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Special Provisions for Illness and Misfortune

34. Students who suffer unforeseeable hardship during an academic session, which makes it impossible to complete assigned work in the allotted time, may receive special consideration. The recognized categories of hardship are:

  • illness
  • personal misfortune
  • unforeseeable economic hardship
  • academic misfortune (unforeseeable inability to obtain necessary research materials or a confirmed error on the part of the institution).

Students may petition through the Office of Student Programs, if they have appropriate evidence, for:

i) Withdrawal from any number of courses without penalty. Normally petitions for late withdrawal from a course will only be considered if they are submitted within three weeks of the release of final grades in any term. Such petitions may be considered for a period of up to one year if they are based on special circumstances.

ii) Deferred standing in one or more courses, for work expected to be in progress during the period of hardship.

iii) Aegrotat standing in one or more courses. Aegrotat standing shall not be granted in more than one year of study and will seldom be granted in any but the final year.

There are deadlines for all petitions. Check with the Office of Student Programs.

Recently approved Senate policies on petitions and grade reappraisals are posted on the Web at http://www.yorku.ca/admin/univsec/sen_comm/sac/index.htm. Students may contact the Office of the Registrar or their Faculty for further information.

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