Campus Life

Campus Life

The University of St. Michael’s College is home to 5000 undergraduate students, and over 500 of those students lives on campus in a St. Michael’s College or Loretto College residence building. We are committed to creating a safe and secure community in the heart of downtown Toronto, Canada’s largest city. St. Mike’s is also committed to providing opportunities for its commuter students to be engaged and active in the community.

On this page you will find information on all the ways you can get involved!


Upcoming Opportunities:

OpportunityDetails
2021 Mentee Application Apply to be a Mentee in the St. Mike’s Mentorship program, spots are limited!
2021 Orientation WeekRegister for St. Mike’s Orientation Week 2021 to join in on all the fun opportunities to learn about campus and make new friends!
August In Person EventsSign up to participate in our exciting August In Person Program events happening safely outdoors in the QUAD!

2022 Student Leadership Awards

The Nomination period for the 2022 Student Leadership Awards will take place in March 2022. Check back here for more information and to access the nomination form then. There are awards for student leadership and excellence in various branches of student life including mentorship, inclusivity, wellness, athletics, arts and more. Download the Nomination package for full details, or email Assistant Dean of Campus Life, Emma Graham for more details at emmak.graham@utoronto.ca.

  • Athletics

    It’s no accident that St. Mike’s has a storied history of athletics. One of our guiding principles has always been that supporting athletics reflects a commitment to the formation of the whole person, with the physical rigours of the playing field complementing the intellectual rigours of the classroom.

    Athletics also serve as a major source of community and school spirit, whether you’re involved primarily with an intramural team or with a nationally ranked Varsity Blues squad.

    UofT offers a wide range of intramural and varsity level sports and St. Mike’s has its very own intramural teams that compete! For more information on how to join or create a St. Mike’s team please contact SMCSU’s VP of Athletics, at athletic.smcsu@gmail.com

    University of Toronto Intramurals:

    The Intramural program at the University of Toronto offers a diverse range of sports to meet every student’s interest! The intramural program offers leagues in all skill levels, on all campuses, weekend tournaments and more. Just some of the many leagues offered are Glow in the Dark Dodgeball, Softball, Badminton, and FIFA soccer on Xbox!

    You can join intramurals as a free agent or as a whole team. Check out the leagues and tournaments on the UofT sports and recreation page.

    University of Toronto Varsity Sports:

    UofT offers many sports at the varsity level which means competitive competition teams, including a wide variety of varsity-level teams, check the UofT Varsity Blues website to find the full list of teams and tryout information.

    Not interested in playing? More interested in cheering on your Varsity Blues teams? Check out the Blue Crew  for more information on how you can support the school’s teams!

  • Clubs

    From shared hobbies and interests to causes and activism, the more than 20 clubs at St. Michael’s that offer the chance for you to make new friends and to develop skills and experience that can lead to future career opportunities.

    The St. Michael’s community is richer for the variety of student organizations that create community, put on events, and further the extracurricular education of students at the college.

    On this page, you will find a virtual club fair for all the clubs recognized at St. Mike’s. You can also learn how to create your own club/student organization.

    St. Mike’s Recognized clubs 2020-2021:

    Steps for Creating Your Own Club:

    If you do not see your interest on the list, consider starting your own club/organization. To do so follow these steps:

    1. Creating your own club begins at the end of July when you can contact the SMCSU VP of Academics at academic.smcsu@gmail.com to express your interest.
    2. The VP will provide you with the bylaws detailing the rules and documents required for club recognition.
    3. Things to keep in mind when beginning this process: defining the purpose of your club and how it contributes to the SMC community, writing a constitution, and forming a leadership team of at least five
    4. The last step in club recognition is finding general members and collecting student petitions to support the formation of your club. The best way to showcase your club and find new members is by signing up to be a part of the SMC Clubs Fair. To sign up, please contact our VP of Academics.

    If you have any questions or need help preparing your documents, feel free to reach out to the VP of Academics or President of SMCSU.

