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Hello i am currently preparing a second academic appeal to the Durham University Senate Appeals Committee against a decision of my faculty within the university requiring me to withdraw from the university. The basis of the decision is that i failed to comply with an Academic Progress Notice requiring me to meet coursework deadlines. My initial appeal was rejected on the basis that my medical evidence for not meeting the deadlines was not provided in a 'timely manner' despite being fully aware of the process. I strongly disagree with this, my application for medical evidence was made in time and the failure for it to arrive in time was not my fault.
In addition the university claim that i failed to take full advantage of support available to me by the University students with disabilities by cancelling appointments particularly during the Academic Progress Notice period. I strongly disagree with this my cancelled appointments were a result of illness and attempts to rearrangement appointments were not possible as the service was fully booked. In addition the university claim that agreed the requirements of the APN, which is true but i agreed without the full extent of the knowledge of my medical condition.
I need help to ensure i get the correct legal advice and to ensure that i cover all bases so that all required information is included in my appeal.
I believe the attempt to hold me accountable for the failure for the medical evidence to arrive prior to the end of the Notice period is incorrect as i applied for it before the end of the period and i requested i be supplied as a matter of urgency. Especially in light of the fact i followed university protocol.
secondly, i believe my rights were under the disabilities acts reasonable adjustments protocol were breached as i was denied the opportunity to work with study support tutors when i was unable to attend initial sessions due to illness. Furthermore, i believe my agreement to to the terms of the progress notice terms should not be binding in light of the fact that i had no idea how ill i was at the time and how long the illness would last for.
Do i have a case ? Is there an organisation i should contact to help write my appeals documents
Just off the top of your head please could you please let me know what information i should collect from the university, services with disability and medical centre to ensure collect everything needed.
Also i plan to visit the citizen advice centre tomorrow. do you think this is a good idea, although i will contact match solicitors.com tomorrow