Attendance requirements

Bond University requires all General English, English for Academic Purposes and Foundation students to attend a minimum of 80% of classes during their program and not be absent for a period of five consecutive days. A program is the total period of each enrolment as listed on your Confirmation of Enrolment (COE).

How is my attendance recorded?

  • Attendance is marked by your teacher at the beginning of every class, including GE electives.
  • If you arrive more than 15 minutes late or leave any class for more than five minutes you will be marked absent for that class.
  • All absences from class, including absences due to illness, are counted as official absences.

What if I am sick?

What happens if my attendance is too low?

All attendance warning letters will be emailed to you. You may be called or contacted via SMS as well. It is necessary for you to ensure the University has your up-to-date contact details at all times.

  • If your attendance falls below 90%, BUC will send you a First Warning Letter and you will be invited to an appointment to see the relevant Academic Coordinator to discuss your absences.
  • If your attendance falls below 85% you will receive a Second Warning Letter. You are required to attend an appointment to speak with the relevant Academic Coordinator at this time.
  • If, as a Student Visa holder, your attendance still does not improve and it becomes impossible for you to achieve an 80% attendance by the end of your program (period of enrolment), even if you should attend all remaining classes, you may receive written notice of our intention to report you to the Immigration authority.
  • After receiving written notice of our intention to report you, you have 20 working days to make an appeal through the appeals process. For more information please go to the Academic Regulations and the Appeals Procedure.
  • During the Appeals Process, you should continue to attend all classes until such time as all avenues of appeal have been exhausted.  
  • Reporting to the Immigration section of Department of Home Affairs will commence immediately should you choose to withdraw from the appeals process. As you are no longer enrolled in a program of study, you will breach condition 8202 of your student visa. You must contact the nearest Immigration Office within 28 days to discuss this breach and possible options. Failure to comply with the conditions of your student visa will have serious consequences.

Please note:

Bond University may choose not to report a student where the student’s attendance is between 70% and 80% by the end of their program, and they have provided clear and documented evidence showing there is compelling and compassionate reasons for their absences.

Such reasons would include serious illness or injury for a defined period, the death of a close family member, major political upheaval, a natural disaster or involvement in, witnessing or being the victim of a serious traumatic experience.

What happens to my attendance rate if I extend my enrolment?

If you apply to extend your enrolment, a new attendance period will start from the re-enrolment period. You may not be eligible to re-enrol in further courses if your attendance rate is below 80%.