Academic & Personal Counselling
The Office of the Registrar and Student Services
The Office of the Registrar and Student Services provides academic advising, counselling on financial and personal matters, and other support services for all John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design (Daniels) students. The Office of the Registrar and Student Services is the primary intersection for student information and advice, and should be consulted as soon as any problems of an academic or personal nature are encountered. The office is the first stop for students to find answers to any questions during their undergraduate career. The Office of the Registrar and Student Services addresses virtually all matters relating to Daniels students: it coordinates counselling, registration, enrolment, student records, transfer credit, petitions, final examinations, and graduation. Students with complaints or problems relating to the teaching of Daniels Faculty courses (lectures, tutorials, evaluation, workload, etc.) that they cannot resolve with the instructors concerned can obtain advice and assistance from the Office of the Registrar and Student Services. Students registered at Daniels who have problems with Faculty of Arts & Science courses should go for advice either to the Faculty of Arts & Science departmental Undergraduate Administrator or to the Office of the Registrar and Student Services at Daniels. Students with questions about any aspect of their undergraduate experience, can e-mail the Office of the Registrar and Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org
Office of the Registrar and Student Services
1 Spadina Cres., Toronto, ON M5S 2J5
416-946-3897 phone/ 416-971-2094 fax
Hours: Please check online for hours of operation
Services and Programs for Students
The Office of the Registrar and Student Services is a reliable first stop for students who have questions or concerns or are facing issues that are getting in the way their success. The staff within the Office of the Registrar and Student Services can provide advice and guidance on virtually all matters relating to Daniels Students.
The Academic Success Centre offers students the chance to develop skills in time management, exam preparation, textbook reading, and note-taking, and in dealing with anxiety, procrastination, and perfectionism. Attend a workshop or make an appointment with a learning skills counsellor at the reception desk or by calling 416-978-7970. Students can also visit the ASC drop-in centre in the Koffler Centre at 214 College Street.
Academic accommodations are arranged through Accessibility Services when students experience disability-related barriers in demonstrating their knowledge and skills. It is extremely important that you contact the office as soon as you are accepted to UofT so that it is possible for accommodations to be arranged prior to the start of classes. http://www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/as. 455 Spadina Ave, Suite 400; 416-978-8060.
First Nations House provides culturally relevant services to Aboriginal students in support of academic success, personal growth and leadership development. They also offer learning opportunities for all students to engage with Aboriginal communities within the University of Toronto and beyond.
The Writing Centre at Daniels is a resource for students seeking assistance with academic writing, research, and related academic skills. The Writing Centre currently offers consultation-based writing instruction. Consultations may involve a wide range of approaches to academic thinking, research, and writing, including (but not limited to):
It is recommended to schedule several appointments in advance according to assignment deadlines.
Students do not have to look far at the University to find part-time work. The Career Centre post thousands of paid and volunteer jobs each year from on- and off-campus employers who feel that a student would make a valuable part of their team. The Career Centre provides career education and experiential opportunities, which foster career clarity and build skills and lifelong competencies. In addition, Daniels students have access to their own on location career educator for support and skills development on site at 1 Spadina Cres.
Work-study opportunities are also available to students in the Daniels Faculty. The work-study program is an excellent opportunity to build skills while working in one of the many offices, departments, labs, libraries, and gallery spaces on campus. The Daniels Faculty has work-study opportunities available with individual faculty members and in an administrative capacity.
International students who wish to work off campus, or who want to work in Canada after graduating should contact the Centre for International Experience for assistance with work and post-graduation work permit applications. The Centre for International Experience is also a meeting place for a diverse community of international students coming to the University as well as for domestic students looking to go abroad.
Diversity & Equity
Diversity and equity are fundamental values at the University of Toronto. Students from every background are supported by policies and resources that help create an inclusive environment and one that actively works against discrimination.
The Sexual & Gender Diversity Office (SGDO) develops partnerships to build supportive learning and working communities at the University of Toronto by working towards equity and challenging discrimination. The Office provides innovative education, programming, resources and advocacy on sexual and gender diversity for students, staff and faculty across the University’s three campuses.
The Sexual Harassment Office handles complaints of harassment based on sex or sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
The Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office provides complaint management and resolution for issues related to discrimination or harassment based on race, ancestry, place of origin, religion, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship or creed. You are also welcome to contact the office if you are seeking a forum to discuss ideas that will strengthen U of T's diverse community and its commitment to an equitable environment.
