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If you are unable to attend lectures or tutorials for any reason, you should, when possible, notify the School Office or the tutor in advance.  This can be done by telephone or email and/or, if you’re too ill, by someone on your behalf.  It is essential that you read the University’s Study Regulations in conjunction with the below guidance. In the event of any confusion, the University will rely on the regulations in order to reach a decision.

  • Absence from study

    If you are unable to attend any teaching or instruction provided by the university you are encouraged to let your School know in advance or as soon as possible afterwards. If you have been absent from an examination or class test, or have been unable to hand in coursework by a set deadline, you should follow the Exceptional Circumstances procedure.

  • Long-term absence/serious illness

    If you expect to be absent from the University due to an illness for an extensive period of time, please discuss this with your School as soon as possible so your circumstances can be considered and the appropriate arrangements can be put in place.  

  • Returning to the Course after Absence

    Upon returning to studies after absence, you should contact your School as soon as possible.

    In the case of long-term absence or serious illness, you should contact your School prior to returning to studies, to allow the appropriate arrangements to be made.

    Please note, dependent on your programme of study and your circumstances, you may be required to attend QUB Occupational Health prior to resuming your course.