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'Jane' was expelled by King's College London after suffering with depression following a serious operation. The Appeals Board requested medical evidence that she simply did not have to 'prove' her depression at a time when she was too unwell to leave her room, and too unwell to realize how depressed she was. No member of College staff bothered to refer her to a councillor when she tried to seek help, and were dismissive towards her struggle. A student completely untrained in pastoral support eventually had to refer her to a councillor. The councillor then preceded to be condescending and insulted 'Jane's' family background, calling it 'dysfunctional'.
Had 'Jane' been offered the pastoral support she had been promised on induction, she could have graduated successfully. She was one of the most promising students in her year and held a lot of potential. She got sick, and nobody at King's College London bothered to reach out to her. Worse still, they ignored her when she tried to seek help after a breakdown at work.
This is unacceptable. In an age where Atos was pressurized to terminate their contracts, we shouldn't be asking the most vulnerable in our society, in our universities, to do unrealistic things to 'prove' that they are not fit to study. Universities are not just an educational experience, they are a reflection of society as a whole; they should treat people with basic human dignity, compassion and respect.
We call on King's to offer this student the pastoral support, advice and assistance they should have given her prior to her expulsion. We demand that this student be given the option for a full reinstatement of her student status.
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