Falmouth University Intermittent
- Intermittence (temporary suspension of studies)
On accepting a place onto a course of study, both the student and the University College are entering into a legally-binding contract and funding to the University College is dependent on the continued enrolment of students. As such, a student cannot unilaterally decide to intermit their studies and should make a request to their course leader seeking approval to intermit their studies. Prolonged ill-health, pregnancy and bereavement are cases where a student can expect full support in their request to intermit.
A student who is in poor academic standing will not be allowed to intermit their studies unless there are extreme mitigating circumstances.
A student who is intermitting is, by definition, expecting to return to their studies and their place on the course is held open for them to return, normally for one academic year. In cases where the student has intermitted on ill-health grounds this may be extended to two academic years. Students who have been intermitting through reasons of ill-health will be required to furnish proof to the University College of their fitness to return to their studies, normally by way of a medical note from their doctor, consultant or counsellor.
A student who has been absent from their studies for more than one academic year will be subject to an interview with the course team to assess the student’s ability to re-engage with the academic demands of the course.
Students who are intermitting their studies do not have the right to use University College facilities, including attending lectures, using the library or borrowing equipment.
It should be noted that the Benefits Agency, Student Loan Company and Local Education Authorities still consider the student to be in full-time education whilst intermitting and therefore NOT eligible for any unemployment or housing benefit. It is illegal to claim certain benefits as an intermitting student and the University College is increasingly being contacted by the fraud section of the benefits agency in regard to students who fall into this category.
- Withdrawal and change of course
If you are considering withdrawing from your course for any reason, please consult your course leader and seek advice on the implications from the Student Records & Information Team, Finance and Accommodation and Welfare. It is important that you get advice on the implications of withdrawal to ensure that you do not jeopardise your chances of support at a later date. Withdrawal forms are available from your course leader, but can also be obtained from the Student Records & Information Team.
It should be noted that, once you have formally withdrawn from your course by completing a withdrawal form, the University College is legally obliged to inform your Local Education Authority and Student Loan Company.
The date of withdrawal or intermittence is determined in the following order:
- the last attendance date (in terms of consistent attendance, see section 2.9 on attendance) as identified by the course team
- the date a student was deemed to be withdrawn due to lack of attendance
- the date a student signed the withdrawal form
- the date of an assessment board which deemed a student to withdrawn
Backdating withdrawal forms is not allowed.
Once a student has formally withdrawn from a specific course, or has been deemed withdrawn from a course (see Section 2.9 on registration) they cannot re-engage or be re- enrolled onto that course. This does not affect a student’s right to apply to study another course at the University College.
- Intermittence/withdrawal – fees liable
If you withdraw or intermit from your course you may still be liable to pay tuition fees. All students who withdraw or intermit during the first four weeks of the academic year will be charged tuition fees for the weeks in attendance. Full time undergraduate students will not be charged tuition fees if they withdraw during the induction week. Full-time Home/EU undergraduate students:
- students who attend for more than four weeks of the Autumn Term 2011 but withdraw/intermit before the start of the Spring Term 2012 will be due to pay one-third of the full tuition fee;
- students who withdraw/intermit during the Spring Term 2012 will be due to pay two-thirds of the full tuition fee;
- students who withdraw/intermit during the Summer Term 2012 will be due to pay the full tuition fee.
Full and part time research students, MA/Postgraduate students, international students, Foundation students and part time undergraduate students:
- students who attend for more than four weeks of the Autumn Term 2011 but withdraw/intermit before the 1 February 2012 will be due to pay 50% of the full fee;
- students who withdraw/intermit from the 1 February 2012 will be due to pay the full tuition fee;
- international students who are in receipt of a USA Federal Loan will be charged tuition fees in accordance with the withdrawal terms and conditions of the loan.
- Research students will also be required to pay the full Registration Fee and Writing Up Fee
MA Professional Writing – Distance Learning part-time and PGCHE students
- students who attend for more than four weeks from the start of the course but withdraw/intermit before 1 May 2012 will be due to pay 50% of the full fee;
- students who withdraw/intermit from 1 May 2012 will be due to pay the full tuition fee.
Returning intermitting students:
- students who enrol following a period of intermittence will be charged the current tuition fee.
If you are considering withdrawing or intermitting it is strongly recommended that you contact the Finance Office to be advised of any financial implications.