Indigo Ellis writes for The Huffington Post UK:
A former student at King’s College London has claimed she was expelled for not being able to provide sufficient evidence she was depressed after falling behind with her work.
Jane* says the university “failed and humiliated” her and spoke out to criticise the lack of support and insensitivity she suffered through a period of depression which she says eventually led to her expulsion in 2012.
The former student highlighted King’s inability to support her pastorally, and felt let down by her personal tutor and university counsellors – the support systems in place for incidents of this type.
Having being severely depressed prior to and after a serious operation, Jane failed an assignment by a single mark. Her place on her course was terminated and appeals denied after the written evidence of her illness was deemed “inappropriate”. The university claimed the letters she provided from her GP and counsellor were insufficient in explaining the failure of the assignment as they covered the wrong dates.
Jane visited a university counsellor but says they did not provide any help, simply telling her she came from a “dysfunctional family”. Her personal tutor, another supposed point of support for students pastorally, was similarly unhelpful.
The former student told The Huffington Post UK she had finally found the confidence to speak out about her experience, saying KCL failed to give her the “key ingredient to success – support”.
“In 2012, I underwent a very serious operation which left me distraught and depressed,” she said. “Unaware as to the extent of my mental illness, I fell behind with one assignment and my place on the course was terminated. It was too late to prove my mental health issues once I had been kicked to the curb; they requested evidence to ‘prove’ that I had had depression, they said that the evidence that I had provided was ‘not enough’…
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*Jane’s name has been changed to protect her anonymity.