Academic Updates for 2022

03/11/2021

Last updated: November 3, 2021

In line with the gradual and phased return to campus announced at the start of the 2021-22 academic year, the Faculty will fully resume in-person activity as of January 2022, inclusive of learning and research activities and student support services. Preparations are underway for the return to in-person activity, all with appropriate safety protocols in place.

Please refer to the Dean's November 3rd update for more details.

Questions can be directed to the Registrar’s Office team from your U of T email account. Please include your full name, student number and year of study in your signature (undergrad.kpe@utoronto.ca / grad.kpe@utoronto.ca). 

General Updates

Preparations are underway for the January 2022 return to in-person learning and research activities, and student support services, all with appropriate safety protocols in place.

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

In order to attend University premises for any reason, you must:

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

Proof of vaccination must be uploaded through 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.

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. Please allow for additional time for access.

  • 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: When 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 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.
  • 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.

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). 

Students registered with Accessibility Services should continue to contact Accessibility Services to receive accommodations and supports.

Robarts Library and the Gerstein Science Information Centre reopened to students, staff and faculty as of September 7, 2021. Please refer to the library status page to check hours and details for all libraries on campus.

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.

As Global Affairs Canada has lifted the worldwide “avoid non-essential” travel advisory as of November 3, 2021, university-sanctioned activities abroad can now resume for U of T students for countries and regions that are listed at “exercise normal security precautions” and “exercise a high degree of caution”. 

Please follow the instructions and steps on the University's Safety Abroad website for pre-departure well in advance of your travel abroad.

KPE research activities have adapted and resumed, 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 Directory provides 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 Winter term, most BKin courses will be delivered in person, including 1st and 2nd year required courses. Students are expected to be on campus to engage in the academic and co-curricular activities offered.

There is no guarantee for lecture capture or remote access to in-person courses.

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 continue to contact placements.kpe@utoronto.ca with any questions related to placements and learning activities.

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 2021-22 Fall/Winter term is now available. The deadline to submit the 2021-22 Fall/Winter Undergraduate Grant application is March 31, 2022.
 

 

Updates and Reminders Specific to MPK Students

For the upcoming Winter term, all MPK courses will be delivered in person. Students are expected to be on campus to engage in the academic and co-curricular activities offered.

There is no guarantee for lecture capture or remote access to in-person courses.

View the MPK course timetable

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 upcoming Winter term, most MSc and PhD courses will be delivered in person. Students are expected to be on campus to engage in the academic and co-curricular activities offered.

There is no guarantee for lecture capture or remote access to in-person courses.
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View the MSc/PhD course timetable

Graduate students can resume access to graduate office and lab/research spaces, following public health regulations. Please connect directly with your supervisor for all office and lab/research space-related questions.

In the event that a scheduled graduate defence or committee meeting cannot be held in person, an online option will be made available. Most departmental examinations (e.g. qualifying, comprehensive and/or general examinations) can take place virtually. Please contact grad.kpe@utoronto.ca for assistance with facilitating this option.

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.

For those who have been working remotely: the decision to return to in-person activities is ideally a joint decision with your supervisor, but ultimately the decision to re-enter in-person research rests with the student. To support your return to in-person University research activities either at a university research site or at an off-campus research site, a form may be submitted by graduate students to their supervisor/Principal Investigator.
Your access to these research sites is conditional upon your compliance with public health guidelines and local policies. 

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 is located at 55 Harbord Street and is most easily accessed via the Huron Street entrance.
Please note that the 
Registrar's Office will continue to operate remotely until January 2022.

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