At the University of Toronto and Trinity College, the 2020-2021 academic year 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.
Looking to the winter term 2021: Important updates from U of T and the Faculty of Arts & Science and what these changes mean for the Trinity community. A summary of key academic dates are listed below for the Faculty of Arts & Science and the Faculty of Divinity.
The University of Toronto and Trinity College will close for the winter break as of Wednesday, December 23, 2020, and will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2021, as originally planned. Trinity College residence will re-open on Sunday, January 3, 2021, as originally planned.
The University of Toronto and Trinity College will close for the winter break as of Wednesday, December 23, 2020, and will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2021, as originally planned.
From U of T (October 26, 2020): In line with provincial regulation and public health guidance, the University of Toronto is requiring anyone coming to one of its three campuses to complete a COVID-19 health screening by conducting a self-assessment each day before they visit.
UCheck, the university’s online self-assessment tool introduced in September, is the easiest and most secure way to complete a self-assessment. Read the full U of T News story: U of T requires COVID-19 self-assessments before visiting campus.
Trinity College Employees: Staff and faculty are to complete the Trinity College COVID-19 Screening Tool each day before you arrive on campus. For further information, please see the section below “Trinity College Staff and Faculty: Mandatory COVID-19 Screening.”
All other members of the University of Toronto community, including students, are required to complete the U of T UCheck self-assessment each day before they visit.
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.
COVID-19 Exposure Notification App: Consider installing the COVID Alert mobile app, Canada’s free exposure notification app. (UCheck is not a contact tracing or exposure notification app).
Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., fever, cough, difficulty breathing, etc. – view list of the most common symptoms) should stay home (do not attend campus, classes or work) and self-isolate. If you are living in residence, self-isolate in your room and immediately contact residence staff for further direction and assistance.
If you are sick with COVID-19 related symptoms or in self-isolation based on public health advice, stay at home and notify the university as noted below. If you are living in residence, self-isolate in your room and immediately contact residence staff for further direction and assistance.
Anyone who has symptoms is also advised to refer to the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 webpage for further direction and to find a local assessment centre. Anyone that requires additional health information is encouraged to reach out to: Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000, their local health-care practitioner or, for students, their campus health centre (St. George: 416-978-8030). If you are experiencing severe symptoms call 9-1-1, immediately.
If you are advised by a public health authority that you have tested positive for COVID-19, follow their directives, including self-isolating, and follow the recommendations for seeking additional care. Public health authorities may also continue to contact exposed persons as is their usual practice.
Every member of the university community is expected to help reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by following these measures:
If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please start by visiting the Ministry of Health website and taking the self-assessment.
In light of the recent announcement by the Province of Ontario that the City of Toronto would be subject to additional restrictions on gatherings and in-person dining due to rising COVID-19 numbers, some adjustments have been made to our operations at Trinity College.
Food service at the College will be on a take-out only basis until the restrictions on indoor dining are lifted. However, Trinity will continue to make as much outdoor seating available as possible so that residence students can continue to eat together in a safe, appropriately distanced manner.
The Faculty of Arts & Science has also announced that all undergraduate courses that are currently offered as hybrid (or dual delivery) courses – those courses taught with both online sections and in-person sections – will switch to entirely online delivery for the remainder of the Fall term. Courses that are delivered in-person only, and essential instruction such as lab courses, will continued to be offered in person and will continue to follow health and safety procedures already in place. At Trinity, a small number of our classes have an in-person option. Those classes will move to online only delivery while the additional restrictions are in place. Trinity’s Faculty of Divinity has also shifted their small number of in-person classes to online delivery.
“A great deal of work has been done to ensure that Trinity could provide a safe and welcoming learning environment for our students,” Provost Mayo Moran said. “We knew that we had to plan for a rapidly changing situation and we have. While we very much regret that for the time being students will be unable to dine together inside or to attend small distanced classes, we had arrangements in place to cope with the possibility of a second wave and are well-prepared. Our staff, faculty and community advisors and others are committed to finding ways to ensure that our students are supported in what we know is a challenging environment. I am grateful to work with staff and faculty who are so dedicated to the student experience.”
