Absences are automatically marked and tracked in Forum. If a student does not log into a class, then they will be marked as Absent for that class. A student may also be counted as absent if they are late to a certain number of classes (reach out to your program administrator to check if this is the case).
Different types of absences
There are a few different types of absences that are tracked in Forum. By default, all absences are tracked as Unexcused. However, an instructor, TA or other role with grading permissions can mark different properties on an absence for tracking purposes by clicking on the Absences page under Grading in the left navigation menu.
From there, you can mark an absence as a specific type. Note that these types are not mutually exclusive; for example, an absence can be both Excused and Expunged, which would excuse (i.e. clear) Make Up Work for that student as well as not count the absence towards the student's absence Total.
Excused: An absence can be either Excused or Unexcused. It will be counted towards a student's Total absences.
If your organization uses Make Up Work, then marking a student as Excused will also excuse the Make Up Work for that student.
Documented: A Documented absence will also be counted towards a student's Total absences.
Expunged: An Expunged absences will not be counted towards a student's Total absences.
Note that an absence is by default Unexcused. If the absence is not marked as Excused, then it will be counted as an Unexcused absence.
How are absences displayed to students?
Absences are displayed within a student's Course Stats section. To learn more, visit Viewing Class Absences.