Information for Students
Last updated Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.
This page features information for UTM students regarding the University’s responses and actions related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Please continue to check your U of T email, since you may be receiving emails directly from your divisions, residences, and Deans of Students.
Graduate Students, please also visit the School of Graduate Studies webpage for specific updates.
For further information for all students, please visit the COVID-19 Information for University of Toronto students information page on the Office of the Vice-Provost Students website.
Wearing of masks and other face coverings
To further help limit the spread of COVID-19, the University of Toronto has implemented a temporary policy requiring non-medical masks or face coverings to be worn indoors in common-use spaces including classrooms, hallways, lobbies and elevators on university property on all three campuses.
This follows new City of Toronto and City of Mississauga bylaws that require the wearing of masks or face coverings in enclosed public spaces, and will remain in effect as long as Ontario public health authorities recommend that mask-wearing is necessary in indoor public spaces.
U of T has arranged to distribute 250,000 non-medical, reusable face masks in order to provide two to every student, staff, faculty and librarian.
At UTM, all residence students will receive masks in their Welcome Kit. Otherwise, masks will be available for distribution at several locations across the campus. Masks are available at the following locations between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.:
- Facilities Management & Planning, Room 2220, 2nd floor, Maanjiwe nendamowinan
- Service Desk Atrium, CCT building
You must present a valid UTorid to receive your masks.
- Learn about face coverings and how to properly wear, fit, remove and clean your non-medical face mask.
- Further information about how to use and take care of your U of T-provided mask can be found here.
- How will U of T's non-medical mask policy work in practice? Vivek Goel answers common questions about when and where masks will be required, exemptions and the reasons behind the new policy.
Additional information and details about the application of the policy, exceptions and medical accommodations are available in an accompanying draft Guideline, which is available on the websites of the Office of the Vice-President & Provost and the Vice President, Human Resources & Equity. The draft Guideline may be updated periodically as our response to COVID-19 evolves.
UCheck Self-Assessment Tool
The University of Toronto has launched the UCheck self-assessment web portal to support the health & safety of our community as we gradually return to campus this fall.
Accessible via web browsers on computers, tablets, and smartphones, UCheck will allow faculty members, librarians, staff, and students to generate a COVID-19 risk status by completing a quick and thorough self-assessment that is tailored to U of T. Once generated, this risk status will recommend whether individuals should visit campus in person. More features will be rolled out in a phased manner.
Office of the Registrar
The Office of the Registrar offers information and support for current students, recently admitted students and future students.
- For registrarial information: FAQ for current students
- For applicants and recently admitted students: FAQ for admissions
- For campus events and online webinars: Events for future students
Planning Your Fall-Winter Timetable
The Office of the Registrar will connect with students by email to provide information about how courses will be delivered and to invite students to group advising, online chats and one-on-one appointments to support course planning.
- Newly admitted students should visit New Students advising program page for additional resources and advice.
- Returning students should check email or visit the Office of the Registrar website to book advising appointments.
- Learn more about UTM’s commitment to graduating students (Class of 2021)
Options for Online and In-Person Learning
Almost every course will allow students the option to study online, as well as safe opportunities for in-person learning activities.
The newly designed online and in-person course delivery options will provide students flexibility to stay engaged while balancing academic and personal responsibilities. UTM will offer the following options:
- Synchronous online: regular weekly classes with scheduled attendance
- Asynchronous online: “on-demand” lectures that you can view at your own pace without scheduled attendance
- In-person & online: scheduled attendance will rotate between these delivery formats
- In-person: regular weekly classes with scheduled attendance in smaller class sizes
Getting Ready for Online Learning
The University of Toronto is welcoming many of its new and returning students to online learning this year. Whether you are new to U of T or a returning student, you may be looking for advice on how to be successful while learning online. To prepare for your online learning experience, sure to check out the Online Learning hub to find activities, resources and strategies for success.
Student Affairs & Services
The Student Affairs Info Desk is here to help with information about services and support on campus, and tips on how to engage with other students and UTM community. Bring your questions to the Starbucks patio (between IB and HMALC). Inclement weather, the Info Desk team may be found at DV2077.
- Monday to Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Not on campus? Send the Student Affairs & Services team a message by email.
Health & Counselling Centre
UTM's Health & Counselling Centre is open for non-urgent health appointments and virtual counselling sessions. For additional information about health care and mental health supports available to UTM students, please visit the #UTMTogether Health & Safety page.
