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LSE Student With Mental Illness Evicted From University Halls Of Residence

LSE made the decision after the student paused their studies.

08/04/2016 17:41

An LSE student hospitalised with mental illness has been evicted from halls of residence against the advice of two NHS professionals.

The London School of Economics made the decision after the student paused their studies, despite being informed it would result in them becoming homeless.

The student, who doesn't want to be identified, paused their studies when the illness became so severe they were admitted to hospital.

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The London School of Economics says the welfare of its students 'is of paramount importance'

The university gave the undergraduate one week to move out of the accommodation, according to student newspaper the Beaver

The LSE's Student Union (LSESU) hit out at the university's decision.

"It’s time LSE recognised their duty of care towards current and interrupting students," LSESU Community and Welfare Officer Aysha Fekaiki said.

"This was a complete failing both institutionally and personally to the detriment of the student," she added.

This was a complete failing both institutionally and personally Aysha Fekaiki, LSE's community and welfare offier

Fekaiki said she had been trying to speak to LSE on behalf of the student, but with little success: "I had contacted seven different people within the school who all referred me to each other for an answer over the two week period.

"How can students be put through this when they are reaching out for support?”

LSE was informed that moving back home was not an option for the student, who couldn't afford the "full time care" the university suggested.

It's understood that two NHS professionals made separate recommendations that the student remain in university halls so they had a stable environment to live in.

Nonetheless, the student was evicted on 25 March.

Since the student was evicted, more than 800 people have signed a petition demanding they be allowed to return to student accommodation.

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A comment on the Change.org petition

"There appears to be a culture within LSE of placing protocols and bureaucracy above the well-being of students," wrote petition supporter Tom Carmichael.

"If the school wants to resolve low student-satisfaction levels, this has to be the first step in re-establishing trust with the student body," he added.

A spokesperson for LSE told The Huffington Post UK: "LSE takes the safety and welfare of its students very seriously.

"We are not able to comment on the details of individual situations but we can advise that the School strived to provide the student in this case with high level support during their time."

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