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Information about Fall 2020

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. Although there has been some progress in the ease of municipal and provincial public health restrictions related to COVID-19, uncertainty remains as we head into the summer and the fall. Updates for the community about the College’s plans for the gradual and safe return to campus will be posted here.

July 29, 2020: John W. Graham Library - Curbside Pickup Services Start Tuesday, August 4

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.

July 21, 2020: Provost Moran's Message to the Community | College news and plans for the fall

Dear Members of the Trinity Community:

This is a time unlike any other in memory but I do hope this mid-summer message finds you and your family as safe and well as possible. As we head into month five of the pandemic, I wanted to provide you with an update on college news and plans for the fall.

If this is a summer like no other, we are certainly expecting the same of the 2020-21 academic year. Though the year ahead will be different in so many ways, the health, well-being and flourishing of our community is as always our top priority. We are working closely with the University of Toronto on planning for a gradual and safe return to campus for the fall, and we plan to support as much on-campus activity as is safely possible. Across the University of Toronto and here at Trinity, many September courses will be delivered in hybrid form—essentially a mix of in-person and virtual learning.

Desks in a classroom set up with physical distancing

Classrooms at Trinity are being set up so that students can sit at least two metres apart from one another. Photo: Gerald Larkin Building Room 341.

The University of Toronto has recently released important information much of which also has implications for Trinity. For example, there are new U of T measures making non-medical masks or other face coverings mandatory in indoor public spaces on campus, which Trinity College has adopted, as well as guidelines for in-class instruction. Across the whole university, including here at Trinity, we are implementing new ways to keep students, faculty and staff safe, such as assessing the “Covid” capacity of classrooms and other spaces to determine how our spaces can be used for teaching, gathering, advising and other activities. Technology is also being upgraded to support the best possible learning experience for our students in this changed environment.

As Trinity has distinctive needs, we have also established our own Re-Opening Steering Committee and Working Groups to prepare for the gradual re-opening of our campus. As I write, these Working Groups are planning how to safely welcome students back to the College. Here is a snapshot of just a few projects to give you a sense of the scope of this work. Food services across the College are being completely reimagined. We are working hard to make sure we can continue to provide healthy and sustainable dining options and support as much community life as possible, so we are rearranging Strachan Hall and other many spaces based on public health guidelines in order to create space for students to eat together safely. We are assessing our residence spaces to determine how many students we can safely welcome back to campus and how we can provide safe spaces to gather in order to reduce isolation.

Welcome Desk with Plexiglas barrier, signage and sanitizer dispenser

In high traffic areas where maintaining a two-metre distance from others is not possible or is challenging, we are installing protective measures such as Plexiglas barriers and sneeze guards. Photo: Trinity College Welcome Desk with Plexiglas barrier, signage and sanitizer dispenser.

We are working to ensure that students have virtual access to the College’s services and activities—from orientation to student advising to the library, and from student support to the classroom experience—while at the same time making in-person services available as much as possible. We are ordering supplies, reconfiguring our public spaces installing new signage and sanitizing stations, enhancing our cleaning protocols, and planning for the gradual return to campus of our many staff.

Of course, despite all of this, it is hard to predict how the situation may evolve over the next several weeks. 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 keep you apprised of how things evolve. I also wanted to take this moment to make particular mention of the incredible efforts of our dedicated staff and faculty. Ever since early March when we had to move to remote learning and student support, many members of the College have been working long hours, often in difficult circumstances including with children at home, to do their very best for our students and the community. I am inspired by how committed and creative they are and am sure that as members of the Trinity community, you will join me in expressing our profound gratitude for all that they are doing to ensure that this coming September is as positive as possible for our wonderful students.

As this pandemic and the public health advice has evolved, we have also had to make hard decisions about in-person events on campus. While some events have had to be cancelled or postponed, we are working to host as much as possible virtually. Sometimes this even has advantages. For example, I am very happy to say that we have just confirmed that the Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, will deliver a virtual Larkin-Stuart Lecture—the first ever—on the 100th anniversary of this lecture series. We will share more information when the date is finalized. Similarly, we will make sure that we keep you apprised of other events as the situation evolves.

Of course, there have been many heartbreaking decisions that have had to be made. I am very sorry to say that recently, our wonderful Friends of the Library have had to make the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the October 2020 Book Sale due to public health guidelines. On behalf of the College, I wrote to them to express our sadness at this announcement. In addition to their incredible support for the College in so many ways, the activities of the Friends and their fabled book sale are also a beloved feature of fall here at Trinity. It will be a quieter and duller place without them. They will be sorely missed and we will look forward to the moment when we can welcome them back.

Read the rest of Provost Moran’s message to the community (July 21, 2020)

July 20, 2020: Trinity College Memo | Wearing of masks or other face coverings – COVID-19 Prevention

Dear Members of the Trinity College Community:

As we prepare for the safe and gradual return to our campuses, Trinity College is taking several steps to protect our community and follow public health guidance.

Consistent with the mandated wearing of non-medical masks on the TTC and the City of Toronto requirement to wear a mask or other face covering within enclosed public spaces, the University of Toronto has enacted a measure requiring individuals who are in any space in campus buildings that is normally publicly accessible to wear a non-medical mask or other face covering.

Trinity is adopting the same measure within all College buildings—that a non-medical mask or other face covering be worn (covering the nose, mouth and chin without gapping) by all individuals within any space in Trinity buildings that would normally be publicly accessible. The measure also applies to visitors and contractors in Trinity buildings. Such spaces may include hallways, stairwells, lobbies, elevators, meeting rooms, and other common use facilities. Relevant signage will be posted around the campus including at building entrances. Trinity’s mask requirement takes effect immediately

As is the case with the City of Toronto by-law and the U of T measure, the College’s action will be a temporary one that includes exemptions for specific groups such as those with an underlying medical condition inhibits their ability to wear a mask, individuals in areas that are not intended for public use, those who are behind a physical barrier and children under the age of two. There is no requirement that individuals who need such an exemption provide proof of the reason. These new measures also should not be interpreted in a way that conflicts with or replaces existing requirements or obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act or other legislation.

