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Fall Term 2021 Planning


June 30, 2021

 

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.

 

Fall Term 2021

Find your personal course enrolment start time on ACORN beginning June 29. Under the Academics menu, click on "Enrol & Manage" to find your start time. It's that easy! 

Have you placed courses in your enrolment cart?
Once your course enrolment begins, remember to return to ACORN and click the ENROL button to officially add your courses.

Have you made sure you're in the right combination of active programs?
If you’re in Year 2 (that is, you have 4.0 credits or more), you can’t enrol in courses until you have the right combination of active programs. You’ll need:

  • 1 Specialist OR 
  • 2 Majors OR
  • 1 Major & 2 Minors

Choose unlimited programs to start adding courses ASAP. You can always change your program later. This does not apply to first-year students (students with less than 4.0 credits).

1st year (fewer than 4.0 credits): Enrol on July 7

2nd year (4.0 to 8.5 credits): Enrol on July 13

3rd year (9.0 to 13.5 credits): Enrol on July 9

*Credit count includes completed credits and summer courses in progress as of June 7, 2021

Note

  • You will only be able to add up to 2.5 credits, including waitlisted and interim courses. Add up to 3.0 beginning: ​August 5 at 8 a.m.
  • Add UTSG and UTM courses beginning: ​August 6 at 6 a.m.
  • Waitlists end for F and S courses on: September 15.

The Registrar's Guide

This guide is all about you! It's the next best thing to having a staff member with you to explain upcoming deadlines, how to add courses, pay your fees, apply for scholarship opportunities, and more!

Calendar

Use the Calendar to see what we have to offer, and explore your options for the upcoming year. This is your go-to resource that will help you stay on track for your program and degree requirements.

Timetable

Once you find a course that interests you, use the Timetable to find out when and where the course is offered and any enrolment restrictions. Use this tool to help you build a schedule that works best for you.

*Note: Check delivery modes for the Fall 2021 session with the Timetable.

Timetable Builder

Need help planning? Try the new Timetable Builder! This tool can help you craft your ideal course timetable in advance of course enrolment. 

Get Your Finances In Order

It can take 6-8 weeks for a student loan application to fully process, if you require financial assistance, please apply as soon as possible. Learn more about OSAP and other aid on our website.

Pay Your Fees by August 16

Making a tuition payment has never been easier! Learn how to make your payment by following these easy steps on our website.

RESP Forms

If you have a Registered Educational Savings Plan, the Registrar's Office can help you complete your form after you enrol in courses. If your RESP company does not provide forms, you may request a letter confirming your enrolment. An $8 fee applies.

 

Your tuition includes extended health & dental coverage. You can choose to opt-out if you are already covered under a different plan. Please note this is handled by the Scarborough Campus Students' Union (SCSU).

The Office of the Registrar team is here to help! We specialize in providing you with support to meet your personalized needs. While we are not currently available for in-person service, we welcome your questions over email or through our online chat.

Visit the Office of the Registrar Website

Get reminders of UTSC dates and deadlines, DM us your questions and find key links to navigate our website: @utscregistrar

UofT Bookstore

The UofT Bookstore has various locations throughout the three University of Toronto Campuses. Here at UTSC, the Bookstore is located on the street level of the Bladen Wing across from the Arts and Administration Building.

Yes.  We will be open for in-person shopping starting early August. Hours of operation will be 10  am to 5 pm but this is subject to change as we will be guided by public health guidelines and advisories. We have been operational online 24/7 and have contactless pickup and shipping options. We will be open longer hours in September, and will finalise hours of operation closer to the fall term. We will be open for Orientation and Moving-In Day.

We will be limiting the number of customers in the store at one time, abiding by public health guidelines. Mask, sanitizing and social distancing will be required.

Students can purchase course materials in-person at the UofT Bookstore’s UTSC location or at their online store at www.uoftbookstore.com. The UTSC Bookstore will be open for in-person shopping starting early August. Hours of operation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday to Friday. Store hours are subject to change for the back-to-school rush period in September and January. Any updates to store hours resulting from changes to public health guidelines and advisories will be announced on their website and on Instagram @uoftbookstores. For 24/7 purchasing, shop at their online store and choose between contactless pickup and shipping options. They ship Canada-wide and internationally.

