Special Consideration request process for term work and final exams

Supporting Documentation
The University is temporarily suspending the need for a doctor’s note or medical certificate for any absence from academic participation.  However, you are required to use the Absence Declaration tool on ACORN found in the Profile and Settings menu to formally declare an absence from academic participation. The tool is to be used if you require consideration for missed academic work based on the procedures specific to our campus/department. Follow the process below.

Missed Tests

Students who miss a test due to circumstances beyond their control (e.g. illness or an accident) can request that the Department grant them special consideration. Students must present their case to the Department (NOT the Instructor) by submitting a request via the online Special Consideration Request form.

Important note: Once the test is available online and you’re unable to write or have an approved request to miss, DO NOT at any point attempt to access the test. If at any time you access the test you will NOT be able to submit a special consideration and/or your request will be refused.  

Extension of Time

Students who seek to be granted more time to complete their term work beyond the due date without penalty, owing to circumstances beyond their control (e.g., illness, or an accident), must do so by submitting a request directly to the Instructor for the period up to and including the last day of the term. The decision as to whether or not to apply a penalty for the specified period rests with the Instructor. 

Students who seek to be granted more time to complete term work beyond the last day of the term must submit their request directly to the Department. This request covers the period following the last day of classes and ends the last day of the exam period. This is done by submitting a request via the online Special Consideration Request form. You are advised to seek advising by the departmental Undergraduate Counsellor prior to the deadline. 

Missed Final Exams

If you’re unable to write a final exam, for circumstances beyond your control please submit a Petition through the Office of the Registrar.

Deadlines

  • You have up to one (1) week from the date of the missed test to submit your request.  
  • You have up to 72 hours from the date of the exam to submit your request
  • Requests for extension of time for term work (i.e. essays, modules, etc.) must be submitted on or before the due date for the deparmtent to make a decision on extension.

Supporting Documentation

The University is temporarily suspending the need for a doctor’s note or medical certificate for any absence from academic participation.  However, you are required to use the Absence Declaration tool on ACORN found in the Profile and Settings menu to formally declare an absence from academic participation. The tool is to be used if you require consideration for missed academic work based on the procedures specific to our campus/department. If you DO NOT declare your absence, your request will be denied. 

Notifications

You will receive a decision of your request from the department via email. You can also check your status by logging into the Special Consideration.

It is your responsibility to ensure your 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.  Contact the Academic Counsellor should you NOT receive notification of your decision within 2 weeks of submission. 

If you have any questions or concerns pertaining to this process, please contact the department via email (utmpsych.utm@utoronto.ca)

NOTICE OF COLLECTION

The University of Toronto respects your privacy. The information on this form is collected pursuant to section 2(14) of the University of Toronto Act, 1971. It is collected for the purpose of administering accommodations for academic purposes based on medical grounds.  The department will maintain a record of all medical certificates received.  At all times it will be protected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

If you have questions, please refer to www.utoronto.ca/privacy or contact the University’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Office at 416-946-5835.  Address:  Room 201, McMurrich Bldg., 12 Queen’s Park Crescent, Toronto, ON, M5S 1A1.