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Winter Term Update

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 - 7:41pm
Alexandra Gillespie

Dear students and colleagues,

Earlier today, Professors Cheryl Regehr and Kelly Hannah-Moffat—U of T’s Vice-President and Provost and Vice-President, People Strategy, Equity and Culture—shared a community-wide message with an update on the winter term. In that message, they explained that, effective Monday, Feb. 7, U of T will increase in-person teaching and activities across all campuses and faculties. 

We wanted to highlight some of the message's key points and summarize their significance for us at UTM. 

In-Person Teaching

  • At UTM, starting Feb. 7, we will increase in-person teaching and activities for courses.
  • Courses that were previously scheduled to begin in-person on Jan. 10 will begin in-person Feb. 7. Likewise, if the current timetable indicates online for the course, it will be online on Feb 7, and if the timetable indicates dual delivery, the course will be dual delivery on Feb 7. Delivery methods are detailed in the UTM timetable, and any course-specific updates will be communicated on Quercus.
  • Out-of-province and international students who are currently making their way to UTM should proceed based on this plan.   
  • The UTM Library is open to members of the U of T community.

On-Campus Work

  • Employees currently working remotely should prepare to return to campus as of Monday, Feb. 7 (unless already covered by a pre-approved AWA) 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.
  • Alternative work arrangements will need to be in place beyond Feb. 7 for staff roles planning any hybrid capacity. Faculty members and librarians should contact the Dean, their Chair, Director or Supervisor to discuss their workload assignment if applicable. 
  • All employees are expected to be within commuting distance of their workplace, unless approval is obtained in advance to work outside of Ontario. We continue to encourage flexibility and support for employees with childcare responsibilities resulting from potential cancellations of in-person classes for school-age children or daycare closures. 

COVID-19 Vaccination

  • All students with on-campus activities and all employees, whether or not they are immediately required on campus, must upload proof of vaccination as required by the Council of Ontario Medical Officers of HealthStudents who have not uploaded their proof of vaccine to UCheckwill be removed from courses with in-person activities starting January 20, 2022. 
  • Members of the community continue to be required to complete the UCheck self-screening and have a green screen before coming to any U of T location. We’ll update UCheck the week of Jan. 31 to enable you to voluntarily upload documentation related to additional booster doses.  
  • We encourage everyone to receive an additional vaccination (booster) dose as they become eligible. More appointments are added to the provincial portal and local pharmacies daily. For those without an Ontario health card, the Health & Counselling Centre will offer some appointments to students on campus.  

COVID-19 Measures

  • Everyone must wear a mask in all indoor spaces at UTM—and evidence points to the increased efficacy of medical masks. Medical masks will be made available for pickup on all three campuses to community members with an active UTORID as supplies allow and for a limited time. You will be required to present your completed UCheck self-assessment with a green result. More details on pick-up locations to come on the UTogether site.  
  • U of T has a limited supply of rapid screening kits, focusing their use in priority contexts.

We remain in consistent, direct contact with the leadership at Peel Public Health and local hospitals, along with epidemiologists at U of T and beyond. They continue to share the data and advice that drive our decisions. UTM is a designated in-person university, and a safe return to in-person experience—the learning, discovery and meaningful interactions between professors, classmates, staff and friends—is an important goal for our community. We are especially grateful to Dr. Lawrence Loh, Peel’s Medical Officer of Health, for his strong endorsement of our plan to increase in-person activity on our campus, starting Feb. 7. 

These last few years have been incredibly challenging, and we are grateful for the hard work and patience of our students, faculty, staff and librarians. Our community has stepped up, again and again. We look forward to seeing you back on campus and hope for brighter days ahead.

Take care,

 

Alexandra Gillespie
Vice-President & Principal

 

Rhonda McEwen
Vice-Principal, Academic & Dean