Academic information for 2020-21 (Updated November 20, 2020)

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20/11/2020

On November 20, the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education announced that undergraduate and graduate courses for the winter term will start on January 11, 2021, in accordance with the update from University of Toronto President Meric Gertler

As a result of this change, classes will be extended by one week and the exam period condensed; the last day of classes for the winter term will be April 9, 2021 and the examination period will end April 30, 2021. Reading Week will remain as scheduled, February 15 through 19, 2021.

Courses will, primarily, be delivered online through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous delivery. All KPE courses will have a remote option available for students to access as needed. 

Please direct questions to the Registrar’s Office (undergrad.kpe@utoronto.ca / grad.kpe@utoronto.ca).

General Updates

On November 20, 2020 the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education announced that undergraduate and graduate courses for the winter term will start on January 11, 2021

As a result of this change, classes will be extended by one week and the exam period condensed; the last day of classes for the winter term will be April 9, 2021 and the examination period will end April 30, 2021. Reading Week will remain as scheduled, February 15 through 19, 2021.

There are no changes to the course timetables for the winter term.

Undergraduate and graduate academic courses will, primarily, be delivered online through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous delivery. All KPE courses will have a remote option available for students to access as needed. 

View the undergraduate course timetable
View the graduate course timetable

  • Online Delivery: Our academic courses are, primarily, delivered online and include a combination of synchronous activities where students and instructors are online together at the same designated time (e.g., live webinars), as well as asynchronous activities where students go online individually at a time of their own choosing to complete course activities (e.g., online modules).
  • Recommended Technology Requirements for Remote/Online Teaching: The University of Toronto has identified the following minimum technical requirements needed for students to access remote/online learning.

Institutional supports are available for any students experiencing challenges in acquiring these minimum requirements. Please contact undergrad.kpe@utoronto.ca or grad.kpe@utoronto.ca for more information.

  • Creating an Inclusive Online Learning Environment: The University of Toronto is committed to equity, human rights and respect for diversity. All members of the learning environment should strive to create an atmosphere of mutual respect where all members of our community can express themselves, engage with each other, and respect one another’s differences. U of T does not condone discrimination or harassment against any persons or communities. This equitable community includes U of T's online platforms. If students encounter any problems in the course, these should be discussed with the course instructor. If problems persist, contact the Dean.
  • Privacy Considerations in a Virtual Environment: For some courses, synchronous course sessions, including your participation, may be recorded on video for the purpose of being available to students in the course for viewing remotely and after each session. Course  videos  and  materials  belong  to  your  instructor,  the  University,  and/or  other  sources depending  on  the  specific  facts  of  each  situation,  and  are  protected  by  copyright.  Do not download, copy, or share any course or student materials or videos without the explicit permission of the instructor. For questions about possible class recording and use of videos in which you may appear, please refer to your course outline and contact your instructor with any further questions.
  • General COVID-19 Prevention Measures: As government regulations and public health advice continue to evolve, a small number of KPE courses are being offered in person. In so doing, the health and safety of instructors, teaching support staff, and students remains a priority. Before attending your first class on-campus please familiarize yourself with general COVID-19 prevention measures (e.g., hand hygiene and respiratory and cough etiquette) and self-screening practices.
    All faculty, staff, and students are required to engage in these practices prior to entering any U of T buildings.
  • Classroom set up: Following the guidelines for public health and safety set out by the city and the province, as well as the University’s guidelines and protocols physical distancing of 2 metres is required between individuals, particularly when indoors. Rooms will be set up to ensure a safe distance of two meters can be maintained between all room occupants. Seats may be removed or signage may be used to indicate permitted classroom seating.
  • Entry and Exiting Sequence, Traffic Flow: The expected flow of traffic into and out of the room and any expectations for queuing outside of the room will be clearly demarcated (e.g., signage, arrows, and floor decals). This signage may be located interior or exterior to the room or outside of the building depending on the location of the classroom and number of students. Please arrive no more than 10 minutes prior to the start of class to avoid overcrowding. In addition, be sure to keep physical distancing while entering and exiting the building and the classroom.
  • Non-Medical Masks: The use of non-medical masks or face coverings is required in all common areas inside buildings. Certain activities and individuals, including individuals with an underlying medical condition that inhibits their ability to wear a mask/face covering, are exempt from this policy. See the University’s temporary Policy on Non-Medical Masks or Face Coverings for a full list of exemptions.

