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Food, transit, athletics, and more: navigating UTM during COVID-19

How services will be operating — or not — at UTM this fall
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UTM services are operating differently during COVID-19. SHANNA HUNTER/THE VARSITY
UTM services are operating differently during COVID-19. SHANNA HUNTER/THE VARSITY

While many students will find themselves working and studying remotely during the fall 2020 semester, others will continue to be present on campus, whether for class, living on residence, or to access campus resources.

Here is a breakdown to help you navigate UTM during COVID-19.

Food

In order to accommodate physical distancing measures, dining spaces have rearranged seating in the William G. Davis Building and Oscar Peterson Hall. Colman Commons, located in Oscar Peterson Hall, has takeout and pickup options for food orders.

The Davis Food Court, located in the Davis building, has ‘Grab ‘n Go’ options, which include salads, wraps, sandwiches, and other to-go items. Remote transactions can be made for services and programs with UTM Hospitality & Retail Services. To promote food safety during the pandemic, the ‘Bring Your Own Cup’ program at UTM has been suspended.

Additionally, all fruits, in-house baked items, and cutlery at food service locations will be wrapped for protection, and self serve condiment stations will offer single-use condiment packets. Sally, a “personalized and hygienic food service option that allows you to create fresh customized salads any time of the day,” will also be available for use in the Davis building.

Transit

During the fall 2020 term, the U-Pass service, arranged by the University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (UTMSU) and the University of Toronto Mississauga Association for Graduate Students, will continue to operate for UTM students, except for those in the Master of Management and Professional Accounting and Master of Forensic Accounting programs.

Students can read and fill out the UTMSU’s U-Pass pick-up form to determine their eligibility and schedule an appointment to pick up their U-Pass. As highlighted on UTM’s website, MiWay, Brampton Transit, Oakville Transit, GO Transit, and the TTC municipal services can be expected to continue their operations during the fall term.

The UTM shuttle bus service, which normally operates to and from the St. George campus and Sheridan College, will be suspended, and fees related to this service for fall semester will be waived. The Brampton Transit express service, which otherwise runs between the Brampton Gateway Terminal and UTM, will also be suspended.

Athletics

The Recreation, Athletics and Wellness Centre will remain closed until further notice. Varsity and U of T tri-campus competitions, including intramurals and varsity sports, will be suspended for the fall semester. However, as highlighted on UTM’s quick facts page, students “can still compete in a range of mainly outdoor intramural sports, including badminton, spike ball, table tennis and dodgeball.”

In the spirit of encouraging fitness during the pandemic, students are offered a range of virtual, at-home, and outdoor options for staying active. For example, students can register for “on-demand classes,” offered free for incidental fee-paying students who are enrolled in fall courses at U of T.

Students can also find a list of virtual fitness and recreation programs offered by UTM. This includes the option to train with a UTM fitness specialist over Zoom.

Library

The UTM library will be open and operating, but students must book their spaces online up to one week in advance and present their identification and booking confirmation to security when they enter. Students can learn more about how to reserve a space through the library website.

Physical books across all of U of T’s campuses will be quarantined for three days after being returned. Students also have remote access to 2.5 million books and additional references through the online repository, HathiTrust, and can request curbside pickups for items that are unavailable online through HathiTrust.

Parking

UTM will not be offering special rates or discounts for parking this year. Permits will continue to be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis, and all parking lots will be operational and maintained in September.

In the case that students who are still working or studying from home don’t purchase their pass at the beginning of the year, the option to purchase remaining permits throughout the year is available, and these permits will be allocated monthly. Students can visit the campus website for more details on parking rates and permits.

Accessibility Services

Accessibility Services at UTM will remain available for registered students. However, appointments and programming will be moved online. Students can book appointments by emailing or calling the department.

Information on how to register for Accessibility Services at UTM can be found online.