Grades & student records

The grading system can be a bit of a shock both to students and family members. U of T accepts only the best students, so expectations are understandably much higher than in high school.

Since the majority of our students enter university with high school averages in the 80’s or 90’s, they may experience a drop in grades of 10-15%. They may find initially that this drop is disheartening, but if they are getting grades of 70% or better, they are probably performing at, or above, the average, which is just fine for U of T!

Access to information about your student at university is very different than it was during high school. We understand that this can be difficult, especially for parents and guardians who were heavily involved in their child’s education up until this point. The University required by law to protect each student’s confidentiality. But learning to manage administrative responsibilities is also an important part of every young student’s development — a process our staff are very experienced in supporting them through.

Guidelines on Access to Student Records

Information that the university keeps about students is regulated by government legislation and the University’s Guidelines on Access to Student Academic Records. Students are treated as independent adults and, as such, have the right to complete confidentiality. Only the student can access or authorize access to information on his/her academic record: this includes grades, courses, class locations, academic status, fees owing.

We will not report any problems to you (if, for example, your student is not attending classes) nor can we discuss any details of the academic record with you, even if you are the one paying the fees! This makes communication between you and your student critical. Encourage your student to be candid with you about their progress so that you can be supportive and helpful.

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