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Last Updated: January 19, 2022


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 adhere to the following in order to visit campus:

  1. Please refer to our new Hours of Operation.
  2. Access to campus facilities is only available through the Science Wing (main entrance) and the ARC (main entrance).
  3. Individuals wishing to access campus faciliites will be required to sign in at one of these locations using their TCard or smartphone and provide their proof of vaccination status via UCheck. Those unable to provide their vaccination status via UCheck will be asked to show a paper version.
  4. Each time you plan to visit campus, you must complete a self-assessment using UCheck before coming to campus.
  5. Non-medical masks will be required in all indoor spaces.
  6. Physical distancing measures are in place for all non-instructional indoor spaces such as designated eating areas.
  7. Physical distancing and capacity limits do not apply to academic instructional spaces such as lecture halls, labs and study areas.

 

 

Return to Campus Updates

As many of you are aware, the federal and provincial governments have made a series of announcements regarding efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in light of the new Omicron variant of concern. All Ontarians are being asked to assist with limiting spread by reducing the number of social gatherings, obtaining their third dose when eligible, and allowing employees to work from home where possible. As we have learned throughout the pandemic, we all have a role to play as individuals and as a University community to support public health in our communities. It is equally important to remember that we have experienced much uncertainty in the recent past and we have relied on expert advice, flexibility, and innovation to continue delivering on our academic mission. 

Effective Monday, February 7, we will increase in-person teaching and activities across all our campuses and Faculties. Exact plans will vary depending on local factors. For example, some undergraduate Faculties will deliver their winter 2022 courses as originally planned, including many in-person sections. The Health Sciences Faculties will work in consultation with their partners in the health and social care systems to increase in-person teaching in a way that supports the health system at a time of great strain. Programs that include placements in settings such as schools may prioritize in-person placements while continuing remote instruction for other elements of their programs. Campuses, divisions, and departments will be reaching out to students and instructors to confirm arrangements, as needed. Students should refer to the information by campus and Faculty available here.  

 

The Ministry of Colleges and Universities has confirmed that for post-secondary institutions, there are no restrictions on in-person instruction on our campuses, and no distancing or capacity limits for instructional spaces due to the array of public health measures we have successfully implemented on our campuses, including the very high level of compliance with our vaccination mandate.

All members of the U of T community must still upload proof of vaccination to UCheck if attending campus for any reason in the winter term.

We want to acknowledge those staff members who have been working in-person on our campuses throughout the pandemic, including caretakers, lab technicians, library and residence staff, grounds and maintenance staff, and campus safety services. Employees currently working remotely should be ready to return to campus as of Monday, February 7 to support increased in-person teaching and learning and related activities. Staff will be contacted by their managers to discuss specific return-to-campus plans. Alternative work arrangements will need to be in place beyond February 7 for staff roles that have approval to work in any hybrid capacity - i.e., employees with approval to work any portion of the work week remotely. Faculty members and librarians should contact their Dean, Chair, Director or Supervisor to discuss their workload assignment if applicable. 

All employees are expected to be within commuting distance of their workplace, unless approval is obtained in advance to work outside of Ontario. We continue to encourage flexibility and support for employees with childcare responsibilities resulting from potential cancellations of in-person classes for school-age children or day care closures. 

The federal government has issued a global travel advisory advising Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada. Individuals who may be required to travel for work-related reasons should confirm existing travel restrictions including travel advisories, flight availability, and local border restrictions which may prohibit entry to the destination country. In addition, travellers must be fully vaccinated by completing a COVID-19 vaccine series in Canada at least 14 days before travelling.

Travellers are encouraged to review resources available to the University community through International SOS as part of their pre-departure processes. We will be in touch as needed with students engaged in learning abroad in January 2022.

Inbound travel is also subject to additional restrictions, including preventing entry to foreign nationals who have been in specific countries for 14 days prior to entry. Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have been to these countries will be subject to enhanced testing, screening, and quarantine measures upon re-entry to Canada.

