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Daniels Faculty COVID-19 FAQs

Updated Sept. 10, 2021

At the Daniels Faculty and across U of T, we continue to plan for fall 2021 together.  

Information about U of T’s response and the safe return to campus are updated frequently on the UTogether site. The latest fall planning messages will be updated here:  

All students, including international students, should visit the Vice-Provost Students information FAQ for answers to questions related to travel, vaccines, and quarantine measures. 

The following questions and answers are for current students, both undergraduate and graduate. If your questions are not answered below, please email 

Fall 2021

Do I need to be on campus this fall? 

Yes. All Daniels students should make appropriate plans to be on campus this fall. 

Are Daniels Faculty buildings open?

Yes. The Daniels Building at One Spadina Crescent will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students enrolled in visual studies courses will have additional access to the Borden Buildings, and forestry students will have access to the Earth Sciences Building.

Community members can access the Daniels Building after regular hours with their fobs.

When do fall 2021 courses start? 

Fall term lecture and studio courses at the Daniels Faculty are scheduled to begin on Thursday, Sept. 9, with some in-person field courses beginning in August. 

How will courses be offered during the fall 2021 semester? 

Lecture classes with large enrolments (100+ students) will be virtual during the fall 2021 semester, with their accompanying tutorials or practicums taking place in-person.

All other classes will be in-person. Please review the updated course timetables for more information about course delivery:

Undergraduate Timetable 
Graduate Timetable
Forestry Timetable

What if I cannot arrive safely by the first day of classes? 

For undergraduate and graduate students who will not be able to be in Toronto on the first day of classes due to extenuating circumstances: the Office of the Registrar and Student Services will evaluate applications for a virtual learning period. 

Students must complete the Academic Exceptions Form by Tuesday, Sept. 7. Eligible students and professors will be contacted to provide appropriate online support. 

Vaccines and Rapid Screening

Do I need a COVID-19 vaccine to come to campus? 

Yes. The University of Toronto is requiring all those intending to be present on our three campuses, or on premises owned or operated by the university, to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination via UCheck, in full accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. 

All members of the community must have received their first dose by Sept. 13 and be fully vaccinated by Oct. 15. 

Learn more about health screening and proof of vaccination. 

What if I am not fully vaccinated? 

If you are awaiting your second dose of the vaccine, or have received a University-approved exemption, you must participate in the University’s rapid screening program and provide proof of a negative result before visiting campus, and may be subject to additional safety measures.  

If you have not received at least one vaccine dose – or have not been granted an exemption by the University for medical reasons or other grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code – you cannot come to any University campuses or premises. Individuals who are neither fully vaccinated nor enrolled in the rapid screening program by Sept. 13 cannot come to any University premises. Rapid screening cannot be used as an alternative to vaccination without an approved exemption. 

More information on U of T’s approach to vaccines is available on UTogether’s frequently asked questions page. 

What if I was vaccinated outside of Canada?

If you have received a vaccine that hasn't been approved by Health Canada, the University can help facilitate immunization with an approved vaccine. More information is available on UTogether's vaccines page.

How do I provide proof of vaccination? 

All members of our community who come onto U of T campuses or premises must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and are required to upload proof of vaccination via UCheck.

Proof of vaccination can be a photograph of a paper vaccination receipt or an electronic receipt that you received by email. Those vaccinated in Ontario can generate and download their vaccine receipts here. See the UCheck FAQs for more information about acceptable documents.

What is the university’s rapid screening program? 

You must participate in the University’s rapid screening program if you are in progress towards full vaccination or have a University-approved vaccination exemption. Once you are fully vaccinated, you no longer need to complete regular rapid tests. 

Health and Safety

How is U of T preparing for a safe return to campus? 

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, U of T continues to monitor public health guidance daily to ensure that our measures are up to date and are informed by evidence. From continuing with enhanced cleaning to improved ventilation, here are the ways the University is preparing for a safe return to our three campuses:  

Do I need to wear a mask on campus? 

