Department of Health and Society Student Association
The Health and Society Students Association (HSSA) represents the students in the Interdisciplinary Centre for Health & Society program at University of Toronto Scarborough. Join HSSA, or follow on social media for announcements, news, and events!
Wondering who to contact for help with issues related to courses, grades, and general Department of Health and Society questions? Click here to learn about DHS staff and how they can support you.
Support for Online Learning
Mai Naji and Sophie Roher are two new floating TAs in the Department of Health and Society whose role is to provide one-on-one technical support and to work with students to problem-solve challenges arising from online learning. They are available to work with students on topics like strategizing online exams, navigating new software, uploading large files, etc... Please contact Sophie.firstname.lastname@example.org or Mai.email@example.com to book an appointment. Their office hours are Tuesdays, 9-10 am, but they are also available for appointments at other times.
The Writing Centre
Location: AC 210
The Writing Centre is a multifaceted resource for helping you craft any and all writing assignments, from understanding the assignment instructions to appropriate researching (and avoiding plagiarism) to writing techniques to reviewing and revising for submission to understanding your prof’s feedback and figuring out how to improve. The Writing Centre is best used ahead of time — don’t wait until the last minute to book your appointment.
The English Language Development Centre
Location: AC 310
The ELDC offers support of all kinds for any students who are looking to improve their use of English at the university level, and their services are not meant only for non-native speakers — even if you are fluent in English, you might benefit from the programs and resources offered by the ELDC. In particular, you may be interested in using their Academic English Health Check, a quick computer-based assessment of your language skills: https://utsc.utoronto.ca/eld/academic-english-health-check-aehc
Math & Statistics Learning Centre
The Math & Statistics Learning Centre is a great resource for UTSC students! MSLC staff provide free seminars, workshops, virtual tutoring, individual appointments, and small-group consultations to improve students’ proficiency in various subjects of mathematics and statistics.
The UTSC Library
The library is where you go for books, obviously, but perhaps less obviously it is a resource you can access for help and advice of all kinds, from researching to technology to course-specific research guides to group study rooms. Try making an appointment to talk to a librarian for help with research for a class assignment! Also, stop in to use the technology in the Maker Space, or borrow the technology items available for check out - from headphones and charger cables to camcorders.
The library has prepared a guide to health studies research resources that you can access remotely: https://guides.library.utoronto.ca/healthstudies
The ICHS / health studies librarian is Kathryn Barrett. Say hello next time you see her on campus, or make an appointment to meet with her for help with your research assignments.
UTSC’s AccessAbility Services (AS) provides support and accommodations for students with disabilities (whether physical, sensory, learning, or mental health) and other medical conditions. If you might benefit from accommodations in your course work or getting around campus, whether permanently or due to a temporary condition, contact AS for a consultation.
One benefit of working with AccessAbility Services is that because that office will determine your need for accommodation, you can tell the AS staff about your needs and they will keep any personal details confidential - that way you don't have to disclose that information to your instructors. AS also helps to figure out the best and most frequently used accommodations for a given condition or disability. They can also help with accessiblity on campus outside of the classroom (e.g. getting from place to place, finding accessible routes between buildings, etc).
Did you know that AS has now moved to a bright new office in the Arts & Administration building? It is on the ground floor (formerly the registrar's office).
Health and Wellness Centre
Location: SL 270
You can find help, guidance, and resources of all different kinds at the Health & Wellness Centre. Their mission is to help our campus and our community feel better and be better.
One important HWC resource is free mental health counselling for current students. Call or visit to learn more.
Sexual Violence or Gender-based Violence Help
RM 141, Environmental Science & Chemistry Building, 416-978-2266
If you need to talk to someone about something going on in your personal dating or family life, you can decide how to proceed with help from the trained staff in the UTSC Sexual Violence Prevention & Support Centre. Call them, visit in person, or visit the website to decide how to proceed, or find resources for what to do in an emergency. https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/hwc/sexual-violence-response
Writing, Assignments, and Academic Integrity
Plagiarism — which is representing the ideas and words of someone else as your own — is a serious offense . We strongly recommend that you familiarize yourself with the concerns of Academic Integrity as expressed in UofT’s Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters, and that you fortify yourself with strategies for understanding, recognizing, and avoiding plagiarism before you find yourself in a precarious position. There are many resources for learning the skills that will help you avoid any problems with Academic Integrity, including everything from proper citation to effective time management.
University of Toronto’s Academic Integrity guide: http://academicintegrity.utoronto.ca
Writing Advice: How Not to Plagiarize: http://advice.writing.utoronto.ca/using-sources/hownot-to-plagiarize/
Citing Sources and Creating a Bibliography: http://guides.library.utoronto.ca/citing
The Writing Centre, the UTSC Library, and your professors will all have tips and tricks for effective researching — remember that you don’t have to go it alone, and that the sooner you seek help and advice, the better it will serve you.
University is unlike secondary school in a lot of ways. For many, it can feel big and impersonal at first. How can you get involved and feel a part of the student community? Visit the website or office of UTSC Student Life for free resources, activities, opportunities and loads of information.
Get support and find community for students who are international visitors to Canada. Studying internationally can be challenging - you don't have to do it alone. Make use of ISC community and resources.
The Women & Trans Centre is a student-driven space that strives to represent female, femme, queer, and trans students on campus of all intersetionalities and give a platform for education and community-building.