Notice of change of form to be used by students requesting academic consideration due to illness

PDAD&C #38, 2012-13

To: 

PDAD&C 
From:      Jill Matus, Vice Provost Students
Date:  February 20, 2013
Re:  Notice of change of form to be used by students requesting academic consideration due to illness

The "Verification of Student Illness or Injury" is the new official University of Toronto form for all students who are requesting special academic consideration based on illness or injury. This new form replaces the "Student Medical Certificate".

The previous "Student Medical Certificate" has been in use for many years and predated significant legislative changes. It was used extensively by students to request special consideration for medical reasons. Students, clinicians, faculty and staff have raised issues about the form, primarily in the context of the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act.

The new form has been developed in consultation with representatives on the three campuses and is designed to address privacy issues and enhance consistency.

The "Verification of Student Illness or Injury" form focuses upon the degree of incapacitation that the illness or injury has upon the student's academic functioning and the timeline of that incapacitation, rather than on diagnosis and /or details of the problem. Guidance for completion is included on the form itself. A dedicated website has been launched and the form is available in an accessible format. You will find it at: www.illnessverification.utoronto.ca. The website includes the form, information for students, a Frequently asked Questions page, and links to Registrarial Services at the three campuses.

Please share this information with your faculty and staff so that they are familiar with the new form. As paper copies of the previous form are still in circulation, there will be a transition period where both the Verification of Student Illness or Injury and the Student Medical Certificate are accepted.