Final exams are scheduled, administered, and governed by the policies set out by the Office of the Registrar (see the UTM
Academic Calendar). If you are late for, or miss, a final exam, follow procedures at http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/registrar/.
Re-marking Pieces of Term Work
A student who believes that their written term work has a substantive error in grading may ask the person who marked the work for
re-evaluation. Students have up to one month from the date of return of an item of term work or from the date the mark was made
available to inquire about the mark and file an appeal. For example, should the work be returned or the mark be made available on
March 3rd, the student has until April 3rd to inquire in writing and start the remarking process. Instructors must acknowledge
receipt of a student request for remarking within 3-working days, and decisions should be provided in a timely fashion.
If an academic misconduct case is in progress for the piece of term work in question, a student may not appeal until the matter is
Regrade requests for term work worth less than 20% of the final mark may be submitted to the person who marked the work
for re-evaluation. The student must submit (1) the original piece of work and (2) a written explanation detailing why they believe
the work was unfairly/incorrectly marked. If the student is not satisfied with this re-evaluation, he or she may appeal to the
instructor in charge of the course if the work was not marked by the instructor (e.g., was marked by a TA). In those instances where
the instructor was not the one who marked the work, the student must now submit to the instructor (1) the original piece of work,
(2) the written reasons as to why they believe the work was unfairly/incorrectly marked, and (3) communications from the original
marker as to why no change in mark was made. If a remarking is granted by an instructor, the student must accept the resulting
mark as the new mark, whether it goes up or down or remains the same. Continuing with the remark or the appeal means the student
accepts this condition. Instructors and TAs should ensure all communication with the student is in writing (e.g. follow-up email)
and keep a copy for later reference.
Only term work worth at least 20% of the course mark may be appealed beyond the instructor. Such appeals must first follow the
same guidelines as those mentioned directly above for work worth less than 20%. To escalate an appeal beyond the instructor, the
student must submit to the academic counsellor (1) all previous communications between the student, original marker, and the
instructor (2) the detailed reason(s) documenting why the mark for the work was inappropriate and (3) the original piece of work. If
the department believes that re-marking is justified, the department shall select an independent reader. The student must agree in
writing to be bound by the results of the re-reading process or abandon the appeal. Again, the student must accept that the mark
resulting from the appeal may be higher or lower or the same as the original mark.
Where possible, the independent reader should be given a clean, anonymous copy of the work. Without knowing the original
assigned mark, the reader shall determine a mark for the work. The marking of the work should be considered within the context of
the course of instruction for which it was submitted. If the new mark differs substantially from the original mark, the department
shall determine a final mark taking into account both available marks.
The final level of appeal is to the Dean’s Office. Appeals must already have been considered at the two previous levels (Instructor
followed by Department), with the decision reviewed by the head of the academic unit, before they will be considered by the
Dean’s Office. Appeals must be submitted in writing, and include all previous correspondence, as soon as possible after the
student receives the final response from the academic unit, but no later than one month after. Appeals to the Dean’s Office
about the marking of term work will be reviewed to ensure that appropriate procedures have been followed in earlier appeals, that
the student has been treated fairly, and that the standards applied have been consistent with those applied to other students doing
the assignment. Any mark resulting from such an appeal will become the new mark, whether it is higher or lower or the same as the
This process applies only to term work; appeals for re-reads of final examinations are handled directly by the Office of the
Electronic Communication and Electronic Learning Technology
Email communication is rapid, convenient, and efficient—and you are encouraged to use it to enhance your learning and
experience in the course. With that said, it is essential that you follow a few rules. Note: Emails that do not follow these
guidelines will not receive a response.
Assignments must be submitted to the instructor via Quercus.
Assignments will not be accepted via email. See assignment guidelines for how to submit them.
All course communication should be conducted through Quercus or your U of T email account.