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The student was on a professionally accredited course and had failed to declare a criminal conviction she had (related to a motoring offence) on her DBS (Disclosure and Barring service) form. The student had been involved in an incident where she had a collision with another car, but had no insurance and had failed to stop and provide details at the time.
The course contacted the student to attend a Local Resolution fitness to practice meeting to discuss the conviction and why she hadn’t declared the offences on her DBS form.
The adviser explained the University’s fitness to practice procedures, and the different stages under which the University might consider issues that have been raised. The student had been invited to attend a first stage meeting to establish the facts in order to make a decision on what further action might be required, or whether the issue merited being heard at a more formal hearing.
The adviser provided guidance to the student on writing a reflective statement about the events and the reasons why they had taken the actions they had. The student was advised to include any information relating to any mitigating factors that may have affected their judgment at the time.
The student attended the Informal Resolution Meeting with an adviser, and explained her actions and answered questions about what she had written in her reflective statement.
The outcome of the meeting was the student needed to submit a further and fuller reflective statement onto University partners who would be providing a placement setting for the student on the course, so that they could then make a judgement on whether they would be prepared to accept the student on a placement.
Subject to her reflective statement being satisfactory to the external providers, the University agreed that they would then left the student’s current suspension from the course in order to allow her to resume her studies.