    Instructors at their own discretion may remove their mask/face covering while lecturing as long as they are distanced from students, including those in the front row of a classroom. In such a case, students would still be required to wear masks.

    You can expect to 
    receive detailed course-specific instructions from each instructor at the start of your first class.

    Non-compliance with mask requirements will be treated as a breach of the University of Toronto Governing Council Code of Student Conduct.
  • Feeling Sick in Class: If you experience COVID-19 related symptom on campus and immediate medical assistance is not required, you should immediately take the following actions:

In the event of an emergency, call 9-1-1 and notify Campus Police: 416-978-2222 (St. George Campus) and the Faculty Registrar, Wendy Pais (wendy.pais@utoronto.ca).

  • Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment: The University of Toronto is committed to equity, human rights and respect for diversity. All members of the learning environment should strive to create an atmosphere of mutual respect where all members of our community can express themselves, engage with each other, and respect one another’s differences. U of T does not condone discrimination or harassment against any persons or communities. If students encounter any problems in the course, these should be discussed with the course instructor. If problems persist, contact the Dean.
  • Privacy Considerations in a Virtual Environment: For some courses, in-person course sessions, including your participation, may be recorded on video for the purpose of being available to students in the course for viewing remotely and after each session. Course videos and materials belong to your instructor, the University, and/or other sources depending on the specific facts of each situation, and are protected by copyright. Do not download, copy, or share any course or student materials or videos without the explicit permission of the instructor. For questions about possible class recording and use of videos in which you may appear, please refer to your course outline and contact your instructor with any further questions.

In preparing for the academic year ahead, it is anticipated that students will experience a diverse range of accommodation needs. KPE faculty and instructors have been actively redeveloping their course learning activities and assessments using using Universal Instructional Design principles, which aims to ensure teaching and learning is accessible to the widest group of people. 

Case-by-case accommodations will continue to be provided for students through regular support and accommodation processes. This includes accommodations for international students and students with extenuating circumstances who are unable to attend required synchronous and/or in-person sessions. All accommodation requests must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office. Please email undergrad.kpe@utoronto.ca (undergraduate students) or grad.kpe@utoronto.ca (graduate students). Once approved, course instructors will be notified by the Registrar’s Office and KPE staff will work in partnership with the course instructor and the student to support the specific student need.

Students registered with AccessAbility should continue to contact AccessAbility to receive accommodations and supports. Learn more about Accessibility Services via the Student Life website.

The University is continuing to temporarily suspend the need for a doctor’s note or medical certificate for any absence from academic participation in the University. Please use the Absence Declaration tool on ACORN (found in the Profile and Settings menu) to formally declare an absence from academic participation. Record each day of your absence as soon as it begins, up until the day before you return to classes or other academic activities. The University will use this information for academic considerations and to monitor the overall health of our community.

  • Mandatory Quarantine for Travelers to Canada: If you are arriving from outside of Canada, a 14-day quarantine is currently required. The Government of Canada has outlined the requirements for Mandatory Quarantine for Travelers to Canada. In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Federal Government has put in place an emergency order under the Quarantine Act. This applies to all travellers to Canada regardless of the country of origin. Failure to comply with this order is an offence under the Quarantine Act and has the potential to lead to significant fines or imprisonment.

    The University is offering transportation and quarantine accommodations to international students through the Mandatory Quarantine Accommodation program. To apply to the program, log in to starrez.utoronto.ca with your JOIN/UTORid and fill out the application form. Students will need to sign-off on self-isolation protocols aligned with relevant government guidance, and remain in their rooms for the 14-day period. Learn more about the Quarantine Accommodation program. 

    Detailed information for international students (both returning and incoming) can be found in the FAQ for international students on the website of the Office of the Vice-Provost, Students

  • Information Security Risk: If you are a citizen of another country, and/or accessing your courses at the University of Toronto from a jurisdiction outside of Canada, please note that you may be subject to the laws of the country in which you are residing, or any country of which you have citizenship. The University of Toronto has a long-established commitment to freedom of expression, with this right enabled by an environment valuing respect, diversity, and inclusion. In your classes, you may be assigned readings, or discuss topics that are against the law in other jurisdictions. You are encouraged to become familiar with any local laws that may apply to you and any potential impact on you if course content and information could be considered illegal, controversial, or politically sensitive. If you have any concerns about these issues, please contact your instructor directly to discuss with them.

