Missed Tests/Late Submissions

What do I do if I miss a test in my course?

Students who require special consideration for missed term work due to circumstances beyond their control (e.g. illness or an accident, etc) can request that the department grant them special consideration. You must present your case to the Department (not the Instructor) by completing an online Special Consideration Request.  The request can be submitted using the online form at:

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A departmental committee evaluates each request, and provides the Academic Counselor with the decision. You will be contacted by the Academic Counselor, who will inform you of the decision.

Note: Although the Academic Counselor will make every effort to inform you of the committee' decision by e-mail, it is your responsibility to ensure you obtain a decision from the department. Claims that a departmental decision was not received will NOT be considered as a reason for further consideration.

You can check your status by logging into the Special Consideration on-line form.

Make-up Tests
If your request is GRANTED and a make-up test is required, you will receive an email when a make-up date has been arranged. The department will try to give 2-3 days notice of make-up date, however this is sometimes not possible. Be prepared for the make-up. 

Redistribution of Grades
If your request is GRANTED and a make-up test is not available, a redistribution of your grades will apply.  Feel free to contact your instructor on how your marks will be redistributed or review your course outline.

What do I do if I need an extension of time to complete term work?

If you require more time to complete term work that will NOT exceed the last day of classes, contact your instructor immediately to discuss possible extension.

Students who seek to be granted more time to complete their term work BEYOND the last day of the classes must submit a request directly to the Department. This request only covers the period following the last day of classes. This is done by completing an on-line Special Consideration Request: https://utmapp.utm.utoronto.ca/SpecialRequest.

Original supporting documentation is to be brought to Jodie Stewart, Academic Counsellor located in the Psychology Office (Deerfield Hall, 4th Floor) or dropped in the drop-box located outside the Psychology Office. You are expected to submit your requests to the Department before the last day of the term, unless demonstrably serious reasons prevent you from doing so. If you are seeking a one-day extension for reasons of illness, your medical certificate or doctor’s note must confirm that you were ill on the due date of the assignment. If you are requesting a longer extension, your documentation must specify exactly the length of the period during which you were unable to carry out your academic work.  

It is recommended that requests be submitted in advance of the deadlines outlined above.


  • Requests submitted to the instructor will be decided on by the instructor.
  • Requests submitted to the department will be decided on by a committee.  You will be contacted by the Academic Counselor who will inform you of the decision.  

Supporting Documentation

Medical Certificate or Doctor's Note
A medical certificate or doctor's note MUST include the statement "This Student was unable to write the test on date(s) for medical reasons". Documentation MUST show that the physician was consulted within ONE day of the test. A statement merely confirming a report of illness made by the student is NOT acceptable.
Medical Certificate (pdf)

Verification of Extenuating Circumstances
The Verification of Extenuating Circumstances may be used by non-medical personnel (religious leaders, police etc.) as supporting documentation.
Verification of Extenuating Circumstances (pdf)

Other Documentation
Other documentation can include, but is not limited to: letter of support from AccessAbility, automobile collision or police reports, death certificate, and supporting documentation from employers, lawyers and other related personnel. 


What do I do if I miss a final exam in my Psychology Course?

You must petition at Registrarial Services if you missed a final exam. You are also advised to make yourself aware of University regulations concerning final exams.
Petition Form

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

Should you require further information regarding special consideration requests, please contact the Academic Counselor at jodie.stewart@utoronto.ca


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.