AThe BUE has obligations to students and their sponsors (usually parents or other family members) to provide a quality educational experience in a supportive learning environment. BStudents have obligations to themselves, their families and the BUE, to ensure that they make best use of the learning opportunities provided by the University so that they may achieve a degree of high academic standing.
CIt is widely acknowledged across Higher Education, supported by experience and research evidence, that students who do not attend or participate in classes are more likely to achieve poor grades or fail. This is mainly because students who do not attend will not acquire the added value from their interactions with teaching staff and their peers in discussing and understanding a particular topic. Their absence is also a sign that they are distracted by other issues which can impede their learning. DThe University monitors student attendance in accordance with the procedures below, to ensure that it fulfils its obligations and provides appropriate support to students.
Requirements and Procedures
1 All students are expected to attend and participate in all teaching and learning sessions in order to benefit fully from their BUE education.
2 Students should contact the relevant Teaching Assistant and then Module Leader if they have any concerns about understanding the requirements and/or content of a particular module.
3 Students should contact either their Personal Advisor (for Preparatory Year students) or their Head of Department (all other students) if they wish to seek advice in regard to their studies.
4 Module outlines on e-learning shall specify the core teaching sessions for modules for which student attendance shall be recorded and indicate that non-attendance shall be reported in accordance with paragraph 6 below.
5 Core teaching sessions shall be determined by Module Leaders in consultation with Heads of Department. For most modules, the core sessions will be tutorials and/or laboratory/practical classes. Lectures will be specified as core sessions for some modules, including all English modules. In the case of Final Year students, Module Leaders shall determine attendance requirements that are consistent with the level and nature of study and with the requirements of projects and dissertations.
6 Once a student has missed three core teaching sessions specified for a particular module, Module Leaders shall arrange for a Student Absence flag to be inserted in a student’s record on the Student Records System (SRS). This shall lead to the automatic generation of letters to students, copied to their parents (and to the Personal Advisors of Preparatory Year students), informing students that they are deemed “At Risk” of failing the modules concerned due to their poor attendance. The letters shall inform students that they should attend classes immediately, remind them of the Student Absence Procedures and encourage students to meet the relevant Module Leader(s), to discuss any additional support that students might require.
7 If students “At Risk” continue not to attend and miss a further three core teaching sessions as specified for a particular module, Module Leaders shall arrange for a second flag to be inserted on the SRS. This shall lead to the automatic generation of second letters to students, copied to their parents (and to the Personal Advisors of Preparatory Year students), informing students that they are deemed “At Significant Risk” of failing the modules concerned due to their continued poor attendance. Where these letters relate to English modules, they shall indicate that students will be ineligible for further assessment in the Semester concerned, as specified in paragraph 10 below.
8 Letters to students and parents shall highlight the possible consequences, as specified in paragraph 10 below.
9 Students who have a genuine reason for their absence should use the Student Absence Procedures (as specified in the Student Handbook) in order to avoid the possibility of receiving “At Risk” letters.
Penalties for non-attendance
10 Students who do not fulfil the attendance requirements for a module shall receive letters which highlight the obligations of students in regard to their studies and confirm the following:
* that, if students fail modules, they have only a limited number of attempts to pass modules, as specified in the General Academic Regulations (GAR), if they are to meet the GAR requirements for award of a UK Degree; * that students may be prevented from resitting modules during the Summer Assessment Period, depending on the number of credits failed, as specified in the GAR; * that students who wish to remain on the UK degree will be required to repeat their studies in the following academic year rather than progress, if they do not pass all their modules in a given programme year, provided that they have not exhausted their limited number of attempts in a given module;
* that students who have exhausted their limited number of attempts in a given module will be dismissed from the UK degree, in accordance with the GAR; * that students will be dismissed from the BUE if they do not satisfy the regulations for the EG-only Degree; * that students who do not satisfy English module attendance requirements will be prevented from taking the unseen examination/final paper for the English modules concerned, subject to approval of the Faculty Council, and that they may be ineligible to resit English modules during the Summer Assessment Period, as specified in the GAR; * that student interim transcripts will indicate “At Risk” flags for the module(s) concerned.