UTM Residence COVID-19 Updates

Last updated: Friday January 6, 2022 at 10:00 AM

You can find some updates or general information regarding residence and COVID-19. We will try our best to 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, LiveChat, and email. These contact methods are detailed in this webpage.

Recent Email Communication

Sent to all Undergraduate Residence students on January 5, 2022 at 5:00PM


Hello, 

Happy New Year! We hope your winter break has been restful and you are staying safe!  

Based on Ontario’s very recent updates to public health protocols, we are writing to provide you with an update regarding the status of COVID-19 cases in residence and the implementation of changes for the 2022 semester to mitigate the spread.  

Currently, UTM Residence is experiencing an active outbreak of COVID-19 cases resulting in some students in self-isolation. We want to reassure you that residence will continue to be open with COVID-19 protocols in place to prioritize the safety of our students including required rapid screening before returning on-campus, required isolation for anyone with symptoms, positive rapid screens, and/or close contacts of cases, and changes to methods of programming. Our isolation protocols, new restrictions, and changes to programming can be found below.  

HOW YOU CAN HELP  

Our students’ health and safety are our priority. As part of a community effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 considering the new Omicron variant, here are some steps you can take to assist in these efforts:  

  1. Booster Shots: Individuals ages 18 and over are now eligible to schedule their booster dose appointment through the Ontario’s booking portal or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900. If you are an international student and have questions about how to book your vaccine, please find information provided by the International Education Centre here: https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/international/vaccinations-international-students  

  1. Follow Public Health Directives: All residents are reminded to continue wearing appropriate masks, practice physical distancing and good hygiene, and adhering to University and Public Health directives. 

  1. Follow Residence Guidelines: All residents should follow the existing safety protocols and the new changes in residence that are outlined below.  

 

2022 SEMESTER CHANGES 

In addition to the above steps, effective immediately UTM Residence is also implementing some changes to operations until further notice: 

  1. Rapid Screening – all students will be required to show a negative rapid screen to enter their unit following the winter break.  

  • Returning to Residence? For students who are returning to residence, you will be expected to show a negative rapid screen upon return to the Residence Services Desk. Rapid screens will be provided by Student Housing & Residence Life and must be completed on your return date to gain access to your unit. 

  • Currently in Residence? For students who are currently in residence, you are expected to visit the Residence Services Desk and provide proof of a negative rapid screen dated to the day of your visit. Rapid screen will be provided by Student Housing & Residence Life if you do not have one. The deadline to provide your results to the Residence Services Desk is January 7, 2022. A rapid screen is required to gain access to your unit after January 7. 

  • Currently Isolating in Residence? For students who are currently in residence, please continue to follow directions and protocols given by residence staff and UofT nurses.  

  1. Common Room Closures - Common rooms in all areas of residence are closed until further notice. Laundry rooms will still be open and available to all residents. 

  1. Isolation Protocols – If at any point a student is experiencing symptoms or tests positive on a rapid screen, they are expected to fill out our self-reporting webform. All students within the unit will be expected to complete isolation for 10 days (as student housing is considered a congregate setting). More information regarding self-isolation will be provided to students who will be required to do so.  

  1. Guest Policy & Social Gathering Policy Reminder – As a reminder no guests or social gatherings are permitted in your unit. Outdoor gatherings must be limited to 10 people or fewer according to public health guidelines. 

  1. Residence Programming & Events – We are committed to continue providing residence programming and events. However, all indoor in-person events will be moved outdoors, moved online, or be postponed. Specific event changes/details will be released individually. We will be updating our programming calendar next week with further details on programs. 
     

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES 

As a UofT student, you have access to many mental health resources. We understand that this year is much different than most and many students may be struggling with mental health. Feel free to use any of the resources below or go to the UofT page regarding mental health: https://mentalhealth.utoronto.ca/ 

  • Residence Staff – Need someone to talk to? Reach out to your don or the Don-On-Duty and someone will be there to listen. Did you know that you can chat with your Don virtually on Zoom or Teams? Not sure who your Don is? Email the Residence Services Desk (resdesk.utm@utoronto.ca) and they can help! 

  • Navi - Your Mental Health Wayfinder. Navi is a 24/7 Virtual Assistant that aims to help you find available resources anonymously and quickly. You can access it through ALL UTM websites or through this link: uoft.me/navi 

  • MySSP provides U of T students with immediate and/or ongoing confidential, 24-hour support at no cost to you. You can call or chat with a counsellor directly from your phone whenever, wherever you are. Their service is available in 35 languages. More information here: https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/international/myssp 

  • Good2Talk Student Helpline: 1-866-925-5454 is available 24/7 for post-secondary students to talk to a professional counsellor for support. Find out more: https://good2talk.ca/ 


Please continue to be mindful and limit physical contact with others as we navigate these new changes. Your diligence and caution throughout the year has been greatly appreciated and we applaud your continued commitment to our residence community. UTM Residence is dedicated to making this an enriching and comfortable home for the academic year. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us via email (resdesk.utm@utoronto.ca), phone (905-828-5286), or LiveChat (www.utm.utoronto.ca/housing)  

Sincerely,  

Student Housing & Residence Life