You should feel acknowledged, respected and safe during your time in university. St. George is a big campus and Arts & Science is a big faculty. It’s easy to feel lost, but remember that you are more than “just a number”. You have rights as a student and it is important to be aware of them.
You should feel safe at all times. The U of T Code of Student Conduct outlines U of T’s stance on safety, including how students should not endanger or harm others, verbally or physically.
Freedom of Speech
You have the right to freely express your opinion and contribute to discussions on campus. The only exception is speech that threatens or harasses others.
You have the right to protest any University activity as long as your protest does not disrupt University activities. This means that you can peacefully protest outside a classroom but you cannot disrupt the class.
Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Free Environment
Your environment should be free of discrimination and sexual harassment. This includes the right to be safe from any verbal, physical and online harassment or discrimination. If you have experienced discrimination or sexual harassment at U of T, you can report it via the Prohibited Discrimination Complaints Process.
If you have been accused of academic misconduct, you have some rights. You will have the opportunity to meet with your instructor. You also have the right to discuss the matter with your College Registrar. You may want to check out the academic offence resources available to you.
If you suspect that fair grading practices have been violated on your assignments, tests or exams, talk to your instructor as they may be able to correct it. You also have the right to appeal your grade.
You are entitled to reasonable religious accommodation with respect to religious observances and holidays. It is your responsibility to let your instructors and TAs know about religious observances as early as possible.
Where to get help regarding your rights
- U of T Code of Student Conduct
- If you are unsure of your rights or where to get help, always start with your College Registrar.
- If you want to talk about a course or program related concern, contact your course union, if your program has one.
- If you need help with academic grievances or academic policies, visit the ASSU office.
- The University Ombudsperson can offer confidential and impartial advice and assistance to help you ensure that your rights protected.