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Illness during a course or exam

Missed assignments

If, due to illness, you have missed assignments or mid-term examinations, contact your professor and try to make alternative arrangements. You should be prepared to provide medical documentation, if required. Examinations for multi-term ("D1/D2" courses) courses during the Fall semester final examination period in December are treated as mid-terms and alternative arrangements must be made with the professor.

If you have fallen too far behind to catch up in a course, you should meet with an adviser at Arts OASIS to discuss your options. Depending on your situation, you may be able to request a late course withdrawal, an exam deferral or an extension on your coursework.  An advisor can help you go through all the possibilities, find the best solution based on your circumstances and figure out what the steps involved would be.  As a BA student, all requests for late course withdrawals and deferred exams will be handled by Service Point.

If you are too ill to come to OASIS in person, contact us by phone or email to arrange a phone/Skype appointment with an advisor. 

Missed final exam

If you have missed a final examination (one that is on the Final Exam Schedule and held during the final exam period), you can request permission from Service Point to write a deferred exam.  Medical documentation may be required to support your request. The medical note must cover the date of the missed examination and indicate the nature and duration of the illness.  You can find details on the deferred exam policy here.

If you become ill during a final examination, tell the invigilator that you are ill and be sure that an Incident Report is completed.  You must visit McGill Health Services or another clinic/doctor right away to get medical documentation regarding your illness.  You must submit your medical note to Service Point within one week after the examination and apply for a deferred examination.

You can find details on the official Exam Regulations here, under "Illness during examinations."

If you complete the examination normally or simply walk out of the examination without notifying anyone of your situation, the grade you receive will remain on your record and cannot be changed.  You should not begin an exam if you are too ill to complete it.

McGill's Health Services has very specific procedures for issuing medical notes. Please review these carefully here.