Visit the Textbooks & Course Materials page of the UofT Bookstore website here. Students can enter their UTORid or use the dropdown fields to get a list of all the course materials they need for their classes, in both print and digital formats. Watch tutorials on how to buy course materials online here.

Students and non-students alike can find a selection of products like U of T branded apparel, drinkware, stationery, lab coats, scrubs, tech accessories, general interest sale books and much more. At the flagship Bookstore on the St. George campus, there are stacks of general interest books, large technology and medical sections, thesis printing and binding services, a PenguinPickUp location, and a Canada Post office, including PO boxes.

The UofT Bookstore works closely with book publishers to ensure you are getting the best prices for new course materials. They also have more affordable options available, like used copies of textbooks and digital options. They recently introduced a new Textbook Sell-Back Price Guarantee. Buy a book with a guaranteed sell-back price at the beginning of the term and sell it back to them at the end of the term for a fixed price if you choose not to keep it. For other products and merchandise, look out for their many sales and eligible coupon codes for further savings.

Yes. Students with credits on their TCard+ can purchase course materials and other products at the UTSC location or at their online store. When shopping in-person, simply let the cashier know. When shopping online, check out using “TCard+” as your method of payment.

Yes. All items being returned must be unused, unopened and in their original selling condition. Refunds or exchanges of general merchandise can be made within 30 days of your original date of purchase. Refunds or exchanges of textbooks and other course materials can be made within 14 days of your original date of purchase for the first six weeks of term and are final sale thereafter. Some exceptions apply. Original receipt is required for all returns & exchanges. All Refunds will be issued in the original form of payment. All flash sale, clearance items, digital material, medical equipment, and personal items are final sale and cannot be returned. Click here for their full return policy.

The UofT Bookstore is closely monitoring announcements regarding public health guidelines and advisories. For the most up-to-date UofT Bookstore safety protocols, click here. The safety of their customers and staff remains their number one priority at this time, and they have implemented extensive safety protocols including:

  • Mandatory mask-wearing in all areas of the store.
  • Mandatory hand sanitizing at our entrance and additional sanitizer stations throughout the store.
  • Limited store capacity.
  • Some services by appointment only.
  • COVID-19 screening for employees of the UofT Bookstore.
  • Safety and directional signage throughout the store, promoting physical distancing.
  • Payment options will depend on current COVID-19 safety protocols.

For more information on the UofT Bookstore at the Scarborough Campus, please contact (416) 724-8213 ext. 1221. Follow @uoftbookstores on Instagram for the latest updates on announcements, sales, and promotions.

Summer Term 2021

Summer classes (at both the undergraduate and graduate levels) will be offered mostly online, either online synchronously or asynchronously. For courses delivered synchronously, we will continue to ensure that required course content and various forms of participation are available for students who cannot attend at the scheduled online class time.

Online synchronous

A course is considered Online Synchronous if it requires online attendance at a specific time for some or all course activities, and does not require attendance at a specific location for any activities or exams.

Online asynchronous

A course is considered Online Asynchronous if it has no requirement for attendance at a specific time or location for any activities or exams.

In-person

A course is considered In-Person if it requires attendance at a specific location and time for some or all course activities.*

*Subject to adjustments imposed by Public Health requirements for physical distancing.

 

Students attending campus to use the study space are directed to enter through the ARC entrance. 

Students who are here for research purposes will be granted access through both the ARC and SW entrances. 

Students are required to produce the T-card and swipe in at either entrance. If student is not able to provide T-card, evidence of enrolment is required.

Anyone planning to arrive on campus is asked to complete U-check prior to their arrival.

There will continue to be some graduate or undergraduate courses/course elements (such as labs, or tutorials) which are deemed to be “essential” and will be offered in-person. Section sizes will be restricted in order to follow University and Public Health guidelines in place at such time, and thus may change depending on the restrictions set in place. The specifics as to which courses or course elements will be offered in-person will be announced as soon as they are available.

When choosing summer courses, students should consult with the Academic Advising & Career Centre and/or your program advisor.

There will be no in-person final exams. All exams will be conducted remotely. Time zone resolutions for on-line final examinations will continue to be in effect for the Summer term. If you are physically in a different time zone and your final exam is scheduled outside 7:00 a.m. - midnight in your local time, you may request a new time on eService

The Library and other study/computer access spaces will continue to be available to students over the summer.