Fitness to Study

Dublin City University (DCU) recognises its responsibility to support students to complete their studies. For the vast majority of students, progression to completion of their studies is uneventful, with little or no need for additional support. This is not always the case, however. In certain circumstances, there is a need for a formalised coordinated response to support a student in distress. Occasionally, even with additional support, the behaviour, welfare or wellbeing of an individual student is so adversely affected as to make continuation in study difficult or impossible, and/or their continuation in studies is likely to interfere with the learning, working, or living experiences of others to such an extent as to be deemed unreasonable and unsustainable.

This Policy and Procedure is expressly intended to be supportive of individual students who may be in distress or difficulty whilst also recognising the right of the wider university community to study, work and live free of undue duress/distress caused by others. In matters relating to a student’s fitness to continue in study, DCU is guided by relevant legislation as may be amended from time to time. In this regard, the University remains particularly mindful of its obligations under the Equal Status Act 2000 and the Equal Status (Amendment) Act 2012.

There are established policies and procedures in place in DCU to deal with students who are not achieving academically or whose behaviour breaches the DCU Student Code of Conduct. This Policy and Procedure is intended for circumstances not covered by the University’s existing academic regulations or the Student Code of Conduct.

For more details on the Fitness to Study Policy please see the following link:

Fitness to Study Policy


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