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No University Should Cut Its Students Off From Mental Health Supports

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On June 27, the governing council of the University of Toronto passed a policy called the University-Mandated Leave of Absence Policy. This document states that it:

"... is intended to provide a process whereby a student may be placed on a mandatory leave of absence when it becomes apparent that a student's behaviour, due to serious health or mental health issues, poses a risk of serious harm to themselves or others.

... The policy is designed to be used in exceptional circumstances, and even then only with very significant procedural safeguards for students and a rigorous approach to exploring accommodations and supportive resources."

This policy would continue to restrict students from their studies until they are no longer considered a threat to themselves and/or others. This policy attempts to shift the onus of responsibility to care for and support students away from University of Toronto, and it is an action that will isolate students who suffer from mental illnesses, further stigmatizing them.

One in five young Canadians will be affected by mental illness, and only one in........

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