It is the responsibility of the student to provide medical or other documentation in support of their petition. Any cost incurred in obtaining documentation (e.g. a doctor’s note) is the responsibility of the student. All documentation must be in its original form; photocopies and faxes are not acceptable.
If illness is cited as the reason for the petition, it must be accompanied by an original U of T Verification of Student Illness or Injury form stating that the student was examined and diagnosed at the time of the illness and, in the case of exams, on the day of the exam or immediately after (i.e. the next day), and must indicate a serious degree of incapacitation on academic functioning (e.g. unable to attend classes, write a test/examination). A statement from a physician that merely confirms a report of illness and/or disability made by the student is not acceptable.
If support has been obtained from someone other than a practitioner listed on the U of T Verification of Student Illness or Injury form, then a Verification of Extenuating Circumstances form is acceptable.
Other documentation can include, but is not limited to:
- a letter of support from Accessibility Services
- automobile collision or police reports
- a death certificate
- supporting documentation from employers, lawyers and other related personnel.
When in doubt, students are encouraged to seek guidance through AskRegistrar regarding appropriate documentation for their petition requests.
Under the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters, the University of Toronto reserves the right to enact division or tribunal sanctions for students who are convicted of forging, altering, or falsifying print or electronic documents. Sanctions can include but are not limited to:
- assignment of a grade of zero, or a failure in the course
- suspension from attending the course/courses, a program, an academic division or unit, or the University of Toronto for a period of time
- denied further registration at the University of Toronto in any program
- a permanent notation of expulsion on the student's transcript
Where a student has not completed a course or courses in respect of which an offence has not been committed, withdrawal from the course or courses without academic penalty will be allowed.
The Office of the Registrar verifies the authenticity of medical and non-medical supporting documents by contacting the service provider. Students who submit forged documentation are subject to severe academic penalties.