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COVID-19 Updates

At the University of Toronto and Trinity College, summer and fall 2021 will be different. Our students, faculty and staff will learn, teach, research and work in new ways. We are guided by the collective commitment to the health and safety of our community, to maintaining academic excellence, and to ensuring that our students feel a part of university’s caring community. The health, safety and well-being of our community members is a top priority. Trinity College continues is working closely with the University of Toronto on preparedness planning, which follows a process that complies with government and public health directives and university guidelines. Updates for the Trinity community will be posted here as processes are confirmed, including changes to college operations and procedures in response to healthy and safety measures.


Plans for Fall 2021

June 8, 2021: The University of Toronto will require students living in residence, including at Trinity College, during the 2021-2022 academic year to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

May 26, 2021: Update from Dean Woodin about A&S fall 2021 planning. View the Faculty of Arts & Science Student FAQs for Fall/Winter Session 2021-22.

March 8, 2021: U of T President Gertler shared a message about planning for fall 2021. With mass vaccinations underway in Canada, the University of Toronto is preparing for a safe return to in-person courses and other activities across its three campuses this September. With optimism and continued vigilance, transition and readiness planning for a gradual and safe return to in-person activities for the fall term is underway across the university and at Trinity in coordination with U of T, Faculty of Arts & Science and Toronto School of Theology. Throughout the coming months, information will be posted here and shared with our community. Please visit this webpage often for the latest information. View U of T FAQs for Summer and Fall 2021.


Plans for Summer 2021

Due to ongoing public health restrictions that limit non-essential travel outside the home, all Trinity College, Faculty of Arts & Science (FAS) and Toronto School of Theology (TST) courses and their components will be offered remotely in the Summer 2021 Term, with the exception of courses approved by FAS Dean’s Office for in-person delivery. Click here for the full message from Faculty of Arts & Science Dean Melanie Woodin about Summer Session (February 4, 2021). Please continue to check the Faculty of Arts & Science COVID-19 webpage, which includes Undergraduate Student FAQs, and the Information for Instructors, for the most up-to-date information. TST updates can be viewed here.


Trinity Updates

Trinity College Buildings Closed / Restricted Access

All Trinity College buildings (Trinity proper, St. Hilda’s College, Gerald Larkin, John W. Graham Library/Munk School) remain closed to the general public and visitors. Only members of the university community who require access to Trinity buildings for essential instructional and working purposes and campus residents should enter College buildings. The status of our facilities may change as public health guidance is revised.

In-Person Events at Trinity College: Cancelled or Postponed

The health, safety and well-being of our community members is very important to us. In line with the University of Toronto, Trinity College has cancelled all in-person events until further notice. Some events are being offered online (view Trinity’s online calendar).

At this time, and knowing that events take time and resources to plan, the University of Toronto is recommending the postponement or cancellation of all events in the foreseeable future  that cannot be hosted remotely.

As the landscape continues to change, the current pandemic conditions may require cancellation or postponement on short notice. We are actively monitoring the situation and will advise of changes as soon as we are able.

Student Services and Resources at Trinity

Learn about the services and resources available to students, along with important updates and changes at the College due to the pandemic.

Please connect with the following offices if you have any questions or concerns or would like help accessing any of these services:

View the list of student services and supports at Trinity.

John W. Graham Library: Curbside Pickup Services - Resumes June 15, 2021

June 8, 2021: The Graham Library’s Curbside Pickup Service will resume on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Requests may be submitted via the UTL catalogue beginning Friday, June 11.

April 18, 2021: Due to the latest provincial stay-at-home order (April 17, 2021), the John W. Graham Library’s curbside pickup service will be on hiatus starting April 23, 2021. The Library will provide an update when the service is relaunched. The Library will fulfill requests received up until this point during regular curbside hours this week April 20 to 22, 2021, Tuesday to Thursday, 10 am to 4 pm. For a list of virtual services and support, please visit the Library Services webpage.

July 29, 2020: The John W. Graham Library will be providing contact-free curbside pickup services, starting Tuesday, August 4, 2020. The library remains closed to the public and library patrons are not permitted entrance into the library building. To learn more about curbside pickup, please click the Library Services page and go to the “Access to Print Collection” section. Note: only registered University of Toronto students, faculty, and staff may use this service. Only items that are not available through the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access service will be available for curbside pickup. Curbside pickup will be available Monday to Thursday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. To access this service, patrons must submit a request using the online form. Please click here for more information about the curbside pickup service, the applications process and online form.

COVID-19 Self-Assessment

Effective September 26, 2020: in compliance with Stage 3 Regulations under the Reopening Ontario Act, each Ontario workplace is now required under O. Reg 364/20, to pro-actively screen employees entering the work environment for COVID-19-related symptoms and risk factors. Screening should occur before or when a worker enters the workplace at the beginning of their day or shift. All employees and contractors coming to the Trinity campus to perform work are required to complete a COVID-19 screening process each time they arrive on campus. The screening tool has been adopted from the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Screening Tool for Workplaces.

Trinity College Employees: Staff and faculty are to complete the Trinity College COVID-19 Screening Tool each day before you arrive on campus. If you forget or unable to complete the online tool, please ensure that you go to the Welcome Desk before you proceed to your office and complete and submit a hard copy of the screening tool. If you have any questions, or have any accommodation requests, please contact hr@trinity.utoronto.ca.

Trinity COVID-19 Screening Tool

All other members of the University of Toronto community, including students: use UCheck, the university’s online self-assessment tool.

Your COVID-19 Self-Assessment Results: You should only come to campus if you receive a result that indicates that you do not have symptoms of COVID-19. If you receive a different result from the assessment, follow the instructions given in the assessment tool – and students who live in residence should not leave their residence rooms and should contact residence staff.

Non-Medical Masks or Face Coverings

As of July 7, 2020: everyone in an indoor space at Trinity College and across U of T that is normally publicly accessible is required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering, unless they have a medical condition (in keeping with the city by-law on masking). On August 10, 2020, U of T approved a temporary Policy requiring non-medical masks or face coverings to be worn indoors in common-use spaces on University property. Trinity’s Board of Trustees adopted the U of T mask policy to apply to the College (August 20, 2020). This includes hallways, lobbies, elevators, classrooms, common areas in residence and other common use facilities.

Health & Safety Measures on Campus

August 6, 2020: As we prepare for the safe and gradual return to campus for fall 2020, we are implementing health and safety measures based on government and public health directives. Along with university-wide preparedness plans – as Trinity has distinctive needs, we established our own Re-Start Steering Committee and Working Groups (Academic Services; Residential Services; Food Services; and Operations/Administration). While we are planning for the most likely scenarios, we also know that we may need to pivot to adapt to new circumstances and public health directives, and we will continue to update this page as information is confirmed. Please also read Provost Moran’s July 21 community message (below) for more information on plans for the fall, including student services and supports.

Physical distancing: We are implementing physical distancing measures in our spaces, including classrooms, dining facilities, shared offices, library, residence spaces, elevators, washrooms and other rooms and spaces.

  • Maximum occupancy signs will be posted to indicate the maximum number of people allowed in a given space.
  • Classrooms are being set up so that students can sit at least two metres apart from one another and the instructor.
  • In other spaces, furniture will been reconfigured/reorganized to allow for physical distancing and to meet new room capacities.
  • Signs and floor decals will be placed in appropriate areas to allow for physical distancing.

Signage: We are posting signage that encourages and instructs everyone to practice physical distancing and proper hand hygiene, and to wear a mask while on campus (see Mask section below for details about the new policy).

  • There will be signs and floor decals that direct the flow of foot traffic through rooms/buildings and along hallways and staircases.
  • When available, there will be dedicated entrances and exits to buildings and rooms to encourage a one-way flow of traffic.

Sanitizing Stations: New hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipe dispensers are being installed across campus.

  • Dispensers and supplies will be made available in classrooms, food services areas, offices and other spaces so that individuals can disinfect their hands and wipe down their own workstations and seating area (desktops, seats, armrests, etc.)

Cleaning & Maintenance: We are increasing cleaning and disinfecting protocols in high-traffic and public areas in keeping with public health guidelines.

  • We will be cleaning and disinfecting classrooms, library spaces, washrooms, residences, dining facilities, along with high-touch surfaces (such as doorknobs, elevator buttons, etc.) more frequently.
  • Regular maintenance of heating and ventilation systems will meet or exceed the industry standard and public health regulations.

Protective measures: In high-traffic and public area where a two-metre distance from others is not possible or challenging, an appropriate physical barrier, such as plexiglass and sneeze guards, are being installed.

  • Places with physical barriers will include our Welcome Desk, reception area for the Student Services Centre, Library circulation desk, food services serveries and point of sales terminals, among others locations. These spaces will also have directional signage and floor decals to promote physical distancing.

Please also see the Mask section above.

The College is guided by the University of Toronto’s guide to a safe return to work to ensure we are doing everything we can to keep our community safe. Across the University, we have implemented public health measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Take a look at what we are doing to keep everyone safe and healthy on campus.

Measures to Reduce the Risk of Transmission

Every member of the university community is expected to help reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by following these measures:

  • Avoid touching your face, nose or mouth.
  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water. If soap and water are unavailable, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Practice proper respiratory etiquette: cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then immediately throwing that tissue in the garbage and washing your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm
  • Do not shake hands, hug or touch others.
  • Maintain physical distancing of two metres or more from others at all times.
  • Limiting the number of individuals in an elevator to 2 or less or taking the stairs, if you are able.
  • Stay home if you are sick. Monitoring yourself for COVID-19 symptoms and using the Ontario COVID-19 self-assessment tool.
  • Wear a non-medical masks or face coverings if you are unable to maintain a distance of 2 metres; non-medical masks or face coverings are to be worn in indoors in common-use spaces on University property (see U of T policy).

The University encourages all eligible employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

 


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