In line with recently announced public health and U of T safety guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19, effective this Monday, November 23, students who do not have access to computers and who need to access study space and library resources on campus, can do so through the entrance at the Academic Resource Centre (ARC) quad. Your contact information will be collected for contact tracing purposes.
Students can access the Library study space Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm and 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday.
The Bladen 4th Floor study space is open Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 11:00 pm and 10:00 am to 8:00 pm on Saturday. These hours may change when the exam period begins.
Will the campus be closed during the holidays?
The University will be officially closed as of December 23, 2020 and will reopen on January 4, 2021 as originally planned. As of January 4, 2021, the campus will be open, with some restrictions and reduction in services during this week. See below for more details.
Library Access During the Holidays
The Library will be closed Monday, January 4 and Tuesday, January 5, 2021 and will reopen with reduced hours (10am – 5pm) Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Residence Office During the Holidays
The Residence Office will remain fully open during the week of January 4, 2021.
Winter Term 2021
When will Winter term classes start?
Winter term classes will begin Monday January 11, 2021.
Will Reading Week be affected by the January 11, 2021 start date?
Reading Week will remain in place as planned, during the week of February 15, 2021.
Will the overall term be extended to accommodate the later start for 2021?
The overall term will not be lengthened. Classes will now end April 12, 2021 with the examination period still to conclude on April 23, 2021.
Will course enrolment, drop dates and financial deadlines be adjusted due to the later start of Winter term?
Course enrolment, drop dates and financial deadline dates will be adjusted to accommodate the late start of classes. The amended dates will be posted to the Registrar website, the week of November 23, 2020.
What will the Winter term look like?
As public health and safety regulations remain in place for the winter season, and with the safety and well-being of our community being our top priority, we will proceed only with course elements that are deemed essential to the learning outcomes of the course (elements that cannot be replicated online or in a remote environment) in-person. This will mainly be laboratories. All other elements will be offered online.
If you are currently enrolled in a winter course that includes an in-person element (that is not deemed essential), this will now be delivered online. You will receive a message from the Registrar’s Office with further details. These changes will also be indicated on the course timetable.
For courses with mandatory in-person elements (i.e., with no corresponding remote component), will there be a guarantee that they will be repeated in subsequent terms?
We maintain our commitment to offer these in-person elements in subsequent academic terms. Appropriate accommodations to program requirements relating to in-person courses will be made for those intending to graduate in June 2021.
I am graduating in June 2021, but I cannot attend some in-person required courses – will this delay my graduation?
No, your graduation will not be delayed. For students who are otherwise on track to graduate, departments will adjust program requirements to allow a path to graduation for those who cannot attend in-person required courses this year.
I am graduating in June 2021, what can I do to prepare for my transition into my career?
There are several resources available for students preparing for graduation. We recommend attending the Employer Information Sessions and Networking Events available. We also recommend attending our annual Get Hired conference at the end of April 2021. For access to our online career workshops please click here.
Will other in-person elements be provided as restrictions/space permits and for faculty and students who are willing?
We have taken a very cautious approach towards offering in-person course elements for the entire 2020-21 academic year. We will offer in-person classes to the extent that health requirements and faculty and student interest will allow. We will update the timetable with any new in-person course offerings as they become available from the academic departments.
Will there be an extension for payment of service fees?
For the Fall term, payment deadline for service charges and ancillary fees is November 30, 2020 to avoid charges that will be applied on December 15, 2020. Fees relating to the Winter Term are currently being reviewed with an update to be provided in the near future.
For any in-person offering, will there will be a remote backup plan in the event of restrictions that will not allow for such in-person elements?
We recognize that Public Health restrictions may not allow for in-person elements in the Winter term. In this event, our current approach of being 100% online will remain in place for every offering.
Who can I contact regarding questions I have about the Winter 2021 term?
If you have questions pertaining to course registration, enrolment or financial aid please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions regarding specific course delivery methods please contact the respective academic department.
For academic advising support please contact: email@example.com
For AccessAbility services please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
What If health regulations change during the winter term? What will happen to the remaining in-person elements?
As safety and well-being remains our top priority, in the event there is a change to health regulations, we will pivot appropriately in compliance with provincial directives and convert these elements to an online format.
Looking ahead to September 2020: A letter from President Gertler
May 19, 2020
To members of the University of Toronto community: I hope that you and your families are in good health and spirits in these extraordinary and challenging times.
I am writing with an update on the University’s emerging plans for the Fall 2020 semester. Much still remains uncertain. While Ontario has begun a staged approach to reopening the province, it is difficult to predict which stage we will be in when September arrives.
Indeed, with the University of Toronto spread across different parts of the Greater Toronto Area, each of our three campuses may experience unique conditions, requiring distinctive responses. Local context will matter.
Nevertheless, I am acutely aware of our community’s need to plan for the fall, just as I am conscious of the many different concerns and priorities we must balance in making those plans. Accordingly, our planning has focused on three guiding principles: promoting health and safety, advancing academic excellence, and meeting the needs of our community – our students, faculty, librarians, and staff.