Using the ACORN Absence Declaration Tool (ADT) for Academic Consideration Requests
You may use the ACORN Absence Declaration Tool to support your request for academic consideration in your courses. The tool can be used to declare an absence once per academic term (e.g., the fall term) for a maximum period of seven (7) consecutive calendar days. The ACORN Absence Declaration Tool cannot be used to seek academic consideration for any matters that requires a petition such as missing a final exam or final assessment. Ensure that you check if your division uses the ACORN Absence Declaration Tool for academic consideration first.
What is the ACORN Absence Declaration Tool?
If you are or will be temporarily absent from your studies and need academic consideration for a missed academic obligation (e.g., test, quiz, paper), you can formally declare your absence in ACORN by using the ACORN Absence Declaration Tool. If you are enrolled in an academic division (faculty or campus) that participates, you can access the tool in ACORN under the Profile and Settings menu.
The ACORN Absence Declaration Tool helps you create an official record of your absence that is used to support a request for academic consideration in your courses, without the need to present additional supporting documentation.
What can I declare an absence for?
Which circumstances qualify?
The ACORN Absence Declaration Tool is intended to be used for the following circumstances:
- A health condition or injury (e.g., illness, physical injury, mental health issue, scheduled surgery)
- A personal or family emergency (e.g., an unanticipated and unavoidable familial incident beyond your control)
- Bereavement (e.g., the death of a student’s immediate family member or close friend)
Which circumstances do not qualify?
The ACORN Absence Declaration Tool is not intended to be used for the following circumstances:
- Personal social obligations
- Travel not related to your academic program
- Technological issues
- Avoiding deadlines or tests:
- Developing good study habits and strong time management skills are important for staying productive and not falling behind. A learning strategist or academic mentor can help students create a personalized plan for academic success.
- Stress can also be a contributing factor and students should seek support from on-campus and community resources by referring to the Well-Being Support tab (located in the Health & Wellness section, under the purple Life ribbon) in ACORN.
How do I declare my absence?
The way in which you report your short-term absence depends on your academic division (faculty or campus). Some divisions use the Absence Declaration tool in ACORN, while others have their own specific procedures for seeking academic consideration outside of the tool.
Limitations of the ACORN Absence Declaration Tool
The ACORN Absence Declaration Tool has specific limits for how you can use it to report your short-term absence. Review the restrictions for declaring your absence in ACORN:
Review your home academic division’s website for absence reporting procedures or academic consideration processes. Reach out to your divisional registrar’s office at any point if you need support with reporting your absence or seeking academic consideration.
Academic Divisions using the ADT
- Faculty of Arts & Science (undergraduate programs)
- John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design (undergraduate programs)
- Faculty of Information
- Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education (undergraduate programs)
- Faculty of Music (undergraduate programs)
- Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy (PharmD Programs)
- Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (graduate programs only)
- ￼University of Toronto Mississauga (undergraduate programs)
- University of Toronto Scarborough (undergraduate programs)
- Rotman Commerce (Request for Special Consideration)
Academic Divisions Not Using the ADT
- Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
- Faculty of Dentistry (see the academic calendar)
- Faculty of Law
- Temerty Faculty of Medicine
- Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
- Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)
- Dalla Lana School of Public Health
- Rotman School of Management
- School of Graduate Studies