What is Academic Consideration?


If you have missed or will miss a course-related component (e.g. laboratory or tutorial) or a course-related assessment (e.g. quiz) you may be eligible to request an Academic Consideration to make arrangements to complete the missed course work at a later time.

Academic Consideration for course-related components and assessments may include:

  • Class Attendance
  • Tutorial Attendance
  • Laboratory Attendance
  • Midterm
  • Test
  • Presentation
  • Essay/Assignment
  • Quiz

There are three ways you can request academic consideration:

  • Self-Reported Absence
  • Medical Absence
  • Non-Medical Absence

The nature of your circumstance/request will determine which route to pursue in requesting Academic Consideration. Factors affecting your eligibility for consideration or which method would be most appropriate for you to submit your request are:

  • The duration of time needed;
  • The number of Self-Reported Absences submitted within the Term
  • The credit weight of the course-related component

To learn more about the types of absences and eligibility for an Academic Consideration for Undergraduate students:

Tip: Remember to send notification of your absence within the acceptable timeframe for your type of absence. Make sure to communicate with your instructor about your absence and to make arrangements for completing any missed coursework.

Self-Reported Absence Form

If your absence is short-term and unexpected then you may be eligible to use the Self-Reported Absence Form.

Before you use the Self-Reported Absence Form, make sure you understand the eligibility conditions and your responsibilities:

Completing a Self-Reported Absence Form will only notify your instructor(s) of your absence within the acceptable absence timeframe. You are responsible for contacting your instructor(s) within the appropriate amount of time to make arrangements to complete the missed coursework.

To use the Self-Reported Absence Form:

  • Log into:
  • Click on the Self-Reported Absence link located on the right-hand side under Student Services Links.
  • Carefully read the instructions and complete the Form, indicating each of the courses that you will miss during your absence.
  • Email your instructor(s) following your Self-Reported absence to discuss a new deadline/make-up date.


Do I Need to Provide a Medical Note for a Self-Reported Absence?

No. Documentation from a health care professional is not required.

Why Am I Not Eligible to Use the Self-Reported Absence Form?

You may have reached the maximum number of Self-Reported absences allowed for the Term or you are registered in an Undergraduate program that is not eligible to use this form.

Review the eligibility conditions for Requests for Academic Consideration Using the Self-Reported Absence Form

I Was Unable to Submit My Request with the Self-Reported Absence Form. What Do I Do Now?

Consult your Faculty Academic Counselling Office and instructor(s) as soon as possible.
You may be eligible for another type of Academic Consideration.

What If My Absence Involves a Mid-Year or Final Examination?

There are different rules and regulations regarding attendance of mid-year and final examinations. Review the Attendance Regulations for Examinations for information and consult your Faculty Academic Counselling Office as soon as possible to discuss your options.

I Submitted a Self-Reported Absence Form but Should Have Requested a Medical or Non-Medical Absence. What Do I Do Now?

Consult your Faculty Academic Counselling Office as soon as possible and explain your situation.

Medical Absence and Non-Medical Absence

An Academic Consideration for a Medical or Non-Medical absence will require documentation and is coordinated through your Faculty Academic Counselling Office.

To request an Academic Consideration for these types of absences, review the eligibility conditions, documentation requirements and deadlines:


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