  • St. Michael’s College Student Union (SMCSU)

    The St. Michael’s College Student Union is the body of Student Government at St. Mike’s. Made up of 9 council members in the second year or higher. The positions include, President, Vice President, Vice President Finance, Vice President Academic, Vice President Community Life, Vice President Arts, Vice President Communications, Vice President Religious and Community Affairs, and Vice President Athletics. SMCSU has an office space in Brennan Hall, within the COOP, where they offer free printing, ping-pong and pool equipment, and ice skates for rental. You can learn more about SMCSU at www.smcsu.ca or by emailing president.smcsu@gmail.com.

    Watch this video, to learn more about what SMCSU has to offer!

    Elections are hosted in Late February/Early March of each academic year, please consult the SMCSU website for nomination packages and details for running.

    Follow SMCSU on Facebook and Instagram for the most up to date information on events and resources.

  • St. Mike’s Mentorship Program

    As a first-year student at the University of St. Michael’s College, you have a unique opportunity to be a part of St. Mike’s Mentorship program! The St. Mike’s Mentorship Program is designed to support the transition of first-year students into St. Mike’s and university life. The program provides trained, upper-year students who model positive qualities and foster personalized relationships with each mentee. This year, our team consists of two Coordinators, six Senior Mentors, and 36 mentors. We come from over fifteen countries around the world and can speak more than a dozen different languages! The transition to UofT is not always easy, but we’re dedicated to ensuring a smooth, valuable, and welcoming entrance into your university years! To learn more about the program, check out this video!

    Apply to be a mentee for the 2021-2022 Academic year here!

    Follow them on Facebook, and Instagram or contact the program coordinators at usmcmentors@gmail.com.

    For more information on related opportunities at the University of Toronto, visit Mentorship & Peer Programs.

  • St. Michael’s Orientation

    Incoming First Year Students:

    Online Orientation at St. Mike’s is a program available online for students to access in advance of In Person Orientation to learn more about important information that will be helpful for course registration, residence and commuter experience, academic support, safety and policies on campus and more! Links to Online Orientation 2021 will be posted here in early June 2021.

    REGISTER FOR ORIENTATION 2021: www.stmikesorientation.com

    In Person Orientation at St. Mike’s takes place over four days leading up to the first day of classes each year. Orientation Week is a great opportunity to become familiar with the University of St. Michael’s College campus, before entering first year. By integrating both academic and social programming into Orientation, St. Mike’s strives to provide you with the proper tools needed to feel comfortable and prepared as you begin your undergraduate journey at the University of Toronto. In Person Orientation 2021 will take place from Sunday September 5th to Wednesday September 8th, and registration will open in early June, check back here for links to the registration form.

    Upper Year Returning Students:

    Upper Year students wishing to participate in Orientation week are invited to apply for the following positions:

    Orientation Coordinators: Student Staff who are hired to oversee the planning, execution, and development of Orientation. These positions are posted in December of each year, check back here around that time for a link to apply. OC Applications for 2021 have now closed, thank you for your interest.

    Orientation Marshals: Student Staff who are hired to support the OC’s throughout planning, by overseeing specific events, and participating in the portfolios of Sponsorship and Swag, Registration and O-Cup, or Spirit and Social Media. These positions are posted in February of each year, check back here around that time for a link to apply.

    Orientation Leaders: Student Volunteers who are hired to support the Marshals during Orientation Week, who oversee specific student groups, and are the first connection for first year students with the campus community. These positions are posted in February of each year, check back here around that time for a link to apply.

  • Student Societies for St. Michael’s College Sponsored Programs

    St. Michael’s is home to four sponsored programs, each of which has a dedicated student society that offers academic and social programming.

    Book and Media Studies

    Christianity and Culture

    Celtic Studies

    Medieval Studies

  • The Mike, Student Newspaper

    The Mike is the official bi-weekly undergraduate newspaper at the University of St. Michael’s College, in the University of Toronto, and was established in 1947.

    The Mike has complete editorial autonomy from St. Michael’s, and is a proud member of the Canadian University Press.

    To get involved or learn more about the paper, head over to www.readthemike.com.

     

  • UofT Activities

    Clubs and Student Organizations at the University of Toronto:

    The University of Toronto has a large number of clubs and organizations that are open to all students. For a complete list please visit the Ulife website.

