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From The Socialist newspaper, 13 March 2013
Victory for attendance policy campaign at UEL
Kyle Williamson, UEL Socialist Students
On Wednesday 6 March, Socialist Students and members of the Scrap the Unfair Attendance Policy campaign at the University of East London (UEL) met with management to challenge them over the draconian attendance policy.
We managed to win a partial victory on the 'three strikes and you're out' rule that meant students were being automatically de-registered from a module if they were late or absent three times.
Management agreed to look at having students meet with their personal tutor instead of being de-registered automatically.
This means that students and staff will be able to discuss progress before any action is taken. As lecturers are already overworked, we argued that management must cut lecturers' workload for this to happen and they said they are considering it.
There are other demands that the campaign must continue fighting for, including an end to the 15 minute cut-off time.
They said that this shouldn't be an issue as students should simply leave earlier. This is an unacceptable statement to make, especially when a lot of students have to commute into university because of sky-high rent prices of university accommodation.
We are still hopeful we can make management agree to all of our demands. We will be holding meetings of the Scrap the Unfair Attendance Policy campaign and organising protests starting on Tuesday 19 March which will send a message to the vice-chancellor that he cannot continue to impose this unpopular policy.
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In The Socialist 13 March 2013:
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TUSC Gospel Oak byelection rally: Offering an alternative
TUSC leads battle to save Mid-Staffs NHS
London: Save our fire service!
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Victory for attendance policy campaign at UEL
Sold-out non-sexist comedy night
Building Socialist Students in Manchester
Are you sick of your boss? Join the campaign!
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