Compassionate reasons range from bereavement to weddings to high school commencements and more. We get that life happens outside of your academics and there may be a time when you can’t meet your responsibilities due to something we would consider a compassionate reason. Please realize though that these considerations are not granted automatically and documentation depending on the circumstance must be provided to support the reason for the absence. In all cases, the Academic Consideration Form still must be submitted and you must take action at the earliest possible opportunity to come and speak with us. Please email ( or stop by the office to determine what documentation is suitable if it isn’t listed below:

  • Bereavement: including funerals, visitations – death certificate, obituary notice.
  • Wedding: invitation and relationship to the wedding party.
  • High School Commencement: invitation or notification from high school that shows the date, time and location of the event.
  • Non-Varsity Sporting Events, Non-Western Academic Events: proof of date, time and duration along with evidence that you are required at the event. Please do not book or commit to any event prior to speaking with Academic Counselling. We don’t want you booking tickets before you find out if your absence will be supported.

If you do not have documentation to support your absence you must complete the No Documentation Declaration Form. It must be typed and submitted to our office along with the Academic Consideration Form.