Emailing should be reserved for urgent matters only. Substantive issues concerning course
materials, or everyday course-related business, should be raised during office hours. Email
should not be used as an alternative to meeting with instructors or TAs, nor to receive private
tutorials or to ask about materials covered in lectures you missed. We endeavour to answer
emails within two business days. Weekends and holidays are not business days. Address all
email queries to the Head TA in the first instance.
If you must email for urgent matters, treat email as a form of professional communication. Please
write courteously and clearly; do not use text-messaging abbreviations. Be sure to provide a
summary of the email topic in the Subject line (do not just write 'Hi' or leave the Subject blank,
or your email may be rejected as junk mail by the U of T server). Include your name and student
number. Use your UTOR email address: the university server often rejects hotmail and other
accounts as potential spam. Do not send attachments unless approved to do so.
Missed tests and exams
Students who miss the midterm test for reasons beyond their control (i.e., illness or an accident)
may, within 72 hours of the missed test, submit to Professor Sanders a written request for special
consideration explaining the reason for missing the test; appropriate documentation, determined
by the instructor (a medical certificate, accident reports, etc.), must be attached. All
documentation must be emailed to the instructor AND submitted in its original form to Joanna
Trochanowski in HSC300 by the 72-hour deadline. Late requests for special consideration will
not be considered.
Medical documentation must include an original U of T Verification of Student Illness or Injury
form (available at www.utm.utoronto.ca/forms) stating that the student was examined and
diagnosed at the time of the illness and, in the case of tests, on the day of the test or immediately
after (i.e. the next day), and must indicate a serious degree of incapacitation on academic
functioning (e.g. unable to attend classes, write a test/examination). A statement from a
physician that merely confirms a report of illness and/or disability made by the student is not
acceptable. Students who do not comply with this regulation will receive a ‘0’ for the test. The
make-up test will be essay format and held one week after the original test date.
Important: By submitting a request for special consideration, students grant the Department of
Anthropology permission to verify the authenticity of Medical Certificates by contacting medical
offices. Students are not to make any changes to Medical Certificates. Students who submit
forged or altered documentation are subject to severe academic penalties.
Make-ups for missed final exams are arranged by the Registrar’s Office and follow similar
procedures (see student handbook for details). Briefly, students who cannot write a final
examination due to illness or other allowable causes must file an online petition and provide
original supporting documentation to the Office of the Registrar within 72 hours of the missed
examination. Late petitions will not be considered. If illness is cited as the reason for a deferred
exam request, a U of T Medical Certificate must show that you were examined and/or diagnosed
at the time of illness and on the date of the exam, or by the day after at the latest. Students must
also record their absence on ROSI on the day of the missed exam or by the day after at the latest.