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

Gillian Green made this Freedom of Information request to University of Liverpool

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Dear University of Liverpool,
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• How many students subsequently rescinded their consent?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

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Dear Ms Green

 

I am writing in response to your request for information under the Freedom
of Information Act (our reference FOI/2021/082). 

 

Please find attached the University's response.

 

Kind regards, Kirsty

 

Kirsty Rothwell
Freedom of Information Officer / Data Protection Co-ordinator
Legal & Governance

University of Liverpool, Foundation Building, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool L69
7ZX

 

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