When should I see a student dean?
The student deans advise and assist students confidentially with questions concerning areas such as:
- Study delay due to special circumstances.
- Regulation and provisions (i.e. the FOS regulation, professional sports, education adaptations and extra study financing in case of disease, disability, dyslexia, RSI, etc.).
- Temporarily unsubscribing from, ending, or changing your studies.
- Studying with a functional disability.
- Financial questions.
- Study skills guidance.
- Study career counselling for students who have trouble choosing a career after completing their studies.
- Complaints, objections and appeal procedure.
- Mediation with professors and the Examining Board.
Mw. drs. J.M. (Miranda) van der Slikke
Drs. M.C. (Marc) Uijland
Mw. N. (Nadja) Schmiemann
Mw. ir. R. (Ruur) Boersma
Study delay due to special circumstances. If you encounter a study delay through force majeure, for example because of illness or family matters, the university can decide to compensate you financially. This regulation is called the Financial Student Support (FOS).
To qualify for FOS, the following requirements apply:
1. You have to report the delay to a student dean or psychologist within two months.
2. At the time of the delay, you received a performance grant or WUR-financing (social master)
3. The delay is at least a month (6 ects)
4. You were unable to prevent the delay in any way (force majeure)
5. You are unable to make up for the delay within the academic year.
After reporting the delay, a student dean will invite you for a consult. He/she will check whether you meet all the requirements. The student dean will also discuss with you whether provisions are needed to, as much as possible, prevent further delay. If you are unable to study for a longer period of time, you will be advised about temporarily unsubscribing.
Force majeure? If you are uncertain whether a case qualifies as force majeure, report it to Studentdean@wur.nl regardless. A counsellor will evaluate whether you meet the requirements.
Pregnancy. If you are pregnant, you will be advised to temporarily unsubscribe for childbirth. For study delays as a direct result of pregnancy, you can apply for a maximum of 2 months FOS.
If your pregnancy leads to physical discomfort and/or illness, that qualifies as a form of force majeure. For this, you can be compensated via FOS if you meet the other requirements.
Finding different housing and organising childcare are your own responsibilities. Study delays that occur due to not being able to find proper housing, not arranging for childcare in time or because you have problems combining your studies with caring for your child, do not qualify you for financial compensation.
DUO / IB-Group. DUO also has several study delay regulations.
At the SSC Student Information Desk, you can ask for information on study financing (also available on the DUO/IB-Group website), registration, private funding and insurance.