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A guide to reopening at UTSC

On-campus services will operate differently during fall 2020
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The UTSC campus reopens some campus services and spaces amid the COVID-19 pandemic. SHANNA HUNTER/THE VARSITY
The UTSC campus reopens some campus services and spaces amid the COVID-19 pandemic. SHANNA HUNTER/THE VARSITY

As the University of Toronto reopens for the fall semester with a mix of in-person classes and online learning, The Varsity broke down the services available to students at the UTSC campus.

Library

The UTSC Library partially reopened as a study space on September 8. The library is open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday through Friday. Study spaces are available by appointment to all U of T students through an online booking system. Small group study rooms are limited to individual use.

All visitors are required to wear non-medical masks and follow physical distancing guidelines. Hand sanitizers are available on both levels of the library. 

A curbside pickup is also available for print books that are unavailable via UTSC’s HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service. The service only provides access to books housed in the UTSC Library.

The UTSC Library Makerspace remains closed. The BRIDGE is operating remotely via Quercus.

Athletics and recreation

The Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre is reopening to both students and the public on September 14. Available amenities include the gymnasium, rock climbing wall, training pool, and track. Regular hours of operation will resume at this time.

UTSC athletic programming will begin the week of September 28. This includes group fitness classes and registered programs. The competition pool will also be reopening at this time.

All activities require pre-registration.

Registrar’s Office

Though the Registrar’s Office is not serving in-person visitors, it is offering a “Live Chat” function on the homepage of its website, available Monday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 2:00–4:00 pm, as well as Friday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

The live chat can be used to speak with staff members and ask general questions. However, staff cannot research specific account information because they are unable to confirm the identities of students. The live chat button is unavailable outside of service hours.

The Registrar’s Office is offering extended live chat services through September 21.

Study spaces

Some campus spaces are available for walk-in, physically-distanced studying, including Bladen Wing’s fourth floor, Meeting Place, Meeting Place’s seating area, and the Instructional Centre Atrium.

Food

Various campus food vendors have reopened with more limited operating hours.

Academic Advising and Career Centre

The Academic Advising & Career Centre (AA&CC) is open Monday and Tuesday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 am to 6:45 pm, and Friday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Pre-booked, in-person appointments are available Tuesday through Thursday during service hours.

Virtual drop-in sessions are available Monday through Thursday from 1:00–4:00 pm and Friday from 1:00–2:30 pm.

Students can call the AA&CC at 416-287-7561 or email [email protected] to schedule an appointment. There will be no on-site drop in service available; however, there will be limited in-person service available, with appointments, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. 

AccessAbility Services

AccessAbility Services is offering the following services via online platforms: registration for tests and exam accommodations, disability consultants and assistive technology appointments, counselling appointments, and writing services.

Volunteer note takers are uploading notes to the myAIMS portal. Students can also download the note taking package and the announcement script, and email it to course instructors directly.

The AccessAbility office can be reached via telephone at 416-287-7560 or email at [email protected]

Health & Wellness Centre

Though the Health & Wellness Centre remains open, students are advised to call or email in advance to book, reschedule, or cancel appointments with a counsellor, nurse, or physician.

Same day counselling and nurse or doctor’s appointments, in addition to academic support, are available over the phone.

The centre is reachable via telephone at 416-287-7065 or email at [email protected].

International Studies Centre

The International Studies Centre is open virtually Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. In-person appointments are available Tuesday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Virtual appointments with an immigration advisor are available from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Students can also chat with immigration officers online on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:00–10:00 pm, and on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Student housing and residence life

UTSC’s Residence Office is open from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Centre for Teaching and Learning

The Centre for Teaching and Learning is offering writing tutorials, math and statistics tutoring, and English Language Development counselling online. Scheduling, cancelling, or attending a service can be done here.

All Facilitated Study Groups have been moved online to Quercus.