Verification of Illness or Injury
The Verification of Illness or Injury form (also known as a “doctor’s note”) may be required for a missed academic obligation in some circumstances. It is the official University of Toronto form for all students who are requesting academic consideration based on illness or injury.
What is Academic Consideration?
Academic consideration is the process of granting a student an academically appropriate exception in a course for not having met an academic obligation. Academic obligations include but are not limited to assessments such as: quizzes, tests, papers, lab reports or an exam. Contact your faculty, college, or campus Registrar’s Office for more information.
When to Use the VOI Form
You can use the VOI form to seek academic consideration for illness or injury if you have been:
- Asked by your instructor for one in the academic consideration process or
- Instructed by your academic division to provide one in the petition process
Consult your Divisional Procedures for additional next steps for reporting absences and seeking academic consideration.
How the VOI Form is Used
Each academic division (e.g., faculty or campus) has its own policies and processes for students seeking academic consideration due to illness or injury. The Verification of Illness or Injury form provides documentation that helps support students seeking academic consideration for academic obligations (e.g., quizzes, tests, papers, lab reports or exams) missed due to illness or injury.
If you have been asked to provide the VOI form, follow the instructions outlined in your course syllabus, or by your home academic division’s procedures and make your academic consideration request with the appropriate contact(s). Reach out to your Registrar’s Office at any point if you need support with seeking academic consideration.
Guidelines for Completing the VOI Form
The VOI form is to be used for students seeking academic consideration due to an illness or injury. Contact your faculty, college, or campus Registrar’s Office if you are unsure if your situation qualifies.
The VOI form is divided into two sections, each section must be fully completed. An incomplete form will not be processed.
Before Submitting the VOI Form
- Review and ensure all sections have been completed. An incomplete form will not be processed.
- The original version of the completed VOI form must be submitted. Please keep a copy of the completed VOI form and related documents for your records.
Submitting the VOI Form
Present your completed VOI form to your instructor or course contact to seek academic consideration.
List of Licensed Practitioners
The VOI form can only be completed by the following practitioners:
- Dentist registered with the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario
- Nurse or Nurse Practitioner registered with the College of Nurses of Ontario
- Physician or Surgeon registered with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
- Pharmacist with the Discovery Pharmacy at U of T St. George
- Psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario
- Psychotherapist registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
- Social Worker registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
Remember, regardless of whom you choose to see, consideration for the purpose of this form will only be given for signatures of practitioners listed above. For information about letters of support from others, please consult with your divisional registrar’s office.