    Course Unions at the University of Toronto:

    Course Unions  are another great way of getting involved in your academic community on campus! Course unions represent the students in disciplines within the Faculty of Arts and Science. By taking any course you are automatically a part of them. There are nearly 55 course unions offering academic and social support and services for their students.

     

  • Student Spaces at St. Michael’s

    St. Michael’s is filled with spaces that are designed to help students learn, connect, and grow. Take a look at our tour of Campus here, or read about some of the most popular student spots below.

    Basketball Half Court

    Located at the north end of the quad, the half-court basketball net is available for use by all SMC students. Basketballs can be signed out at the Porter’s Desk during the summer.

    The Coop

    Located in Brennan Hall, the Coop is the central location for campus life activities. Here we have a pool table, student government office, microwaves, couches, and tables for meeting up with friends.

    Common Rooms

    Each Residence community has a designated common room where students can spend time relaxing, studying, or enjoying a movie night.

    Kelly Cafe

    On the main floor of the Kelly Library, the Kelly Café is our campus coffee shop where students can study and socialize with their friends while enjoying Starbucks coffee and a variety of other snacks and beverages. During exam periods, the Café is open 24 hours.

    Mike’s Cafe

    Located on the ground floor of Brennan Hall, Mike’s Café is a place to purchase Starbuck’s coffee, snacks and branded SMC clothing and merchandise.

    Ping Pong Table

    Donated by the Rotary Club of Toronto, this indestructible concrete table gets plenty of use during the spring and summer months. Paddles and balls can be signed out at the Porter’s Desk.

    Porter’s Desk

    The Porter’s Desk in Elmsley Hall is where students can go to sign out sports equipment, replace key cards, report residence issues and receive general information. The desk is open 24/7/365.

    The Quad

    Our quad is a popular spot to toss the Frisbee or football, read a book on the park benches or simply lie out on the grass. In the winter the quad becomes home to our winter skating rink! FYI: the statue in the middle of the quad is an abstract depiction of our patron saint, St. Michael the Archangel.

    St. Basil’s Church

    St. Basil’s is the oldest building in continuous use on the UofT campus. Today the Collegiate church is open to both students and community members as a place to attend Mass, receive the sacraments and participate in a variety of community service projects.

    Teefy Study Hall

    Located within the Queen’s Park building, the classrooms on the main floor of Teefy are available for residents to use for quiet study during the evenings and overnight periods.

    Weight Room

    Located in Alumni Hall, the SMC Weight Room has a variety of free weights, workout stations and cardio equipment. To maintain the facility, users are charged a key-card fee ($20 per semester) which can be added to your Acorn account.

    Wellness Centre

    Located in Elmsley Hall, the SMC Wellness Centre provides a variety of programming including Tai Chi, martial arts, self-defense, and more.

     

  • Music Rehearsal Room

    Located in Brennan Hall, the Music Rehearsal Room is a space furnished with a piano where students can book in advance to rehearse privately.

    During the pandemic, use of this space is limited to one student at a time, and is following increased cleaning protocols.

    To book your rehearsal time, and learn more about our safety measures please complete this form.

  • Locker Rentals for Students

    Students may rent lockers in Brennan Hall for $30/Academic Year from the Office of Student Life. These lockers are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Whether you are commuting from off campus or just need a place to store your gym clothes, renting a locker at St. Mike’s is the best way to avoid carrying everything with you! You may pay by cash or cheque at the Office of Student Life, Brennan Hall 167. For more information, please contact Emma Graham, Assistant Dean Campus Life at emmak.graham@utoronto.ca.

    Each SMCSU Recognized club is entitled to ONE (1) Locker per academic year, additional lockers cost $30 for Fall & Winter Terms. You may pay by Cash or Cheque in Brennan Hall 115c, please email Assistant Dean, Emma Graham at emmak.graham@utoronto.ca to schedule a time.

    Please see the Personal Locker Rental Contract or the Clubs Locker Rental Contract for more information about rules and expectations.

  • Culture of Consent & Sexual Violence Policy

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    We can’t end #SexualViolence for good until we all learn to #CheckInForConsent. Learn more from @UofT students Jahssme and Selena. @UofTConsent https://youtu.be/Yh92N6zR7OQ 

    Please click here to read the University of Toronto Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment

    NOTE: The USMC Statement of Adoption and Preamble must be read together with and in the context of the University of Toronto Policy.

