Academic Consideration

If you are experiencing difficulties of a personal, psychological, or medical nature, the University has several policies and regulations which outline how and when you can access academic consideration.

Depending on when you need to ask for academic consideration (during or after the semester); academic consideration is considered by different people (or committees). It may take the form of an extended deadline, a deferred privilege, a late drop of a course(s) with or without failure, withdrawal from a semester with or without academic failure, or permission to continue on probationary status. The term Academic Consideration is also used for appeals of Academic Status such as requesting Probationary Status after being Required to Withdraw.

Depending upon the circumstances and whether the semester work is complete, consideration may be granted by the instructor, the Program Counsellor, or the Academic Review Committee of the program in which you are registered. The Regulations on Academic Consideration, Appeals and Petitions outline the categories, grounds, timelines and appeals.

During the Semester

During the semester, academic consideration is granted by the instructor of the course affected. So, if you miss a lab, seminar, or midterm test or exam, or if you will be late with submission of an assignment or report, then contact your instructor about possible accommodation. It is important that you read what is required which is often outlined in your course outline or on Courselink, so be sure you are familiar with the expectations of all of your courses. If all courses are affected by your personal situation or if you will be or have missed a significant amount of time in class, then connect with your Program Counsellor to discuss options.

At the End or After the Semester

If your personal circumstances are affecting your ability to complete your academic work within the current semester, then you need to contact your Program Counsellor. These circumstances include missing a final exam, or not handing in a final assignment. At this point, a formal academic consideration request or appeal process is followed. The process for requesting academic consideration through the Academic Review Committee is explained in the "Request for Academic Consideration" link in the right hand menu.

Depending on your circumstances, you may ask for a deferred privilege or another form of academic consideration which you can discuss with your Program Counsellor. Generally, you can ask to be given the opportunity to write a missed final examination or complete a final course assignment after the end of the semester. You can review the detailed information about the process of requesting deferred privileges and exams through the link in the right hand menu. Please note that requests for deferred privileges and exams must be submitted to your Program Counsellor, or alternatively to Enrolment Services in the Office of Registrarial Services, within five working days of the missed examination/course work deadline.

Academic consideration is granted when acceptable medical, psychological or compassionate circumstances affect any portion of the semester work. Generally, work commitments will not constitute grounds for academic consideration.