Yes. The University has implemented a Policy on Non-Medical Masks and Face Coverings requiring non-medical masks or face coverings to be worn indoors in all common-use spaces on our three campuses and on University premises off campus. This policy is consistent with provincial regulations. Please refer to the guideline for additional details. 

Information for Students

What on-site student services will be available? 

The Office of the Registrar and Students Services (ORSS), IT HelpDesk, Digital Fabrication labs and Workshop facilities in the Daniels Building at One Spadina will be available to students. Note their hours of operation below: 

  • ORSS: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
  • IT HelpDesk: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Digital Fabrication labs: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Workshop facilities: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

How do I obtain a fob key? 

If you are a new student, or wish to access the building after regular building hours, you can pick up a fob key at room 100 at One Spadina via appointment. Fob keys require a $100 deposit at the time of purchase, refundable upon the completion of your degree. 

To obtain a fob, log into your Daniels account, navigate to ORSS Services, then click on “Fob Access Key Deposit” to pay online. Next, use our booking system to make an appointment. Graduate students may pick up their fobs between Sept. 10 and Sept. 17; undergraduate students can pick up their fobs starting on Sept. 20.

Returning students whose fobs are not working should find a hotspot, such as the one outside room 100. 

Will the library be open? 

Yes. As of Sept. 13, the Eberhard Zeidler Library will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for students, faculty and staff. Hours will be updated throughout the term. Visit U of T Libraries for updates on reopening across campus. 

Is Café 059 open?

Yes. As of Sept. 29, the café is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hours will be updated throughout the term.

Where can I find my classroom time and location? 

Students can check course enrolment on ACORN and reference the timetable for classroom times and locations. Course material can be found on your student portal, Quercus. You can also refer to U of T’s interactive map for directions.

I’m not ready to come back to Toronto. Can I take time off from my studies? 

Contact the Office of the Registrar & Student Services (ORSS) to review your options. If you do not register for more than 12 months, you will have to re-register. Note that if you have not completed at least one course before taking time off, you will need to defer your offer of admission to the following year or re-apply.  

I'm still unable to come to campus before the start of in-person classes. What should I do? 

Some students will be unable to arrive and complete their quarantine (if required) by the time in-person classes begin. These students should contact the registrar’s office to discuss. The following options may be available for undergraduate students:  

I choose not to get vaccinated. Will the Daniels Faculty provide me with online accommodations? 

There are no online accommodations available for students who do not meet the University's vaccination requirement and have not been granted an exemption by the University for medical reasons or other grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code. 

It may be possible for students who are currently registered for in-person classes and who do not meet the University’s vaccination requirement to switch into entirely online Daniels or A&S courses (coded as LEC99) for the fall/winter session. Students can filter for a list of  A&S online courses using the 2021-22 fall/winter session timetable under advanced search: "courses offered entirely online." Any changes to your fall 2021 schedule must be completed on or before Sept. 22, 2021, as per our academic dates and deadlines. Space is limited and availability is not guaranteed.  

Students can also connect with the the ORSS for academic advising. 

What if I only want to study online? 

We are an in-person university and the experiences and engagement that students gain in our community and our classrooms are an essential component of an education at the Daniels Faculty.  

For this coming year, we understand there may be students who are not able to be in Toronto or able to attend classes in person for a variety of reasons. Students should contact the ORSS to review options. 

Can I make an advising appointment? 

Yes. The Office of the Registrar and Student Services offers drop in appointments on Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. These virtual one-on-one appointments are held via Zoom breakout rooms.  

Students can request a 15- or 30-minute in-person advising appointment by sending an email to 

Can I rent a locker? 

Yes. You may rent a locker for the 2021-22 academic year for $25, paid through your Daniels account. Lockers are first-come, first-serve, with the rental period running until Apr. 30, 2022.  

Once your payment is confirmed, you will receive an email with your locker number and lock combination. 

More updates on Daniels Faculty facilities and services coming soon.