Innis College Registrar's Office Newsletter
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12 January 2017

Registrar's Office Newsletter

In this issue: Upcoming Dates | Need to Know | Academic Matters | Awards & Financial Aid | Around Innis | Around U of T | Hours | Location

Need to Know

The maximum term load limit is six courses. If you're enrolled in more than six courses and do not have an approved course overload from us (the Registrar's Office) or Rotman Commerce (for Commerce students), be sure to reduce your term load immediately to avoid removal from excess courses. Additionally, students on probation are restricted to five courses per term. 

The majority of fall term (F) course final grades have been posted on ACORN. Grade Point Averages (GPAs) for the fall will be calculated and posted on 17 January - check your academic record for the latest information.

Thinking of taking a course this summer? Check out the 2017 Summer Preliminary Course Listings. The final version with timetable information will be posted in mid-March and course enrolment will begin on 6 April.

Academic Matters

Fresh Start Conference

Now is your time to thrive! Learn how to bounce back from academic setbacks at U of T. You are invited to attend the Fresh Start conference, taking place on Saturday 4 February 2017. Build resiliency skills and learn how to bounce back from academic stumbles at this one-day conference!

Event details
Saturday 4 February 2017
9:45am-4:15pm (breakfast and lunch provided)
Bahen Centre (40 St. George Street)
Registration is required, cost is free

  • Hear from alumni and professors about how they thrived after academic setbacks at U of T 
  • Develop core learning strategies and set academic goals
  • Attend interactive sessions: hear from registrars and professors; learn about mindfulness for academic success; and learn about self-care and finding balance
  • Get a notation on your Co-Curricular Record for attending Fresh Start
If you have questions, please feel free to contact: Rahul Bhat, Learning Strategist, Academic Success Centre. 

Academic Success Centre 

The Academic Success Centre (ACS) offers a variety of services to students. Here are some of their offerings this year.

Study Hubs

Why study alone when you can study with friends? The Academic Success Study Hubs are quiet and welcoming spaces that allow you to complete readings, work on assignments, and prepare for exams with the support of academic peer leaders. 

Drop in to one or all Study Hubs! Academic peer leaders can provide you with study tips and they can help you connect with academic resources at U of T. They are not tutors and won’t cover specific course content. 

The Study Hubs run in different classrooms across campus so you can easily drop in between different classes: University College (UC) and the Bahen Centre (BA). 

  • Mondays (4:00pm-6:00pm) – UC 44 
  • Tuesdays (10:00am-12:00pm) – UC 55 
  • Thursdays (3:00pm-5:00pm) – BA 2139 

The English Language Learning (ELL) Program

ELL is offering two programs designed for multilingual students in the Winter 2017 term. These programs are open to all Arts & Science undergraduate students.  
  • *FREE* high quality English language instruction with the ELL Program will start again in Winter 2017!  The Communication Cafe offers drop-in discussions, presentations, and debates, along with learning about Canadian culture (starting January 9, 2017—no registration necessary). Sessions are facilitated by writing centre instructors.  
  • Registration is open NOW for Reading eWriting, which includes online writing practice with a writing centre instructor (starting January 13, 2017). 


"Writing Plus" Academic Skills Workshops

These academic skills workshops are free and there is no need to pre-register. Come for one, or come for all! All the workshops are offered several times in the year, so check the schedule to find times that suit you. The location is available in the schedule. The following workshops are being offered in the winter term:
  • 14 Jan, 9:30-10:30 Understanding the Assignment - Making sense of essay topics – getting on the right track from the start
  • 14 Jan, 10:45-11:45 Finding Scholarly Sources - Strategies for finding and identifying the most useful research sources
  • 14 Jan, 12:00-1:00 Developing your Thesis - How to write clear, focused, forceful thesis statements (and how not to!)
  • 21 Jan, 9:30-10:30 Organizing your Essay - Building coherent, connected arguments using reasoning and evidence
  • 21 Jan, 10:45-11:45 Using Sources - Using summary, quotation, and paraphrase correctly and effectively
  • 21 Jan, 12:00-1:00 Revising your Essay - Improve your editing and proofreading skills  

Admission Letters Workshop

Two-hour workshops on admissions letters and personal statements for graduate and professional school applications are being offered as part of Writing Plus. Sign up online. There is one session occuring in the winter term on Wednesday 18 January from 2-4pm. 

You can also book up to two one-on-one appointments this year at the Innis College Writing Centre for help with your admissions letters. Book appointments online.

Visit the career educator at Innis College, Kate Bowers, to discuss career options, employment opportunities, resumé writing and interview skills. You can also visit the Career Centre.

Awards & Financial Aid

University of Toronto Student Engagement in the Arts Awards: 10 February 2017

The University of Toronto celebrates student engagement and leadership in art related initiatives annually with the University of Toronto Student Engagement in the Arts Awards (SEAA). This Award recognizes students who have made significant leadership and/or volunteer contributions to co-curricular arts activities at the University.

