As a Cardiff University student, you are expected to engage in all aspects of your studies. The Student Attendance and Academic Progress Requirements and Absence Procedures outlines all the University's regulations about attendance and absence. If you hold a Tier 4 visa, you must meet the conditions of your student visa as the University is obliged to report to the UK Border Agency about student attendance.
Short-term absence is the term the University uses for absences of 10 consecutive study days or less due to illness or other circumstances. If you are ill and are unable to attend an exam or submit work, the University will expect you to provide a medical certificate from your doctor rather than a self-certificate. You will likley have to submit extenuating circumstances for this as well, please see our extenuating circumstances page for more information.
Failure to Engage
Failure to engage is the term the University uses if you have been absent without authorisation for more than 10 consecutive study days, if you have failed to comply with the attendance requirements of your course, or if you have failed to show evidence of intent to engage, such as not submitting required work.
You will receive a warning from the Head of School via Registry. However, no warning will be given if you have missed 10 consecutive study days immediately after enrolment.
If you have received a warning from the Head of School seeking confirmation of whether you have decided to withdraw or wish to apply for an interruption of study, your warning will state that continued Failure to Engage will result in your exclusion.
If you do not provide evidence that you have been attending your course and engaging with your studies or simply don't respond to the warning, your Head of School will confirm your exclusion (permanent or temporary) with Registry. You should receive this in writing from Registry and it will be in the correspondence section of your SIMS account. Remember, it is your responsibility to update any changes in your contact details on SIMS.
If you are excluded, you have 10 days from the date of the letter to submit an appeal.
If you receive any correspondence from the University about your Failure to Engage, you should seek advice from Student Advice. If you have been experiencing personal difficulties and this is why you have been unable to attend your course, you will need to show evidence to support your circumstances. A Student Advice adviser can explain how you can respond to a Failure to Engage warning and how to appeal against a Failure to Engage withdrawal.