As of September 28, 2020, the University of Toronto has extended the cancellation of future University activity to international locations for all students until April 30, 2021. University activities abroad on or after May 1, 2021 are scheduled to continue at this time, but please keep in mind that conditions created by the pandemic may require changes.
 
If you’re able to postpone or shift your travel to a later date or undertake your activity remotely and without travelling internationally, please arrange to do so. If you’re unable to change your plans, please note that, regrettably, your activity is cancelled.
Please contact international.kpe@utoronto.ca for help building an alternate plan for January. 

KPE research activities have adapted and resumed throughout the summer. Some research was quickly adjusted to take place remotely, while some equipment-intensive research has already resumed with additional protective measures. Also, research with human participants is gradually resuming, carefully balancing UTogether 2020’s principles of Health & Safety, Academic Excellence, and Academic Continuity.

Please connect directly with your supervisor for all research-related questions and planning for how you can continue to make research progress in consideration of COVID-19 health and safety requirements.

Because the majority of KPE courses will be delivered online and we are not expecting many KPE students to be accessing our facilities in person for academic reasons, student support services will continue to be delivered remotely, e.g., KPE registrarial services, academic advising, counselling services, and the Health Sciences Writing Centre. Technical support will be available to assist students in accessing and using technology for their academic courses. For all inquiries, please email undergrad.kpe@utoronto.ca (undergraduate students) or grad.kpe@utoronto.ca (graduate students).

The University of Toronto is working to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including providing emergency financial support and work-study opportunities for students. The Funding Opportunity Directory provides resources to access those university financial aid supports as well as provincial and federal government programs. 

Entrances to buildings have been modified to control access.

KPE students are expected to access the Athletic Centre and the BN307 classroom via the Clara Benson building doors (Huron St. entrance). Access between the Benson building and the Warren Stevens building is not encouraged.

All entrances will be staffed during our hours of operation for each building except the Harbord Street entrances to Warren Stevens.

  • Access to Athletic Centre - Clara Benson Building: Access through the Clara Benson building doors will only be available to KPE students, staff, and faculty and is the expected point of entry for KPE students. You will need to use your TCard to gain access. Note: the turnstiles at these doors are touchless.
  • Access to Athletic Centre - Warren Stevens Building: As several spaces in the Athletic Centre are available to the broader U of T community for Sport & Rec programs, access to the Warren Stevens building will be through the Classic Avenue entrance. All KPE students should be accessing the building via the Huron St. entrance. If for some reason you need to use the Classic Avenue doors (i.e., graduate students needing to access lab spaces in Warren Stevens), you are welcome to do so but please inform the staff member(s) present that you are a KPE student.
  • Access to the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport: Access to the Goldring Centre will only be available to KPE students, staff and faculty. You will need to use your TCard to gain access. Please enter through the south doors from Devonshire Street. You will exit through the south doors on the west side (the side facing the laneway between Goldring and Woodsworth College). The turnstiles will not be operational (they will be in the open position), but you will need to swipe your TCard so that the staff at the desk will know that you are part of the KPE community.

Provincial regulation and public health guidance now require that post-secondary institutions implement COVID-19 health screening for anyone coming to campus. In order to comply with these directives, a self-assessment is now required for all members of our community, including students, faculty members, librarians and staff, each day they visit any one of the three U of T campuses or any other property owned or operated by U of T.

The easiest and most secure way to complete the required health screening is by using UCheck, the University’s online health self-assessment tool. More details and FAQs on how to use UCheck are available at the UCheck self-assessment web portal.

  • Signage: If you are on campus for a class or pre-registered activity (e.g., KINections or Sport & Rec activities), you will see that all KPE facilities have new signs in place to address universal COVID-19 protocols, as well as room occupancy, queuing, and traffic flow. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with these signs when you come to our facilities – and please adhere to the guidelines outlined.
  • Shared spaces: Shared spaces such as student spaces (e.g., Benson lounge, MPK lounge, computer labs, lunch rooms) are closed for gathering/sitting.
  • Mask Requirements: Non-medical masks/face coverings are required to be worn indoors at all times and in all places that are not private offices. Two U of T branded non-medical masks will be provided for each student. Please don’t come to campus simply to retrieve your masks.
  • Cleaning and Disinfection: Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes stations, provided by U of T’s Facilities and Services Team, will be available for your use at or near common areas throughout our buildings.

