Last Updated: September 2, 2021
Hours of Operation. The safety of our campus community continues to remain a priority and we will continue to follow public health guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19. You are required to complete a self-assessment using UCheck each time you plan to visit campus. Physical distancing measures will continue and non-medical masks will be required in all indoor spaces (with allowable exclusions). Please note that local guidelines apply at U of T Scarborough, specifically, 2 m physical distancing will be required in all student study, classroom and laboratory spaces.
As we welcome our community to a new academic year, we have planned for a fall term with expanded in-person experience and have put in place measures that protect and promote safety in our working and learning environment.
Further to last week’s COVID-19 fall planning update, we are providing you with additional details on the latest announcement from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities, proof of vaccination, and the UCheck platform.
We look forward to welcoming our community to our campuses and we are writing to provide you with additional information about fall planning. We have been working diligently with the U of T community, public health experts and others for a safe return.
As has been evident through the course of the pandemic, the situation evolves, often rapidly. Given the changing public health landscape, you will be receiving weekly updates on return-to-campus plans.
As it prepares for a safe return to campus this fall, the University of Toronto has announced a vaccination requirement and implemented a comprehensive 12-step plan for students, staff, faculty and librarians that is informed by the latest public health guidance.
U of T will require all those intending to be on campus be fully vaccinated – as vaccines have proven to be one of the most effective ways to minimize the dangers of COVID-19.
Whether you are new to UTSC or returning to campus this Fall, we are excited to welcome you. It has been an extraordinary time, and while the past year has brought important and creative learnings about online technologies, we have missed the in-person experience that is a hallmark of the UTSC community.
Our Summer 2021 courses are being held primarily online, with the exception of some essential elements that cannot be completed virtually, such as laboratories. The campus continues to be open to enable access to computers and study space.
Reflecting recent messaging from the President of the University of Toronto, we are projecting a much richer array of in-person offerings over the course of the 2021-2022 academic year, while also recognizing the need to take into account local circumstances on each of the University of Toronto’s three campuses.
UTSC is planning for a transitional Fall term, which will include an expanded array of in-person options, as well as a robust set of remote options. Our plans are focusing on how best to use our campus spaces to offer rich in-person elements, balancing that with a range of offerings that can be completed fully online. In addition, we want to maximize other on-campus activities such as availability of study space, library resources, in-person learning supports, and offerings from Student Experience and Well-Being.
In the Fall term, approximately 20% of our typical academic activities (classes, labs, tutorials) will available in person. For most A- and B-level courses, there will be a small in-person lecture section and a parallel section offering remote access. Some small upper-level classes will offer an in-person section only. The timetable for courses is available online [Include link to timetable], and it explains which classes and which sections of classes will be in person and which will be remote, either synchronous (“real time”) or asynchronous (recorded for later viewing) this Fall.
Room capacities (as of early July) are set to maintain 2 m distance between students, with a maximum number per classroom of 50. These numbers may be relaxed if public health guidelines allow larger gathering limits indoors.
Courses and sections of courses which are offered remotely will be maintained through the Fall term. If public health guidelines permit, instructors will be able to allow more students into a classroom than are currently registered in the in-person section, but the remote section(s) will not be closed. We plan to have an increased presence of student-facing services on campus this Fall, with an expectation that all services and spaces will be fully in-person for the Winter term.
Students moving into residence are expected to have their first dose of the vaccine prior to move-in day. Anyone who is unable to do so will have 14 days following their move-in date to get vaccinated. At this time, there is not a requirement for non-residence students, faculty or staff to be vaccinated, although this is strongly encouraged.
It is taking careful and creative thought to maximize the opportunities offered by both remote and in-person modalities to create the best possible experiences for students, within the limitations imposed by gathering limits and distancing requirements. Our priority, above all, is the health and well-being of our campus community. In light of vaccination timelines, we expect that we will have fewer constraints in place by the Winter 2022 semester starting in January; to that end, we are planning a substantially in-person semester, though we will continue to be guided by Public Health requirements.
We are looking forward to welcoming you to UTSC for the 2021-22 academic year!
At UTSC, we are planning a phased approach to restarting on-campus academic activities. We will be offering a mixture of in-person and online courses in the Fall term, and we expect a full return to primarily in-person learning in the Winter term.
In the Fall of 2021, most A- and B-level courses will offer some in-person activities with small numbers of students. These may include an in-person lecture section with restricted enrollment and a parallel section offering remote access, or online lectures with some in-person practical or tutorial groups. As well, some small upper-level classes will offer an in-person section only.
