Fall 2021 plans at the
University of St. Michael’s College
Rooted in a holistic understanding of the human person, St. Michael’s seeks to foster a diverse and engaged community equipped with the tools to succeed on—and beyond—campus, ready to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges with compassion and courage.
We remain optimistic that warmer spring weather and the acceleration of the vaccine rollout in the coming months will bring the spread of the virus back under control, and that we will see a return to on-campus activities for the Fall 2021 semester.
By September, we aim to support faculty, librarians and staff to return to campus in order to collaborate with colleagues and interact with students while preserving some of the best innovations of the past year in terms of technology and flexible work arrangements. At every step, our top priority will continue to be the health and safety of our students, faculty, librarians, and staff.
We look forward to returning to in-person learning and on-campus activity, and to the vibrant student experience and research activity that make St. Michael’s unique.
Updates for the St. Michael’s Community
- When will Arts & Science make a final decision about in-person learning for the fall? – Message from Dean Woodin (Apr. 21, 2021)
- Implications of Ontario’s new extended stay-at-home order (Apr. 16, 2021) — If you do need to come to work, please request a letter from your manager or academic lead and fill out the online screening form before coming to campus.
- University of Toronto Fall 2021 Plans (Mar. 4, 2021)
- Moving Forward – St. Michael’s Response to COVID-19 (Updated: Apr. 19, 2021)
Information everyone should be aware of before returning to campus for work. An overview of the procedures in place and resources available to reduce risk.
- Mandatory COVID-19 Screening Now in Place (Sept. 26)
All employees, contractors, and volunteers coming to St. Michael’s to perform work are required to complete a COVID-19 screening process each time they arrive on campus.
- Public vaccination tracking website developed by researchers at U of T
- University of Toronto COVID-19 Dashboard
- COVID-19 screening poster for building entrances
- Latest news from UofT
Registrar and Student Services: firstname.lastname@example.org is a single point of contact for St. Michael’s undergraduate students to find the help they need. The office will offer service to students via telephone and on-line via email and Teams. Additional information for newly admitted international students is available online.
Food Services: In accordance with provincial restrictions on indoor dining, the Canada Room and the Faculty Dining Room are offering take-out service only to students, staff and faculty, and are temporarily closed to the public. Additional information: USMC COVID-19 Safety Plan for Restaurants and Bars.
Kelly Library: All curbside requests placed by midnight Tuesday April 13th will be available for pickup on Monday, April 19 until 4pm. All other requests will be made available as soon as possible. Please visit the library’s curbside request information website for up-to-date information. Other online resources and services are also available.
SMC Residence: Increased cleaning requirements, physical distancing, and safety measures are in place in SMC Residence. For commonly asked questions regarding residence operations, rooms and room assignments, shared spaces and more, please visit the SMC Residence FAQs page. The Coop the study space in Brennan Hall remains closed until further notice. Additional information: USMC COVID-19 Safety Plan for Athletic Centres.
Conference Services: USMC COVID-19 Safety Plan for Meetings and Conferences. Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, continues to evolve as the science and public health guidelines evolve. As the province defines the Stages of reopening for each region, our plans will adapt accordingly. We are looking forward, with optimism, to fall 2021 when people can once more gather on our campus, as permitted by public health guidelines. Please consult the Events Assessment Tool (E.A.T.) process for more information, and contact email@example.com or 416-926-2343 for assistance.
Vaccinations: The University encourages all eligible employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Employees will be granted approval to take time away from work to obtain their vaccination, whether scheduled or at a mobile clinic. Employees whose vaccinations take place during their regular workday or shift will not lose their regular wages, and they will not be required to take vacation, sick, personal, or any other leave. Employees should inform their manager, supervisor, chair, or department head if they require time during their regular workday or relief from their regular duties to receive their vaccination. The priority groups for vaccination are not determined by the University, but rather by the province and continue to evolve. Vaccination provides an extra layer of protection, but all public health precautions should continue to be followed as you may still become infected and can be contagious. The University will continue to follow the guidance of the province when it comes to health and safety requirements.
Frequently Asked Questions
References & Resources
- The University of St. Michael’s College strives to promote a healthy, inclusive and supportive environment that fosters mental health and well-being among members of the community. Learn more about resources available from the University of Toronto and St. Michael’s.
- For students: U of T Student Roadmap
- For faculty, staff and librarians: HR & Equity Restart and Recovery
- Wellness: Work from home toolkit
- Other: UofT, mental health and travel resources (bottom of the page)
- Archived: St. Michael’s COVID-19 resource page
Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including all UofT guidance documents, continues to evolve as the science and public health guidelines evolve. As the province defines the Stages of reopening for each region, our plans will adapt accordingly. We are looking forward, with optimism, to fall 2021 when people can once more gather on our campus, as permitted by public health guidelines.