Religious, Aboriginal, and Spiritual observance
Students are advised to notify instructors of an observance accommodation need within the first two weeks of classes. Requests for accommodation of observance can be made formally or informally.
Formal requests are submitted to instructors using the Accommodation of Student Religious, Aboriginal, and Spiritual Observance Form.
Informal requests are made verbally through private discussion or through an email between the student and instructor.
For further information regarding accommodations for observance, please refer to Ryerson University Senate Policy #150 - Accommodation of Student Religious, Aboriginal and Spiritual Observance
Athletic Competition Absences
Students are expected to provide a letter from the Director of Athletics as well as notify their instructors as soon as possible.
Instructors may request a completed Ryerson Medical Certificate in order to approve a make-up test/exam for a student who misses a test/exam for medical reasons.
Appropriate documentation to request from a student who misses a test/exam for compassionate reasons may include:
- Travel documents
- Death certificate
- Notice from a funeral home,
- Letter from a counselor, therapist, religious leader, or community leader
Students must contact their instructor as soon as possible to notify of a medical or compassionate absence. Instructors will determine whether or not students need to submit any documentation.
Requests for alternative examination dates and times on grounds other than religion will be granted in exceptional circumstances involving pre-existing health problems and/or other mitigating circumstances beyond the student’s control. (Work schedules and discretionary arrangements such as travel plans are not normally considered to be acceptable grounds.) Such a request must be made to the course instructor within one week of the announcement of the examination schedule. If the request is granted, it is for the instructor to determine an alternative time and date.
For further information, please refer to Ryerson University Senate Policy #134 - Undergraduate Academic Consideration and Appeals (IB, P-IB).
Upon agreement for alternate arrangements, the arrangement is considered final unless subsequent events interfere with the fulfillment of that alternate arrangement, and the grade in the course may not be appealed based upon an allegation of the original arrangement being unfair.