This academic year, the University has instituted the Digital Check In system.
There are several reasons to oppose this:
1. Not every student has a smartphone with the capability to run the iExeter app/check-in system, either through cost, or choice. This is, in effect, mandating what type of phones students must have and those from lower-income backgrounds will be particularly impacted by this.
2. This aids the UK Government in deporting international students for not having attendance records as clean as they like. This should not be grounds to remove someone from the country.
3. This places undue stress on those with disabilities (especially mental illnesses) to attend lectures, for fear of receiving a "black mark" against their name/punitive measures taken against them.
4. The ability for the University to access our locations via Bluetooth and GPS/location services at any time is Big Brother-esque and potentially open to massive abuse.
5. As adults, we should be free to decide for ourselves which lectures we attend. The consequences of this should be borne by the individual. The University should not be watching over us like a hawk.
On top of all this, many students are reporting that the new check-in system does not function properly and they are being marked as absent from classes they have attended due to this. It also serves as a big distraction during classes.