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Fitness to Practise: Delays in process - PI091502

University of Northampton

A student at the University of Northampton complained after the University decided she was unfit to practise following disclosure of criminal charges against her.

We found that the University had followed its procedures correctly and that the outcome was in line with its regulations. However we considered that the University took too long to convene a Fitness to Practise panel after the conclusion of the court case and the initial investigation, given the potential seriousness of the outcome for the student.

We found the complaint Partly Justified. We recommended financial compensation for the student for distress and inconvenience and recommended that the University clarify its procedures to include timescales.