As part of the College’s return-to-campus planning, all staff, faculty, librarians, and students will receive two reusable, non-medical U of T-branded masks. These masks are expected to arrive later this summer, and further information about the distribution of these masks will be provided once they have been delivered. In the interim, those essential employees entering Trinity buildings should bring their own non-medical mask or face covering. Disposable masks will be made available at the Welcome Desk for those who forget to bring a mask when arriving at the College, which remains closed except for essential staff and essential operations.

Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health has advised that the wearing of masks or other face coverings is “a necessary, recognized, practical and effective method” to limit the spread of COVID-19 and help protect the safety and well-being of the community. Taking steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 is a responsibility we all share in order to protect vulnerable members of our community. Using a non- medical mask in indoor spaces that are normally accessible to the public is another way we can do our part.

Stay safe,

Jason MacIntyre
Bursar and CAO, Trinity College

Closure of Trinity College Buildings

All Trinity College buildings (Trinity proper, St. Hilda’s College, Gerald Larkin, John W. Graham Library/Munk School) remain closed to everyone, other than essential workers who are critical to our campus and residential operations for residence students who are unable to return home at this time. The status of our facilities will change as public health guidance is revised.

Although our doors at Trinity College are closed, our staff, faculty and instructors are working remotely to provide essential services and supports. As this is an evolving situation, further decisions may be made on short notice. Thank you for your understanding.

In-Person Events at Trinity College

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.

The University is also recommending that events beyond summer 2020 be considered for transition to virtual meetings where possible, and postponement where virtual meetings are not feasible and where alternate dates in 2021 are possible. Those planning meetings need to bear in mind that physical distancing requirements will likely remain in place as well as international travel restrictions, including quarantine requirements.

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.

For information about Fall 2020 at the University of Toronto, visit UTogether2020 and the FAQ page.

 

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COVID-19 UPDATES (March to June 2020)

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 to monitor the development of the COVID-19 pandemic and to follow the advice of public health authorities. As directed by the provincial State of Emergency declared on March 17, all University buildings will be closed as of 11:59 pm, March 17, 2020 to the general public. The closure was enacted to further our efforts to slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19 in our community. Although our doors are closed and walks-in are not permitted, our staff, faculty and instructors are working hard to provide essential student services and supports (many by email, phone and online).

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Closure of Trinity College Buildings

As directed by the provincial State of Emergency declared on March 17, 2020, all Trinity College buildings will be closed as of 11:59 pm, March 17, 2020 to the public. On March 23, 2020 Premier Doug Ford announced the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces, except for a list of essential services, effective at 11:59 on March 24, 2020. As directed by government and public health authorities, all Trinity College buildings (Trinity proper, St. Hilda’s College, Gerald Larkin, John W. Graham Library/Munk School), are closed to everyone, other than essential workers who are critical to our campus and residential operations for residence students who are unable to return home at this time.

On April 14, 2020 the Ontario government extended its Declaration of Emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to May 12, 2020. This prohibits organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people.

Although our doors at Trinity College are closed, our staff, faculty and instructors are working remotely to provide essential services and supports. As this is an evolving situation, further decisions may be made on short notice. Thank you for your understanding.

Events at Trinity College - Updated June 12, 2020

The health, safety and well-being of our community members is very important to us.

As of June 12, 2020, the Ontario government is permitting a maximum of ten people at organized public events and social gatherings while still physically distancing (2 metres) and observing public health guidelines. Social gatherings are not the same as social circles (or family bubbles).

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

The University is also recommending that events beyond summer 2020 be considered for transition to virtual meetings where possible, and postponement where virtual meetings are not feasible and where alternate dates in 2021 are possible. Those planning meetings need to bear in mind that physical distancing requirements will likely remain in place as well as international travel restrictions, including quarantine requirements.

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.

For information about Fall 2020 at the University of Toronto, visit UTogether2020 and the FAQ page.

 

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Best ways to protect yourself: frequent hand washing and social distancing

What can I do to protect myself?

  • As usual, continue to practise good hand washing techniques and hygiene practices. This includes washing thoroughly and often with soap and warm water, using alcohol-based hand sanitizer, coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your elbow, staying at home or in your residence room if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, and avoid shaking hands, since the virus can be spread this way.
  • Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health is recommending social distancing as a way to minimize COVID-19 transmission in the community. Social distancing measures include: keeping 2 metres (6 feet) apart from others; avoiding mass gatherings and avoiding crowds. View social distancing poster (PDF)

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.

Self-Isolation Guidance

Based on the guidance of public health officials, the University is directing all members of our community and visitors to our three campuses and our off-campus sites to do the following:

  • If you have travelled from anywhere outside Canada, including the United States, please self-isolate for 14 days. If you travelled internationally and returned to Canada prior to March 13, you do NOT need to self-isolate unless you travelled from areas designated by government travel advisories as affected areas prior to March 13 (China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore and S. Korea).
  • If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. fever, cough, difficulty breathing), please call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or your primary care provider’s office.
  • Call ahead prior to visiting any healthcare provider and let them know about your travel history and symptoms (e.g. fever, cough, difficulty breathing) so they can make special arrangements to see you quickly, provide testing, and ensure that they use proper infection control measures.
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Based on the guidance of public health officials, the University is advising all members of its community to avoid all non-essential travel abroad and to avoid all cruise ship travel.

 

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