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July 20th update on the coming academic year
Dear Faculty of Information Students, Staff and Faculty Members,
You may have already learned this earlier this week – either from the news or social media – but let me make it official: As long as strong vaccination rates and improving public health indicators continue this summer, the provincial government is allowing Ontario colleges and universities to fully reopen this fall with no capacity limits for classes or physical distancing requirements for students.
As much as this is good news overall, it will not have much of an immediate impact on our plans for the fall here at the Faculty of Information. Since the winter we have been planning to provide as many in-person activities as possible during the coming academic year, and that remains our goal. The easing of restrictions just helps make things easier for all of us as we continue down that path.
The last time I wrote to you at the end of June, our timetables had not yet been posted, but they’ve now been available for more than a week and students have been working to set up their schedules. Online courses remain online and in-person remain in-person. Today’s news does not in any way affect the timetables.
That said, we remain prepared for the unexpected. If there is a severe fourth wave in the fall, we will take the necessary steps and pivot. However, our working assumption is that a fourth wave will likely be significantly different from the previous waves because it will be hitting a vaccinated population.
Typically, I send these update letters at the end of the month so this is just a quick update with more information to come in late July. Meanwhile if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to get in touch with me or the team at Student Services.
FAQs about upcoming Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 terms
(Updated July 14, 2021)
How will courses be offered during the 2021/22 academic year?
- The Faculty of Information’s goal for Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 has been to develop a plan that includes in-person components for as many courses as possible and provides in-person experiences for every learner while protecting the health and safety of everyone in our community.
- Some courses are being offered completely in person, some have remote and in-person components, and others are being delivered remotely. Details about which classes and components are offered in which format are now available in the timetables posted earlier this month.
Do students need to be in Toronto?
- Yes, students should plan on being in Toronto.
FAQs about upcoming Spring and Summer 2021 terms
(Updated April 22, 2021)
How will courses be offered during the summer terms (May-June, July-August, May-August) be offered?
- Given the current state of the pandemic in Toronto and Ontario, the Faculty of Information has decided that all summer term courses will be delivered remotely only.
Do students need to be in Toronto?
- There is no requirement to be in Toronto.
Are co-op placements, internships and other work-integrated-learning opportunities be affected by the pandemic?
- Some work-integrated-learning opportunities have been affected while others have not. The Faculty of Information has responded in a number of ways. For example, in response to the pandemic, the co-op placement requirement was reduced to 8 weeks (280 hours) from 12 weeks (360 hours). The Faculty also allowed remote-only co-op placements.
- In response to changes in restrictions at provincial, national and municipal levels, the Faculty implemented a process for approving any in-person placement activities. Please contact the Careers Office if you have any questions: email@example.com.
- The Careers office identified opportunities that allowed employers to host students remotely and many students were able to participate fully while working from home. Unfortunately, however, there were some work integrated learning opportunities that had to be cancelled or postponed as a result of the pandemic. The university also created more opportunities for co-op students, many of whom worked on pandemic-related initiatives.
Can international students who want to study on campus this Fall & Winter enter Canada and come to U of T?
- The best place to keep up with the latest information on Canada’s entry requirements for international students is the dedicated UofT page here.
Is there financial aid available to students affected by COVID-19?
To help students access all the various funding resources, the university has put together a comprehensive list.
- The Faculty of Information also has an emergency bursary fund, for which students must fill out this grant application. If you have any questions about the process or eligibility, feel free to connect with Sherry Dang (firstname.lastname@example.org). Students are encouraged to outline the nature of the emergency, and how their finances have been impacted by the circumstances. Supporting documents may be requested after the application has been submitted.
- The School of Graduate Studies can also provide emergency loans and emergency grants to graduate students. For undergraduate students, there are emergency assistance grants.
Students may also wish to review the government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.
What resources are available for those coping with stress?
- The university has multiple resources to assist students experiencing stress, needing health information and much more.
Do you have a question we didn’t answer?
If you still have questions, please contact email@example.com. We would be very happy to hear from you.