Wharton Attendance, Absence, and Video Requests (For Students)

The Wharton Attendance & Video Request app in Canvas allows you to do three things for classes in which the app has been enabled:

  • Check into your class for attendance.
  • Submit an absence excuse request for specific dates.
  • Submit a class video access request for particular dates.

Before You Start

Using the Attendance app requires:

  • Being enrolled in a class that is using the Wharton Attendance app. Each feature of the Wharton Attendance app can be enabled separately; check with your professor.
  • A working PennKey and password.
  • The Canvas Mobile app is not required but recommended (Apple | Android). The app can be accessed at https://canvas.upenn.edu/.

Course Check In

Note: This feature may or may not be enabled  for your class.

Course Check In allows you to report your attendance by checking in to your class.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Check in opens ten minutes before class and closes at the end of class.
  • If you fail to check in to a class meeting you will receive an email at the end of the day prompting you to submit an absence request for the appropriate class meeting.
  • Sign into AirPennNet before you check in, as cellular networks can be weak or intermittent in some classrooms.

To Check In to a Class:

For step-by-step instructions,

Absence Requests

You may submit absence requests for class meetings up to 2 weeks in the past as well as future class meetings.

Note: This feature may or may not enabled  for your class.

To Submit an Absence Request:

For step-by-step instructions,

Video Requests

Courses may allow restricted access to past class meeting recordings.  If enabled, this is a process for you to submit a request for a specific class meeting recording.  You must request access to class recordings within 2 weeks of the class meeting. The Attendance & Video Requests app allows you to request recordings of future classes if you plan on being absent. 

Note: This feature may or may not enabled  for your class.

To Submit a Video Request:

For step-by-step instructions,


Contact Student Support for help.