When it gets too much: a year out

first_imgThe lack of protocol can be bewildering to students, and results show disparities between Colleges regarding the circumstances under which undergraduates are allowed to suspend their academic studies.Commenting on the University’s current approach to intermissions Dani Quinn, Welfare Officer for OUSU, said that “there can be confusion or difficulty for students who wish to appeal the College’s decision. It is usually the decision of one member of the SCR, and little is stated about where the student should go next.”In addition to a lack of clarity regarding the options available to undergraduates, busy academic staff can fall short of meeting the pastoral needs of their students, particularly when there are problems relating to an individual’s mental health.A second-year student who has now returned to the University after intermitting commented that her tutors were completely unaware that she had any mental health problems right up until they were informed she had suspended study. She said that, when notified that she was intermitting “[they] replied that they had ‘no idea’ this had been going on, despite the fact that I hadn’t been handing in essays, was turning up to tutorials obviously unprepared, and so on.”She said, “I think perhaps they were at a bit of a loss as how best to support me.”Undergraduates who had been successful in taking time out from their degree were content that Colleges had been fully supportive of their decision and described receiving help with financial matters.Yet many commented that they were less satisfied with the levels of assistance available upon their return to College.Academic support in particular was highlighted as an area in which Colleges were failing to accommodate students. Undergraduates who had previously spent time away from University stressed that it was vital that they were able to carry out preparatory study prior to resuming their place in college, yet many students experienced difficulties even in accessing academic resources.Students often found College authorities uncooperative, with one undergraduate recalling their experience of asking to return early to University. “I asked just so I could use the libraries and so on – I come from a small country town with essentially no usable library facilities”, but she explained “it was college policy that I couldn’t come back before the prearranged time.”An undergraduate who has recently resumed his studies after recovering from illness emphasised that there can be little support for students needing to catch-up with studies, “I had some difficulty contacting busy tutors and obtaining material for the Michaelmas term when I was away, to the point that I decided to come up to Oxford midway through term to speak to them directly.“In one of the disciplines I am still very far behind and the onus to catch up seems to be entirely on me. On the other hand, in another subject my tutor has been fantastic in giving me catch up tutorials.”Statistics suggest that the likelihood of students withdrawing completely from University after having intermitted fluctuates across the collegiate system. A sample from the past five academic years indicates that over thirty per cent of students intermitting at Christ Church subsequently withdrew from their studies altogether.This compares with three per cent of students at New College and eight per cent of undergraduates at Jesus or St Hugh’s who left the University completely after having undergone a period of voluntary suspension. University wide figures indicate that around eighty-eight per cent of the students who intermit will return to complete their studies. Oxford students who are medically unfit to study are receiving inconsistent levels of support across colleges, an investigation by Cherwell shows this week. Freedom of Information act requests were sent to every college for the numbers of students taking time out of their courses for non-academic reasons.An University-estimated average of six hundred and eighty undergraduate and post graduate students suspend their studies each year for non-disciplinary reasons, such as mental wellbeing.Statistics obtained by Cherwell, however, indicate notable discrepancies in the attitudes of Colleges towards students who wish to intermit, or suspend, their course.Averages calculated from University records of students who have intermitted over the past five years reveal great differences between Colleges. While at some it is usual for only two or three students to take time out, others averaged as high as fifteen students intermitting per year.Both St Hilda’s College and New College have an undergraduate intake of four hundred and twenty students, yet in the past five academic years a total of sixty-one students temporarily withdrew from St Hilda’s, compared to twenty-seven undergraduates at New College.These findings come as the University’s ‘Fitness to Study’ panel has announced that it is now considering the establishment of a body responsible for adjudicating between student and Colleges in cases where there is disagreement as to a student’s wellbeing and potential need to intermit.All Colleges questioned by Cherwell stated that they had no ‘policy’ regarding the criteria required to intermit but that cases were treated on an individual basis.Lucinda Rumsey, Senior Tutor at Mansfield College explained, “We treat all students on an individual level, looking at them on a case by case basis.”She added, “we would never let students have time out simply because they couldn’t manage the work load – that would not be fair to other students.”last_img read more

Syracuse-Marquette: The matchups, numbers and what to watch for in the Elite Eight Big East duel

first_imgBig number24Points scored by point guard Michael Carter-Williams in Syracuse’s 61-50 win over Indiana, a career high.Free throwSyracuse forward James Southerland’s sister, Sabrina, was named 2013 Girls Athlete of the Year by the Armory Track and Field Center on Thursday.These two teams last met in the NCAA Tournament in 2011 when the Big East had 11 schools selected, forcing a second-round matchup between the No. 3-seed Orange and the No. 11-seed Golden Eagles.The MatchupsStats in 2013 postseason playAdvertisementThis is placeholder textPoint guardMichael Carter-Williams6-6 185 So.10.1 ppg 6.7 apgJunior Cadougan6-1 205 Sr.8.8 ppg 1.0 apgCarter-Williams is as hot as he’s ever been while Cadougan’s tapered off in terms of raw production since the postseason’s started. If the Syracuse point guard shows the same range he did last game, the Orange becomes nearly impossible to defend.Shooting guardBrandon Triche6-4 210 Sr.13.4 ppg 2.9 apgVander Blue6-4 200 Jr.17.8 ppg 1.3 apgUnlike Jordan Hulls, Blue can matchup physically with Triche. That doesn’t mean Triche should stop driving, though. When he does, SU’s offense transforms from predictable pass-and-shoot to a dynamic maze of slashes, dumps and kicks.Small forwardJames Southerland6-8 215 Sr.12.9 ppg 5.5 rpgTrent Lockett6-5 210 Sr.7.0 ppg 8.5 rpgSoutherland’s quiet showing against the Hoosiers hints he’s due to drop a few 3s on Marquette. Ability to stretch the opposing defense aside, this matchup is most crucial on the boards where Southerland is severely underrated.Power forwardC.J. Fair6-8 215 Jr.14.0 ppg 6.4 rpgJuan Anderson6-6 210 So.0.5 ppg 1.8 rpgAnderson’s likely to give way to Jamil Wilson as he only played six minutes against Miami in the Sweet 16. The struggle for either player will be to keep track of Fair around the lane and limit his deadly mid-range jumper.CenterRakeem Christmas6-9 242 So.2.8 ppg 2.6 rpgChris Otule6-11 275 R-Sr.7.0 ppg, 5.3 rpgWhile Otule plays more significant minutes than Christmas, the real center battle will be fought by Baye Moussa Keita and Davante Gardner where Keita, and Christmas, will be tested by an even stronger physical presence than Indiana’s Cody Zeller.CoachesJim Boeheim919-31337 seasonsBuzz Williams136-706 seasonsThe two coaches are no strangers and the Orange zone will surprise no one. Both teams roll about eight-deep. Boeheim’s biggest game planning will have been done on shutting down Davante Gardner and Williams will push his player to hit the defensive glass and keep SU out of the transition play it revels in. Comments Published on March 30, 2013 at 12:48 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more