Please see below for more information:
In Northern Ireland, a person is regardedas being disabled if he/she has ‘a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on his/her ability to carry out normal day to day activities’. This definition may include people with a wide range of physical and learning disabilities, mental health or medical conditions (including cerebral palsy, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, muscular dystrophy, autism, depression and ME, although this list is neither definitive nor exhaustive.
There may be occasions when a student may be temporarily injured or may need surgery which can result in a temporary impairment e.g. broken limbs, short term impairments resulting from injuries, surgeries, medical procedures etc. Temporary impairments are not regarded as disabilities, however the University does recognise that temporary impairments may impact on academic progress (e.g. difficulties getting to class, taking notes, taking exams etc.) and has provided information that may help students continue with their academic progress:
Ongoing hospitalisation due to illness, surgery etc. is not considered a temporary impairment, and will be considered with attendance polices and exceptional circumstances procedures, depending on the length of absence. Please contact Disability Services if there is a query about an absence that relates to a disability.
Students who are pregnant are encouraged in the first instance to contact their GP (doctor).
Students are encouraged to notify the University about their pregnancy through their Personal Tutor or Supervisor (or other designated member of staff) in their academic School. You must do this if elements of your programme of study present risk to health and safety. Students who are pregnant should contact their Advisor of Studies to discuss options and possible support that can be put in place that may related to specific elements of the course, or particular concerns relating to the pregnancy.
The health and safety of a pregnant student is of paramount importance at all times, and all students should be treated in a sensitive, non-judgemental and confidential manner. Only members of staff who need to be informed for valid reasons will be notified of a student’s circumstances and this should be done only with the student’s prior consent.
Elements that may be considered to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of a student who is pregnant:
The student Counselling Service is available to all students experiencing emotional or personal difficulties which may impact on their studies. This is a free, confidential and non-judgemental service.
Queen's University Belfast is committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
For more information please read our Equality and Diversity Policy.
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