OK, if your tutor is away and the paperwork needs to be done asap, can you jump up the chain of command and talk to your lecturer?
I'm not sure if you live in Aus or NZ or the UK, but I was once a university tutor in Aus, and we only had limited powers to sign this sort of paperwork - we kept having to pass it on to the lecturer to sign. Why not just give it to your lecturer and save yourself some time and stress?
Just an idea - you'll know your own uni better than any of us ever could.
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