Student Housing & Residence Life
Visit the Student Housing & Residence Life COVID-19 Updates page for information about on-campus accomodations for Fall 2020, first-year and international student housing, meal plans, amenities and health and safety concerns The page also has contact information to reach residence staff by phone, LiveChat, and email.
UTM student can contact the International Education Centre for online support regards immigration matters related to study and work permits, permanent residency, study abroad initiatives and more.
- Global Affairs Canada
- Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
- Government of Canada Travel Advice (COVID-19)
Financial support and information
The University of Toronto is working to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including providing emergency financial support and work-study opportunities for students. The Financial Support & Funding Opportunities directory provides resources to access university financial aid supports as well as provincial and federal government programs.
The Centre for Student Engagement is operating remotely and offering services by videoconference or telephone.
Visit the UTM Career Centre site to find out about online career workshops, or to connect with career counsellors, employment strategists and resource centre staff daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Workshops are being offered via recorded webinars—log into CLNx for details.
Recreation, Athletics & Wellness Centre
Visit the Recreation, Athletics & Wellness Centre’s webpage to browse virtual programming options and to help you stay connected, get active and move your way to wellness.
The Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre continues to offer online supports to students and partners.
The Accessibility Services team offers support and resources to new and returning students who have a documented learning, physical, sensory, mental health disability or medical condition. Visit the site to register for academic accommodations, learn more about online learning support resources or schedule an appointment with an accessibility advisor.
Students may access in-person support at the UTM Service Desk in the CCT Building, Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Please visit the I&ITS Services for the Fall term update for additional information, including locations and hours for on-site and remote services.
TCards and UTORid
You must obtain a TCard and activate your UTORid in order to access online classes, your UTM email (@mail.utoronto.ca), residence meal plans, library services and more.
Please visit the TCard Services information page for detailed instructions on this process or to access assistance from the Information & Instructional Technology team.
The U-Pass program, offering unlimited fare-free transportation on MiWay (Mississauga Transit), will continue for the 2020-21 academic year, supported by fees assessed by UTMSU (for undergraduate students) and UTMAGS (for UTM-affiliated graduate students). U-Pass distribution will begin in late August, with detailed instructions being provided by UTMSU and UTMAGS in mid-August. For more information, please visit the UTMSU or UTMAGS websites or social media channels.
Studying on Campus
Students who need to be physically present at UTM will have access to safe and quiet study spaces between in-person classes. In line with public health and U of T safety guidelines, UTM has adapted both library operations and its study areas to provide students with a place where they can feel secure and focus on their studies.
- The main floor of the library offers 50 physically distanced individual study spaces, and access to printers and wi-fi, available by reservation only. Reserve a study space here.
Designated study spaces outside the library are also available. Students or faculty who are on campus and require quiet study space immediately before, after or between in-person on-campus classes can access the following monitored, designated classrooms:
- DV 2074 (undergraduate)
- CCT 1140 (undergraduate)
- IB 335 (IMI professional masters students)
Capacity limits are in place, users will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and must sign-in, and masking and physical distancing protocols must be followed.
The main floor of the UTM Library reopened on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, along with with access to computers, wi-fi and printers. Please visit the library website for information about booking computer workstations and study spaces.
- Library stacks will remain closed to patrons.
- Short Term Loan/ Reserves will not be available.
- Print textbooks will not be available.
- The Archives and Special Collections' Reading Room remains closed.
- HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) offers digital access to more than 2.5-imillion books.
- Curbside Pickup Service is available for print books from the UTM stack collection that are not available through the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS). Students, faculty, and staff may place online orders for books, with curside pickups in the Link by the Library entrance available daily Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. More information is available on the UTM Library website.
Find additional materials, including reference and style guides, tutorials and access digital books, movies and music on the UTM Library Remote Supports (Students) page. The library’s Learn Anywhere page offers tips, tools and strategies for students, including helpful tips for using platforms like Blackboard Collaborate, Quercus and Zoom, as well as information about how to submit assignments and take quizzes remotely.
Please visit the Library website for the most up-to-date information about COVID19 Service Updates and Operations including: patron access to stack collections and curbside pickup, Hathi Trust ETAS collection, short term loan/ reserves, and textbooks.
The Equity & Diversity Office and the Office of Indigenous Initiatives remain open and available to provide online programming and support. Staff are available by email and phone Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visit the Facebook page for information about online events.
STILL HAVE COVID QUESTIONS? Submit a question here or refer to the following pages for more details: