Academic Development and Quality Enhancement

Attendance, engagement and absence policy

The University's  Attendance, Engagement and Absence Policy for Taught Students [DOCX 41.07KB] sets out how the University monitors and considers attendance, engagement and absence to support students and to be anticipatory in our approach to carrying out our duty of care to all students. 

The Attendance and Engagement Monitoring process 2020-21 [PDF 204.36KB] provides details of the revised approach for student engagement and attendance monitoring during 2020/21, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  The following guides are provided to support staff in recording attendance during 2020/21: 

Guidance on recording attendance 2020-21 [PDF 279.97KB]

Staff guide to recording attendance via the Sussex Mobile App [PDF 156.54KB]

Using the administrative reports in Canvas [PDF 1.73MB]


The Engagement policy for ODL courses [PDF 364.91KB] applies to all students on Online Distance Learning courses.