Services and Programs for Students
Your Registrar is a reliable first-stop whenever you have questions, concerns or are facing issues that are getting in the way of your success.
The Academic Success Centre is the place to go to learn how to develop skills in time management, exam preparation, textbook reading, note-taking, and dealing with anxiety, procrastination and perfectionism. Make an appointment with a learning skills counsellor at the reception desk or by calling 416-978-7970. You can also visit the ASC drop-in centre in the Koffler building at 214 College Street. www.asc.utoronto.ca.
If you have a disability, Accessibility Services is your home base for support. It is important to contact the office as soon as you are accepted to U of T so that accommodations for your needs are in place before classes start. All information about your disability is confidential and won’t be shared with units outside of Accessibility Services without your consent. www.accessibility.utoronto.ca. 416-978-8060.
Tutors are available at First Nations House to help
aboriginal students develop their research, essay writing and study
skills. Tutors can also help students find academic support in specific
fields of study, such as math and science. www.fnh.utoronto.ca.
If you’re facing challenging personal circumstances that are affecting your academic performance, feel free to seek emotional and psychological support from U of T’s Counselling and Psychological Services. www.caps.utoronto.ca. 416-978-8070.
You don’t have to look far at U of T to find part-time work! We post thousands of paid and volunteer jobs each year from on- and off-campus employers who feel that a student would make a valuable part of their team. We even provide you with employment skills development through our Career Centre with announcements, events, blogs and articles about finding work and developing career skills. www.careers.utoronto.ca. 416-978-8000.
International students must get a work permit if they wish to work off campus, are required to work in a co-op placement as part of their program or want to work in Canada after graduating. Contact the Centre for International Experience for assistance with work and post-graduation work permit applications. www.cie.utoronto.ca. 416-978-2564.
Diversity & Equity
Diversity and equity are fundamental values at the University of Toronto. Students from every background are supported by policies and resources that help create an inclusive environment and one that actively works against discrimination.
The Sexual and Gender Diversity Office offers support and information to students who are “out” or questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity. The office also works with students, faculty and staff to provide training and education on issues related to sexual diversity, anti-heterosexist programming, and events and programs for the LGBTQ community at U of T. www.sgdo.utoronto.ca. 416-946-5624
The Sexual Harassment Office handles harassment complaints based on sex or sexual orientation and provides guides for undergraduate and graduate students. www.utoronto.ca/sho. 416-978-3908.
The Status of Women Office aims to improve the status of all women by identifying and removing barriers and inequities. www.status-women.utoronto.ca. 416-978-2196.
The Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office provides complaint management and resolution for issues related to discrimination or harassment based on race, ancestry, place of origin, religion, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship or creed. You are also welcome contact the office if you are seeking a forum to discuss ideas that will strengthen U of T’s diverse community and its commitment to an equitable environment. www.antiracism.utoronto.ca. 416-978-1259.
U of T’s Multi-Faith Centre for Spiritual Study and Practice was created to provide a place for students, staff and faculty of all spiritual beliefs to learn to respect and understand one another. The Centre facilitates an accepting environment where members of various communities can reflect, worship, contemplate, teach, read, study, celebrate, mourn and share. www.multifaith.utoronto.ca. 416-946-3120.
Accessibility Services provides services and resources to students with all types of disabilities, such as physical, sensory, medical, mental health, learning and temporary. www.accessibility.utoronto.ca. 416-978-8060.
The Family Care Office provides free confidential information, guidance, referrals and advocacy for students, staff, faculty and their families. You can take advantage of free workshops, support groups and seminars. Our Resource Centre contains practical information on a broad range of family care issues, from pregnancy and infant care to lesbian and gay parenting, from special needs children to caring for elderly family members. www.familycare.utoronto.ca. 416-978-0951.
The Community Safety Office addresses personal and community safety issues for students, staff and faculty across all three campuses. The office provides assistance to students, staff and faculty who have had their personal safety compromised, develops and delivers educational initiatives addressing personal safety, promotes and delivers self-defense courses on campus, and coordinates and responds to critical incidents on campus. www.communitysafety.utoronto.ca. 416.978.1485.
Your learning experience is by no means limited to the campus precinct. There are so many reasons to volunteer in the University of Toronto community or for one of the hundreds of causes in the Greater Toronto Area — you’ll not only gain invaluable skills that will better prepare you for the working world but also become more well-rounded and enjoy the fulfillment of helping others.
At U of T we provide you with opportunities to get involved in community work through volunteer postings, the Centre for Community Partnerships, volunteer chapters, volunteer fairs and initiatives led by student groups.
Regularly checking volunteer postings is the perfect way to get a feel for the wide range of opportunities that exist. Whether you’re looking for experience in a specific area or are hoping to get ideas on how broaden your horizons, feel free to review postings throughout the school year. Off-campus volunteer jobs are posted at the Career Centre. On-campus volunteer jobs are posted on Ulife.