Until January 14, 2022, those travelling to Canada who are not fully vaccinated with a Health Canada or WHO vaccine may be permitted to enter but will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

Effective January 15, 2022, all foreign nationals must be fully vaccinated in order to enter Canada. This includes international students over the age of 18 and temporary foreign workers with valid work permits. Foreign nationals who are not fully vaccinated will be prohibited from entering Canada unless they fall under one of the limited exemptions including some children under the age of 18, new permanent residents, and agricultural workers. Exempt unvaccinated travellers will continue to be subject to testing, quarantine, and other entry requirements. 

Residences currently scheduled to be open over the winter break will remain open. All residences will be open as scheduled in January.  Students that choose to leave campus, should take, at minimum, essential items to continue their education, including laptops, textbooks, and important papers. 

For details regarding on-campus student services, including sports and recreation, please visit the websites of U of T Sport & Recreation, Hart House, St. George Student Life, UTM Student Services, and UTSC Student Services.

Some libraries will remain open with limited hours over the holiday break to ensure students have access to the internet and computers as well as access to print research collections. For details on operating hours, please visit the University of Toronto Libraries website.

We appreciate the stress that these rapidly changing circumstances may have on members of our community. We will continue to update you with information to support your current activities and decisions about winter plans.

We appreciate the stress that these rapidly changing circumstances may have on members of our community. We encourage anyone who needs support to please reach out for assistance. 

U of T’s My Student Support Program (My SSP) provides students with real-time and/or appointment-based confidential, 24-hour support for any school, health, or general life concern at no cost. 

The Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP) is available to employees of the University of Toronto. This program is provided at no cost 24/7 and 365 days a year. Call toll free 1-800-663-1142.  

Questions?

For general questions regarding the University’s COVID-19 response, please visit the University’s UTogether site

  • Students – please contact your registrar’s office regarding your courses and academic programs 
  • Faculty and librarians – please contact your Dean, Chair, Director, or Supervisor 
  • Staff – please contact your manager and/or divisional HR office 
  • Students – please contact your registrar’s office regarding your courses and academic programs
  • Faculty and librarians – please contact your Dean, Chair, Director, or Supervisor
  • Staff – please contact your manager and/or divisional HR office

Winter Term 2022

Key academic and financial dates for the Winter semester can be found on the Registrar’s website.

The Winter semester runs from January 10 to April 8. Courses that take place during the Winter semester are designated as S courses. The second half of Y courses also take place during the Winter semester. Students enrolled only in the Winter 2022 semester (that is, they did not enrol in the Fall 2021 semester) must meet unique deadlines. See more below.

Course enrolment for the Winter semester began in June and July (when students also enrolled in Fall and year-long courses). The following dates apply to ALL UTSC students:

  • The deadline to cancel Winter registration (drop all courses) with no minimum charge is January 9.
  • The UTSC waitlist for Winter courses ends on January 18.
  • The deadline to add winter courses or make changes to your current winter courses (e.g., change sections) is January 23.

If you are enrolled only in the Winter 2022 semester (you did not enrol in any Fall 2021 courses), note the following key dates:

  • To enrol in the Winter semester, you must first make a minimum payment (found on your invoice) or successfully apply for a fee deferral. This payment must appear on your invoice by December 9, otherwise you will be financially cancelled and removed from all courses. Payments take three to five business days to process.*
  • Check your status on ACORN under Academics > Degree Registration Status
  • If your status is currently “Financially Cancelled,” please contact the Registrar’s Office via email before November 25 to determine the steps needed to enrol and to avoid the late registration fee.
  • If your status on ACORN is “Invited,” you can add courses until December 9 if you successfully make your minimum payment or defer your fees.

*If you’re in Year 2 (you have completed 4.0 credits or more), you can’t enrol in courses until you have the right combination of active programs. You’ll need one specialist OR two majors OR one major and two minors. Choose unlimited programs to start adding courses ASAP.

