Students are expected to become familiar with all regulations that pertain to their studies while at the Faculty of Information.
All students accepted into programs offered at this Faculty must adhere to the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) as outlined on the SGS Calendar in effect when they first register.
To view the current SGS calendar as well as SGS calendars for previous years, please visit the SGS website.
Course-related regulations and procedures
- Auditing courses
- Enrollment & registration
- Coursework extensions
- Dropping courses
- External courses
- Extra courses
- Reading courses
- Transfer credits, exemptions, and pre-requisite waivers
- switching between full-time and part-time status
- transferring between concentrations
- transferring to the Faculty of Information
Performance, appeals & sanctions
The Faculty of Information adheres to the grade scales, the non-grade course reports and the grading procedures as set down in the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Calendar. A student whose academic performance is considered unsatisfactory may at any time, on the recommendation of the iSchool and with SGS approval, have his/her registration terminated.
Satisfactory performance in a program:
Requires completion of all courses in the program with a grade of at least B- or CR
Courses taken in other faculties or schools for credit towards an iSchool degree must meet the same grade standard
A student who receives less than B- standing in three (3) half-courses may have her/his registration terminated. Please note that the School of Graduate Studies allows the Graduate Unit to recommend termination of registration upon a student failing (FZ) or receiving NCR in one (1) course (Section 8.4 of SGS Calendar)
A total of three (3) permanent incompletes (INC) in the program will be viewed as evidence of unsatisfactory academic performance. Please note that the School of Graduate Studies only requires one (1) FZ
Failures (FZ) & Incompletes (INC):
Failed (FZ) or incomplete (INC) core and required courses must be repeated
Failed or incomplete elective courses may be repeated. On the recommendation of the Faculty and with SGS approval, another course may be substituted
Courses, including incomplete courses, may be repeated only once
Students who are repeating courses may not use assignments previously submitted
No student is permitted to repeat a course without attending its classes again
Failures (FZ) and Incompletes (INC) appear on transcripts
Students who fail a course must meet with the Registrar in order to review their progress in the program. Students who fail two courses must meet with the Graduate Coordinator as they are no longer considered to be making good progress in the program.
No supplemental examinations are permitted
Special examinations may be provided for students who cannot write their final examinations, or whose performance is adversely affected by reason of illness, domestic affliction, or other causes
Requests for special consideration must be submitted within three (3) days after the examination period, along with a medical certificate (which includes a statement that the student was examined at the time of his/her illness), or other supporting evidence
Medical certificates must: (1) confirm that the student was adversely affected by her/his health problems; (2) show the dates of illness; and, (3) state that the physician was consulted at the time of illness
Formal and informal academic appeal procedures at the Faculty of Information, conform to SGS policies and procedures.
The SGS Calendar lists academic sanctions for students who have outstanding U of T obligations.
Until the student’s obligations have been discharged, the Faculty of Information is not permitted to give such students letters stating that they have completed their degree requirements.
Academic misconduct, such as plagiarism, is a serious matter. Consult the SGS policies and procedures on ethics and conduct.
The Faculty of Information follows the University Assessment and Grading Practices Policy.
This policy details the Faculty’s policy on course procedures, examinations, and other departmental assessments in courses.
Also covered: the grade review and approval process; exceptional circumstances and academic appeals; conflicts of interest; and procedures in the event of disruptions to the graduate academic program.
Calculating Grade Point Averages (GPA)
Use this GPA calculator to tentatively and unofficially crunch your numbers.
Withdrawal from the program
Withdrawal from a program requires that the student submit an iSchool-authorized withdrawal form to SGS.
Students with key fobs or lockers must return their fobs and clear their belongings from their lockers.
Withdrawn students must re-apply for admission, and will be in competition with all other applicants, unless School of Graduate Studies (SGS) approves an iSchool recommendation made at the time of withdrawal, that the student should be eligible to re-register at a stated date.
Normally, SGS approves such recommendations, and students are eligible to re-register any time within 12 months following the withdrawal. Any fee rebate will be determined by the date on which written withdrawal notification was received by SGS.
Student Rights & Responsibilities
Honesty and fairness are considered fundamental values shared by students, staff and faculty at the University of Toronto.
The University’s policies and procedures that deal with cases of cheating, plagiarism and other forms of academic misconduct, are designed to protect the integrity of the institution and to maintain a community where competition is fair.
As a result, U of T treats cases of academic misconduct very seriously. If it has been alleged you committed an academic offence, you will find that the allegation is dealt with formally and seriously, and the penalties can be severe if it is determined that you did cheat.
All of the policies and procedures surrounding academic offences are dealt within one policy: The Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters.
The Academic Integrity Handbook can help inform and prepare you for a successful university career free from academic misconduct.