Rights & responsibilities
The University of Toronto respects and upholds all students' rights
but also entrusts you with certain responsibilities and expects you to
be familiar with, and follow, the policies developed to protect
everyone's safety, security and integrity. http://uoft.me/rights.
U of T is committed to fairness in its dealings with its individual members and to ensuring that their rights are protected. In support of this commitment, the Office of the University Ombudsperson operates independently of the administration, being accountable only to the Governing Council, and has unrestricted access to all University authorities. http://ombudsperson.utoronto.ca. (416) 946-3485.
Faith & Spirituality
The University of Toronto’s Multi-Faith Centre for Spiritual Study and Practice was created to provide a place for students, staff and faculty of all spiritual beliefs to learn to respect and understand one another. The Centre facilitates an accepting environment where members of various communities can reflect, worship, contemplate, teach, read, study, celebrate, mourn and share. The Centre is also home to the offices of the Campus Chaplains’ Association and offers facilities, such as a main activity hall for large events, a mediation room with a “living wall” for quiet contemplation, meeting spaces and ablution rooms. www.multifaith.utoronto.ca. 416-946-3120.
The University of Toronto Student Housing Service is a year-round source of up-to-date housing information for off-campus, single-student residence, and student family housing. Our online registry of off-campus housing is available to U of T students, providing listings for both individual and shared accommodations.
Student Housing Services also provides emergency and temporary housing for all U of T students, so contact them to get connected with an emergency housing coordinator. www.housing.utoronto.ca. 416-978-8045.
Health & Wellness
Wellness refers to your overall physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and social condition, not simply the absence of illness. So when you’re not feeling your best, there are a number of services on campus to help you get back on track.
Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers assessment, treatment and referrals for a wide range of emotional and psychological issues. www.caps.utoronto.ca. 416-978-8070.
The Health Service offers students the same services as a family doctor’s office and more. The Health Service team includes family physicians, registered nurses, a dietician, support staff and a lab technician that provide confidential, student-centred health care, including comprehensive medical care, immunization, diagnostic testing, sexual health care, counselling and referrals. Services are available to all full- and part-time students who possess a valid Tcard and have health insurance coverage. www.healthservice.utoronto.ca. 416-978-8030.
Specialized counselling is provided to students who have experienced sexual assault, harassment, or physical or psychological abuse in a relationship. Call the Assault Counsellor directly at 416-978-0174 for an appointment. Workshops are also provided on healthy relationships and verbal self-defence skills for women.
Professional Experience Year (PEY) Internship Program
222 College Street, Suite 106
The Professional Experience Year (PEY) Internship Program offered through Engineering Career Centre (ECC) allows students to apply their engineering knowledge in a 12-16 month project-based professional internship. The length of the internship offers students sufficient time to become involved in large-scale projects, build relationships with employers, and reach professional milestones. Students who elect to participate in this optional program make industry contacts, gain valuable career skills and significant professional experience before graduation. The PEY internship program is over 30 years old and during this time it has earned an outstanding reputation in both academic and industry circles. It offers students an exceptional education, a range of engineering related career paths to choose from, and strong, established industry partnerships. It also provides a strong practical foundation for individuals who are interested in completing graduate studies. Students who participate in the program are enrolled in the nine Engineering programs, as well as Computer Science, Mathematics, Toxicology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Commerce, and other Arts & Science programs. Students register for PEY in their 2nd or 3rd year of study and complete their internship during the following academic year. For the current PEY 2012 - 2013 internship year, 740 students are in placements at over 200 companies. Some of our past out of province and international placement locations include: Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland, Belgium, Chile, India, Japan, Taiwan, Switzerland, United States, China, Hong Kong, Finland, Singapore and Indonesia. The average internship salary for 2012/2013 was $45,000.
Office of Student Academic Integrity (OSAI)
The Office of Student Academic Integrity (OSAI) handles allegations of academic misconduct at the divisional level for the Faculty. OSAI is also responsible for devising and implementing proactive strategies and initiatives intended to educate students about the importance of academic integrity and how to avoid allegations of academic misconduct. (Note: academic misconduct is not necessarily cheating.)
OSAI is composed of five Dean’s Designates who hear cases in the three discipline areas (Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences) and make decisions regarding their resolution. Academic Integrity Officers investigate the cases and advise the Dean’s Designates on procedure and precedents, as well as providing advice to instructors, staff and students on matters related to academic integrity.
What will you find on the OSAI website?
The OSAI website is a comprehensive resource for Arts & Science students, staff and faculty on all matters related to AI. The office's goal is to promote the key principles of honesty, trust, respect, fairness and responsibility in the pursuit of academic goals, and offer guidance on navigating the offence resolution process.