E. Student Absence for Religious Festivals

  1. Students have a responsibility to notify the University [particularly academic departments and the Student Administration Service] of any date on which their religion requires them to be absent. This must be done by the date published on the website and in the student handbook at the beginning of the academic session. For students on non modular programmes this must be within three weeks from the notification of examination dates.
  2. Staff should give appropriate and sympathetic consideration to requests for leave from students specifically wishing to participate in their religious festivals and observance. Such requests should not be unreasonably refused. Students must make such requests well in advance of the actual date and may be required to make up the time on other dates.
  3. Sympathetic consideration should be given to rescheduling or repeating lectures, examinations etc that take place on such dates.