If there is an immediate need to consider serious concerns about your wellbeing an Ability to Engage panel meeting will be held. You will get at least 5 days’ notice that an Ability to Engage Meeting is going to be held and who will be on the panel. You can attend the meeting and bring someone from advice(su) or a friend with you.
The panel, which will usually include your Head of School and the Head of Student Services (Wellbeing), and be chaired by the Director of Student Services, will explain the concerns to you, and may ask you questions. You will get a chance to talk about anything you would like them to take into consideration. We can help you prepare what you want to say in this meeting,
If the Panel decides that your ability to study is sufficiently undermined or that there is a significant risk to others if you continue to study, it can impose a compulsory interruption of your studies of up to 12 months. This can be extended if you are not fit to return at the end of the period of interruption. At the end of any compulsory interruption, you will be able to return to study provided the issues leading to it are shown to have been addressed and subject to academic conditions such as repeating a period of study.
If a compulsory interruption is not considered necessary, you will be asked to attend a Wellbeing Engagement Meeting within 10 working days and the process will continue from there.
You will be sent the Panel’s written decision within 5 working days of the meeting
If you don’t agree with the outcome of an Ability to Engage Meeting, you can ask for the panel’s decision to be reviewed by the University Physician. This will be a doctor from the UMS