Academic Updates for 2021

19/08/2021

Last updated: September 7, 2021

Welcome to a new academic year at the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education (KPE)!

KPE is proceeding with a gradual and phased return to campus for the 2021-22 academic year, inclusive of learning/research activities, social activities, and student support services.

The Registrar’s Office continues to operate remotely. Please direct questions to the team from your U of T email account and include your full name, student number, year of study in your signature (undergrad.kpe@utoronto.ca / grad.kpe@utoronto.ca). 

General Updates

KPE is proceeding with 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 is going 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.

If you are a newly admitted student, you will need to activate your UTORid. Your UTORid is your digital student credential and gives you access to online services like email (UTmail+),⁠course content on Quercus, library resources,⁠ Microsoft365 applications, network services for⁠ international students, WiFi for those on campus and⁠ more. ⁠

  • 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.

The University will 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.

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

Beginning September 13, in order to attend University premises for any reason you must:

1. Provide proof of vaccination.
2. Complete daily health screenings via UCheck.

Starting September 6, you will be able to upload proof of vaccination in UCheck. Only the vaccine receipt(s) that provide(s) proof that you are fully vaccinated is/are required to be uploaded. For example, if you have a Government of Ontario vaccine receipt showing the second of two doses, upload only this document. Visit the UCheck website for instructions on how to upload your documents.

Those awaiting their final vaccine dose (required by October 15) or who have a University-approved exemption must submit negative rapid screening results through UCheck.

Students who cannot be vaccinated on medical or other grounds recognized by the Ontario Human Rights Code may request an exemption through University’s Enterprise Service Centre (ServiceNow)

Please visit the University's COVID-19 FAQ page for students for additional information regarding COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

The University has implemented a Policy on Non-Medical Masks requiring non-medical masks to be worn indoors in all common-use spaces on our three campuses and on University premises off campus. You will be expected to wear a mask while in class unless given permission to remove it by the instructor or have an accommodation/exemption.

This policy is consistent with provincial regulations. Please refer to the guideline for additional details.

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.

For ease and convenience, KPE students are encouraged to use the entrance located on Huron Street to access the Clara Benson building and the Athletic Centre. Your TCard is required to gain access.  Note: the turnstiles at these doors are touchless.

  • Construction: please note that several renovation projects are underway in the Clara Benson building. As a result there will be no access to the Sports Gym or the second floor corridor that connects the Clara Benson building to the Warren Stevens building (between the Sports Gym and pool gallery).
  • 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.
  • Mask Requirements: Non-medical masks are required to be worn indoors at all times and in all places that are not private offices.
  • 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.

In line with the gradual return of in-person courses, students are encouraged to also 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. The expectation is that students registered in in-person courses are returning to campus and planning to attend classes in-person.

There is no guarantee for lecture capture or remote access to in-person courses. As it makes sense pedagogically, some in-person courses may include lecture capture as a part of the course instruction and available course resources. For other courses, particularly courses coded as INPER ONLY, lecture recording may not feasible due to the nature or environment of the class activity.

KPE students have adapted and adjusted to a completely new form of teaching, learning, and socializing as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. As we gradually return to in-person teaching and learning, it is anticipated that students will experience a diverse range of challenges and accommodation needs.

Case-by-case accommodations have always existed and will continue to be provided for students through regular support and accommodation processes, including for students with a disability or those with personal extenuating circumstances. If you have questions, please reach out early. Academic advisors are available to assist students in developing individual learning plans, including advising on course selection in light of course delivery modes and personal student circumstances, as well as supporting application for accommodation supports. 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 Accessibility Services should continue to contact Accessibility Services to receive accommodations and supports.

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) from your U of T email account and include your full name, student number, year of study in your signature.

Additional information is available on the University of Toronto Libraries 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.

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.

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 Directoryprovides resources to access those university financial aid supports as well as provincial and federal government programs.

 

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.

As the undergraduate student lounge is currently closed for construction, some alternate spaces will be available to students: BN 155 will be an open student space and BN 330 will be used as a quiet study space, both with physical distancing measures in place.

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).

COVID-19 Emergency Undergraduate Grant application for U of T students registered for the 2021-22 Fall/Winter term is available starting September 1, 2021.
 

 

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.

 

If you’re looking to join your online classes while on campus, the following KPE spaces will be available for use with physical distancing measures in place: BN 330, WS B67, MPK Student Space (also called the MPK Lounge).

Elsewhere on campus, Remote Zones have been set up: Robarts Library will have a Remote Zone on the first floor, available on a first-come, first-served basis. A Remote Zone will also be set up in the Wallace Room at the Gerstein Science Information Centre.

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.

The Faculty is in the process of working through space allocation for graduate student office spaces and will provide an update shortly.

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