Academic Updates for 2021

28/07/2021

Last updated: July 29, 2021

As government regulations and public health measures related to COVID-19 continue to evolve, KPE is actively preparing for a gradual and phased return to campus for the 2021-22 academic year, inclusive of learning/research activities, social activities, and student support services.

Please refer to the Dean’s July 29 update for the latest information on plans for the 2021-22 academic year.

The Registrar’s Office continues to operate remotely. Please direct questions to the team by email (undergrad.kpe@utoronto.ca / grad.kpe@utoronto.ca).

General Updates

KPE is actively preparing for a gradual and phased return to campus for the 2021-22 academic year, inclusive of learning/research activities, social activities, and student support services. Please refer to the Dean’s July 29 update for more details. 

In the first phase of the Faculty’s return to campus, priority will go to academic and co-curricular KPE student activities that can be safely delivered to small and mid-sized groups. Preparations are underway for a gradual return of larger in-person classes in subsequent phases, all with appropriate safety protocols in place.

Academic timetables have been updated with mode of delivery changes made to some small and mid-sized elective courses.

View the BKIN course timetable
View the MPK course timetable
View the MSc/PhD course timetable

Please check the Updates and Reminders sections specific to your program for additional details on course delivery.

  • The University is monitoring the progress on visa processing and international travel. Even with numbers and conditions continuing to improve here in Ontario and across Canada generally, situations are different in other parts of the world. Senior leaders are collaborating with members of the provincial and federal governments around international student arrivals and vaccinations. Any international students with concerns about travel limitations should consult the Centre for International Experience website, and contact the Registrar's Office for academic advising. 
  • There are quarantine and COVID-19 testing requirements that must be met to enter Canada by air or by land (As of July 5, 2021 some exemptions apply for eligible fully vaccinated travellers). Please review the requirements carefully before making your travel plans to ensure you have the appropriate COVID-19 test showing a negative result within 72 hrs before arriving in Canada, as well as the appropriate quarantine plan (if required). Please review the Information on Quarantine Accommodation for full quarantine and testing requirements.

  • 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.

You are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible.

Please visit the University's COVID-19 FAQ page for students for additional information regarding COVID-19 vaccinations required for U of T residences and Government of Canada quarantine requirements and vaccinations.

The University is planning to have students in residence this Fall. The health and safety of those staying in residence is a top priority and consequently some services may be adjusted based on public health guidelines.

Please visit the University's COVID-19 FAQ page for students for additional information on living in residence.

  • Online Delivery: Academic courses delivered online may 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.

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.

Due to the ongoing pandemic conditions around the world, the University of Toronto has made the difficult decision to extend the suspension of University activity to international locations by students from September 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021. The University will review the situation regularly over this period and provide updated communication should pandemic circumstances, public health guidelines, global travel restrictions, and Global Affairs Canada travel advisories change.

KPE research activities have adapted and resumed as of Summer 2020. Some research was adjusted to take place remotely, while some equipment-intensive research resumed with additional protective measures. 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.

Student support services will continue to be delivered, e.g., KPE registrarial services, academic advising, counselling services, and the Health Sciences Writing Centre. Technical support will also 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. 

Provincial regulation and public health guidance 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 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 registered activity (e.g., KINections or Sport & Rec activities), please take note of the signs in our facilities that address universal COVID-19 protocols, as well as room occupancy, queuing, and traffic flow. Take the time to familiarize yourself with these signs and 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.

Additional information is available on the University of Toronto Libraries website.

 

Updates and Reminders Specific to BKin Students

For the upcoming Fall term, all 1st and 2nd year required BKin courses will be delivered online and accessible through remote delivery platforms. The delivery mode for upper year BKin courses, for the upcoming fall term, will be a combination of in person and synchronous delivery modes.

While many BKin courses will be accessible remotely in the Fall, we encourage students to prepare for a gradual and phased return to campus for the 2021-22 academic year, to most fully engage in the on-campus activities offered.

Barring any public health and government directives to the contrary, we will fully resume in-person activity on campus as of January 2022.

View the BKin course timetable

As the University continues to monitor developments involving COVID-19, all individual placements and learning activities will be reviewed to ensure appropriate delivery (remote/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 remain open for all students until March 31. 

The Summer U of T Grant application will be available to undergraduate students starting May 1. The grant is intended to assist students who are registered for the Summer term.

 

Updates and Reminders Specific to MPK Students

The MPK program is an in-person program and we are planning for the majority of MPK courses to be delivered in person. The program will begin online at the beginning of August, including your first required course and orientation training.

As of September 2021, there will be a combination of in-person and online courses, with most labs/tutorials requiring in-person attendance.

Please expect to be on campus 2 – 3 days per week, with the possibility that 1 – 2 days can be conducted remotely.

View the MPK course timetable

Barring any public health and government directives to the contrary, we will fully resume in-person activity on campus as of January 2022.

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 MSc and PhD Students

For the Fall 2021 term, the delivery mode for KIN graduate courses will be a combination of in-person and synchronous delivery modes.

View the MSc/PhD course timetable

Barring any public health and government directives to the contrary, we will fully resume in-person activity on campus as of January 2022.

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 virtually. 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.


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