013-14_regulations_for_fitness_to_study__final.pdf University College London Students Union http://uclu.org/blogs/keir-gallagher/concerns-and-information-uclfitness-to-study-policy University of Gloucestershire http://www.glos.ac.uk/supporting/StudentCharter/policies/Pages/FitnesstoStudyProcedures.aspx University of South Wales, Glamorgan http://profile.glam.ac.uk/media/files/documents/2012-10-24/Intervention-Policy-Students-Causing-Concern_Fitness_to_Study_2012-13.pdf West of England, University of the http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/aboutus/policies/fitnesstostudy.aspx Westminster University http://www.westminster.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/148212/Fitness-to-Study-Procedure_.pdf York St. John University http://www.yorksj.ac.uk/ssr/student-systems-and-records/policies.aspx