Resources and FAQs for COVID-19


This page contains information specific to the Faculty of Information. For the latest information relevant to all U of T students, staff and faculty members, please visit the University’s UTogether page.

Student Resources FAQs


FAQs about Summer 2022 term

(Updated May 3, 2022)

How will courses be offered during the Summer 2022 term?

  • The Summer 2022 courses will be offered mostly in-person. Timetable and delivery method of courses can be found here.

Do students need to be in Toronto?

  • It has always been the Faculty’s position that students should plan on being in Toronto for the entire academic year. 

What if I’m unable to come to campus?

  • Students who are enrolled in in-person classes but are prevented from coming to campus by exceptional situations – including travel and isolation orders – should let us know as soon as possible by emailing inquire.ischool@utoronto.ca. Each situation will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

How can I access the Bissell Building?

  • From May 2 – August 26, the hours are as follows:
    • Monday-Friday: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
    • Saturday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Can I access the Inforum?

  • The Inforum remains open for use by Faculty of Information students. If you are looking for a place on campus to study, access the internet, or borrow a specific piece of technology, feel free to stop by. Hours are listed here.

What is U of T’s vaccination policy?

  • The University paused the requirement to be fully vaccinated on May 1, 2022 with the exception of new employees who must upload their proof of vaccination in UCheck.
  • Please note: If you have not previously applied for an exemption on medical or religious/creed grounds, and are requesting an exemption for the winter term, please submit your request to the Vaccine Exemption Portal. If you have been vaccinated, you do not need to visit this site, you simply need to upload the receipts documents.

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Can international students who want to study on campus 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.

Are co-op placements, internships and other work-integrated-learning opportunities affected by the pandemic?

  • Some work-integrated-learning opportunities have been affected while others have not. Many co-op positions have been virtual instead of in-person.
  • 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.
  • 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: careers.ischool@utoronto.ca.

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 (sherry.lin@utoronto.ca). 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.

What resources are available for those coping with stress?

Do you have a question we didn’t answer?

If you still have questions, please contact inquire.ischool@utoronto.ca.