Special Consideration for Missed Term Work

Note about the ACORN Absence Declaration Tool: 

  • Beginning in the 2023-24 academic year, the ACORN Absence Declaration Tool can be used once per academic term (e.g., once in the Winter term).
  • Please review the guidelines for using the ACORN Absence Declaration Tool (published by the UTM Office of the Registrar).
  • If you use the ACORN Absence Declaration Tool to cover missed work in a UTM Anthropology course that is using the departmental process for Special Consideration, you should also submit a Special Consideration Request in addition to declaring your absence on ACORN (see below for instructions).

What do I do if I miss a final exam in my UTM Anthropology course?

If you missed a final exam in your UTM Anthropology course, please follow the instructions on the Missing Your Final Exam page published by the UTM Office of the Registrar.

What do I do if I miss a test or assignment in my UTM Anthropology course?

Please make sure you have checked your course syllabus carefully for instructions

If your syllabus directed you to this page to submit a Special Consideration Request to the Department of Anthropology:

Submit your special consideration request

  • Submit your request within 72 hours of the missed test or assignment deadline (including for practical contribution or participation marks). 
  • Allow one week for a response from the Department of Anthropology.
  • If you have questions please contact the Departmental Assistant at secretary.utmanthro@utoronto.ca.
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Submit a Special Consideration Request

Check your utoronto email for a decision about your request (allow ONE WEEK for response)

  • A departmental committee evaluates each request, and provides the Departmental Assistant with the decision.
  • The Departmental Assistant will inform you of the decision via email (to your utoronto email account).
  • It is your responsibility to ensure your utoronto email account is working and able to receive emails. Claims that a departmental decision was not received will not be considered as a reason for further consideration. 
  • If you don't receive an email with a decision (approval or denial) within one week of submitting your special consideration request, contact the Departmental Assistant at secretary.utmanthro@utoronto.ca.

Important information regarding special consideration requests



It is your responsibility to follow the appropriate procedures and submit requests for special consideration on time. Failure to do so may result in the committee denying your request.

False statements and/or documentation will be treated as academic offences and dealt with accordingly. It is a student's responsibility to be familiar with the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters.

Students registered with Accessibility Services

If you are a student registered with Accessibility Services:

  • Any requests for extensions connected to your registered disability MUST be negotiated with the instructor IN ADVANCE of the due date. 
  • If you miss an assignment deadline (including for practical contribution or participation marks) or test date for a reason not connected to your registered disability, please submit a Special Consideration Request within 72 hours of the missed test or assignment. 


You have 72 hours from the date of the missed test or assignment to submit your request. Late requests will not be considered without a letter of explanation as to why the request is late.


For missed assignments, the extension period is ONLY for the duration when the student was ill; the assignment will be due immediately upon the student's recovery.

Make-up Tests

If your request is approved and a make-up test is required, the committee, in consultation with the instructor, will determine the make-up test date. This date is not negotiable. If a make-up test date is specified on your syllabus, this will normally be the date used.

No student is automatically entitled to a second make-up test if you miss the first one. In the extraordinary and unlikely event you miss both the in-class test and the make-up test scheduled for that class, for a reason beyond your control, you will have to re-petition the department with new documentation, by submitting the online Special Consideration Request system - be sure to add in the comments that this is a re-petition request. If the petition is granted, you will write your test on the next scheduled make-up date.

The department may accommodate students writing tests scheduled in more than two Anthropology courses on the same day, provided the student contacts the department about this issue one week in advance of the test date, but we cannot guarantee that this will be possible.


Please contact the UTM Anthropology Departmental Assistant at secretary.utmanthro@utoronto.ca if you have questions about Special Consideration Requests for UTM Anthropology courses.

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