The College will continue to monitor the situation and to update the Trinity community.
On Friday, October 9, 2020, the Province of Ontario announced the implementation of additional public health measures in Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Region to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in these communities. In response to this announcement, effective Saturday, October 10, 2020, the following changes take effect:
Trinity College Employees: 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.
Before you travel to campus, please complete the online screening tool at http://trinweb.com/covidscreen. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every member of the university community is expected to help reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by following these measures:
Fall 2020 | Message to Trinity College Students:
As the new academic session begins, below is a list of resources and supports available to you, along with important updates and changes at the college due to the pandemic.
The services listed below work closely with one another to support you. This means you can feel confident approaching any one of them, knowing they can help you or can connect you with the appropriate resources.
Click here to read the full message to students, which includes information on the student services and how to best reach them at this time. You can click on the headings below to go directly to that section of the message.
Starting Tuesday, October 20, 2020: The Registrar’s Office is holding online drop-in hours – click here for the dates, times and instructions.
Please connect with the Office of the Dean of Students (email@example.com) and the Office of the Registrar (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions or concerns or would like help accessing any of these services. We’re so glad to connect with you, and we hope your new academic year is off to a great start! View the list of student services and supports at Trinity.
Updated September 2, 2020
Fall 2020: As the fall term gets underway, the College’s buildings will remain closed to the general public, as they have been throughout the summer. Only members of the university community who require access to Trinity buildings for instructional, residential and working purposes should enter College buildings.
As part of the University commitment to provide a safe and healthy environment for its students, faculty and staff, the non-medical masks or face coverings are required to be worn indoors in common-use spaces (this includes hallways, lobbies, elevators, classrooms, common areas in residence, and other common use facilities) on University property, including Trinity buildings. Please see the Mask section on this page for further details. Also perform hand hygiene upon entry, follow directional signage, adhere to occupancy capacity signage, and follow other health and safety precautions required when onsite. The status of our facilities may change as public health guidance is revised.
Do you have any of the following:
Please check local public health website (Toronto Public Health) for an updated listing of symptoms.
Have you been in close contact with someone who is sick or has confirmed COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
Have you returned from travel outside Canada in the past 14 days?
If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, go home, self-isolate, refer to your local public health website, or call your health care provider or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000. Inform your manager or applicable University contact.
Updated November 3, 2020: From U of T Faqs – section 4 Masks: The Public Health Agency of Canada now recommends the use of three-ply masks, particularly in closed, crowded, close-contact settings. However, the Chief Public Health Officer has said this does not mean that existing masks need to be disposed of and can continue to be used. For added protection, users who wish to do so can use two masks together or in combination with a paper mask. More information about non-medical masks can be found in these Government of Canada instructions and guidelines.
The main benefit of a non-medical cloth mask is to help stop the spread of droplets by the person who is wearing it and thus reduce the risk of community transmission. Cloth masks are not a substitute for situations where personal protective equipment (PPE) is recommended. U of T community members who require PPD are provided with it.
Updated August 14, 2020: 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. On August 20, 2020, All students, staff and faculty will be provided two non-medical masks (U of T masks).
Updated 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.
Important University Resources:
August 6, 2020
The health, safety and well-being of our community members is a top priority. As the College prepares for fall 2020 and the gradual and safe return to our campus, we will be making changes to our residential operations and on-campus dining program and putting measures in place based on public health guidelines, including increased cleaning and other health and safety measures. We continue to work closely with the University of Toronto to monitor the development of the COVID-19 pandemic and to follow the advice and directives of government and public health authorities.
Update December 1, 2020: Please be advised that the Buttery will be closed from December 5, 2020 to January 10, 202, and will re-open on January 11, 2021 for students, staff and faculty who are required to be on campus.
Residence: for fall 2020, we are preparing to welcome students to residence for the new academic year. Trinity residences will operate at reduced capacity and residence rooms will be single-occupancy. Residence move-in for new and returning students will be staggered over the course of the first week of September to allow for physical distancing. For residence information and updates, visit our Residence webpage. You can find general U of T FAQs about residence for fall 2020 here.
Posted 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.
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.
U of T resources