In order to maintain continuity during the Fall term, courses and sections of courses which are offered remotely will be maintained as remote learning sections throughout the Fall term. If public health guidelines permit, instructors will be able to allow more students in the classroom than are currently registered in the in-person section, but the remote section(s) will not be closed.
Please continue to check this site regularly through the Summer for updates.
In short, no. You must be fully vaccinated to come to campus.
If you have a class that you must complete which is only held in person, please contact your department or the campus registrar.
Those seeking an exemption for medical or other protected human rights grounds can make a request through the University’s Vaccination Exemption Request Portal via the Enterprise Service Centre (ServiceNow). Forms are now available and completed requests can be uploaded for review beginning September 2. Please note that approval is not guaranteed.
Individuals who are awaiting their final vaccine dose or who have received a University-approved exemption must participate in the University’s rapid screening program and may be subject to additional safety measures. At-home screening kits will be provided to these individuals and available for pick-up at no cost, along with an instructional video. Results must be uploaded in UCheck at least twice weekly (subject to change depending on public health conditions), and a negative result will be required before coming to University-owned or operated premises. Individuals who are neither fully vaccinated nor enrolled in the rapid screening program by September 13 cannot come to any University premises. Rapid screening cannot be used as an alternative to vaccination without an approved exemption.
Library help for research, teaching, and learning is available online.
MON Aug 30, : Closed
TUE Aug 31: Closed
WED Sept 1: Closed
THU Sept 2: Closed
FRI Sept 3: 08:00 – 17:00 (residence move-in weekend)
SAT Sept 4: 08:00 – 17:00 (residence move-in weekend)
SUN Sept 5: Closed
MON Sept 6: Closed (holiday)
Regular hours for the Bladen Wing study space will resume on September 7 as follows:
Monday to Friday: 8:30am – 10:00pm
Saturday: 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
For the most up-to-date hours of operation for food services on campus, please visit the Eating on Campus website.
Virtual appointments with a counsellor, doctor or nurse are available.
Hours of Operation:
Monday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 10:00am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 9:30am - 7:30pm
Thursday 9:30am - 7:30pm
Friday 9:30am - 4:30pm
A number of same-day appointments are available. Students must call the Health & Wellness Centre at 416-287-7065 to book an appointment.
In person appointments are available on a limited basis, where required by the health care provider. Please call 416-287-7065 to speak with an administrative or nursing team member to learn more.
All visits are by appointment.
As of September 2021, our office is offering in-person and virtual programming. For details of hours of operation and the activities offered visit the website.
AccessAbility Services is available to support you virtually. Call 1(416) 287-7560 or email email@example.com to arrange an appointment.
Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Student Life Programs is open for virtual and some in-person appointments Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The International Student Centre is open for virtual appointments and some in-person Monday to Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Note: Virtual appointments with an immigration advisor are available as early as 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.
You can also chat online with an immigration advisor during the following hours:
Monday and Wednesday 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Thursday 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Student events and programming will continue remotely, with some in-person or hybrid events available. You can access the Student Programs calendar on the Career Learning Network site.
Library help for research, teaching, and learning is available online.
UCheck is the easiest and most secure way to complete the required self-assessment and generate a COVID-19 risk status prior to coming to campus. Your risk status (e.g., “red” or “green”) is securely shared with the University, but individual responses to the UCheck self-assessment questionnaire are not accessible by the institution. More details on how to use UCheck, including how we are keeping this data private, are available at utoronto.ca/utogether2020/ucheck.
In the event that you are unable to access the UCheck online self-assessment prior to coming to campus, please complete UCheck as soon as you are able to, once on campus. Alternatively, if choose not to use UCheck, you can access an offline or paper-based log to complete your self-assessment and document your risk status here.
Any student who receives a red status after completing a self-assessment should follow the directions provided via UCheck or on the offline or paper-based log.
Thank you for ensuring a safe, healthy environment and campus.
While space is limited and physical distancing will be applied, students who do not have access to computer resources at home can access Wi-Fi and computer resources in the Library and Bladen Wing space. Virtual resources and services continue to be available for students.
Dedicated entrances and exits are currently being established to promote a one-way flow of traffic to adhere to physical distancing restrictions.
Keep an eye out for signage located across the campus that will encourage and instruct everyone to practice safe physical distancing and proper hand hygiene.
Signage will be provided indicating maximum occupancy for meeting rooms and elevators, as well as to direct the flow of foot traffic.
The university will install upwards of 1,000 hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipe dispensers across the three campuses so that people can easily disinfect their hands. Each dispenser will be touchless and installed at an accessible height in visible locations.