Course Policy

Listed below are the course policies that are shared by all Cinema Studies undergraduate courses. For course specific information, please refer to the course syllabus provided by the instructor.

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 (like Bb Collaborate) via the following link:

Academic Integrity

All students, faculty and staff are expected to follow the University's guidelines and policies on academic integrity. For students, this means following the standards of academic honesty when writing assignments, collaborating with fellow students, and writing tests and exams. Ensure that the work you submit for grading represents your own honest efforts. Plagiarism—representing someone else's work as your own or submitting work that you have previously submitted for marks in another class or program—is a serious offence that can result in sanctions. Speak to your instructor or your TA for advice on anything that you find unclear.

To learn more about how to cite and use source material appropriately and for other writing support, see the U of T writing support website at Consult the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters for a complete outline of the University's policy and expectations. For more information, please see and

Course Materials including lecture notes

Course materials are provided for the exclusive use of enrolled students. Do not share them with others. I do not want to discover that a student has put any of my materials into the public domain, has sold my materials, or has given my materials to a person or company that is using them to earn money. The University will support me in asserting and pursuing my rights, and my copyrights, in such matters.

Research Help & Access to Materials: 

Visit University of Toronto Libraries website to search for online and print resources and request items from different libraries

There are lots of ways to get help: 

Writing Support

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

Quercus Info

To find information on navigating Quercus, accessing your courses, and downloading mobile apps, see:

Information, 416-978-4357

Specific Medical Circumstance

For the Winter 2021 term, a Verification of Illness (also known as a "doctor’s note") is temporarily not required. Students who are absent from academic participation for any reason (e.g., COVID, cold, flu and other illness or injury, family situation) and who require consideration for missed academic work should report their absence through the online absence declaration. The declaration is available on ACORN under the Profile and Settings menu. Students should also advise their instructor of their absence.

If an absence extends beyond 14 consecutive days, or if you have a non-medical personal situation preventing you from completing your academic work, you should connect with your College Registrar. They can provide advice and assistance reaching out to instructors on your behalf. If you get a concussion, break your hand, or suffer some other acute injury, you should register with Accessibility Services as soon as possible.

Students with Accommodation Requirements

Students with diverse learning styles and needs are welcome in this course. If you have an acute or ongoing disability issue or accommodation need, you should register with Accessibility Services (AS) at the beginning of the academic year. Without registration, you will not be able to verify your situation with your instructors, and instructors will not be advised about your accommodation needs. AS will assess your situation, develop an accommodation plan with you, and support you in requesting accommodation for your course work. Remember that the process of accommodation is private: AS will not share details of your needs or condition with any instructor, and your instructors will not reveal that you are registered with AS.

Religious Accommodations

As a student at the University of Toronto, you are part of a diverse community that welcomes and includes students and faculty from a wide range of cultural and religious traditions. For my part, I will make every reasonable effort to avoid scheduling tests, examinations, or other compulsory activities on religious holy days not captured by statutory holidays. Further to University Policy, if you anticipate being absent from class or missing a major course activity (such as a test or in-class assignment) due to a religious observance, please let me know as early in the course as possible, and with sufficient notice (at least two to three weeks), so that we can work together to make alternate arrangements.

Accomodation for Personal Reasons

There may be times when you are unable to complete course work on time due to non-medical reasons. If you have concerns, speak to me or to an advisor in your College Registrar's office; they can help you to decide if you want to request an extension or accommodation. They may be able to provide you with a College Registrar's letter of support to give to your instructors, and importantly, connect you with other resources on campus for help with your situation.

Vital Support and Safety

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

The UofT Emergency 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 UofT Student Life and UofT Safety & Support.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The University of Toronto is committed to equity, human rights and respect for diversity. All members of the learning environment in this course should strive to create an atmosphere of mutual respect where all members of our community can express themselves, engage with each other, and respect one another’s differences. U of T does not condone discrimination or harassment against any persons or communities.