Here is what I’ve pieced together from our conversation last night about medical leave and what changes we would like to see about the way students are treated. This is still in the works and I invite comments down below or via this form about what changes people would like to see!
First and foremost, we affirm that we as severely mentally ill students are members of this community. We belong at Bryn Mawr College. Being made to leave the community due to illness severely affects the student’s wellbeing, self esteem, and identity. Furthermore, home isn’t always a safe place or a good place for recovery. Leaving school mid-semester, especially when the student is not leaving voluntarily, is disruptive and can cause harm to the student. Considering all these factors, we affirm that students have the right to participate in academic and residential life unless they pose an imminent risk to the safety of themselves or others.
Understanding that students know what they want and need, students have the right to advocate for themselves. Furthermore, students have the right to advocate for themselves without their parents’ involvement.
Understanding that Dr. Bazelon represents the legal interests of Bryn Mawr College, students have the right to seek out and work with a medical or legal professional who will advocate for them and their needs.
Students have the right to hear about medical leave decisions in a timely manner.