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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.

Human Biology follows the University of Toronto’s Academic Integrity regulations.  Students are expected to read and be familiar with  the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters, and are encouraged to read through the Smart Strategies to help them avoid committing academic offenses.

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.

All HMB courses follows the University of Toronto’s Policies on missed tests and assignments and follows the Human Biology Program’s procedures for missed tests and assignments. Students are expected to follow these policies and procedures, and leniency will not be granted to students who do not adhere to these procedures.

Please note that the HMB Missed Assessment Form and all supporting documentation must be submitted within five (5) business dates of the missed test/quiz date or assignment deadline.

 Please note that the HMB Program office verifies all documentation. If the documentation is valid and accepted as verified, the instructor will be informed by the program office. The student will not be contacted if the missed item was an assignment/tutorial quiz or other type of quiz/practicum. The office will only contact the student if the missed item was a term test or if the documentation is rejected.

Access to HMB Missed Assessment Form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HMB_Missed_Notification_Form

  • Students that fail to write a quiz or test for a valid reason:
    • Fill out the HMB Missed Assessment Form.
    • Submit the required documentation to undergrad@utoronto.ca or in person to the HMB Program Office in room 105 in Wetmore Hall. The office is open Monday to Friday 9 AM to 4:30 PM.
    • For a quiz/missed tutorial, refer to the syllabus for next steps. Please note any reweighs will happen at end of term.
    • For a term test, you will be contacted via email by the HMB Program to confirm your documentation was accepted. In this class, tests will be reweighed how / there will be (a) make up test(s) on Friday XXXX, XX from 3-5 PM (list for each test). The HMB program office will email you to confirm the location.
  • Students that fail to submit an assignment for a valid reason:
    • Fill out the HMB Missed Assessment Form.
    • Submit the required documentation to undergrad@utoronto.ca or in person to the HMB Program Office in room 105 in Wetmore Hall. The office is open Monday to Friday 9 AM to 4:30 PM.
    • The ASSSIGNMENT IS STILL DUE. Provided you have a valid reason that is accepted by the program office, you have five (5) business days from the original due date to submit an assignment.  (HMB will only contact student if documentation is rejected).
    • If the assignment was a presentation, it is the student’s responsibility to re-schedule the presentation directly with the instructor.

 

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:

Medical:

  •  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.

Non-Medical:

  • 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.