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Fitness to Practice

Extract from University of Dublin Calendar 2012-13, General Regulations, pages H6 - H8.

§27 Situations may arise where there are concerns regarding a student’s fitness to participate in clinical or other placements, which are an essential component of the student’s course. Such cases not falling within the remit of Garda vetting or College disciplinary procedures may be considered by a school’s Fitness to Practice Committee. Where an alleged disciplinary offence comes before the Junior Dean, the Junior Dean may decide to refer the case to the Fitness to Practice Committee of the relevant school if the Junior Dean considers this to be a more appropriate way of dealing with the case. Where a fitness to practice issue arises in the context of an academic appeal, the relevant body hearing the appeal may decide to refer the case to the Fitness to Practice Committee of the relevant school if it is considered to be a more appropriate way of dealing with the case.

Where the school’s Fitness to Practice Committee decides that the concern is well founded, it may take one of the following actions:

(i) Caution the student in relation to the matter.

(ii) Require the student to undergo testing, at College’s expense, in respect of suspected drug or alcohol addiction. A student failing to comply with this requirement or whose tests confirm continued drug or alcohol use may be required to withdraw from his/her course or to go off-books until such time as he/she is certified by an appropriately qualified person to be fit to proceed with his/her course of studies.

(iii) Require the student to undergo a medical examination or assessment, which may include psychiatric assessment, by a doctor or specialist nominated by the committee at the expense of College for the purpose of obtaining an opinion as to the student’s medical fitness to continue with his/her studies or as to his/her ability or suitability to participate in his/her course to the standards required by College. Where a student fails to comply with this requirement, or where he/she is assessed to be unfit to continue with his/her studies or unable or unsuitable to participate in his/her course to the standard required by College, he/she may be required by the committee to withdraw from his/her course or to go off books until such time as he/she is certified by an appropriately qualified person, nominated by College, to be fit to proceed with his/her course of studies.

(iv) Suspend a student until such time as he/she is certified by an appropriately qualified person, nominated by College, to be fit to proceed with his/her course of study.

(v) Require a student to withdraw from his/her course.

Further information can be found in the General Regulations (PDF) and in College’s Fitness to Practice Policy (MS Word).



Last updated 23 May 2018 digital@tcd.ie.