Academic Accommodation

Medical Accommodation

If, on medical grounds, you are unable to meet your academic responsibilities, i.e., unable to write term tests or final examinations or complete course work by the due date, you should follow the instructions listed below. You should understand that academic accommodation will not be granted automatically on request. You must demonstrate that there are compelling medical reasons that can be documented before academic accommodation will be considered.  Read the instructions carefully. In all cases, action must be taken at the earliest possible opportunity, preferably prior to the scheduled examination, test or assignment.

  • Check the course outline to see if the instructor has a policy for missed tests, examinations, late assignments or attendance.
  • Review the Self-Reporting Absence System policies to see if you qualify for this. 
  • If you are unable to report using the Self-Reported absence because you do not meet one or more of the conditions, then you will need to: Fill out an Accommodation Consideration Request Form and submit it with documentation which supports your absence. 
  • If what you are missing is worth under 10% of your final grade, your request for absence will go to your Department office (CBE, CEE, ECE, MME, MSE) for review/approval. If what you are missing is worth 10% or more of your final grade, or you are in first year, your request for absence will go to the Undergraduate Services Office for review/approval. 
  • If you decide to write a test or an examination you should be prepared to accept the mark you earn. Rewriting tests or examinations or having the value of a test or examination reweighted on a retroactive basis is not permitted.

Short Absences

If you miss a class due to a minor illness or other problems, check your course outline for information regarding attendance requirements and make sure you are not missing a test or assignment. Cover any readings and arrange to borrow notes from a classmate.

Extended Absences

If you are absent more than approximately two weeks or if you get too far behind to catch up, you should consider reducing your workload by dropping one or more courses. This must be done by the appropriate deadlines. (Refer to the Registrar’s website for official dates.) The Academic Counsellors can help you to consider the alternatives.

Compassionate Accommodation

If, on compassionate grounds, you are unable to meet your academic responsibilities, i.e., unable to write term tests or final examinations or complete course work by the due date, you should follow the instructions listed below. You should understand that academic accommodation will not be granted automatically on request. You must demonstrate that there are compelling compassionate grounds that can be documented before academic accommodation will be considered.  Read the instructions carefully. In all cases, action must be taken at the earliest possible opportunity, preferably prior to the scheduled examination, test or assignment.

  • Check the course outline to see if the instructor has a policy for missed tests, examinations, late assignments or attendance.
  • Review the Self-Reporting Absence System policies to see if you qualify for this. 
  • If you are unable to report using the Self-Reported absence because you do not meet one or more of the conditions, then you will need to: Fill out an Accommodation Consideration Request Form and submit it with documentation which supports your absence. 
  • If what you are missing is worth under 10% of your final grade, your request for absence will go to your Department office (CBE, CEE, ECE, MME, MSE) for review/approval. If what you are missing is worth 10% or more of your final grade, or you are in first year, your request for absence will go to the Undergraduate Services Office for review/approval. 
  • If you decide to write a test or an examination you should be prepared to accept the mark you earn. Rewriting tests or examinations or having the value of a test or examination reweighted on a retroactive basis is not permitted.

Religious Accommodation

Students who require accommodations for religious holidays should refer to the Senate Regulation found here.