Dear The Robert Gordon University,
Please provide me with information on the following:
1. For each of the past ten academic years (2008-09 to 2018-19), how many Robert Gordon students have died while a student at the university?
2. Please provide, if possible, a breakdown by gender for each year.
3. For each of the past ten academic years (2008-09 to 2018-19), how many Robert Gordon students have committed suicide while a student at the university?
4. The university’s rationale behind choosing to record or not to record student suicides.
5. University policy regarding all actions the university take after a student commits suicide
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the University under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, it is
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Administrator (Mon-Fri 9-12noon) | Strategy, Planning & Policy | Robert
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F (09/07) 140619-3 Student Deaths
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The University is able to advise you that some of the numbers involved are
five or fewer. This is because University does not disclose publicly
personal data, including not just names, but also other information which
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This is particularly the case where very low numbers are involved, and
accordingly other information may also have been withheld for this
Such information has been withheld under the exemption for personal data
in section 38(1)(b) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.
Where very low numbers of staff or students are concerned, and the
institution itself is relatively small, it is accordingly easier to
discover their identities. The University needs to ensure that
identification of individuals, and the disclosure of their personal data,
is not thereby directly or indirectly revealed.
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