Posted June 27, 2022, updated August 10, 2022.
Please read all of this information carefully. This process applies to B.Sc. students only. Students in other degree programs should contact a Program Counsellor from their degree for instructions.
Do not write a final exam or complete a final course requirement unless you are confident that you are fit and able to do so. Otherwise, only very limited options exist for academic consideration, none of which are guaranteed.
A Deferred Privilege most commonly refers to a Deferred Final Exam, but may also be a Deferred Condition. A Deferred Final Exam applies when a final exam scheduled by the Registrar's Office was missed. A Deferred Condition applies to situations where the missed work is some other type of final course requirement, such as a final assignment, final paper or take-home final exam. When a Deferred Condition is granted, students will be instructed to contact their course Instructors to make the necessary arrangements for completion, once the deferral has been approved. If a Deferred Final Exam is granted, the exam will then be written according to a deferred schedule set by the Registrar's Office.
If you are unable to write a final exam or complete a final assignment for medical, psychological or compassionate reasons, please submit a completed S22 Deferred Privilege Request form, including an explanation of your circumstances, to the B.Sc. Academic Counselling Centre via email (use only the following email address to submit: firstname.lastname@example.org). Please attached the completed form directly to your email message, not via OneDrive. Be sure to use your U of G address (@uoguelph.ca), in order for your submission to be accepted. You will receive an Automatic Reply confirming that your email message has been received. In the subject line of your message, please include your full name and Student ID number.
Documentation from a health care provider (such as Student Health Services, Counselling Services, family doctor, walk-in clinic, nurse, therapist, counsellor, naturopath, chiropractor, dentist, etc.) may be submitted with your request if available, but supporting documentation will **not** be required for the Summer 22 semester (this update was posted on August 10th). If you are unsure if you are eligible for a Deferred Final Exam or Deferred Condition, then please contact the B.Sc. Academic Counselling Centre.
Requests for Deferred Final Exams/Conditions for Summer 22 must be submitted no later than five business days after the missed final exam or deadline for a final assignment. For 12-week Summer Semester courses, this would mean that the latest possible deadline for submission would be August 26, 2022. For 6-week Summer Session courses, the latest deadline would be July 8, 2022. If for any reason you are unable to meet the five business day deadline, please contact the B.Sc. Academic Counselling Centre immediately to discuss.
All requests will be reviewed by the B.Sc. Academic Review Committee in late August 2022. Once approved by the Academic Review Committee, Deferred Final Exams will be written during the University's official deferred exam period (which is October 17 to 21, 2022). Deferred Conditions will normally be due no later than October 21, 2022 unless other arrangements have been made with the course Instructor. As long as your request is in order (ie: there are circumstances beyond your control on the date in question), you should not anticipate any problems with your request being approved.
** If you have applied to graduate at October 2022 Convocation, please note that graduation will be delayed unless you can make arrangements directly with the course Instructor to complete the Deferred Final Exam or Deferred Condition and have it graded before the clearance for graduation deadline (September 16, 2022). Please contact your Program Counsellor immediately for questions. **
Many students contact the B.Sc. Academic Counselling Centre asking how they will know if their request for Deferred Privileges has been officially granted. Details are given below regarding how to check in WebAdvisor.
Once grades are released on WebAdvisor, “INC” will initially appear instead of a grade for any course that a final exam/final assignment has not been completed. It will remain as "INC" until your request has been reviewed. After the Academic Review Committee has reviewed deferral requests (in late August), “DEF” will replace “INC” if the deferral has been granted. If you see the "DEF" posted instead of a numerical grade, your request has been approved.
If you are granted a Deferred Final Exam, you will also receive an email to your U of G email account - from the Registrar's Office - at least one week prior to the exam period, to confirm and advise you to check WebAdvisor for the day and time of the deferred exam.
The Deferred Exam period is October 17 to 21, 2022.
It is your responsibility to check your deferred exam schedule in WebAdvisor.
If you are granted a Deferred Condition (for example, a deferred final paper or final assignment), you will receive an email to your U of G email account from the Registrar’s Office, with instructions to contact your Course Instructor to establish the terms of the Deferred Condition (ie: confirm work to be completed, method of submission, etc.).
A Deferred Condition must normally completed by the end of the deferred examination schedule, which would be October 21, 2022.
Note: If you have any questions or course conflicts, please contact your Program Counsellor.
** Please be aware that if you have applied to graduate, and are granted a Deferred Privilege, this will result in your graduation being delayed. **
The Registrar's Office will set the Deferred Exam Schedule with dates and times that the exams will be completed, when the time comes.
If your request for a Deferred Privilege is not approved, the "INC" will be replaced with a final grade calculated using a grade of zero on the final exam or final assignment.