Whilst all courses at the University are based on academic work, some are also subject to a professional guidelines or requirements. This means that the course might lead to the student being qualified to practise in a specific area such as nursing, social work or teaching. In order to practise, the student must be certified as ‘fit to practise’ by the University before being registered by the relevant professional body. If any concern arises about the a student’s behaviour, professional capability or health and wellbeing, it would need to be investigated in order to ensure that the right support is put in place if necessary, or that action is taken if the situation is serious. More information about Fitness to Practise can be found on the University Website for Health Sciences students, and on the Hull York Medical school webpages for medical students.
The University recommends that you get in touch with the Students’ Union- YUSU or GSA (for postgraduate students) to discuss the situation and get appropriate advice and support to help you through the process. It is important to remember that your department will have no option but to investigate if a concern is raised. This doesn’t mean that they automatically believe what has been reported or that they will take action, but have a duty to investigate before coming to any conclusions or making recommendations. The initial stages of the fitness to practice process are investigative, and often the problem is addressed without going to the formal stage.
Outcomes range from there being ‘no case to answer’ to penalties being applied, support being put in place or discontinuation from your programme. This varies on a case-by-case basis. More information is available on the Fitness to Practise webpages.
We can arrange to meet with you to discuss your situation, provide you information about the fitness to practice process, and attend any face-to-face meetings with you. We don’t normally speak on your behalf, but help you prepare for the meeting, and debrief after if necessary. We may also take notes of the meeting for your records, and ensure that due process is being followed by the University.
If you, or the University, believe that you are not ‘fit to study’ for any reason, you can raise the issue with your department or college, or the University can raise it with you. Your case will be considered by a panel, and if it is found that you do not have the ability to undertake your studies or meet assessment requirements placing you at risk of failing your programme of study, it might be necessary to recommend that you take a leave of absence, or be discontinued from your course.