Procedure for Student Self-Certification of Absence

This procedure outlines the arrangements for the use of self-certification for students who miss learning opportunities due to short-term illness or other personal circumstances.

Undergraduates, Taught postgraduates

Your expectations of us under this Procedure

This procedure applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate taught students undertaking programmes of study at the University of Manchester, including those undertaking a placement period. It covers teaching and learning activities, but does not extend to exams or assessment; absence from such activities due to student illness or other unforeseeable or unpreventable circumstances would be considered under the University’s Policy on Mitigating Circumstances.

Student Self-Certification of Absence from Learning is for students who miss learning opportunities or who are unable to engage fully with their studies, due to short-term illness or personal circumstances.

In cases where students are prevented from attending learning activities or engaging with their studies for up to and no more than seven calendar days, they should contact their relevant School or Programme Office on the first day of absence and complete a Student Self-Certification of Absence Form to cover medical or personal absences. This form should be submitted by email to the relevant School or Programme Office as soon as possible.

The University does not normally require medical/supporting documentation for periods of absence of up to seven calendar days; however, if students have multiple or reoccurring periods of absence of up to seven  calendar days, Schools should advise students to consider applying for mitigation under the Policy on Mitigating Circumstances.

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Who to contact

You should contact your School or Programme Office for specific advice about self-certification of illness.