Academic Resources

For general information about university operations within a COVID-19 context, please visit York University's COVID-19 website.


As announced on June 1, 2020, students whose program completion in 2020–2021 is unavoidably delayed because of COVID-related public health restrictions may petition for a one-term extension in part-time registration status, cost-free, bearing no tuition or fee please visit our Petitions page.

Graduate students can email petition forms, personal statements and relevant supporting documents to their Graduate Program Assistant. Information and relevant forms can be found at: (Schulich School of Business students and Osgoode Professional Development students should contact their program offices for petitions and appeals procedures).

If you haven’t already done so, you are strongly encouraged to connect with your course instructor(s) first to make other arrangements to complete outstanding work, as a deferred standing and/or petition may not be necessary.


Senate Executive has agreed to waive, until further notice, the requirement for students to submit an "Attending Physician’s Statement" in support of a request for deferred standing or petition. CUPE-based requests for full-time extensions on the basis of OHRC protected grounds will still require appropriate documentation. Student Accessibility Services requires medical and other documentation necessary for determining the relevant accommodations that will be most helpful and petitions for full time extensions are adjudicated in light of SAS determinations. The Faculty of Graduate Studies will be exercising leniency and flexibility in their consideration of petitions, including petition matters not directly related to COVID-19. If you are having trouble collecting digital signatures then an accompanying email attachment stating "I have read and approved this submission" will be accepted.


Students are offered the ability to take an "elective" leave of absence that is COVID-related. If a student who has already been granted an elective LOA, they can apply for additional LOAs for COVID-related reasons. Additionally, students who need to take a COVID-related elective LOA now can still take another one down the line.

Academic Honesty

Community members are encouraged to visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies Academic Honesty webpage for information related to academic honesty proceedings.

Taking Seminars Online

Teaching Commons @ York has curated resources and contact information to support course directors in ensuring continuity of courses and to support faculty and students complete the term. Please refer to the Course Continuity page for more information.


Please register here: Registration and Enrolment Module. Contact FGS with enrollment questions:

  • Donna Hewison ( for
    • Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
    • Osgoode Hall Law School
    • Faculty of Science
  • Nisa Lawson ( for
    • Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
    • Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change
    • Glendon
    • Faculty of Health
    • Lassonde School of Engineering
    • Schulich School of Business

For information on Important Dates and Deadlines, please see our Important Dates webpage.


The Library has numerous online resources to continue to support academic progression in a remote setting. While the physical library remains closed, e-books, journals, and other resources can still be accessed online. York libraries will not collect late fees for overdue books during the closure. For additional information about Library Services and Operations under COVID-19 please go to the library website.


York University Bookstore continues to offer services, including receiving and shipping orders online. The postal outlet is open for pickups only, no outbound shipments. Please visit our website for more information.