MScOT Student Handbook

“…the best thing about the program to me, were the opportunities to get involved in as many different things (academically, socially, professionally) as I wanted in order to discover the type of OT I was becoming.”
– Graduate

The Department of OS&OT publishes a student handbook annually which outlines all academic and non-academic aspects of the program including support services and resources available to our students.

In applying to the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto, the student assumes certain responsibilities to the Department and the University, and, once admitted and registered, shall be subject to all rules, regulations, and policies cited in this Handbook, and as amended from time to time.

Download the PDF version of the 2018 Graduate Student Handbook in it’s entirety. (NOTE: web pages are live and up to date; the PDF copy will be posted shortly for 2018).

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Getting Started In the Program

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Policies and Regulations

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Support Services

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Items of Note

Changes in Courses

For each program of study offered by the Department, the courses necessary to complete the minimum requirements of the program will be made available annually. The Department reserves the right otherwise to change the content of courses, instructors and instructional assignments, enrollment limitations, prerequisites and co-requisites, grading policies, requirements for promotion, and timetables with reasonable notice.

Regulations and Policies

The University has policies that are approved by its Governing Council which apply to all students. Each student must become familiar with these policies. The University will assume that each student has done so. The rules and regulations of the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy are contained in this Handbook.

A policy on official correspondence with students outlines the roles and responsibilities of the University and of students in regard to postal mail and electronic communications. According to the policy, students must maintain a valid postal and university-issued electronic address and are expected to monitor and retrieve their mail on a frequent and consistent basis, while the university is charged with providing technical service and the infrastructure necessary to make electronic communications available to students. Please see the Policy on Official Correspondence with Students.

Cancellation of Classes / University Closure

The University has procedures governing cancellation of classes and/or University closure because of adverse weather conditions or issues with campus safety. Cancellation of classes may happen without closure of the University. When adverse weather conditions are severe enough to force consideration of the need to close University of Toronto buildings and cease normal operations, such action will be taken in conjunction with the decision to cancel classes. Until the decision to “close” all operations is announced, the University is to be considered open and normal non-teaching operations should continue even when classes have been cancelled. In the event that the decision to cancel classes or to close the University is taken overnight, this will be communicated to the University community through local radio stations by the Public Affairs office. Notification of the decision will also be recorded on the 416-978-SNOW line (416-978-7669), and on the University of Toronto website. Faculty, staff and students are advised to check the main website, including the Preparedness Website.

Classes should normally not be cancelled by individual instructors or by division heads. In the event that an instructor does hold a class after notice of cancellation has been given, it should be viewed as supplementary and not part of the course requirement. The University or any location of the University that has been closed will be automatically re-opened on the day following the closure. Should it be necessary to continue closure beyond the first day, the above procedure would again be followed in its entirety.

Religious Observances

The University of Toronto posts important dates, including statutory holidays, university closures and religious observances.