At the Faculty or Committee meeting, you can present a written statement or any extenuating circumstances or compelling personal issues that you wish to be taken into account. You need to make sure you have prepared these and gathered any relevant evidence before the meeting.
You can ask someone to attend the meeting with you or on your behalf. You should ask a fellow Essex student, member of staff or a member of SU Advice before the meeting.
What happens at the meeting
In a Faculty meeting the Dean or a Faculty Representative, will discuss with you how you have been engaging with your course and any problems you are experiencing that may have affected your studies. They will review information about your engagement, attendance and progress with you, including the information on LEAP and your coursework submission records.
They may discuss how your level of engagement and attendance could impact your progress, and will also suggest actions you can take and support you can access to improve your progress.
The Dean may decide to monitor your engagement, attendance and progress to see whether further action needs to be taken.
If there continue to be very serious concerns about your progress you will be invited to a Progress Committee meeting where you will meet with the Dean/Faculty Representative and two other members of academic staff.
As in a Faculty meeting they will review information about your engagement, attendance and progress. The Committee will discuss the issues with you and will make a decision about the best course of action to take to support your progress.
If a Committee decides you need to take a break from your studies, they can require you to intermit. If they decide you are not engaging and can make no further progress on your course, they can require you to withdraw from your course.
If you can't attend the meeting
If you can't attend your Faculty or Committee meeting, you must respond to the invitation email you will have received from the Student Progress Team and let them know. Please be aware that it may not be possible to rearrange a meeting.
If you don't contact the Progress Team before your meeting and then fail to attend, you may be deemed to be no longer engaged with your programme and withdrawn from the University.