PROGRAM POLICIES AND ACADEMIC SUPPORT
The Human Biology program is committed to providing a consistent and thorough education to all students enrolled in the program. All courses offered through the program (courses with the code HMB) follow the same program policies and procedures, and follow all University of Toronto and Faculty of Arts and Science regulations concerning undergraduate education.
Please refer to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ Policy on Missed Term work in the Calendar in the Rules &Regulations section under Petitions and Appeals.
1. Students that fail to submit assignments or complete term tests for medical reasons must submit a valid Verification of Student Illness or Injury form. Note that the physician’s report must establish that the patient was examined and diagnosed at the time of illness, not after the fact. Students are permitted to submit documentation for non-medical reasons within the guidelines found in the Faculty of Arts and Science Calendar- Rules and Regulations.
2. Within five (5) business days of the missed term test/assignment, submit the original copy of the valid documentation to the Human Biology Program Office, Room 105 Wetmore Hall New College. Office hours are Monday to Friday 9 AM-5 PM. When you drop off the note, please ensure that you have completed the HMB green Documentation Submission Form (available in the HMB office).
3. If the documentation is accepted, there may be an opportunity to write the make‐up test or assignment, however this is at the discretion of the instructor. The date and time of any make‐up test/assignment will be set by the program office and you will be emailed to the UofT email address that you provided. No student is automatically entitled to a second make‐up term test/assignment opportunity. Please refer to the Faculty of Arts and Science Rules and Regulations for more information.
4. Please note, all documentation, including medical notes, will be verified. Instructors will be notified of verified documentation once a month. How documentation will be applied to missed/late work is the purview of the instructor; please consult your course syllabus/contact your course instructor for more information. Students will not be contacted if their note is valid and verified and there is to be no make-up test(s) scheduled.
Students are asked to remember that all non-test/quiz assignments are still due. Verified absences do not exempt you from course work, but may waive the late-submission penalty.
The following are acceptable forms of documentation:
- The only medical documentation acceptable at the University of Toronto is the University’s Verification or Illness Injury Form, which may only be completed by physicians/surgeons, nurse practitioners, dentists, or clinical psychologists.
- Please read the information available here regarding frequently asked questions about the Verification of Student Illness or Injury Form.
- If illness is being presented as the reason for the request for an exception or an accommodation, the claim of illness itself is not necessarily sufficient grounds to guarantee approval of the request. All classes are examined in their entirety before a decision is made: an illness or injury ‘s duration and resulting incapacitation are taken into account along with other relevant factors in the context of the course at issue. Note that the physician’s report must establish that the patient was examined and diagnosed at the time of the illness, not after the fact. The program will not accept a statement that merely confirms a later report of illness made by the student to the physician.
- College Registrar’s letter (appropriate in certain circumstances)
- Accessibility Services Letter (required for accessibility related petitions)
- In some situations, other non-medical supporting documentation may be relevant. The Faculty of Arts and Science has provided guidelines and a form that may be useful to those providing such documentation.
In addition to the HMB student advisor, HMB students have access to the student services at the University of Toronto which include, but are not limited to:
- Timetables, calendars, etc. can be found on the Arts and Science Course Information webpage.
- Your Registrar is a reliable first-stop whenever you have questions, concerns or are facing issues that are getting in the way of your success.
- If you have a disability, Accessibility Services is your home base for support. It is important to contact the office as soon as you are accepted to U of T so that accommodations for your needs are in place before classes start.
- U of T’s writing centres provide individual consultations with trained writing instructors, along with group teaching in workshops and courses.
- Balancing academic accommodation and academic integrity, Test and Exam Services is the department responsible for coordinating quiz, term test, and final examination accommodations for students with documented disabilities at the University of Toronto, St. George Campus.
- Students can find past Human Biology exams within UofT’s Past Exam Library. Valid Utorid and password are required.
- The Academic Success Centre (ASC) is the place to go to learn how to develop skills in time management, exam preparation, textbook reading, note-taking, and dealing with anxiety, procrastination and perfectionism. Make an appointment with a learning skills counsellor at the reception desk or by calling 416-978-7970. You can also visit the ASC drop-in centre in the Koffler building at 214 College Street.
- Professional counselling service for students at UofT can be found at the Counselling and Learning Skills Service Centre.
- Scitable is a free science library and personal learning tool for undergraduate students.
- The Centre for International Experience is here to serve international students coming to U of T and domestic students looking to go abroad.
- The Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute organizes yearly summer research positions for undergraduate students.