Avoiding discrimination: Graduation and certificate ceremonies

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    • England

      England

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    • Scotland

      Scotland

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    • Wales

      Wales

These should be planned carefully so as to avoid unintentional discrimination. The location of such ceremonies, such as in a religious building chosen for its size, could discriminate against certain religious groups by discouraging them from being able to attend which could lead to indirect discrimination unless it could be objectively justified. Reasonable adjustments may be necessary for some disabled students to enable them to participate in ceremonies in the same way as their non-disabled peers. 

Last updated: 07 Apr 2016

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