Re-enrolment

You must submit the Re-enrolment Request Form to return to UTSC studies if you are:

  • An undergraduate student returning after an academic suspension.
  • An undergraduate student returning after no registration for three or more consecutive semesters.
  • A degree student who transferred from UTSC to another U of T campus returning to complete your degree at UTSC.
  • An alum with an undergraduate degree returning for non-degree studies.
  • A UTSC BBA alum returning as a non-degree student to enrol in non-management courses.
  • A Part-time Academic English student who did not meet English proficiency conditions (see further instructions on our website).

If you want to return for the Winter 2022 semester, the deadline to submit this form is January 18. Read more here.

Late Registration

The deadline to register for the Winter 2022 semester if you DID NOT enrol in the Fall 2021 semester is November 25. You can no longer enrol in the Fall 2021 semester.

If you miss the deadline to register for the Winter semester, you may follow the late registration process. The deadline to complete the late registration process for Winter 2022 is January 18. Follow these steps for late registration:

  1. You must immediately make your minimum payment to register — this is the sum of your outstanding fees PLUS a minimum payment (find this amount on your invoice in all-caps near the bottom). An outstanding fee is an unpaid amount from a semester prior to Winter 2022.
  2. After paying your tuition deposit, obtain a receipt (screenshots are acceptable).
  3. Sign into eService and select 'Payment -> Late Registration Payment Request.' Upload your proof of payment of your tuition fees as a JPG, JPEG, PNG or PDF (Max size: 2MB, max number of files: 5).
  4. Pay the late registration penalty through eService using your credit card.

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. Check delivery modes for the Winter 2022 semester with the Timetable.

Timetable Builder
Need help planning? Try the Timetable Builder! This tool can help you craft your ideal course timetable.

Find more on how to enrol in courses here.

Financial deadlines for ALL students:

  • The deadline to cancel Winter registration (drop all courses) with no minimum charge is January 9.
  • The deadline to pay your Winter semester balance if you are NOT receiving government student aid (such as OSAP) is November 30.
  • The deadline to pay your Winter semester balance if you ARE receiving government student aid (such as OSAP) is January 31.

Additional financial deadlines for students enrolled ONLY in the Winter semester (students who did not enrol in the Fall 2021 semester):

  • You can request a fee deferral from now until November 25.
  • To enrol in the Winter semester, you must first make a minimum payment (found on your invoice) or successfully apply for a fee deferral. This payment must appear on your invoice by December 9, otherwise you will be financially cancelled and removed from all courses. Payments take three to five business days to process.

Financial aid deadlines

Full-Time (FT) OSAP application deadlines:

  • If enrolled in the Fall and Winter semesters OR in the Winter semester only, the last day to apply and be considered for full-time funding is February 28.

Part-Time (PT) OSAP application deadlines:

  • If enrolled in the Fall AND Winter semesters, the last day to apply and be considered for part-time funding is February 28.
  • If enrolled in the Winter semester ONLY, the last day to be considered for part-time funding is March 20.

Deadline to submit OSAP supporting documents and reviews/appeals:

  • If enrolled in the Fall and Winter semesters OR in the Winter semester only, the deadline to submit supporting documents and reviews/appeals is March 20.

Deadline to apply for Continuation of Interest Free Status (CIFS):

  • If enrolled in the Fall and Winter semesters OR in the Winter semester only, the deadline to apply for CIFS is April 8.

The deadline to apply for the UTSC Grant is March 31. Apply for financial assistance using the online application at the U of T Grant Application Portal.

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. 

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. RESP forms must be submitted WITH a completed letter request form so the fee can be charged. Please select “other” on the form and indicate you have an RESP form to be completed. 

Office of the Registrar

The Office of the Registrar helps current UTSC undergraduate students with:

If you have a general question:

If you have a question specific to your account/record:

  • Email askRO.utsc@utoronto.ca from your UofT email address with your name and student number. If you do not have a UofT email address, include a close-up picture of yourself holding valid photo ID (excluding provincial health card) beside your face.
  • Book an in-person appointment (Financial Aid also offers virtual appointments) if you meet the criteria below.

In-person services:

The Registrar’s Office is available for appointment-only in-person services. Financial Aid services are available via in-person and MS Teams/phone appointments. Drop-in services are not available.

