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Introducing ACORN! Changes to the Student Web Service

The University’s Accessible Campus Online Resource Network – ACORN – was launched on June 22, 2015 (www.acorn.utoronto.ca). ACORN will replace the existing Student Web Service (ROSI) (www.rosi.utoronto.ca) in the near future. In the meantime, you are free to use either system. Any change made to one system will be reflected on the other one. The purpose of ACORN is to provide a more convenient, personalized and guided experience for students using U of T’s online services.

Graduate students in the Institute of Medical Science are able to access either ACORN or ROSI to:

View, request, add, drop, or waitlist for courses
View personal timetable
View/Change address, telephone numbers, email, safety abroad address, and emergency contact information
View academic history, including final grades
Order transcripts
View your financial account information (invoices, account details, payments)
Defer payment of tuition (available to recipients of a funding commitment from the graduate unit and to students approved Ontario, Canada and some US government student loan– see note below)
Update direct deposit details
Print “Educational Credit” tax forms (T2202A)
Order convocation tickets

Improvements Introduced with ACORN

Enhanced course enrolment screens:
Enrolment cart: Prior to the enrolment start date, proactively save course activities to your cart and easily enrol in them later
Search for courses by code or keyword
Proactive warnings displayed for courses you are blocked from enrolling in
Personalized notifications for important deadlines, prompts to take action (pay fees), and confirmations of actions occurring outside of ACORN (payment processed, grades posted).
Life section: Highlights important student services and programs on each campus such as:
Getting involved (Co-Curricular Record, clubs, etc.)
International opportunities
Jobs and career planning
Health and wellness
Easy connections to other online systems such as Blackboard Portal, Co-Curricular Record and the Career Learning Network.
You are expected to be responsible when using the Student Web Service. You should not attempt to flood the system with requests, or to automate the process of course enrolment. Such activity may clog the system so that other students may be denied access or experience degraded performance. Any student(s) attempting such activity may be denied access to the SWS until after the relevant registration period.

Using ACORN and ROSI

Logging onto ACORN
Students use their UTORid and password to log onto ACORN (www.acorn.utoronto.ca). This is similar to other U of T systems like Blackboard Portal or Degree Explorer.

Logging onto ROSI
Students log onto ROSI using their student number and a personal identification number (PIN). The first time you log on, your PIN will be based on your date of birth (format YYMMDD). For example, if your birth date is April 17, 1982, your initial PIN will be 820417.

When you log on for the first time, the SWS will prompt you to change your PIN. Subsequent access to the system will require this new PIN, which should be known only to you. Your student number and PIN together constitute an “electronic signature”. Never give your PIN or student number to someone else.

Forgotten PIN numbers can be reset by the graduate office. To avoid having to contact the office in person or having to wait for office hours, students can enter answers to a set of questions on the SWS. When you first access the ROSI, the SWS will prompt you to choose three questions from a list. If you later forget your PIN, you can reactivate/reset it online by answering the questions correctly.

Updating & Checking Personal Information
Students may view or update personal information, such as address, telephone numbers, email address, emergency contact information, and Direct Deposit information.

ACORN: Click on Profile & Settings from the Dashboard
ROSI : Click on the Personal Information option

Use the Add New option to enter new address and telephone information. Use the Edit option only to correct current information (e.g. typos).

Students can also select Other Personal Information to view information such as legal/immigration status. As legal status affects fees, all students are advised to check this information at the beginning of each year.

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