2023/24 Undergraduate Course Policy

Listed below are the course policies that are shared by all Cinema Studies undergraduate courses for the 2023/24 academic year. For course specific information, including Email Policy, Assignment Due Dates, Extensions, and Copyright Considerations, please refer to the course syllabus provided by the instructor.


Students are expected to be punctual and attentive for all in-person and online class meetings, and to stay current with all course materials, including screenings. Failure to do so will affect your final grade. All lectures, screenings, and tutorials are mandatory; students may not enrol in courses with conflicting or overlapping meeting times. Missing more than 50% of class meetings is grounds for failure.

Please note that as of Fall 2023, the University has updated its procedures around absences. Students may self-declare one weeklong absence per term (7 calendar days) using the ACORN self-declaration form. Additional absences require a Verification of Illness form, a Registrar’s Letter, or communication from Accessibility Services. More information is available at A&S Student Absences. You are responsible for contacting your instructor, or your teaching assistant to request special academic considerations related to course absences.

Accessibility Needs

The University of Toronto is committed to accessibility. Students with diverse learning styles and needs are welcome in the Cinema Studies Institute. If you have a disability or health consideration that may require accommodations, register with Accessibility Services if you have not done so already. The Accessibility Services staff is available by appointment to assess specific needs, provide referrals, and arrange appropriate accommodations. The sooner you let them know your needs, the more quickly we can assist you in achieving your learning goals. Once you are registered with Accessibility Services, please ensure your instructors receive a letter of accommodation. Feel encouraged to approach instructors with any concerns or questions about accessibility accommodations at any point in time during the term; the sooner, the better.

Respect for Personal Identity

The University of Toronto understands the concerns some students may have regarding implementation of personal data in Quercus, including discrepancies between the identifiers in one's University of Toronto account and those implemented by the students in Quercus and in everyday life. Students can change the first name displayed in various online U of T services including Quercus and integrated tools.

Academic Integrity

The University of Toronto considers academic honesty and integrity to be important to your education. Any conduct that violates the University's academic integrity standards—such as plagiarism or cheating—will result in serious disciplinary action. For further details, please read the University’s policy plus FAQs.

Artifical Intellience

The work you submit in your courses is expected to reflect your own original thought and intellectual effort. To promote your learning and intellectual development in your courses, and to help you reach course learning outcomes, the use of artificial intelligence tools and apps is strictly prohibited in all course assignments unless explicitly stated otherwise by the instructor in the course. This includes, but is not limited to, generative AI large language models, such as OpenAI ChatGPT, Microsoft Bing, Google Bard, as well as auto-summarizing software such as Resoomer, QuillBot, or TLDRThis. Use of artificial intelligence tools in course written assignments may be considered use of an unauthorized aid, which is a form of cheating. More information on academic integrity and AI.

Research Support

University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) provides access to a vast collection of online and print resources. Get help navigating UTL and web resources and developing research skills for your course work:

Writing Support

The University of Toronto expects its students to write well, and it provides a number of resources to help you.

Technical Support

To find information on navigating Quercus, accessing your courses, and downloading mobile apps. Students requiring technical support with respect to Quercus should visit the Quercus (Canvas) Support centreInformation Commons, help.desk@utoronto.ca, 416-978-4357.

Vital Support and Safety

In order to engage in rigorous and adventurous thought, one should be nourished and feel safe.

The University of Toronto Students' Union Food Bank provides students with food essentials free of charge.

TravelSafer on the St. George campus is a reliable and safe alternative to walking alone at night. Student staff working in mixed gender pairs will escort you anywhere on campus or to a subway station. Staff carry photo badges and wear distinctive jackets while on duty. TravelSafer staff are available 24/7 and 365 days a year. Call 416-978-SAFE (7233) to arrange a walk.

For further student health and wellbeing resources and support, please see Student Life and Safety & Support.