Please check the University of Toronto COVID19 web page for the latest COVID-19 updates for the entire university
The upcoming 20/21 academic year at the Faculty of Information
The Faculty of Information is putting together the fall curriculum to ensure that however the situation with Covid-19 develops, we will be able to deliver an excellent academic experience to all our students. Students facing health or travel restrictions will be able to learn and participate online while those in Toronto may well be able to take part in some face-to-face activities although the latter will depend on the decisions made by public health authorities.
No matter what happens,the health and well-being of our students and community will always be the university’s top priority.
While these are indeed exceptional times, the University of Toronto is well prepared to operate within the constraints imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. All our students will be able to safely continue their studies and work toward becoming information professionals.
The university unexpectedly and successfully transitioned to online teaching in mid-March. A record number of students are currently enrolled in the summer session, where all courses are delivered online. And even at this difficult time, Class of 2020 graduates are starting new jobs and students are embarking on their co-op positions with our partner employers.
Our faculty and staff are committed to offering the high quality of teaching and mentorship for which the University of Toronto is known the world over. We are also very proud that several of our faculty members are involved in cutting-edge Covid-19 research while many of our current work-integrated-learning opportunities give students the chance to participate in university initiatives related to the pandemic. Information practices, knowledge management and data science are key to understanding and fighting Covid-19, making the information professions more relevant than ever.
Students, faculty and staff with Quercus access are invited to drop by the Virtual Inforum, which is holding many activities, ranging from Summer Drop-in Hours (10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily) to mindfulness and museum tours.
For more information, please contact our Student Services team or visit one of the pages listed below.
Summer 2020 courses will be delivered remotely – details
Dean Wendy Duff’s COVID-19 Messages to students (including latest May 1 message with updates on the summer and fall sessions; co-op, internship and practicum placements; convocation; recruitment and admissions; and emergency aid)
March 27 Update: Letter from Associate Professor Cara Krmpotich for students in the Museum Studies program
March 19 Update: In case you missed yesterday’s email from UofT President Meric Gertler to the university community, here’s the link
March 17 Update: Due to the rapidly changing situation around the COVID-19 virus, we are going to be closing the Inforum at 5:00 pm today, Tuesday, March 17th for the foreseeable future.
March 13 Update: The University has cancelled all in-person classes and moved to the delivery of teaching through other means beginning March 16 through the end of term, April 3.
The University asked the Deans of its professional Faculties, including the Faculty of Information, to determine the appropriate course of action taking into account their particular circumstances and accreditation requirements. Wendy Duff, the Dean of the Faculty of Information, determined that ALL courses, including those in the professional Master’s programs should move teaching online effective March 16.
The Faculty is working to ensure students in all courses and programs are able to successfully complete their academic requirements for this term. Some of the details were sent to students in a message from Assistant Dean Stephanie Rose.
Please continue to check this page the Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for the U of T community page for regular updates and links to resources. You can also expect to receive further information from the Faculty about the transition to online courses and other matters. Please be conscious that things are changing rapidly.
Please note that as of March 12th, the university recommended cancellation or postponement of all discretionary events that are not required as part of courses and academic requirements.
While the University remains open, it encourages all students, staff and faculty members who feel unwell to stay home and follow the procedures recommended by public health agencies and their doctors.
For students, it has temporarily suspended the need for a doctor’s note or medical certificate for absences because of cold or flu-like symptoms, or due to self-isolation requirements. Instead, students will need to record these absences through the Absence Declaration tool on ACORN. The tool can be found in the ACORN Profile and Settings menu.
In addition, the Faculty of Information currently has specific guidance concerning the following: