Teaching activity attendance procedures

Parent Policy

Assessment in Coursework Units Policy [University]

Index
A. Teaching Activity Attendance
B. Attendance Assessment

A. Teaching Activity Attendance

  1. The Faculty has a standard minimum attendance requirement of scheduled teaching activities of 75% as a part of each unit; i.e. attendance at teaching activities in nine weeks in an ordinary twelve-week teaching semester.
  2. Attendance at lectures cannot be mandated or penalized. These procedures cover all other teaching activities, including but not limited to tutorials, seminars, workshops, field trips, and laboratory activities.
  3. Chief examiners may set more stringent attendance requirements for some or all teaching activities, as appropriate for the unit offering and learning outcomes (e.g., in a unit taught intensively, or for a crucial teaching activity within the semester).
  4. Unit coordinators and chief examiners should exercise discretion in scheduling more stringent or compulsory attendance at particular teaching activities.
  5. Where teaching activities are liable to involve additional costs for students (e.g., field trips), and where attendance at those activities is compulsory, this must be clearly indicated to students. Where possible, compulsory activities with additional costs should be avoided in gateway, cornerstone, and capstone units.
  6. Students unable to attend classes should lodge an apology via email or telephone. Absences may be excused, and no attendance penalty applied, for documented reasons of acute illness, bereavement, trauma or hardship, jury duty, military or other service obligations, etc. Students should file a special consideration application for such cases, within two University working-days of the teaching activity for which they were absent.
  7. Information on attendance requirements and assessment must be provided to students in the unit guide, including: requirements for attendance (including more stringent attendance requirements, if used); attendance weighting for assessment and criteria for assessment of teaching activity participation (if used); penalties for failure to meet attendance requirements (see B1, below).

Responsibility: Chief examiners, unit coordinators, students.

B. Attendance Assessment

  1. Should a student fail to fulfil attendance requirements of a unit, one of the following penalties may be applied: penalty of 20% to final mark and grade; maximum possible mark and grade is 50 P; failure of unit.
  2. Tutorial attendance and participation may form part of the assessment regime for a unit. Information, including information on criteria for assessment of participation, should be provided as per usual assessment requirements.

Responsibility: Chief examiners, unit coordinators.

Related policy and procedures:

Assessment Extension and Late Submission Procedures [Faculty]
Unit Assessment Procedures [University]

University Policy Use Only:

Approved: Arts Education Committee 03-2014