Academic Updates for 2022

05/09/2022

Last updated: November 17, 2022

Given the recent rapid increase in viral illness in Ontario and the strain that it has put on our healthcare systems, the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education strongly urges you to wear a high-quality, tight-fitting mask when indoors in our facilities and in other health sciences buildings at the University of Toronto. 

Those who are lecturing or speaking publicly may opt to remove their masks while talking. But otherwise, please mask while you are indoors in our facilities, unless you are actively eating or drinking. We thank everyone in advance for taking this step to help our health-system and community partners.    

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

For the Fall 2022 term, most KPE undergraduate academic courses are being delivered in person.  

When indoors in our facilities and in other health sciences buildings at the University of Toronto, you are strongly urged to wear a mask. 

Those who are lecturing or speaking publicly may opt to remove their masks while talking. But otherwise, please mask while you are indoors in our facilities, unless you are actively eating or drinking. 

The University continues to monitor the progress on visa processing and international travel. 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. 

As of April 1 2022, pre-entry tests are no longer required for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada by land or air. Travellers arriving to Canada from any country, who qualify as fully vaccinated, may need to take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival if selected for mandatory random testing. Travellers selected for mandatory random testing are not required to quarantine while awaiting their test result.  

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

The University has paused the requirement to be fully vaccinated (with the exception of students living in residence). This requirement may be reinstated on short notice should public health conditions or guidance change.

Students living in residence for the Fall 2022 term are required to have a primary series of a COVID-19 vaccine and at least one booster dose. More information on this measure is available on the University's UTogether website.

UCheck’s proof of vaccination module will continue to be available and can be used to voluntarily upload proof of booster (additional) doses for all students, faculty, librarians, and staff.

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

Given the recent rapid increase in viral illness in Ontario and the strain that it has put on our healthcare systems, the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education strongly urges you to wear a high-quality, tight-fitting mask when indoors in our facilities and in other health sciences buildings at the University of Toronto. 

Those who are lecturing or speaking publicly may opt to remove their masks while talking. But otherwise, please mask while you are indoors in our facilities, unless you are actively eating or drinking. We thank everyone in advance for taking this step to help our health-system and community partners.    

Please refer to the University's UTogether site for additional information on masks.

Please note that mask requirements may be reinstated on short notice should public health conditions or guidance change.

As of May 1, 2022, the University paused the requirement to complete health screenings via UCheck prior to attending University premises. This requirement may be reinstated on short notice should public health conditions or guidance change.

The undergraduate computer lab space (BN 330) and any unused KPE classroom spaces are available for student use as quiet study space.

The Benson Lounge (BN 202) and Benson Pool Gallery (also called the Gallery Lounge) are available as multi-functional student spaces for studying, group work and socializing. The Benson Pool Gallery is located in the second floor corridor that connects the Warren Stevens Building to the Clara Benson Building. 

Graduate student spaces in labs and offices are also fully available for use.​

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 (e.g. medical, bereavement).

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.

Libraries are open to current University of Toronto students, faculty and staff. 
For details on operating hours and access guidelines, please visit the University of Toronto Libraries website.

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.

Global Affairs Canada lifted the worldwide advisory to avoid non-essential travel anywhere outside of Canada as of February 28, 2022.  As a result, all students are now able to travel internationally on University sanctioned activities. 

Please visit the University's COVID-19 FAQ page for students for the latest updates and frequently asked questions.

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 any COVID-19 health and safety requirements.

For the most up-to-date guidelines on face-to-face human participant research and on-campus research activities, please carefully review the website of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation (VPRI). ​​​​​

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 Fall 2022 term, most KPE undergraduate academic courses are being delivered in person.  

When indoors in our facilities and in other health sciences buildings at the University of Toronto, you are strongly urged to wear a mask. 

Those who are lecturing or speaking publicly may opt to remove their masks while talking. But otherwise, please mask while you are indoors in our facilities, unless you are actively eating or drinking. 

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 deadline to submit the COVID-19 Emergency Undergraduate Grant application for U of T students registered for the 2022-23 academic year is April 17, 2023.

In order to facilitate the assessment and payment before the end of the term, some divisions may require you to submit the grant at an earlier date.

 

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.


Updates and Reminders Specific to MSc and PhD Students

All graduate student spaces in labs and offices are fully available for use. 

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.

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.

Virtual and in-person services are available. 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