Dear U of T Scarborough students,
Welcome to campus for Fall 2022-23! Whether you are returning to in-person after mainly remote and hybrid learning over the past two years, or it’s your first year at U of T Scarborough, we are thrilled to have you as part of the UT Scarborough community. We know there is a lot of excitement, as well as some anxiety, associated with the beginning of the term. Let me reassure you that we will be here to support you at every step along your journey to ensure that your experience is both academically rewarding and personally compelling.
To assist you along your pathways, I wanted to draw your attention to some of the on-campus resources available to you:
- Resources and an FAQ for students related to COVID-19, including any updates in response to public health guidelines, can be found at UTogether Students. While the university’s mask mandate is currently paused, the use of medical masks in indoor spaces where physical distancing is not possible continues to be encouraged, and masks are available at all building entrances and classrooms at U of T Scarborough. We ask everyone to respect individual decisions, comfort levels, and health needs.
- Departmental staff and faculty are crucial resources for you. Take advantage of office hours, and don’t hesitate to reach out to your instructor, or to your department, if you have any questions.
- The Centre for Teaching & Learning offers a wide range of academic supports, including writing help and English language development, math and stats tutoring, as well as peer tutoring through Facilitated Study Groups (FSGs)
- Academic Advising & Career Centre is available to support you at every step along your path, whether you are in your first year of university or preparing to graduate next June.
- AccessAbility Services are available for those who may require additional support, and appropriate accommodation, because of a disability.
- University can be a challenging time. If you are in need of personal support, the Health & Wellness Centre offers access to confidential counselling, including through the MySSP App which is available 24/7.
- Questions about financial aid, academic petitions, or time zone conflicts for exams? Connect with the Registrar’s Office.
U of T Scarborough’s commitment to equity, inclusive excellence, and anti-racism is reflected in ongoing work to ensure that all members of our campus community will thrive and experience belonging. Last Spring the Report of the UTSC Campus Curriculum Review Working Circle 2020-2022 was published. The circle-based framework, made up of students, faculty and librarians, staff, and community partners, reflected the importance of the process for undertaking structural change. We are eager to continue to hear from students about your experiences and we welcome all perspectives as we work collectively to implement the 56 recommended actions that have emerged from our process. Please watch for opportunities to engage with this process. You can submit your comments and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.
This is my sixteenth September at U of T Scarborough, and it is a community that I am proud to be a part of. We hope that your experiences this term, on campus and off, as part of our community, will enable you to build life-long connections and friendships, explore new pathways, and engage in transformative learning that will shape your contribution to our world and our historical moment.
We wish you all the best for the year ahead.
Professor Katherine R. Larson
Vice-Dean Teaching, Learning & Undergraduate Programs