SUSPENSION AND EXCLUSION POLICY
This policy applies to all students attending Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy.
Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy is committed to providing the highest standards of teaching and learning for all of its students and tutors will do everything possible to see that the individual needs of students are met. However, if a student:
* consistently, does not meet our academic expectations,
* displays poor behaviour for a sustained period,
* or commits an act amounting to gross misconduct,
then it may be necessary to suspend or even exclude them from their course at Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy. Failure to meet academic expectations may include repeated unexplained or unacceptable absence, persistent poor punctuality, a poor record of work submission or a failure to respond to measures put in place by the course tutor.
Suspensions and exclusions are wholly at the discretion of the Director of Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy.
A meeting will be arranged with the Director and the student to discuss the matter and make arrangements for the student to return. This will involve a set of clearly stated conditions that the student will have to adhere to, in order to remain at Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy.
Excluding students on a permanent basis is a highly regrettable situation and the Institute will do everything in its power to avoid such a serious measure. Exclusion can occur if the conditions of a suspension are not met, or may be the result of a single act.
Students should be aware that any serious act of verbal or physical aggression, gross misconduct, or anything that compromises the safety of Manchester Institute of Psychotherapy students and staff members, will result in their immediate removal from the Institute.
Students have the right to appeal against an expulsion if they feel that the Institute has acted unfairly. If an appeal is made, the student will be invited to the Institute for a provisional meeting with the Director to discuss their appeal. If they then wish to pursue the matter, a meeting with the External Moderator and the Director will be scheduled.
Students should bear in mind that the grounds for appeal may only be that the Institute is incorrect in judging that a suspended or excluded student failed to fulfil the conditions imposed by the course tutor. These conditions may again be imposed following a student’s return to the Institute after suspension, or as a consequence of some other incident or disciplinary procedure.
Reviewed January 2018