Class attendance plays a big part in academic success. If you are an international student and your attendance drops below 80%, UTS College is required to advise the Department of Home Affairs. This could result in the cancellation of your visa and personal reasons are not acceptable for missing classes. Examples of personal reasons include weddings, holidays, sports or hobbies.
There may be times outside of your control causing you to be late but it is important that you always do your best to arrive on time. Being late is disruptive to everybody - you, your classmates and teachers. When you are late you will be marked as absent so whenever possible, try and maintain good habits by aiming to be a few minutes before class time.
Unable to attend classes?
If you are ever unable to attend classes due to serious circumstances, for example, because you might be in hospital, have had an accident, been involved in a police matter, have faced a family crisis, you should contact the UTS College Student Centre on: (+61 2) 9218 8666 or email email@example.com.
If you are unable to speak to someone when you call, you should leave a message providing your name, your student number, a brief description of what has happened to prevent you from attending classes and a phone number for UTS College to contact you. Alternaively, you can email the Student Centre and include the above details in your email.
Submitting a medical certificate
For international students, UTS College is required by law to have official evidence indicating why you have not been able to attend classes. This may be a statement from:
- a hospital
- a police report
- a report from a doctor, or
- in the case of a death in the family, a death certificate.
If you need special consideration and to help prevent your student visa from being cancelled, these types of documents can demonstrate your ability to study and/or attend classes has been seriously impacted.
If you have questions, the Study Success Advisers can help you.
On the first day back after your absence, please email the Student Centre at firstname.lastname@example.org to provide them with your documentation. Please note, medical certificates must be issued by a registered medical provider such as hospitals, doctors, dentists (emergency appointments only), psychiatrists and psychologists. UTS College does not accept certificates from alternative medical practitioners such as herbal practitioners, acupuncturists, Chinese therapists, massage therapists, iridologists etc. The medical certificate must be a copy of the original and must state the provider number. It must not be backdated. Medical Certificates purchased online are not accepted.
How to get help with your studies
UTS College has created a wide network of academic and personal support services that are free to you. You can tap into these as much as you like throughout your student journey. Study Success Advisers are always available to offer advice and support.