U of T's Multi-Faith Centre for Spiritual Study and Practice was created to provide a place for students, staff and faculty of all spiritual beliefs to learn to respect and understand one another. The Centre facilitates an accepting environment where members of various communities can reflect, worship, contemplate, teach, read, study, celebrate, mourn and share.
Accessibility Services provides services and resources to students with all types of disabilities, such as physical, sensory, medical, mental health, learning and temporary.
The Family Care Office provides free confidential information, guidance, referrals, and advocacy for students, staff, faculty, and their families. Students can take advantage of free workshops, support groups, and seminars. Family Care Office Resource Centre contains practical information on a broad range of family care issues, from pregnancy and infant care to lesbian and gay parenting, from special needs children to caring for elderly family members.
The Community Safety Office addresses personal and community safety issues for students, staff, and faculty across all three campuses. The office provides assistance to students, staff, and faculty who have had their personal safety compromised, develops and delivers educational initiatives addressing personal safety, promotes and delivers self defense courses on campus, and coordinates and responds to critical incidents on campus.
A student's learning experience is by no means limited to the campus precinct. There are so many reasons to volunteer in the University of Toronto community or for one of the hundreds of causes in the Greater Toronto Area —students will not only gain valuable skills that will better prepare them for the working world, but also become more well-rounded and enjoy the fulfillment of helping others.
The University provides students with opportunities to get involved in community work through volunteer postings, the Centre for Community Partnerships, volunteer chapters, volunteer fairs, and initiatives led by student groups.
Regularly checking volunteer postings is the perfect way to get a feel for the wide range of opportunities that exist. Whether looking for experience in a specific area or are hoping to get ideas on how broaden your horizons, feel free to review postings throughout the school year. Off-campus volunteer jobs are posted at the Career Centre. On-campus volunteer jobs are posted on Ulife.
The Centre for Community Partnerships:
Clubs and Leadership Development
The Clubs and Leadership Development (CALD) team support students who are in formal leadership positions (clubs, groups, representative leaders), those looking to get involved in leadership opportunities, and staff who support student leaders. The team has resources focussed on skill development, leadership development, self-awareness, team dynamics, and communication and conflict resolution, and we deliver these materials through training sessions and in collaboration with initiatives across the Division of Student Life. They also provide space for recognized clubs and groups at the 21 Sussex Club House and a drop-in lounge for student leaders.
Mentorship & Peer Programs
The Mentorship and Peer Programs (MAPP) team provides training, professional development, programming, events, and resources to students involved in academic, wellness, community engagement, and mentorship peer programs. They provide a central hub for student colleagues, staff, and faculty who promote student success.
Daniels Mentorship Program
The Daniels Mentorship Program provides first-year students with the opportunity to connect with other first-year students and upper-year students to develop friendships and to learn about resources, opportunities, and life at the Daniels Faculty and University of Toronto. Students who wish to participate in the Daniels Mentorship Program can sign up on the Daniels website.
Rights & Responsibilities
The University of Toronto respects and upholds all students' rights but also entrusts every student with certain responsibilities and expects them to be familiar with, and follow, the policies developed to protect everyone's safety, security, and integrity.
U of T is committed to fairness in its dealings with its individual members and to ensuring that their rights are protected. In support of this commitment, the Office of the University Ombudsperson operates independently of the administration, being accountable only to the Governing Council, and has unrestricted access to all University authorities.
Faith & Spirituality
The University of Toronto's Multi-Faith Centre for Spiritual Study and Practice was created to provide a place for students, staff and faculty of all spiritual beliefs to learn to respect and understand one another. The Multi-Faith centre supports the spiritual well-being of everyone on campus and provides opportunities for people to learn from each other while exploring questions of meaning, purpose and identity. The facilites and programs accomodate a wide range of spiritual and faith-based practices and encourage interfaith dialogue and spiritual development as part of the learning experience of all students.
The University of Toronto Student Housing Service is a year-round source of up-to-date housing information for off-campus, single student residence, and student family housing. An online registry of off-campus housing is available to U of T students, providing listings for both individual and shared accommodations.
Student Housing Services also provides emergency and temporary housing for all U of T students. Contact them to get connected with an emergency housing coordinator.
