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.
April 21, 2021: Message from Faculty of Arts & Science Dean Woodin about fall 2021 planning. The Dean is “committed to providing everyone in the Arts & Science community with as much information as possible, as soon as possible, and will update you minimally once a month on May 26, June 23, and July 28 on the status of our plans.” 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 email@example.com.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.
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.
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.
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).
Sanitizing Stations: New hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipe dispensers are being installed across campus.
Cleaning & Maintenance: We are increasing cleaning and disinfecting protocols in high-traffic and public areas in keeping with public health guidelines.
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.
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.
Every member of the university community is expected to help reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by following these measures:
The University encourages all eligible employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine.