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Message from the Dean re Omicron variant

Submitted on Thursday, December 16, 2021

Dear Students and Colleagues, 

Wednesday evening (December 15), you received a message from the acting Provost informing you that, due to the Omicron variant, the University is suspending in-person classes until Monday January 31, 2022. This means that from January 10 (the day classes begin for the winter term) until January 28, all classes that were scheduled to be held in-person will temporarily be held online.  

The Provost’s message also said you should expect more details from your individual division, in this case, the Faculty of Information. 

At the Faculty of Information, we announced to all students early last summer that they should arrange to be in Toronto for the duration of the 2021/22 academic year. This has not changed. We also scheduled more than 90% of our winter term courses to take place in person. This also has not changed. Days and times when the classes will be held remain unchanged from what is published in the winter timetable. The three weeks of remote course delivery in January are a temporary measure.  

Based on the information the University has now and the opinions of its experts, we will be well positioned to resume in-person learning on January 31. Students who are not in Toronto or who are concerned that travel restrictions might prevent them from being in Toronto by January 31, should consult this page, which offers more information. Students, who will need to quarantine upon arriving in Toronto, should factor that into their travel plans so they are able to attend in-person classes starting January 31.  

For students without reliable internet access, the Learning Hub will be open with limited capacity during the first three weeks of classes. 

We will continue to update you and encourage you to send any questions you might have to 


Wendy Duff 

Professor and Dean