Students may be absent from or late to lectures or tutorials for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to:

  • Being too unwell to attend classes
  • Having a disability or symptoms that may, at times, affect the student's capacity to be in public spaces or large venues
  • Having a compromised immune system
  • Difficulties moving between venues within the Institute. Students may have mobility issues, which could result in the need to walk more slowly, avoid stairs, use ramps and/or lifts, or rest periodically when walking due to fatigue or pain. Students may also use a wheelchair or a Guide Dog for mobility
  • Attending medical appointments or treatment sessions that cannot be scheduled at any other time (e.g. specialist appointment)
  • Having a medical condition that is contagious
  • Having symptoms which may be worse / unmanageable in the mornings or afternoons, so participation in classes at these times may be difficult
  • Being effected by treatment or changes in medication
  • Being admitted to hospital


At times, students may be unable to attend, or be late to, lectures / tutorials etc. Negotiation regarding occasional absences without penalty may be required, such as:

  • Requesting written work in lieu of tutorial attendance
  • Providing lecture materials
  • Providing the student the opportunity to sit in on another tutorial if they have missed a class
  • Re-weighting of assessment tasks if a student is unable to attend classes for a prolonged period

In relation to attendance, students are informed of the following by Student Services Advisers:

  • Attending tutorials is usually a compulsory and assessed component of each module. Not meeting these attendance requirements may result in failing the course. If you are having difficulties meeting mandatory attendance requirements, or if you have a period of significant illness, you must contact your Student Services Adviser as soon as possible. Please check your module information for attendance requirements
  • Enrolling early will provide you with the best opportunity to schedule your timetable to meet your individual needs
  • Undertaking a study load that is manageable in light of the impact of your disability on your study is important (e.g. studying part time)
  • It is important that you make the most of the more interactive sessions and participate fully in order to broaden your knowledge and experience with the course material
  • If you are unable to attend a tutorial on a particular day or time, please contact your tutor to arrange to attend another session (when available), or to discuss options for obtaining information / completing tasks undertaken in the tutorial in another way