Book an appointment via CLNx to discuss the specific topics listed below. For other questions, contact us using the methods listed above.

Book an in-person appointment with the Registrar’s Office to discuss:

Please review the timetable and note it is subject to change depending on public health requirements/guidelines. You can see course delivery modes on the Timetable.

In-person: Requires attendance at a specific location and time for some or all course activities. 

Online synchronous: Requires online attendance at a specific time for some or all course activities, and do not require attendance at a specific location for any activities or exams. 

Online asynchronous: Has no requirement for attendance at a specific time or location for any activities or exams.

Should you be required to visit campus, you are required to adhere to the following to visit campus:

  1. You must have already uploaded your Proof of Vaccination to UCheck. You may not come to campus if you have not uploaded proof of vaccination or have an approved exemption (students can make a request exemption via U of T’s Enterprise Service Centre (ServiceNow); read more here).
  2. Every time you visit campus, you must first complete a UCheck self-assessment. If you cannot access UCheck before coming to campus, complete UCheck as soon as possible once on campus. If you 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. Students who receive a red status on their self-assessment should follow the directions provided via UCheck or on the offline or paper-based log.  You may be required to show your green UCheck screen to access certain spaces and offices around campus.
  3. Non-medical masks will be required in all indoor spaces (with allowable exclusions). 

Your TCard typically provides access to physical services and facilities, however until further notice, students only need their UTORid and a Canadian government-issued photo ID or an international passport to access campus space. All students must still activate their UTORid.

To obtain your TCard, you must first activate your UTORid:

  • Submit a photo via MyPhoto and wait until the photo is approved (you will be notified via email).
  • Find your legal status in ACORN. This will determine which legal documents you must present at your appointment.
  • Set up an appointment via CLNx to convert your JOINid to your UTORid (you will need your JOINid to login to CLNx).
  • Attend your appointment and show your valid unexpired, physical/hard copy government-issued required documents.

Once your UTORid is activated, students not in residence must book another appointment via CLNx to pick up their TCard. Students in residence can pick up their TCard from the Residence Centre from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., Monday to Friday. All students must present appropriate documentation when picking up their card.

For more information about obtaining TCards and activating your UTORid, please visit the TCard Services information page.

The AA&CC will be moving to remote services as of Thursday, December 16, 2021. We remain open virtually until Tuesday, December 21 at 4 pm and then will close for winter break. We will reopen virtually on Monday, January 3rd, 2022 at 10 am and will remain remote until Monday, January 31, 2022.

For the most up to date information on our services please visit the AA&CC website.

General Campus Updates

As recently announcedOpens an external site in a new window in an all-community message, the University is increasing in-person teaching and other activities as of Monday, February 7, 2022. We are supporting UTSC departments to offer as many in-person opportunities as possible as of that date, with an ongoing commitment to the safety and wellbeing of our students, staff, faculty, and librarians.

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Date:  

January 19, 2022

To:  

All Students and All Employees

From:  

Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President & Provost

Kelly Hannah-Moffat, Vice-President, People Strategy, Equity & Culture 

Re:  

Winter Term Update 

We are writing to update you on plans for the winter term and the steps the University of Toronto is taking to balance the learning needs of our students with the need to minimize the spread of COVID-19. The University shifted to a predominantly remote model for learning and work in December to respond to the emergence of the Omicron variant. 

We know that there is uncertainty and apprehension around returning to in-person study and work, and we are relying on expert advice to support our community with enhanced safety measures. We believe that the continuum of education from pre-school through post-secondary is essential to the wellbeing of our society and as the Ontario Science Advisory Table notes, is vital to students’ mental health.  

Our students have told us how important physical presence on campus is to them – both for their academic work and for their mental wellbeing. U of T currently hosts thousands of students in our residences, many of whom have travelled far from home to learn and interact with their professors, classmates and friends. 

For these reasons, in the coming weeks, we will return to more in-person activities on all three U of T campuses.