Health & Wellness
Wellness refers to overall physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and social condition, not simply the absence of illness. When a student is not feeling at their best, the friendly team at the Health and Wellness Centre offers a wide range of services to support students in achieving their personal and academic best. The Health & Wellness team includes family physicians, registered nurses, counsellors, psychiatrists, a dietitian, and support staff. They provide confidential, student-centred health care, including comprehensive medical care, immunization, sexual health care, counselling and referrals. Services are available to all full- and part-time students who possess a valid TCard and have health insurance coverage.
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Student Unions and Associations
Architectural and Visual Studies Student Union (AVSSU)
The Architecture and Visual Studies Student Union (AVSSU) is a democratically elected student government established in 2014. They represent, and advocate for the rights of, the undergraduate student body at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto.
AVSSU dedicates its resources to improve the university experience and create a diverse community for our Daniels students. They promote an inclusive environment between all students to build a strong, nurturing, and connected student experience. Academically, AVSSU advocates easy access to resources and facilitate communications between students, professors, and the faculty. Outside the classroom, AVSSU promotes the use of the city as a place of further exploration, a learning tool, through art communities and urban fabric of the city itself.
As the undergraduate programs grow into their place in the Daniels Faculty, AVSSU plans to continuously grow and adapt with them to best serve all of the future students of architecture and visual studies.
University of Toronto Students' Union (UTSU)
The University of Toronto Students' Union represents all 50,000 full-time undergraduate and professional faculty students at UofT's St. George and Mississauga campuses. They work to build community on campus and ensure students have the best possible student experience while at the University.
UTSU is governed by a Board of Directors selected from every college and faculty at the University. There are also six Executive Committee members who work full-time to advance the goals and programs of the Students' Union.
UTSU employs nine full-time staff members as well as nearly 100 part-time student staff to deliver services, coordinate programming, and plan events to enrich the campus life experience.
Association of Part-Time Undergraduate Students (APUS)
All part-time undergraduate students at the University of Toronto are members of APUS. The role of the Association is to ensure its members have access to a broad range of services, programmes, and resources within the University. This is achieved by representing part-time students throughout the decision-making process of the University, and of governments, as well as by acting as a voice for the concerns of its members. 416-978-3993, email@example.com
For students with particularly noteworthy academic results, there are three specific forms of recognition:
Recognition of Exceptional Academic Achievement: “Dean’s List Scholar”
This designation is given at the end of the Fall/Winter or Summer session to Daniels Faculty degree students who successfully complete their fifth, tenth, fifteenth, or twentieth degree credit* in the Faculty with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.50 or higher.
*The following courses are included in this credit count for the Dean's List:
- Daniels Faculty courses completed for degree credit;
- Courses in other divisions (e.g. Faculty of Arts & Science, St. George) completed for degree credit while registered as a student in the Daniels Faculty;
- Retained Credits: Courses completed while registered as a student in the Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George);
- Courses completed with a final standing of "CR" or "P" which meet the criteria above.
Excluded from this credit count for the Dean's List are:
- Transfer Credits from secondary school (e.g. AP, IB, GCE, etc.) and/or other post-secondary institutions;
- Other division courses (e.g. FAS, UTM, UTSC, etc.) completed while registered as a student in a division other than the Daniels Faculty except those that are retained;
- Courses designated "Extra" on a student's academic record;
- EDU courses taken as part of the Concurrent Teacher Education Program (CTEP).
A “Dean’s List Scholar” notation is automatically added to each qualifying student’s transcript in late July (for those who satisfy the criteria at the end of the Fall/Winter session) and in late October (for those who satisfy the criteria at the end of the Summer session). There is no monetary value. Students who satisfy the criteria but do not receive a transcript notation by the dates above for the appropriate session should write to the Office of the Registrar and Student Services, Room 100, 1 Spadina Crescent, Toronto, ON, M5S 2J5 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Dean’s List Scholar notations are not applied at the end of the Fall term.
Recognition of Exceptional Academic Achievement: “High Distinction” and “Distinction”
Students who graduate with a Cumulative GPA* of 3.50 or above are described as graduates “With High Distinction”. This achievement is noted on the diploma and transcript. Students who graduate with a Cumulative GPA* of 3.20 to 3.49 are described as graduates “With Distinction”. This achievement is noted on the diploma and transcript.
* Note: the Cumulative GPA must be based on at least 5.0 credits taken for Daniels degree credit.
The Faculty offers many academically-based scholarships and other awards to exceptional degree students. Full details of these scholarships are available on the Faculty website at https://www.daniels.utoronto.ca/undergraduate-awards.
