The University of Newcastle is rolling out mandatory minimum attendance for all first year students starting in 2020. This means that if a student does not attend more than 80% of non-lecture classes for a subject, they will fail that subject.
Like at every other university, many UoN students are financially independent and work part or full time to support themselves through their studies. Work hours are often incompatible with university hours. Forcing students to choose between working and going to university is forcing them to choose between receiving an education and being able to put food on the table.
This is a form of socioeconomic discrimination that creates further barriers for those less fortunate wanting to get a university education.
On top of this, UoN has decided that they will be implementing a system whereby they track student location when they check in to class. This is a gross invasion of privacy and the fact that there was no consultation with students is infuriating.
The students of the University of Newcastle DEMAND that the university IMMEDIATELY repeals the mandatory minimum attendance and student tracking policies.
Stop treating students like consumers and start treating us like partners.