Return to In-Person Learning

With all of this in mind, we are sharing with you the following plans: 

Effective Monday, February 7, we will increase in-person teaching and activities across all our campuses and Faculties. Exact plans will vary depending on local factors. For example, some undergraduate Faculties will deliver their winter 2022 courses as originally planned, including many in-person sections. The Health Sciences Faculties will work in consultation with their partners in the health and social care systems to increase in-person teaching in a way that supports the health system at a time of great strain. Programs that include placements in settings such as schools may prioritize in-person placements while continuing remote instruction for other elements of their programs. Campuses, divisions, and departments will be reaching out to students and instructors to confirm arrangements, as needed. Students should refer to the information by campus and Faculty available here.  

The Ministry of Colleges and Universities has confirmed that for post-secondary institutions, there are no restrictions on in-person instruction on our campuses, and no distancing or capacity limits for instructional spaces due to the array of public health measures we have successfully implemented on our campuses, including the very high level of compliance with our vaccination mandate.  

We want to acknowledge those staff members who have been working in-person on our campuses throughout the pandemic, including caretakers, lab technicians, library and residence staff, grounds and maintenance staff, and campus safety services. Employees currently working remotely should be ready to return to campus as of Monday, February 7 to support increased in-person teaching and learning and related activities. Staff will be contacted by their managers to discuss specific return-to-campus plans.Alternative work arrangements will need to be in place beyond February 7 for staff roles that have approval to work in any hybrid capacity - i.e., employees with approval to work any portion of the work week remotely. Faculty members and librarians should contact their Dean, Chair, Director or Supervisor to discuss their workload assignment if applicable. 

All employees are expected to be within commuting distance of their workplace, unless approval is obtained in advance to work outside of Ontario. We continue to encourage flexibility and support for employees with childcare responsibilities resulting from potential cancellations of in-person classes for school-age children or day care closures. 

Enhanced Safety Measures

The University of Toronto is closely monitoring the latest public health guidance and continues to update the 12 ways to ensure our campuses provide a safe place in which members of the U of T community can study, learn and work. 

Everyone must wear masks in indoor spaces at the University. Evidence points to the increased efficacy of medical masks. The University is working to make the appropriate masks available, as supplies allow, to U of T community members who are unable to obtain them due to cost or supply chain issues. More information will be available in the coming days at the UTogether site

The University has a limited supply of rapid screening kits at this time and we are prioritizing their use for higher-risk situations. We encourage those community members who are registered in U of T’s rapid screening program to continue uploading their results into UCheck

All students with on-campus activities and all employees, whether or not they are immediately required on campus, must upload proof of vaccination to UCheck as required by the Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health. Almost 110,000 people have uploaded their vaccine information into UCheck. We are pleased that 99% of our community members are fully vaccinated, with the majority of those remaining on their way to full vaccination.  Members of the community continue to be required to complete the UCheck self-screening and have a green screen before coming to any U of T location.

In addition, UCheck is being updated the week of January 31 to allow you to voluntarily upload documentation related to additional (booster) doses. We encourage everyone to receive an additional vaccination (booster) dose as they become eligible. More appointments are added to the provincial portal and local pharmacies daily. For those without an Ontario health card, appointments are available at the Discovery Pharmacy in the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. 

Divisions will make non-classroom spaces available to students to support studying and eating between classes in a distanced fashion. Robarts and Gerstein Libraries on the St. George campus are open to members of the U of T community, as are the UTM Library and UTSC Library. Other campus libraries are open as well, and information can be found here. Operations staff on each campus will be working with divisions to find ways to address this need.  

As we plan for an increasingly vibrant in-person experience for our students, we want to reiterate our commitment to doing all we can to provide safe conditions for working and studying at our campuses. We remain vigilant about evolving public health conditions and continue to adjust and adapt our plans based on the guidance of our community of experts. We look forward to seeing you soon.   

Wellness  

We appreciate the stress that these rapidly changing circumstances may have on members of our community. We encourage anyone who needs support to please reach out for assistance. 

U of T’s My Student Support Program (My SSP) provides students with real-time and/or appointment-based confidential, 24-hour support for any school, health, or general life concern at no cost. 

The Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP) is available to employees of the University of Toronto. This program is provided at no cost 24/7 and 365 days a year. Call toll free 1-800-663-1142.  

Questions?

  • For general questions regarding the University’s COVID-19 response, please visit the University’s UTogether site
  • Students – please contact your registrar’s office regarding your courses and academic programs 
  • Faculty and librarians – please contact your Dean, Chair, Director, or Supervisor 
  • Staff – please contact your manager and/or divisional HR office 

Date:  

December 15, 2021

To:  

All Students and All Employees

From:  

Trevor Young, Acting Vice-President & Provost

Kelly Hannah-Moffat, Vice-President, People Strategy, Equity & Culture 

Re:  

Limiting the Spread of COVID-19 Omicron Variant: Immediate Steps

As many of you are aware, the federal and provincial governments have made a series of announcements regarding efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in light of the new Omicron variant of concern. All Ontarians are being asked to assist with limiting spread by reducing the number of social gatherings, obtaining their third dose when eligible, and allowing employees to work from home where possible. As we have learned throughout the pandemic, we all have a role to play as individuals and as a University community to support public health in our communities. It is equally important to remember that we have experienced much uncertainty in the recent past and we have relied on expert advice, flexibility, and innovation to continue delivering on our academic mission. 

As a result of recent government announcements, we are implementing some changes beginning tomorrow.

Classes and Exams

Effective tomorrow, December 16, 2021, in-person exams will not be proceeding. 

Online tests and exams will proceed as planned. Campuses and divisions will be reaching out to students and instructors to confirm arrangements for each course that had planned in-person tests and exams. Exams may be modified to another delivery mode or cancelled. 

Most classes will resume on Monday, January 10, 2022 (with some beginning earlier).However, in-person learning for all courses – graduate and undergraduate – will be delayed until Monday, January 31, 2022 (with the exception of some in-person practica, as well as courses in the health sciences, which will resume as planned). Again, campuses, divisions, and departments will be reaching out to students and instructors to confirm arrangements. 

All members of the U of T community must still upload proof of vaccination to UCheck if attending campus for any reason in the winter term.

Working Remotely

With the latest provincial announcement, all employees should work remotely until Monday, January 31, 2022, with the exception of those who must work on campus, such as employees who support operations, construction, and ancillary services, who provide in-person student support, or who are needed for specific in-person research activities.

Alternative work arrangements will need to be in place beyond January 31 for staff roles in any hybrid capacity - i.e., employees planning to work any portion of the work week remotely. 

Regardless of whether roles are required on campus or can work remotely, all employees must upload proof of vaccination to UCheck. All employees are expected to be working near their campus, unless approval is obtained in advance to work outside of Ontario.

Outbound Travel

The federal government has issued a global travel advisory advising Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada. Individuals who may be required to travel for work-related reasons should confirm existing travel restrictions including travel advisories, flight availability, and local border restrictions which may prohibit entry to the destination country. In addition, travellers must be fully vaccinated by completing a COVID-19 vaccine series in Canada at least 14 days before travelling.

Travellers are encouraged to review resources available to the University community through International SOS as part of their pre-departure processes. We will be in touch as needed with students engaged in learning abroad in January 2022.

Inbound Travel

Inbound travel is also subject to additional restrictions, including preventing entry to foreign nationals who have been in specific countries for 14 days prior to entry. Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have been to these countries will be subject to enhanced testing, screening, and quarantine measures upon re-entry to Canada.

Until January 14, 2022, those travelling to Canada who are not fully vaccinated with a Health Canada or WHO vaccine may be permitted to enter but will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

Effective January 15, 2022, all foreign nationals must be fully vaccinated in order to enter Canada. This includes international students over the age of 18 and temporary foreign workers with valid work permits. Foreign nationals who are not fully vaccinated will be prohibited from entering Canada unless they fall under one of the limited exemptions including some children under the age of 18, new permanent residents, and agricultural workers. Exempt unvaccinated travellers will continue to be subject to testing, quarantine, and other entry requirements. 

