Missed Test Special Consideration Process

If you miss a test due to circumstances beyond your control, please complete the following steps in order to be considered for academic accommodation:

  1. Submit an online special consideration request form within three (3) days (including weekends and holidays) of the missed test date via https://app.utm.utoronto.ca/SpecialRequest/.  
  2. Submit appropriate supporting documentation within three (3) days (including weekends and holidays) of the missed test date via email to socscr.utm@utoronto.ca or the department dropbox for supporting documentation (located on the 6th floor of the New North Building next to Room 6211). All documentation must be in its original form. If you submit documentation electronically (as a PDF or JPEG attachment ONLY), ensure it is legible and retain the original copy in case you are asked to present it later.
  1. If illness/injury is cited as the reason for the missed test, submit a U of T Verification of Student Illness or Injury form (VOI) stating you were examined and diagnosed on the day of the test or immediately after (i.e., the next day), and indicating a serious degree of incapacitation on academic functioning (e.g., unable to complete an assignment, unable to write a test/examination). The VOI must also include a statement by the physician that explicitly notes you are unable to write the test on the date concerned. A statement from a physician that merely confirms a report (after the fact) of illness/injury made by the student is not acceptable.
  2. If you missed a test for a reason connected to your registered disability, the department can only accept documentation provided by Accessibility Services.
  3. Other documentation can include, but is not limited to: a U of T Verification of Extenuating Circumstances form; automobile collision or police reports; a death certificate; and supporting documentation from employers, lawyers and other professional persons. When in doubt, please consult the sociology academic counsellor regarding appropriate supporting documentation for your special consideration request.
  4. The department may request additional documentation in order to assess your case fully.

Important Information

The department evaluates special consideration requests carefully and approval is not guaranteed.

  • If there is concern about your special consideration request(s), your request may be refused and/or you may be asked to meet with an Associate Chair.
  • If you have multiple special consideration requests (excluding requests pertaining to a documented disability with appropriate supporting documentation), your request may be refused.
  • If you do not comply with the above instructions and timelines, or if your special consideration request is deemed unacceptable, your request will be denied and you will receive a grade of zero for the item you missed.
  • If the department approves your special consideration request, the instructor will determine whether you will be required to complete an alternate test (oral, written, or on-line) or an extended assignment in lieu of the original test; the instructor's determination is non-negotiable.
  • If you do not complete the make-up as and when required, you will receive a grade of zero for the original missed test; further special consideration is not permitted.

The department (not the instructor) will inform you of the decision on your special consideration request via email to your U of T email account typically within one (1) week. You must be prepared for a make-up at any point after your original missed test.

Please note:

  • Make-up tests may be scheduled during study break
  • Make-up tests may be scheduled during reading week, only if mutually agreed upon by instructor and student
  • Make-up tests are not held during the examination periods

False statements and/or documentation will be treated as academic offences and handled accordingly.