The University of Ottawa is committed to assisting students achieve their academic goals.
To this end, the University has put into place a network of resources to support student success. However, students must assume certain responsibilities.

A student is expected to:

  • choose a program of study best suited to their personal goals and capacities;
  • become familiar with the specific requirements for their degree;
  • be familiar with, and respect important academic dates, academic regulations, and procedures;
  • ensure that the courses chosen meet program requirements and the requirements for graduation;
  • ensure that prerequisite(s) are completed and that there are no scheduling conflicts for the chosen courses;
  • meet all the deadlines set forth by the University (University Calendar) and Faculty of Medicine;
  • enrol, re-enrol, or withdraw prior to the published closing dates;
  • register for each term in which you intend to take courses or pursue research for credit
  • maintain registration once work has begun on continuing activity (the thesis, or major research paper/project) until all related requirements are complete
  • attend classes;
  • consult academic advisors, whose role is to help students reach their academic goals and to provide guidance in the interpretation of academic regulations and program requirements;
  • consult with Access Services in order to make any necessary accommodations for special needs based on established policies;
  • convey any change of status (e.g. illness, withdrawal, etc) to the proper authority (e.g. chair or program director) as soon as possible;
  • regularly consult their email at the address assigned (, which the University will use in all communications with students; regularly consult uoZone to confirm enrolment, final grades and grade reports produced at the end of each term;

A student is expected to:

  • Pay, within the prescribed deadlines, any fees associated with their program of study. The fees accruing from enrolment remain due unless the student withdraws in writing by the deadline;
  • Understand what constitutes academic fraud and plagiarism;
  • Attend regular meetings with their thesis or research paper supervisor(s) to ensure progress and development and progress.
  • Inform their supervisor of any problematic situation that could affect the progress of the research
  • Be aware of and meet deadlines for assignments, scholarship applications, and all other important deadlines;respect the policy on computer and network use;
  • Conduct themselves in a manner that respects the rights of other members of the University community, the regulations and protocol of the University, and the laws of Canada.
  • Comply with instructions from individuals of the University concerning safety and security in certain classes and laboratories;


"We will provide a safe and inviting intellectual, cultural and social environment, in which our students, faculty and staff are motivated and challenged to perform at their highest potential. We will continue protecting individual rights and safeguarding the principles of equal opportunity and equitable treatment.“

Students have the right to receive appropriate recognition for and to benefit from their research endeavours.  


Healthy safe workplace

  • No member of the academic community shall be subject to harassment or intimidation
  • Graduate students have the right to be treated according to the commonly accepted norms of fairness and ethical behaviour
  • Minimum guaranteed funding
  • Academic evaluation will be performed fairly, impartially and in a timely manner
  • The university is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace
  • Any student who is concerned about his/her health and safety in performing an assignment or activity required by his/her academic program may bring this to the attention of the University's sectoral occupational health and safety committee.
  • Students are not normally required to perform academic activities on any of the following holidays:
  • New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Civic Holiday, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and any other statutory holiday or other holiday declared by the University's Board of Governors.
  • Students are entitled to observe holidays associated with their religion, and shall not normally be required to perform academic activities between December 23 and the first day of classes in January.
  • A student may expect to have a period of three weeks, two of which must be consecutive, without imposed academic activities, provided that it does not impinge on course requirements
  • Requests for short term absences for just cause will not unreasonably be denied. However, any absence in excess of four weeks must be approved