2. Understanding the Academic Calendar

2.1 About the Calendar

The Academic Calendar is published online, annually, usually by mid-May. It outlines current curriculum for the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), along with related policy and regulations. The Calendar includes changes that were approved through academic governance processes since the previous publication. The 2022-23 Calendar is effective from September 1, 2022 through August 31, 2023. Calendars in effect prior to September 2022 may be referenced in the Calendar PDF archives.

Note that, as UTSC is a distinct Faculty (Division) of the University of Toronto, regulations governing students registered at UTSC may differ from those in the other arts and science Divisions, including the Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS), and University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM). UTSC students contemplating transfers to other Divisions are urged to consult Enrolment Services to understand how they may be affected by differences in regulations.

The publication of information in the Calendar does not bind UTSC to the provision of any identified courses, programs or facilities. UTSC reserves the right to change, without notice, any information contained in the Calendar, including any rules or regulations, as well as fees and other charges. Although every effort is made to ensure the Calendar is complete and correct at the time of publication, from time to time changes are necessary. Any amendments to the Calendar are posted on the Calendar Updates page of the online Calendar. Students are strongly advised to check this page regularly to keep informed of changes.

2.2 Student Responsibility

Students are responsible for becoming familiar with the curriculum requirements and related regulations in the Calendar and the information and instructions posted to the Office of the Registrar website, and to seek guidance from a University advisor when in doubt as to any deadline or requirement. Designated undergraduate and graduate advising staff in the academic units, the Office of the Registrar and the Academic Advising & Career Centre are best placed to assist students in interpreting UTSC academic regulations, and explaining their application in particular cases. Where appropriate, they will help those who encounter difficulties to request special consideration.

2.3 UTSC Office of the Registrar

The Office of the Registrar is the first point of contact for students and provides guidance with course and program enrolment, confirmation of enrolment requests, general questions about academic regulations, degree requirements, and re-enrolment for students returning after an academic suspension of any length or absence from studies lasting 12 months or more. The Financial Aid team can provide support for students on a variety of financial matters related to student loans, financial counselling appointments, bursaries, and scholarships The Office offers a variety of online resources for information and provides remote service.

The Office of the Registrar Website:
Students will find information concerning enrolment in courses and programs, important academic and financial dates and deadlines, fee information, refund schedules, final examination policies and schedules, financial aid and awards information, student card (TCard) details, rules and regulations, and office location and hours of operation. To speak with an Office of the Registrar representative, students can email, use the online Live Chat service, or social media accounts.

eService is UTSC's portal to online services offered by the Office of the Registrar. It allows UTSC students to request and, where necessary, pay for services without having to visit the office in person. Students may request services such as: clerical check of a final grade; ordering a final exam; requesting a change in degree type; late withdrawal from a course (LWD); reporting exam conflicts; requesting fee assessments for de-regulated programs; re-enrolling in studies; applying for a bursary; and submitting a petition.

This web form allows students to submit inquiries through email to the Office of the Registrar front line and financial aid staff. Response times vary, but typically will be between 5-10 business days.

University of Toronto student records are maintained by a student-friendly web-based system called ACORN. These records are shared with Degree Explorer, a web-based academic audit and advising system.

Students can use ACORN to access a variety of online enrolment services, such as:

  • Course and program enrolment;
  • Viewing grades, and academic status;
  • Requesting transcripts;
  • Viewing the financial account;
  • Updating personal information;
  • Listing ACORN transactions and viewing their Personal and Final Examination Timetable; and
  • Requesting graduation.

2.4 Notice of Collection of Personal Information

The University of Toronto respects your privacy. Personal information that you provide to the University is collected pursuant to section 2(14) of the University of Toronto Act (1971). It is collected for the purpose of administering admission, registration, academic programs, university-related student activities, activities of student societies, safety, financial assistance and awards, graduation and university advancement, and for the purpose of statistical reporting to government agencies.

In addition, the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities has asked that we notify you of the following: the University of Toronto is required to disclose personal information such as Ontario Education Numbers, student characteristics and educational outcomes to the Minister under s. 15 of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Act (1990, last amended 2020). The Ministry collects this data for purposes such as planning, allocating and administering public funding to colleges, universities and other post-secondary educational and training institutions, and to conduct research and analysis, including longitudinal studies, and statistical activities conducted by, or on behalf of, the Ministry for purposes that relate to post-secondary education and training. Further information on how the Minister uses this personal information is available on the Ministry's website.

At all times your personal information will be protected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (1990, last amended 2020). If you have questions, please refer to the UTSC FIPPA website or contact the University FIPP Coordinator at 416-946-7303, McMurrich Building, Room 104, 12 Queen’s Park Crescent West, Toronto, ON, M5S 1A8. You can also view an expanded version of this Notice.

2.5 Official University Correspondence With Students

University correspondence with students is governed by the Policy on Official Correspondence with Students (2006).

The University may use the postal mail system and email to correspond with students. Email is the primary method of communicating with students regarding registration, student accounts, and other important or time-critical business. All University of Toronto students are provided with an official University UTmail+ email address (@mail.utoronto.ca), and are expected to use it while conducting official University-related correspondence. Setting up this official account is mandatory for all University of Toronto students. For help with this, you can view the instructions for setting up your University of Toronto account. Students are expected to monitor and retrieve their official correspondence on a frequent and consistent basis.

In addition, students are responsible for maintaining current and valid contact information in ACORN. Neglecting to report changes in contact information in a timely manner will not be considered an acceptable reason for failing to act on official correspondence.