Six months before he started his two-year pre-Master’s programme in September 2020, the student had informed the university that he had PTSD, Crohn’s disease, ADD and dyslexia. When he asked if his disabilities entitled him to more time to complete the programme, the university replied that he could apply for an extension of up to a year if necessary.

No guarantees

With no prior guarantees, the student then started the pre-Master’s programme. After two months, he took a break due to burnout symptoms. In an email to the university, he explained that he was unable to find peace of mind because there were no clear agreements, even though he needed clarity precisely because of his limitations.

Six months later, after the student had engaged a lawyer, the university decided to grant a conditional extension. Too late, the Institute argues in its decision. The university should have taken into account the student’s physical and mental limitations and provided clarity sooner.

Unlawful discrimination

According to the Institute, Delft University of Technology failed to remove the student’s barriers to participation in a timely manner. As a result, he didn’t get a fair opportunity compared to students without disabilities or chronic illnesses. The university’s actions have therefore led to “unlawful discrimination”, the Institute writes.

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