The SEAAs recognize undergraduate and graduate student work outside the classroom in the arts related activities. Previous recipients have been awarded for contributions through dance, theatre, curation, visual arts, and arts administration activities. Students from all three U of T campuses are eligible for these wards.

The nomination guidelines outline eligibility requirements. Nominations are open until 10 February 2017 at 5 pm. 

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship

Do you want to gain international work experience? The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship (QES) allows you to complete a paid internship at an organization in a commonwealth country that focuses on social impact, literacy, scientific research, education, or Indigenous advocacy. Successful candidates receive $7,000 toward a 90-day internship. Applications for summer 2017 are due January 15, 2017 for Trinity opportunities, and February 20, 2017 for all other opportunities.

Award for Scholarly Achievement in the Area of Gender-Based Violence: 1 April 2017

The undergraduate award was established by the University of Toronto in memory of the 14 women who died tragically at the École Polytechnique on December 6, 1989. It is awarded annually to an undergraduate student who demonstrates an interest and commitment to academic work and/or community or co-curricular involvement on issues of violence against women and girls and/or against trans and gender non-binary people. Interest and commitment may be demonstrated through academic studies, research, on- or off-campus projects related to issues of violence against women, or other related activities.

Award: $1,500 (1 award available)
Deadline: 1 April 2017 at 5:00 p.m. EDT

Eligibility requirements and the application are available on the Enrolment Services website. Please direct inquiries to

OSAP Repayment Webinars

Dates for online "Webinars" about repaying OSAP after graduation are available and new webinar dates continue to be added regularly. Hosted by the National Student Loans Service Centre (NSLSC), these Webinars are the best resource for this information.

Around Innis


First in the Family – Welcome Back Reception on 12 January

Are you the first in your family to attend university, either in Canada, or at all? Come to the Innis Events Room to meet peers like yourself for LUNCH and a reception with resources. Urban Studies Professor David Roberts will be joining! Open to Innis, Woodsworth and Trinity students.

Date: Thursday 12 January from 12 to 2:00pm
Location: Innis Events Room, 111 St. George Street, Toronto
Registration is required, cost is free. Contact for more information. 

Innis Student Life eNewsletter

The Current Issue of the Innis Student Life newsletter is available! Check it out for lots of info on upcoming events.

Around U of T

Resume Blitz

Need help with your résumé? Attend the Résumé Blitz! On January 12 and 13, meet with Career Centre staff for suggestions and advice on your résumé in the Sidney Smith Hall lobby from 12 to 4 pm. Bring your résumé and the description of the job for which you're applying. First come first serve - be there before 3 to ensure you get a spot.

Lunch with Your Professors Series

The next session in this series is on Choosing Your Programs, which takes place on Thursday, January 19 from 1:00 - 2:30pm at the Faculty Club, Upper Dining Room located at 41 Willcocks Street, Toronto. Conversations will be focused on choosing your program(s) of study. This session will be helpful for students who are in first year and have to make their program selections soon. It will also be helpful for students who are thinking of switching programs. If you want advice on what factors to consider before making a decision or just to hear from others, come out and have lunch with Professor Andy Dicks (Chemistry), Professor Emily Gilbert (Geography & Planning and Canadian Studies) and Donald Boere (Innis College Registrar). Registration is required to participate.

Summer Abroad

Woodsworth College's Summer Abroad programs are designed to enrich students' academic lives by providing an exciting and educational international experience. Students complete a full-year U of T undergraduate degree credit course from the Faculty of Arts & Science that is relevant to the location. New programs in 2017 include courses such as Famine & Freedom: Irish History in an International Context in Maynooth, Ireland and Field Archaeology in Georgia. Details on all 2017 programs will be available on the Summer Abroad website by December 14 and applications open on January 2. Site-specific information sessions will be held in January. 

Developed by the Career Centre in partnership with the Faculty of Arts & Science, Career Navigator was developed to help our students with career research and planning. Career Navigator connects a strong network of Alumni who, when they share their stories, provide examples of all that is possible with a University of Toronto degree. 

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Upcoming Dates

2016-17 Fall/Winter Sessional Dates

Winter 2017

Jan 11 | Last day to file a petition regarding a final examination in 2016 fall session F section courses

Jan 15 | Waiting lists for S section code courses turned off at end of day

Jan 18 | Last day to add or make section changes to S section code courses

Jan 18 | Last day to withdraw from commerce/computer science/ bioinformatics & computational biology programs for the 2017 winter session if enrolled in ONLY S section code courses to have current session fees adjusted

Jan 18 | S course load count date for program/per-course fee determination
Monday 9 - 6 pm
Tuesday 10 - 4:30 pm
Wednesday to Friday 9 - 4:30 pm
* closed every day 1 - 2 pm *

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University of Toronto
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