Study Abroad/Study Elsewhere
The Centre for International Experience (CIE) - The World Could Be Yours!
Daniels students are encouraged to participate in the international and Canadian study abroad opportunities offered through the Centre for International Experience's Student Exchange Program. These exchanges allow students to experience new cultures and languages in an academic setting while earning credits towards their degree. Exchanges may be for one term or a full year or summer.
The cost of an exchange includes the University of Toronto tuition plus incidental fees, along with the cost of living and studying abroad. While on exchange, students are still eligible to receive government assistance such as OSAP. There are also many specific scholarships and bursaries run by various U of T offices, and the CIE itself administers a needs-based bursary program; for exchange students who qualify, this bursary will usually cover at least the cost of airfare.
Eligibility: In general, undergraduate University of Toronto students who have completed at least one year of full-time studies at Daniels, with a minimum CGPA of 2.25, are eligible to apply. Students must also achieve a minimum annual GPA of 2.5 for the year during which an application is made. A few exchange programs do have higher GPA cutoffs, and others have special language requirements.
Destinations: Students may choose from over 135 universities in the following locations: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Korea (South), Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United States, and the West Indies. Please check the CIE website for an up-to-date listing of exchange partners.
Application: Applications for most programs are due mid-January to late February, but students should always check the CIE website regarding the specific exchanges that are of interest. For more information, contact the CIE: Cumberland House, Room 209 Telephone: (416) 978-2564
Note that students participating in an exchange through the Centre for International Experience will have their credits finalized for transfer upon return. Students are eligible to participate in up to three terms of exchange. Exchange semesters can be arranged in multiple ways —full year and additional semester or three consecutive summers or three separate semesters in up to three locations! The maximum amount of transfer credits a student may earn through exchange is 7.5 (provided they do not have more than 2.5 transfer credits already on admission or on Letter of Permission). In order to be considered for full transfer credits, students must complete the equivalent "full course load" at the host institution. Note that this term does not refer to the minimum full-time load at an institution. To find out what constitutes a full course load at the host university, students are to refer to the CIE webpage for that host institution. Studying at another institution does bring a degree of academic risk. Although Daniels cannot guarantee that the courses, a student has chosen will receive full credit, all students will receive a fair assessment.
Summer Abroad Program - Where will you be next summer?
Prepare for a future in the global village by participating in one of the highly rated Faculty of Arts & Science Summer Abroad programs. These programs are designed to enrich students' academic lives by providing an exciting and educational international experience. Daniels students are eligible to apply to the Summer Abroad Program.
Administered through Woodsworth College, the 2018 programs are offered in:
- Australia (Darwin, Sydney and Cairns)
- Central Europe (based in the Czech Republic)
- China (Hong Kong) • China (Shanghai & Beijing)
- Ecuador (Amazon, Galapagos, Andes)
- France (Tours)
- Germany (Berlin)
- Italy (Siena)
- Japan (Tokyo)
- Kenya (Nairobi, Masai Mara, Mombasa)
- South Africa
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates (Sharjah and Dubai)
- Science Abroad (China, Hungary, India, Switzerland, Taiwan)
Check the Summer Abroad website in the fall to see the 2019 program list!
Courses: Students take specially designed University of Toronto undergraduate degree credit courses, relevant to the location, for a period of 3 to 6 weeks. The courses have field trips that complement and highlight the academic materials. Courses are taught predominantly by University of Toronto professors and, with the exception of language courses, are offered in English. Typically, full year second and third year courses are offered in disciplines such as history, political science, management, literature, film, architecture, fine art, religion, and languages. The Science Abroad program allows students in various science disciplines to earn a full-year research credit while gaining laboratory experience overseas. Most courses do not have prerequisites.
All Summer Abroad courses and grades show on students' transcripts as regular U of T credits and are calculated into their cumulative GPA.
Application: All University of Toronto students in good standing are eligible to apply. Students from other universities are also welcome to apply. Applications are available in early January. The application deadline for selection-based programs is February 15; first-come, first-served programs are open until March 1, but spaces in some programs fill up well in advance. Late applications will be accepted if space and time permit. Financial aid is available for most programs. The application deadline for awards offered through Woodsworth College is February 1. For further information please contact:
Professional & International Programs Woodsworth College
119 St. George Street, 3rd Floor