Unauthorised absence is failure to attend a theory session or report for duty when on placement that has not previously been authorised, and is not sick leave. This includes incidents where students have arranged holidays within placement periods.
This demonstrates unprofessional behaviour that reflects negatively on the student in terms of professional accountability, ability to communicate, show respect for others and meet professional proficiency requirements. It could result in failure to pass the placement and/or referral to a fitness to practise panel and/or failure to pass the programme requirements.
Note: all unauthorised leave will be included on any references requested by future employers.