If you cannot attend then you will need to submit a Declaration of Absence either in advance or up to five days after a teaching session by completing a Declaration of Absence form.
To find the online form and guidance on how to fill it in, please view the relevant section of the Submit an Absence page.
Appropriate reasons for declaring an absence are defined according to the University's Codes of Practice (for more information, see the section “Where can I find more information?” below). These include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Absence due to poor health
- Emergency or last-minute medical appointments (where no alternative was available)
- A family emergency
- To attend a job interview (where no alternative date was available)
- Jury service
Once you have submitted a Declaration of Absence it will be processed by the Student Attendance Team, who may then ask Wellbeing to contact you to offer further support. It is your responsibility to inform your tutors of any absences, and it is your responsibility while absent to catch up with any and all work you might miss.
If you are an international student on a Tier 4 Visa and you expect to be absent from your studies for a significant amount of time and/or outside of the UK, you will instead need to submit an Authorised Absence form, which will then need to be approved by the relevant Authorised Signatory. Please note that this process can take up ten days. Additional information can be found on the Authorised Absence page.
Please be aware that any absence, whether declared or not, will impact on your attendance rate.
We encourage you to discuss your absence with your Personal Tutor, Supervisor or a Wellbeing Officer, particularly if you are likely to have further absences in the future. You can find Wellbeing support and a hub of Wellbeing resources and contacts on the CAL Wellbeing Services Canvas page.
They may be able to work with you to try and resolve these issues, or provide you with support in another way. For more information, see the section “Where can I find more information?” below.