Residences, Sports & Recreation

Residences currently scheduled to be open over the winter break will remain open. All residences will be open as scheduled in January.  Students that choose to leave campus, should take, at minimum, essential items to continue their education, including laptops, textbooks, and important papers. 

For details regarding on-campus student services, including sports and recreation, please visit the websites of U of T Sport & Recreation, Hart House, St. George Student Life, UTM Student Services, and UTSC Student Services.

Some libraries will remain open with limited hours over the holiday break to ensure students have access to the internet and computers as well as access to print research collections. For details on operating hours, please visit the University of Toronto Libraries website.

We appreciate the stress that these rapidly changing circumstances may have on members of our community. We will continue to update you with information to support your current activities and decisions about winter plans.

Wellness

U of T’s My Student Support Program (My SSP) provides students with real-time and/or appointment-based confidential, 24-hour support for any school, health, or general life concern at no cost.

The Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP) is available to employees of the University of Toronto. This program is provided at no cost 24/7 and 365 days a year. Call toll free 1-800-663-1142. Employees can access the following resources through the EFAP:

Questions?

  • Students – please contact your registrar’s office regarding your courses and academic programs
  • Faculty and librarians – please contact your Dean, Chair, Director, or Supervisor
  • Staff – please contact your manager and/or divisional HR office

Greetings and Happy Holiday’s All

The University of Toronto Scarborough will be closing at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, December 21st, 2021, re-opening Monday, January 3rd, 2022 at 8 AM. During this period, the following points should be taken into account:

  • For personal safety reasons, faculty, staff and students entering (and leaving) the buildings are asked to do so through the Main Entrance (Science Wing) and to advise Campus Safety of their presence. All other main entrance doors will be locked over this time frame. Unauthorized persons will be denied entry. Studying on campus over the holiday period will not be permitted.  Those with fob access will be able to continue to use them over the holidays for controlled access. 

  • There will be limited cleaning staff on duty during the holiday closing. Departments requiring caretaking services during this period must make prior arrangements with Facilities Management through Diego Lupallier – Manager, Grounds and Caretaking Operations - (email at diego.lupallier@utoronto.ca). Costs will be charged to the requesting department at overtime rates. Such arrangements should be made no later than close of business, December 17, 2021 

  • The N’sheemaehn Child Care Centre will remain open until 1 PM on, Friday, December 24th, 2021 and re-open on at 8:00 AM, Tuesday January 4th, 2022 

  • As in previous years, the University intends to take advantage of this period of low activity to reduce energy consumption. While essential services will be maintained in critical areas, such as animal care facilities, the Science Wing research areas, Science Research Building and the Environmental Science and Chemistry Building, ambient temperatures in other campus buildings will be reduced below the standard comfort level of 20 degrees C.  Those who intend to work during this period should take this into account. A skeleton staff of Operating Engineers will be on duty to ensure that all systems are operating and to respond to emergency calls only. If, based on your experience last year, you anticipate problem areas, please advise Doug Lauzon – Assistant Director, Engineering and Physical Plant  at 416-208-2779 (email at doug.lauzon@utoronto.ca) by December 17th, 2021. 

  • Any security issues or Building Systems breakdowns should be reported immediately to Campus Safety at x7398.

  • Routine service for garbage and recycling will resume on January 3rd, 2021. 

  • Snow will be removed from all Fire Routes, entrances to the Science Wing, Student Centre and Athletics buildings, all inner parking lots, Social Science Building, Student Residence walkways, and valley roads on an as-required basis or Emergency call-in by Campus Safety  during the closing period.

Please direct any questions or concerns regarding the arrangements outlined above to me at Jeffrey.miller@utoronto.ca and to doug.lauzon@utoronto.ca.

Facilities Management would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Holiday Season filled with peace, joy and love, and the very best for 2022 especially and more than ever in these very unique and challenging times.

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.

Read more to find out about NEW CAMPUS POLICIES regarding accessing the campus in-person.

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.

Read more to find out about NEW CAMPUS POLICIES regarding accessing the campus in-person.

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.

Read the full article here

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.

 

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.