    The University of St. Michael’s College Statement of Adoption of the University of Toronto Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment

    A. PREAMBLE

    “A person’s rightful due is to be treated as an object of love, not as an object for use.” – Saint John Paul II

    The University of St. Michael’s College is firmly committed to ensuring the safety of each and every one of its students, faculty and staff.  We respect the dignity and unique worth of every individual and are committed to reinforcing these values in the life of our community.

    The Legislative Assembly of Ontario passed Bill 132, the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act in March 2016. The Bill is part of the Ontario government’s strategy to provide protection to students and workers from the threat of sexual violence and harassment on campus or in the workplace. The legislation attempts to achieve this goal through amendments to six government acts. Most important of these amendments, for colleges and universities, are changes to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Act, which came into effect on January 1, 2017.

    USMC has adopted the University of Toronto’s Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment pursuant to our rights and status under the Federated Framework Agreement (FFA). The policy will apply to all our students, Faculty and Staff.  Since first adopting the Policy, we have, like other federated universities, updated it to bring greater clarity, for all members of our community, about how the policy applies to each of us.

    As a Catholic University, we invite our students to engage in an extended conversation about what it is to be a human being fully alive. It is therefore important to note that, in adopting this policy, we also continue to affirm Catholic teaching in relation to human sexuality. Most notable in this is the understanding that sexual intimacy is a gift that is meant to be expressed in a relationship marked by love, constancy and fidelity, within the bounds of marriage, and open to the promise of new life.

    As a federated College within the University of Toronto system, USMC is committed to a consistent system for addressing incidents of sexual violence and sexual harassment. For these reasons, USMC adopts the University of Toronto Policy with those amendments contained herein required by the independent status of USMC.

    This statement of adoption must be read together with and in the context of the

    University of Toronto Policy, as well as any applicable USMC policies.

    USMC is committed to ensuring that all members of the USMC community have the ability to study, work and live in a campus environment free from Sexual Violence, including Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment. USMC supports and specifically adopts the University of Toronto Policy’s Statement of Commitment with the following additions:

    1. USMC is committed to making available programs and resources to educate its community on the prevention of and response to Sexual Violence.
    1. USMC is committed to responding to and addressing incidents and complaints of Sexual Violence involving its students, staff and faculty, and to ensuring that those members of the community who are affected by Sexual Violence receive support.

    B. AMENDMENTS REGARDING INTERPRETATION

    1. For the purposes of USMC, the definition of Member(s) of the University Community in the University of Toronto Policy is replaced with the following definition of “Members of the USMC Community”:

    All USMC students, faculty, librarians, fellows, associates, post-doctoral fellows and all employees of USMC. For clarity, this definition includes anyone employed by USMC to teach in the College’s Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Faculty of Theology and the Continuing Education Programs but does not include faculty or employees covered by the University of Toronto Policy.

    For the purposes of USMC’s training obligation, this also includes members of the College’s governance structure, including its Collegium, Senate and contractors engaged by the University.

     

