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    Hello,

    Please forgive me for asking this question about a course at a completely unrelated university... However, I wanted to get a completely unbiased opinion...

    I have a friend who has recently been thrown off her nursing degree, the same week as she was due to graduate after 3 years of studying.

    She regularly had placement on wards at the hospital and was required to fill in a time sheet and get a more senior member of staff to sign it at the end of the shift (to confirm she attended). At some point since handing in this time sheet, the ward sister has gone through the time sheet and signatures and claims that a particular shift had not been completed and that my friend had falsified a signature... All because the ward sister does not recognise the signature. I know for a fact that my friend completed the shift, although she cannot remember the specific person that signed the time sheet, something that is very common due to the amount of people she worked with.

    This issue was raised by the ward sister to the student governance board, who subsequently deliberated the claim and decided against my friend. She was not even given a chance to defend herself not was she allowed a copy of the time sheet for her own evidential records.

    Obviously, my friend is beside herself and feels like the last 3 years have been for nothing. Apparently, once a decision like this has been made, it is impossible for you to appeal and you can no longer study at the university, even on any unrelated courses... She has effectively been expelled. This really does not sound fair to me and the process in which the decision has been made seems entirely flawed, especially given her glowing character references, great course work and obvious innocence. She was even willing to not only retake that particular module, but even retake the entire year to get her nursing degree, as this is all she has ever wanted to do. But the university refused point blank.

    I just wanted to ask if there is anything that anyone could suggest she tries to have the decision overturned, or at least have the consequences reduced. She has really worked hard to get this far and would be such a shame if there really was absolutely nothing she could do.

    Thanks for any advice.

    Alex
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    Hello,

    Please forgive me for asking this question about a course at a completely unrelated university... However, I wanted to get a completely unbiased opinion...

    I have a friend who has recently been thrown off her nursing degree, the same week as she was due to graduate after 3 years of studying.

    She regularly had placement on wards at the hospital and was required to fill in a time sheet and get a more senior member of staff to sign it at the end of the shift (to confirm she attended). At some point since handing in this time sheet, the ward sister has gone through the time sheet and signatures and claims that a particular shift had not been completed and that my friend had falsified a signature... All because the ward sister does not recognise the signature. I know for a fact that my friend completed the shift, although she cannot remember the specific person that signed the time sheet, something that is very common due to the amount of people she worked with.

    This issue was raised by the ward sister to the student governance board, who subsequently deliberated the claim and decided against my friend. She was not even given a chance to defend herself not was she allowed a copy of the time sheet for her own evidential records.

    Obviously, my friend is beside herself and feels like the last 3 years have been for nothing. Apparently, once a decision like this has been made, it is impossible for you to appeal and you can no longer study at the university, even on any unrelated courses... She has effectively been expelled. This really does not sound fair to me and the process in which the decision has been made seems entirely flawed, especially given her glowing character references, great course work and obvious innocence. She was even willing to not only retake that particular module, but even retake the entire year to get her nursing degree, as this is all she has ever wanted to do. But the university refused point blank.

    I just wanted to ask if there is anything that anyone could suggest she tries to have the decision overturned, or at least have the consequences reduced. She has really worked hard to get this far and would be such a shame if there really was absolutely nothing she could do.

    Thanks for any advice.

    Alex
    (A caring friend of Gemma)
    Is your friend a member of a union? Unison or the RCN generally try and recruit students it would be a good idea for her to approach them if she's a member as well as the student's union who should be able to advise her on making an appeal. I struggle to believe that there is no way she can appeal to her university on a decision like this, unless the university can show that there's been a full and thorough investigation to clearly prove that she had falsified the signature. What the uni have done sounds a bit dodgy to me, but we don't know everything.
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    Firstly, I'm sorry to hear about your friend's situation, but it's not really something that we're able to comment on.

    The only advice I can give would be for your friend to speak to those who can offer the best advice;
    -Her personal tutor - they should be able to explain the process for your specific university.
    -Your Students Union - many students unions offer advice and guidance to their students.
    -The Office of the Independent Adjudicator: http://www.oiahe.org.uk/

    I hope that helps, and your friend can get some clear answers.

    Best wishes

    Amanda
 
 
 
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