About Petitions


U of T has temporarily suspended the need for a Verification of Illness including a doctor’s note or medical certificates for medically related absences. However, documentation is still required for absences due to non-medical reasons.

We continue to ask members of our community to please remain home if they are ill. Individuals can take the Provincial Self-Assessment to determine what to do next. You can note your absence through the Student Absence Declaration Tool on ACORN. Please also refer to the Procedures in the Event of Confirmed/Symptomatic Case or Exposure to COVID-19 page from U of T’s Environmental Health & Safety.

Sometimes, things do not go as planned. A petition is your formal request for an exception to a Faculty or University rule, regulation or deadline. The University of Toronto acknowledges that students sometimes encounter unforeseen or uncontrollable circumstances that can severely interfere with their ability to fulfill their academic obligations.

Through the petition process, you may seek a resolution for the academic consequences that may have resulted from extenuating circumstances. However, you are expected to make every effort to complete term work and examinations. Petitions that arise from a failure to prioritize academic responsibilities or carelessness will not be granted.

Some examples of reasons you may consider submitting a petition:

  • Severe personal illness
  • Illness or death of a close family member
  • Personal or family crisis
  • Other extenuating circumstances

There are three types of petitions:

If your petition is denied, you have thirty days to submit an official appeal to the Faculty. Typically, an appeal will include additional information that was not submitted with the original petition.

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