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Durham University

Department of Physics

Attendance requirements

The Department is responsible for ensuring that students are coping with the courses and meeting their academic commitments.

You are required

  • to attend practical classes
  • to attend tutorials
  • to attend workshops (unless otherwise specified)
  • to attend tests
  • to attend seminars
  • to attend presentations
  • to undertake project work
  • to submit assessed work (whether formatively-assessed or summatively-assessed)

as per the "Teaching Methods and Contact Hours", "Summative Assessment" and "Formative Assessment" sections of the relevant module descriptions. Should you fail to attend compulsory classes or to submit work, this will be noted and will soon result in an academic progress alert. Persistent default will result in a formal written warning, which may be followed by the initiation of Faculty procedures. It is your own responsibility to ensure that your attendance is recorded by signing the relevant attendance sheets.

You are expected

  • to attend lectures

as per the "Teaching Methods and Contact Hours" sections of the relevant module descriptions.

You are also expected to arrive at your classes on time: arriving late causes unwanted disturbance, particularly in the case of lectures, and you will quickly become unpopular with both students and staff. If you arrive late to a compulsory class then you may miss the opportunity to sign the attendance sheet, in which case you will be recorded as absent.

Please note that "attending" a teaching session means being present for, and engaging with, the scheduled activity; it does not mean simply turning up at the start, signing the attendance list and then leaving – ultimately this behaviour could be regarded as dishonest practice under the University regulations.