Know Your Student Rights

The SCSU is committed to education students about their rights both inside and outside of the classroom. This campaign aims to give students the tools to challenge any violation of rights and to empower students to act as their own advocates. The office of the Vice-President Academics and University Affairs is committed to supporting students through the Know Your Rights Campaign.

I have the right to…

an accessible education.

IX.3 Students with Disabilities
IX.4 AccessAbility Services

Students With Disabilities

The University of Toronto supports and accommodates students, faculty and staff with disabilities. This is in keeping with its commitment to create a community that is inclusive of all persons and treats all members of the community in an equitable manner. In creating such a community, the University aims to foster a climate of understanding and mutual respect for the dignity and worth of all persons. The University strives to provide the full range of activities to individuals with disabilities as is provided to others, while at the same time ensuring the protection of their privacy, confidentiality and autonomy. 1

AccessAbility Services

AccessAbility Services at UT Scarborough is responsible for supporting students with
disabilities. Once a student requests accommodation and provides appropriate
documentation for their disabilities, staff in AccessAbility Services assess their needs and determine appropriate and reasonable accommodations, consulting with faculty where appropriate. All information that AccessAbility Services collects from students about their disabilities is kept in strict confidence as prescribed by law.

As an instructor, you play a key role in accommodating students with disabilities. If you
suspect that a student is having difficulties which may be caused by a disability, please
encourage him/her to seek advice from AccessAbility Services. Once AccessAbility Services has determined appropriate accommodations for a student in your course, they will contact you. The two most common accommodations about which you might be contacted are the presence of note takers in your lectures, and the provision of alternate test and exam arrangements. Instructors are encouraged to consult with AccessAbility Services for advice and assistance in matters concerning students with disabilities. For more information on the mission and services offered by AccessAbility Services visit their website. 1


receive a course syllabus in the first week of class.

III.1 Course Syllabus

“…The syllabus should be made available to students by the end of the first week of classes, and must be filed with your Department Office as early as possible in each term, but no later than the last date to add the course (usually two weeks after the start of classes). Your syllabus should describe the course format (lecture, seminar, etc.) and explain what this means. It should also contain the following standard information:

instructor contact information (e.g. office phone number, e-mail address) and preferred method of contact;
office hours;
the timing of all tests and assignments, as well as the grading scheme;
required and recommended reading (see above, sections II.1 and II.3); and
whether there is a final exam…” 1


receive at least one significant mark before the LAST day I can withdraw from a course.

III.2 Methods of Evaluation

“…For undergraduate courses, at least one piece of term work which is part of the evaluation of student performance, and has a weight of at least 20% of the final grade, must be returned to the student prior to the last date to withdraw from the course without academic penalty…” 1


petition any mark for any test or assignment if I think that it was marked unfairly or incorrectly.

VII.3 Appeals Concerning Term Work

Where a student wishes to appeal the instructor’s evaluation of a piece of term work or the instructor’s grading practices, the student should first speak with the instructor. If this does not settle the matter, it should be referred to the Chair/Director of the Department/Centre. As a last resort the student may appeal the decision of the Chair/Director to the Vice-Dean, Undergraduate or designate.

Where a student wishes to appeal a grade on term work returned after the instructor has submitted the grades, or wishes to appeal a grading practice that comes to light only after the instructor has submitted their grades, a petition is required. 1


practice my faith without academic penalty and with reasonable accommodation from my professors.

Policy on Scheduling of Classes and Examinations and Other Accommodations for Religious Observances

“It is the policy of the University of Toronto to arrange reasonable accommodation of the needs of students who observe religious holy days other than those already accommodated by ordinary scheduling and statutory holidays.

Students have a responsibility to alert members of the teaching staff in a timely fashion to upcoming religious observances and anticipated absences. Instructors will make every reasonable effort to avoid scheduling tests, examinations or other compulsory activities at these times. If compulsory activities are unavoidable, every reasonable opportunity should be given to these students to make up work that they miss, particularly in courses involving laboratory work. When the scheduling of tests or examinations cannot be avoided, students should be informed of the procedure to be followed to arrange to write at an alternate time.” 2


have no assignment worth 80% of my final grade.

III.2 Methods of Evaluation

“…Student performance in an undergraduate course must be assessed over more than one assignment, and no single piece of work (essay, test, examination, etc.) should have a value of more than 80% of the grade. Undergraduate field courses, independent study courses and project courses may be exempt from this requirement – in such courses, more than 80% of the final mark may be based on a thesis, a research essay or project, or an examination. In graduate courses, there is no requirement for multiple assessments, however, if any one essay, test, examination, etc. has a value of more than 80% of the grade, this must be made clear to students either via the course syllabus or outline. If participation forms part of the final grade it should not have a value of more than 20% of the grade…” 1


not have any major term test worth 10% or more in the last two weeks of a course.

V.1 Term Tests

“…
b. No test worth more than 10% of the final grade may be given in the last two weeks of a term;

c. No test may be given during Reading Week or other Study Breaks preceding the examination periods as the purpose of these times is to enable students to catch up with, or get ahead in, their reading;
…” 1


to be informed of the use of turnitin.com.

Conditions of Use at the University of Toronto

“…
3. Students are permitted, under our conditions of use, to opt-out of using Turnitin. If a student chooses not to submit their assignment through Turnitin, instructors will need to find alternative arrangements to check their work as rigorously. (It should be noted that very few students choose to opt out.) Students cannot be penalized for choosing to opt out. If students choose to opt out, they should let their instructor know well in advance of submitting their paper. Ideally, they should communicate this during the first class, when the instructor is reviewing the course outline. In this case, you may ask them to submit all of their rough work for an assignment or you may have a short meeting with them and ask pointed questions about their research methodology. Instructors should not be asking students to do anything that might be perceived as additional work. We ask that instructors consult with the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation when establishing these alternatives…” 3


privacy of my grades.

X.1 General Information About FIPPA

“…
b. Privacy: personal information held by universities must be protected. Student work, their grades, and their student numbers are examples of personal information that should be protected as they are collected, used, shared or destroyed. refuse changes to a syllabus once a course has started, unless approved by a majority of the class present…” 1


legal and/or other forms of support if you are charged with an academic offence.

“DLS represents University of Toronto students in three different types of proceedings:

Charges under the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters;
Charges under the Code of Student Conduct; and
Appeals of University Decisions

For the academic offences files, we represent students charged with offences such as plagiarism, unauthorized aid, and personation. We also represent people facing charges laid by the University for non-academic offences such as disruption or harassment.

We also represent students who are seeking to overturn university decisions. These decisions often include grades or procedural matters such as requests to defer exams or late withdrawal from courses for medical or compassionate reasons.” 4

References:

  1. http://hive.utsc.utoronto.ca/public/dean/faculty/Academic_HandbookOctober_2012Final_000-7.pdf
  2. http://www.governingcouncil.utoronto.ca/policies/religious.htm
  3. http://teaching.utoronto.ca/ed-tech/teaching-technology/turnitin/#turnitin1
  4. http://downtownlegalservices.ca/our-services/university-affairs-division/
    http://www.governingcouncil.utoronto.ca/policies/disabled.htm
    http://www.provost.utoronto.ca/public/pdadc/0405/50.htm