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COVID-19 INFORMATION

COVID-19 INFORMATION

Student Housing and Residence Life provides  general information regarding residence and COVID-19. Visit frequently as we will update this page regularly as the situation is changing dynamically. To help protect the health of the community, if you have any questions or concerns, we would kindly ask that you do not visit us in person, you can contact us via phone (416-287-7365), LiveChat, and email: residence.utsc@utoronto.ca

UCheck: COVID self-assessment

Residence students must complete UCheck every day.

UCheck is the easiest and most secure way to complete the required self-assessment and generate a COVID-19 risk status prior to coming to U of T. It is accessible via web browsers on computers, tablets, and smartphones (https://ucheck.utoronto.ca/).

IMPORTANT: If you receive a red status result, contact residence at (416-287-7365 or residence.utsc@utoronto.ca) and follow the provided instructions.

Guest policy

Residents will not be permitted to have off-campus guests attend the residence. Student residents may visit student residents from other UTSC residence buildings, in line with public health directives on capacity limits. In order to keep our residence community safe, off-campus friends and family members, or study partners will not be permitted to attend the residence. A one-time exception will be made, however, on each resident student’s move-in day, when up to 2 visitors per student, wearing masks, may accompany the resident student.

Masks

Every person must wear a mask or face covering when indoors on campus, except when students are in their house/room with members of the household. The mask or face covering must cover the nose, mouth, and chin. Exceptions are provided for people who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons, children under two years old, or those who require accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Physical Distance

Anyone visiting the residence office and mail office, are asked to maintain at least 2 meters distance from one another and line up in an orderly fashion. Physical distancing should be followed wherever possible, even in spaces where there is no posted signage.

 

COVID-19 FAQ's

Will residences be open in the fall?

Yes, we are currently accepting applications for students to move in for the fall and winter sessions.  We know that for many students, residence is an important part of the university experience and we look forward to welcoming you.

What do I do if I feel sick?

If a student is feeling ill or experiences any symptoms of illness, they should remain in their bedroom and do the following:

and immediately notify residence staff at 416-287-7365. In the case of emergency, they should call 9-1-1 immediately.

ALL students who are feeling sick or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are asked to self-report and self-isolate.

·       Immediately notify residence staff at 416-287-7365 (after hours call the RLT on-call at 416-688-3818). In the case of emergency, they should call 9-1-1 immediately. Please do not attend the front desk in person if you feel ill. A staff member will follow-up with you. You can also call Telehealth Ontario: Toll-free 1-866-797-0000 (TTY: 1-866-797-0007) and utilize this Ontario Ministry of Health self-assessment tool.

·       Complete the Students Reporting Illness form to report your illness to Residence.

·       If you are advised by a public health authority that you have tested positive for COVID-19, please contact ehs.occhealth@utoronto.ca immediately and inform Residence.

You should also record your absence through ACORN. Please remember that no student is required to have a doctor’s note or medical certificate for cold or flu-related absences or for self-isolation. To receive academic consideration, students need to record all cold or flu-related absences or absences for self-isolation through ACORN and please contact the Registrar’s Office.

When should I self-isolate?

In accordance with all government requirements, all members of the community must self-isolate if they:

  • have COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19; OR
  • may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or someone with symptoms of COVID-19; OR
  • have returned from anywhere outside of Canada within the past 14 days.

Students should inform Student Housing & Residence Life (residence.utsc@utoronto.ca, 416-287-7365) if they are self-isolating.

Note: Residents who are self-isolating and/or quarantined in their residence room should adhere to the public health directives. For more information about self-isolating, you can view this document on how to self isolate.  Specifically, residents self-isolating or quarantining in their residence rooms are prohibited from accessing or using shared residence facilities, such as laundry rooms and study spaces must remain in their room at all times. Additional information will be provided to residents at the time of self-isolation.

What happens if I don't follow COVID-19 Safety Rules in residence?

Non-compliance with COVID-19 safety rules in residence may pose a health and safety threat to the community and will be treated as a serious matter. The University will make every effort to resolve these issues and may also impose sanctions where individuals or groups of students are not in compliance with these rules.

COVID-19 Pre-Arrival FAQs

My Classes are mostly online so I’m not sure if I should live in Residence. Any advice?

