Quick Facts: UTM COVID-19 response

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Last updated Friday, Sept. 11, 2020.

The start of the 2020 / 2021 academic school year will be very different. Here are just a few of the changes UTM is making to help keep you safe on campus this fall. Check back often for updates, or visit the the UTMTogether2020 Health & Safety page for detailed information.

Physical distancing

  • The university is developing wellness tools that prioritize physical and mental well-being as part of its reopening plan.
  • The university is limiting the number of people working on campus.
  • Classrooms will be set up so students can sit at least two metres apart.
  • New signage indicates maximum occupancy in meeting rooms and elevators.
  • New signage to encourage and instruct everyone to practise physical distancing and proper hand hygiene.
  • Installation of signs that direct the flow of foot traffic – not unlike those used by retailers.
  • Installation of Plexiglass sheilds at service counters.
  • The Recreation, Athletics and Wellness Centre is emphasizing online and outdoor fitness activities for students, including one-on-one consultations with a personal trainer over Zoom and six-week progressive running program RunUTM.
  • Varsity and U of T tri-campus competitions are suspended for the semester, but students can still compete in a range of mainly outdoor intramural sports, including badminton, spike ball, table tennis and dodgeball.
  • The UTM library’s main floor will reopen Sept. 8 and computers, Wi-Fi and printers will be available for use. To maintain physical distancing, patrons must present their TCard and booking confirmation to enter, and a mask or other facial covering is required.
  • Libraries across the three campuses will quarantine books that are physically loaned out for at least three days after they are returned.
  • Students have remote access to 2.5 million books and other references through the online repository, HathiTrust. If an item isn’t available through Hathi, students, staff or faculty can make a request for curbside pick-up.

Masks and hand hygiene

  • U of T will provide about 250,000 non-medical, fabric face masks to students, staff, faculty and librarians (two per person).
  • Everyone in an indoor space on U of T campuses that is normally publicly accessible is required to wear a mask, unless they have a medical condition.
  • Touchless hand sanitizing dispensers will be installed at an accessible height in visible locations across campus.
  • 70 hand sanitization stations now available in the Davis Building.
  • Wipes and hand sanitizers to be installed within classrooms by the end of August.

Cleaning and sanitization measures

  • Caretaking staff are using a new, chlorine-based solution approved for use against SARS-CoV-2.
  • Paper towel dispensers are being purchased and installed in all public washrooms across the campus.
  • High touch surfaces, including elevator buttons and doorknobs, will be disinfected twice a day in keeping with Public Health Ontario guidelines.
  • The university has inspected and, where necessary, improved ventilation equipment in all of its academic and administrative buildings.
  • Facilities Management & Planning is installing COVID-19 signage in all public spaces, classrooms and teaching labs in all buildings on campus.
  • Libraries across the three campuses will quarantine books that are physically loaned out for at least three days after they are returned.
  • Students have remote access to 2.5 million books and other references through the online repository, HathiTrust. If an item isn’t available through Hathi, students, staff or faculty can make a request for curbside pick-up.

Residence

  • The university is developing wellness tools that prioritize physical and mental well-being as part of its reopening plan.
  • UTM Residence has installed a shield at the front desk.
  • Signage is being placed at all residence entrances and spaces to ensure masks are worn inside residence spaces.
  • Residence has a "wipe station" where students can wipe down any vacuums or mops they rent.
  • More than 100 carts have been rented for residence move-in day to ensure bins can be properly sanitized in between use.

Food Services

  • Hospitality & Retail Services has opened a satellite office in the Meeting Place where staff are available to offer support services Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the newly renovated section of the building.
  • Find grab-and-go food services from the Colman Commons dining room in Oscar Peterson Hall. Coleman Commons is open for food pick-up Monday to Friday, 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.
  • Dining spaces in Davis Building and Oscar Peterson Hall have been rearranged to offer physically distanced seating.
  • Any transactions for services and programs with Hospitality & Retail Services may be done remotely to ensure safety.
  • Hospitality & Retail Services will introduce Sally, a new personalized and hygienic food service option that allows users to create fresh customized salads any time of the day through a machine. Sally can be found in the William G. Davis Building in The Meeting Place.
  • The UTM "Bring Your Own Cup" programs have been suspended.
  • All fruits and in-house baked items have been wrapped for protection.
  • All cutlery at food service locations has been wrapped for protection
  • All self-serve condiment stations will offer single-use condiment packets

Here's a look at what we're doing to keep everyone safe and healthy:


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