COVID-19 Information and Updates
Last updated November 20, 2020 -2:45pm EST
As Canada continues to deal with the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of the Registrar is working to protect your health and support your academic success during this time. Please see the information below on service and process changes related to COVID-19, this page will be updated regularly as information becomes available. For the latest COVID-19 information as it relates to UTSC and campus operations, click here.
UTSC Office of the Registrar COVID-19 FAQ and Information
Fall 2020 Session
1. Will CR/NCR deadlines be extended for UTSC courses?
CR/NCR and LWD Policies for UTSC Students
Following the October 28, 2020 message to Faculty of Arts and Science students from their Dean, some clarification of UTSC policies may be helpful.
- Each division at the University of Toronto, including UTSC, UTM and FAS, is an academically distinct faculty. Each offers its own academic programs and sets its own academic policies through university governance processes after extensive consultation.
- Students registered at UTSC and UTM may declare CR/NCR in a course at any point up to the end of the 12th week of classes. They may choose this to a maximum of 2.0 credits and cannot use a CR-graded course to satisfy a program requirement.
- Students registered in all three faculties have the ability to choose LWD for a course up to the end of the 12th week of classes. They can do so up to a maximum of 3.0 credits during the course of a degree.
- Prior to October 28, 2020 students registered in the Faculty of Arts and Science could only declare CR/NCR in a course up to the end of the 8th week of classes. Like in UTSC and UTM, they could do so to a maximum of 2.0 credits and could not use a CR-graded course to satisfy a program requirement.
- The Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences announced on October 28, 2020 that the deadline for students to declare CR/NCR or choose LWD in a course would be extended to January 15, 2021 for Fall 2020 F courses and to May 7, 2021 for Fall-Winter 2020-21 Y and Winter 2021 S courses. This will provide FAS students with the ability to see final grades before making this decision. However, the maximum limits for each and the prohibition on use of CR-graded courses for program requirements remain unchanged.
- UTSC’s policies regarding CR/NCR and LWD, including the deadlines for each, remain as published in the UTSC Academic Calendar.
2. How will undergraduate and graduate courses be delivered for the 2020-21 academic year?
For the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 academic year, all first-year offerings will be conducted online (remotely). This is also guaranteed for all other offerings during the Fall 2020 term.
With the recent changes to health and safety regulations due to COVID-19, we had to evaluate our in-person offerings. As all course elements offered at UTSC this Fall are replicates of online course elements, we will be removing all in-person elements, making us 100% online effective Tuesday, October 13, 2020, as part of our remote access guarantee.
At present, recording of lectures for WebOption delivery may continue, but students will not attend in-person. Additionally, the limited number of planned in-person exams will transition to online.
The principles guiding our decision to offer on-campus instruction during the Winter 2021 term are:
1. What online teaching platforms will be available for the Fall?
Our primary teaching platform is Quercus, used in addition to our Educational Technology tools and services supported at the University of Toronto (such as Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, Zoom and Peer Scholar). You can also view our recommended technology requirements for Remote/Online Learning here.
2. For the specific courses and/or programs that may have in-person components, will students be able to complete it virtually?
For the Fall term, both the MEnvSci and MAccFin graduate programs will have in-person class offerings. However, due to size allocation and safety measures set in place by public health authorities, all in campus offerings for the Fall term will be in parallel with online offerings, so that students can complete any course remotely.
3. Will all courses be redeclared ‘online synchronous’, or will we have separated the lecture section numbering from the course delivery?
All course elements, including lectures, tutorials and practicals offered in the Fall term of the 2020-21 academic year have shifted to be 100% online, effective October 13, 2020. As public health and safety regulations change, any updates will be further communicated and reflected in the timetable.
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.
A course is considered Online Asynchronous if it has no requirement for attendance at a specific time or location for any activities or exams.
For additional information, please refer to the Course Timetable.
4. Can students view the occupancy of designated study spaces prior to showing up to campus?
The 4th-floor Bladen Wing study space is available for students to access WIFI and computer services. This is a walk-in space and no booking is required, and physical distancing will be applied. Additionally, there is a UTSC Library booking system available so students can reserve a seat for their academic studies. Please note there are a limited number of study spaces available in the UTSC Library. These study spaces will also adhere to health and safety guidelines set by the provincial and municipal government.
Winter 2021 Session- Updated November 20, 2020 2:45pm EST
As of October 13, 2020, all in-person offerings have been moved online. Please refer to the course timetable and Quercus for additional details.
Finances and Financial Aid
Will I still get monthly service charges on my outstanding balance?
The monthly service charge billing on ACORN tuition and non-tuition fees has been delayed to February 16, 2021. For Fall and Winter terms, fees should be paid by January 31, 2021 to avoid service fees being applied on February 16.
How long will it take to process my emergency grant application? When can I expect to receive funding?
Due to the large volume of applications, it is taking 5-10 business days for the UTSC Grant Committee to review an application. Once a decision is made, the recommendation is sent immediately to Enrolment Services. They require at least two days to respond directly to each student. Please do not submit multiple applications.
I am unable to work due to COVID-19, what can I do?
The Emergency Undergraduate Grant is intended to assist current U of T undergraduate domestic and international students impacted by COVID-19 and who need immediate short-term financial relief because of unexpected expenses. This grant is open to both part-time and full-time students.
Click here for more information and to access the application.
Our Campus Partners
- Need Electronic Resources you cannot obtain from home? Indicate your campus and submit your question or request here: https://www.utoronto.ca/covid19-contact
- Department of Management FAQ (including impact of the choice of CR/NCR on future professional designation): https://utsc.utoronto.ca/mgmt/updates-department-management-regarding-coronavirus-covid-19
- Library Services: https://utsc.library.utoronto.ca/frequently-asked-questions-utsc-library-fall-2020-reopening and https://utsc.library.utoronto.ca/covid-updates
- AccessAbility Services: https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/ability/welcome-accessability-services
Info from the University
- Message from the University Regarding COVID-19 and FAQ: https://www.utoronto.ca/message-from-the-university-regarding-the-coronavirus
- COVID-19 Updates from the University: https://utsc.utoronto.ca/news-events/covid-19-updates
- Submit a question about COVID-19: https://www.utoronto.ca/covid19-contact
- Find information on the upcoming academic year at UTSC on the UTogether2020 website: utogether2020
- Click here for OSAP Questions and Answers - COVID-19 - May 5, 2020
- Financial Support & Funding Opportunities: https://www.viceprovoststudents.utoronto.ca/covid-19/funding-opportunity...