Statistics of number of parents / nominated persons contacted by university regarding student mental wellbeing.

Gillian Green made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Ulster University

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Dear Ulster University,

Student ‘opt-in’ or ‘consent at registration’ was a hot topic in 2018. Essentially it involves lowering the bar at which parents or nominated others could be contacted by a university, when there are serious concerns that something bad might happen to an enrolled student, and/or where their health, wellbeing or welfare could be affected.
To qualify as ‘opt-in’ a scheme must be optional and additional to any compulsory emergency contact protocol. The latter is typically restricted to serious incidents and/or emergency situations, that may present an imminent threat to a student’s vital interests. Modifying your compulsory emergency contact protocol is not ‘opt-in’, it is ‘opt-out’, since action would be required to withdraw consent.
This important policy has been implemented at a number of universities, and presumably at your institution as well. If so, please provide me with the following more detailed information:
• How many students were registered at your institution for each of the academic periods
2018-19,
2019-20 and
2020-21?
Please provide the above information according to year-of-study e.g. 1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year
For each academic period and year-of-study sub-division:
• How many students opted-in at registration?
• How many students subsequently rescinded their consent?
• How many times was the opt-in consent used to contact somebody?
• How many times was use of the opt-in consent considered, but with you deliberately choosing not to contact a parent or nominated individual?

Yours faithfully,

Gillian Green

foi, Ulster University

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Dear Ms Green

 

We acknowledge receipt of your recent request under the provisions of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (ref FOIA/21/038).  Your request is
receiving attention and we hope to have a response to you by 25 March 2021

 

Ulster University’s campuses are now closed as a response to the impact of
COVID-19.  We continue to work remotely and although we will strive to
provide a response within the timeframe there may be delays.

 

We will keep you updated in respect of the status of your request.   

 

Regards

 

Azlina Cohen

 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

foi, Ulster University

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Dear Ms Green

 

RESPONSE FOIA/21/038

 

Further to your Freedom of Information request, please view Ulster
University’s response as follows –

 

Registration numbers for 2018/19 – 2020/21 are attached.  Ulster
University does not operate a formal ‘opt-in’ scheme so has no further
data to provide for your request.

 

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FOI requests. Please submit written details of your appeal to Clare
Jamison, University of Ulster, Coleraine BT52 1SA, email at
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Yours sincerely

 

Azlina Cohen

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University.
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text of email is not intended to form a binding contract. Correspondence
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3rd parties under relevant legislation.
The Ulster University was founded by Royal Charter in 1984 and is
registered with company number RC000726 and VAT registered number
GB672390524.The primary contact address for Ulster University in Northern
Ireland is Cromore Road, Coleraine, Co. Londonderry BT52 1SA

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