Under the General University Ordinances all students are required to, attend punctually and regularly lectures and classes, complete all written assignments, examinations, practical or other coursework at the correct time during the academic year, keep appointments to meet with staff, and attend and attempt all examinations, as appropriate in each case to the relevant programme of study or research.
Any student who fails to comply with these Regulations may be denied credit and dealt with under the General Ordinances relating to the Progress of Students (including referrals to Faculty Student Review Committee with a recommendation of exclusion), unless there are relevant mitigating circumstances which prevent this from occurring. Any such decision to agree these circumstances rests solely with the School’s Student Welfare Committee. It is entirely your own responsibility to ensure attendance at scheduled examinations and that you submit assessed coursework by the deadlines provided.
To ensure that all students are attending regularly The School of Law actively monitors student attendance.
Within the School of Law, attendance monitoring is carried out:
- by the taking of registers at seminars
- by the submission of assessed coursework
- through attendance at scheduled examinations
This information is collated and uploaded onto a central University database to monitor your attendance. Tutors and referees have access to this database for their information.
Students should be aware that appropriate action shall be undertaken in the event of unauthorised absence.
Seminars and Attendance
There is more to learning than simply listening to lectures. It is not just a one-way process and you must contribute and participate. Seminars are one of the ways to help you do this. They should be used to discuss and explain or clear up difficulties with topic areas as well as applying the material through problem solving. They are also meant to develop communication skills.
To benefit from seminars you must prepare to participate in the discussion, mainly but not only by reading and preparing exercises or problem questions. There is no need to feel intimidated; your tutor will happily encourage you if you are willing to “have a go”. As a rule, aim to prepare for 3 hours for each 1 hour Seminar.
Please note that registers are taken in Seminars and that you will be asked to explain any absences to your tutor and to the School’s attendance monitor. You may also be asked to leave a Seminar if you attend unprepared. It is unfair to expect fellow students to “carry” you through Seminars.