    C. AMENDMENTS REGARDING PROCEDURES FOR CONFIDENTIALITY, DISCLOSURE, REPORTING AND INVESTIGATION

    1. Section 13 of the University of Toronto Policy establishes the University of Toronto Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Centre (“the Centre”). The mandate of the Centre includes conducting intake, accepting Disclosure and Reporting of Sexual Violence, and providing support to individual Members of the University Community who have experienced Sexual Violenc Section 42 of the University of Toronto Policy makes the Centre responsible for receiving Reports of Incidents of Sexual Violence involving a Member of the University Community in a non-emergency situation. The Centre will also provide education and training to Members of the University Community with respect to how to respond to Disclosures of Sexual Violence and how to support Complainants. By agreement, the Centre will also provide these services to Members of the USMC Community.
    1. In the event that a Report is made under the University of Toronto Policy either by or against a person who is a Member of the USMC Community, the University of Toronto Office of Safety and High Risk will notify the USMC President and Vice-Chancellor or designate of such a report and will consult with that office as such a Report is being processed under the University of Toronto Policy.
    1. If an investigation proceeds against a Member of the USMC Community, the USMC President and Vice-Chancellor or designate will review the investigation report pursuant to paragraphs 73, 74 or 75 of the University of Toronto Policy as the case may be and make the decisions referred to in those paragraph In doing so, the USMC President and Vice-Chancellor or designate will consult with the University of Toronto administrators named in those paragraphs in making USMC’s decisions as to whether or not Sexual Violence occurred and as to the appropriate outcome or sanction under those paragraphs.
    1. USMC adopts Section E: Decision-Making and Appeal Process under Part VIII: Reporting of the University of Toronto Policy, as amended below:
    1. In the case of a student Respondent who is a Member of the USMC Community, the investigation report will be reviewed by the USMC President and Vice-Chancellor or designate, in consultation with the University of Toronto Vice-President, Students or designate to determine whether or not the matter will be referred for a hearing under the University of Toronto Code of Student Conduct in order to determine whether or not Sexual Violence occurred and, if so, the appropriate penalty or remed Appeals against the decision of the Hearing Officer may be made to the Discipline Appeals Board of the Governing Council as provided for in the University of Toronto Code of Student Conduct.
    1. In the case of a staff member Respondent, the investigation report will be reviewed by the USMC President and Vice-Chancellor or designate, in consultation where appropriate with the University of Toronto Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity or designate, who will determine whether workplace violence and/or Sexual Violence occurred and, if so, the appropriate sanctions or discipline and corrective action, having regard to appropriate factors such as the nature of the offence and any mitigating or aggravating circumstance The Respondent will be notified in writing of the decision and any discipline or sanction imposed and will have access to the grievance process under the relevant collective agreement or human resources policy in order to appeal.
    1. In the case of a USMC faculty member or librarian Respondent who does not have a University of Toronto appointment, the USMC President and Vice-Chancellor or designate, in consultation where appropriate with the University of Toronto Vice-President and President or designate and the Vice- President, Human Resources & Equity, will review the investigation report and determine whether workplace and/or Sexual Violence occurred and impose the appropriate discipline, sanction or corrective action, having regard to appropriate factors such as the nature of the offence and any mitigating or aggravating circumstance The Respondent will be notified in writing of the decision and any discipline or sanction imposed and will have access to the applicable grievance process in order to appeal.
    1. In the case of a Member of the USMC Community who holds more than one role – for example, a student who is also an employee – or in the case of multiple Respondents who hold different roles, or in the case of a Respondent who is a Member of the USMC Community who is not covered in paragraphs 73, 74 or 75, the USMC President and Vice-Chancellor or designate in consultation with the University of Toronto where applicable will decide which process(es) will apply in the circumstances of the particular case.
    1. For the purposes of clarity, in the event that both parties are exclusively Members of the USMC Community, all decision-making rests solely with the USMC President and Vice Chancellor or designate.
    1. For the purposes of this section, USMC interprets paragraph 77 of Section E under Part VIII: Reporting of the University of Toronto Policy to also include any applicable USMC policies.
    1. This statement of adoption shall take effect January 1, 2017.

    Approved Collegium of the University of St. Michael’s College:  March 28, 2018

  • Appropriate Use of Information and Communication Technology Policy

    Information and communication technology (ICT) provided by the University for the use of employees, students and other members of the University community is the property of the University, and is intended to be used in a manner that is consistent with the University’s mission.

    The University of St. Michael’s College may provide students with access to these resources, and their use is governed by the University of Toronto’s Appropriate Use of Information and Communication Technology policy.

    The policy states that:

    Users of University ICT are expected to limit their use to the performance of University-related activities, although a reasonable allowance will be made for personal use. Whether or not an amount of personal use would be considered reasonable would depend on the particular circumstances and the applicable laws and policies. Users of University ICT are required to abide by all applicable laws and policies in addition to these guidelines. Reasonable personal use does not include in any circumstances the visiting of pornographic websites, the storage or distribution of pornographic material, or the accessing, storage or distribution of unlawful or otherwise inappropriate (within the meaning of the guidelines) information.

    Users should not have an expectation of complete privacy in using the University’s ICT and related services. The issue of privacy is discussed further within these guidelines.

    For more information on the appropriate use of ICT resources, please consult the University of Toronto policy here.