U of T Libraries has a dedicated student support page where you can find out more about study space access and seat booking, software and computer access and remote librarian services such as how to chat with a librarian, search for literature, and more.

 

Updates and Reminders Specific to BKin Students

As the University continues to monitor developments involving COVID-19, all individual placements and learning activities will be reviewed to ensure appropriate delivery (remote/hybrid/in-person) depending on public health recommendations.

Please contact placements.kpe@utoronto.ca prior to resuming any in-person placement activity.

The COVID-19 Emergency Undergraduate Grant is intended to assist current U of T undergraduate domestic and international students impacted by COVID-19 and who need immediate short-term financial relief because of unexpected expenses. This grant is open to both part-time and full-time students.

Each request for emergency aid is considered on its own merits and based on need associated with an educational program and unexpected critical costs incurred by students as a direct result of COVID-19.  Expenses that may be considered include living costs, travel home, moving costs, technology and other extraordinary and reasonable needs.

The grant is not able to cover expenses that are unrelated to COVID-19 and existing debt obligations or non-essential expenses. Examples of ineligible expenses are tuition fees to U of T; request for summer tuition fees for courses taken elsewhere; support for partner or family expenses; expenses for MCAT preparatory course; mortgage or maintenance fees for secondary residence and other discretionary expenses (e.g., missed car payment, gym membership).

The COVID-19 Emergency Undergraduate Grant application for U of T students registered for the 2020-21 Fall/Winter term will be available in September 2020. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

 

Updates and Reminders Specific to MSc and PhD Students

All work that can be conducted at home should continue to be conducted at home. Please continue to notify your supervisor, as well as Sharon Grandison, Director of Human Resources (sharon.grandison@utoronto.ca), if you need to come to campus to access your belongings, or for any activities for which you are not already pre-registered. It remains important for us to keep a log of who is on campus and when for tracking purposes. For information on student study space and wifi access available on campus, please visit U of T Libraries' dedicated student support page

Students who are considering removing research data and files from a building must adhere to the approved ethics protocol. Please connect with your supervisor if there is a need for ongoing access during approved times.

For doctoral students with scheduled final oral examinations, SGS will continue to make accommodations to allow these examinations to proceed as scheduled without physical presence.

In the event that a scheduled graduate defence or committee meeting cannot be held in person, an online option will be made available. Please contact grad.kpe@utoronto.ca for assistance with facilitating this option. 

Most departmental examinations (e.g., qualifying, comprehensive, and/or general examinations) can take place without physical presence. Please contact us at grad.kpe@utoronto.ca to facilitate this.  

The SGS Emergency Grant program aims to assist currently registered, full-time graduate students who encounter an unanticipated serious financial emergency. The grant is intended to help provide immediate short-term relief of such financial need and is not intended as a source of long-term funding.

The SGS Emergency Loan alleviates temporary cash flow problems for students who are expecting the release of funds in the near future (i.e., 30 to 120 days) from employment, a major award instalment, OSAP (Ontario Students’ Assistance Program), teaching assistantship, or research assistantship payment, etc. All graduate students who encounter an unanticipated serious financial emergency are encouraged to meet with the SGS Graduate Student Financial Advisor to discuss options.

 

Updates and Reminders Specific to MPK Students

The SGS Emergency Grant program aims to assist currently registered, full-time graduate students who encounter an unanticipated serious financial emergency. The grant is intended to help provide immediate short-term relief of such financial need and is not intended as a source of long-term funding.

The SGS Emergency Loan alleviates temporary cash flow problems for students who are expecting the release of funds in the near future (i.e., 30 to 120 days) from employment, a major award instalment, OSAP (Ontario Students’ Assistance Program), teaching assistantship, or research assistantship payment, etc. All graduate students who encounter an unanticipated serious financial emergency are encouraged to meet with the SGS Graduate Student Financial Advisor to discuss options.

 

The Registrar’s Office continues to operate remotely. If you have any questions, please contact:

KPE Registrar’s Office

Office hours: 

Mondays through Thursdays: 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. -  4:30 p.m.
Fridays: 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
The Registrar’s Office is closed on weekends and statutory holidays.

Undergraduate Program
Email: undergrad.kpe@utoronto.ca
Phone: 416-978-8255

Graduate Program
Email: grad.kpe@utoronto.ca  
Phone: 416-978-6087