Winter term update: Safe, gradual return to campus

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U of T Scarborough is planning for a safe, gradual return to campus in consultation with its community and public health experts (photo by Dylan Toombs)
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Dear UTSC Community,

I am writing to update you on the next steps in our return-to-campus plan. As you may recall, the expectation was for a full return to campus at the end of this month.

As recently announced 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.

We will begin with a first round of in-person courses and course components starting on February 7. Our departments are in the process of identifying courses and course components (e.g., tutorials) that will move to in-person instruction on this date. These will likely include, but are not limited to, offerings such as laboratories, components that are uniquely challenging in the online context (e.g., music or visual art), crucial in-person assessments, and other course offerings that faculty and departments would like to move to in-person instruction as soon as possible.

All remaining courses and course components that are not currently designated as being online for the duration of the term will be in-person by February 28 (i.e., after Reading Week).

In line with the community message, all UTSC 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. Faculty members and librarians should contact their Dean, Chair, Director or Supervisor, as applicable, to discuss workload assignment.

Thank you for your understanding, continued cooperation, and support of our community as we work through the steps of this plan.

Wisdom J. Tettey, PhD, FGA                                                                

Vice-President, University of Toronto                                               
Principal, University of Toronto Scarborough

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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 or the UTSC 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