A petition is your request to the University to make an exception to an academic regulation. It is important to include documents that support your request for an exception.
Documents supporting petitions need to be submitted at the time of the petition or within 5 business days. Documents can be uploaded in the petition in eService. While electronic copies of supporting documents can be submitted with a petition, the Office of the Registrar reserves the right to request original documents for verification. Petitions without supporting documentation or refusing to produce original documents on request will result in a cancelled petition.
To submit documents follow the instructions in the petition:
- Follow this naming convention for each document: Name_StudentNo_Name of document_dateofsubmission e.g. SSmith_1122334455_VerificationofIllness_April252023
- Choose *ALL* documents for upload at the same time. Your file name or number of files will show up to confirm what you have attached to the petition. Your file(s) will NOT be saved or uploaded until you submit this petition.
Deadline to submit your documents
You have 5 business days from the date you submit your petition to include and upload supporting documents. After this time, the petition will be locked and it will not be possible to access the petition, so please be prepared when submitting a petition.
If you are submitting a different type of petition due to illness or injury, your supporting documents may include the Verification of Illness or Injury Form and other relevant documents to support your petition statement. If you are using Verification of Illness or Injury Form, you should seek medical assistance as soon as possible to verify that you were ill at the time of your illness or injury, not after the illness has passed. This form can only be completed by the following practitioners: physician, surgeon, nurse practitioner, psychologist, dental surgeon. Generic doctors' notes will not be accepted.
Students registered with AccessAbility Services at UTSC
If your current illness or injury is not related to your AccessAbility Services registration (e.g., the flu), use the U of T Verification of Student Illness or Injury Form.
If your current illness or injury is directly connected to a registered disability with AccessAbility Services, please contact your Disability Consultant as soon as you experience a new occurrence that interferes with your academic obligations to discuss which supporting documents you should submit.
Aside from medical documentation, other statements can certainly be relevant to support the statement you provided in your petition, such as:
- A death certificate or funeral notice
- A police accident report
- A travel ticket, itinerary and/or email confirming date of booking (only essential travel is eligible)
- A letter from your employer if you have to work
Documents that are in a language other than English require an official translation, with the seal and signature of the translator.
Under the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters, the University of Toronto reserves the right to enact tribunal sanctions for students who are convicted of forging documents or providing false information. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Suspension from attendance in a course, or courses, a program, an academic unit or division, or the University for such a period of time up to five years as may be determined by the Tribunal.
- Expulsion from the University by recommendation by the Tribunal to the President and Governing Council. Expulsion shall mean that the student shall be denied any further registration at the University in any program, and the student's academic record and transcript shall record this sanction permanently.