This is a decision that on you and your family can decide. Living in residence offers students numerous opportunities to meet and interact with peers, explore the campus environment, be part of a community, and find enriching experiences that go beyond the classroom. Based on current public health guidelines, we will be providing a mix of virtual and in-person activities. We invite you to explore the various activities we have to offer that will provide memorable experiences only available on campus.

What measures have U of T residences taken due to COVID-19 to ensure facilities are safe for students?

We are working hard to implement several safety measures to help students stay safe and healthy in residence. These measures meet and, in some cases, exceed the recommendation set by public health officials. They include:

All residences have updated signage that promotes physical distancing, hand washing, and other health and safety reminders.

Additional hand sanitizing dispensers have been installed in buildings.

Residence staff members have been trained on health and safety measures.

All spaces including high touch areas are cleaned on a more rigorous schedule.

All residences have implemented enhanced cleaning protocols that include disinfecting.

Additional physical distancing equipment, such as plexiglass barriers, are in place in areas following public health guidelines.

Will I have full access to all the residence amenities and spaces like common rooms?

We are implementing measures to ensure safe access to residence amenities and spaces. This includes enhanced cleaning, additional signage, limiting capacity, and spacing of furniture. We may be required to limit access to these spaces as per public health guidelines and will be working closely with our residence communities if this does occur.

If I choose not to live in residence this year due to COVID-19, will I be guaranteed a space in residence in fall 2022?

No, the First Year Guarantee is only for students entering their first year of study at UofT. Residence may have limited spaces for upper year students and you would be eligible to apply for those.

What should I bring?

Due to COVID-19, bring personal kitchen items such as cutlery, glasses, bowls, plates, and mugs (sharing with housemates is discouraged). While packing to travel internationally consider packing lightly including toiletries, phone, backpack, clothing, and an additional supply of non-medical masks. Just think of what you would use on a regular basis and chances are you'll need to bring them with you to residence. Click here to see our full list of recommendations.

After arriving to campus, there are local stores and purchasing items such as bedding, linen, posters/pictures, pots & pans, food containers, fan, and food.

You may also pre-order linens from Residence Linens (https://residencelinens.com/)

If I can’t come for September, can I move into residence later in the term or January? Will I still be guaranteed a space?

If you cannot arrive for September we recommend that you cancel your application to receive deposit refunds (click here for the refund timeline). Refunds will not be issued to residents who do not meet the deadlines. If residents choose to pay deposits to hold their space in residence, and later withdraw from residence, they will be held to the withdrawal policy.

For these reasons, if you are unable to arrive in September, we recommend you cancel your application. You may put yourself onto our waitlist and may be offered a space at a later date. Contact our office by email residence.utsc@utoronto.ca for further instructions to be placed on the wait list.

How will I make friends and build relationships/community while social distancing in residence?

Our residence staff members are working hard to ensure students feel connected, engaged, and academically supported in their residence communities through fun, virtual events and small in-person activities.

Will residences be open in the fall?

Yes, we are currently accepting application for students to move in for the fall and winter sessions. We know that for many students, residence is an important part of the university experience and we look forward to welcoming you. 

What do I do if I feel sick?

If a student is feeling ill or experiences any symptoms of illness, they should remain in their bedroom and do the following:

and immediately notify residence staff at 416-287-7365. In the case of emergency, they should call 9-1-1 immediately.

ALL students who are feeling sick or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are asked to self-report and self-isolate.

  • Immediately notify residence staff at 416-287-7365 (after hours call the RLT on-call at 416-688-3818). In the case of emergency, they should call 9-1-1 immediately. Please do not attend the front desk in person if you feel ill. A staff member will follow-up with you. You can also call Telehealth Ontario: Toll-free 1-866-797-0000 (TTY: 1-866-797-0007) and utilize this Ontario Ministry of Health self-assessment tool.
  • Complete the Students Reporting Illness form to report your illness to Residence.
  • If you are advised by a public health authority that you have tested positive for COVID-19, please contact ehs.occhealth@utoronto.ca immediately and inform Residence.
  • You should also record your absence through ACORN. Please remember that no student is required to have a doctor’s note or medical certificate for cold or flu-related absences or for self-isolation. To receive academic consideration, students need to record all cold or flu-related absences or absences for self-isolation through ACORN and please contact the Registrar’s Office.