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COVID Policy Updates: Building and Shop Access, Online exams/reviews, Online start to Winter 2022 semester

Dear students,

As you have already heard from me yesterday, with an abundance of caution the University of Toronto has moved all final exams and, in our case, final reviews, to online formats or has postponed them to later dates.  Details about changes to each of your individual classes are available from your program directors and teachers.  If you have questions about a specific class, please direct these questions to the class professor.

The University will move, as a whole, to online classes through the end of January with a planned resumption of in-person teaching to begin on February 1st.  The Province and the University will continue to monitor the public health situation and its potential impact on Provincial and University health related policy.

While the first three weeks of the winter semester will be online, classes will resume, as scheduled, on Monday, January 10th, without changes to the semester start date or to class schedules.  Details about delivery modes during the online weeks of January will be determined on a per class basis—in other words, whether or how much may be synchronous versus asynchronous. However, everyone should be prepared for a conventional schedule of classes though online. 

I am including below a message from Naveed Khan on building and fabrication shop access.  You will see that the building will be accessible to all of you until 4PM on December 21 and will again be accessible when the winter semester resumes.  Please read below for details.

We all realize that this is hard news for you and for all of us, and it follows upon all the challenges that we have faced since March of 2020.  I hope that you are all holding up and wish you the best for the holidays. Please let your teachers, program directors, or the office of student services know of particular concerns that you may have.

(Please see below my signature the message on building and shop access.)



Robert Levit

Associate Dean, Academic

Associate Professor



From Naveed Khan:

We hope you are all safe and well.

In light of the shift back to virtual learning, please note the following details to help us bring this semester to a close with as much ease as possible and also allow for a safe return next semester.

As we near the end of the term, please take careful note of the following:

  • All in-person teaching at the University (with specific exceptions for certain programs) has been shifted to on-line from December 16, 2021 to January 31, 2022.
    • For the remainder of the Fall 2021 term, students will continue to have access to workshops, labs, and studios to complete their work.
  • Students will retain their usual building access with fobs until 4pm on December 21, 2021, at which point the University will be closed for the holiday break, and will reopen at 9am on January 3, 2022.
    • During the holiday break, students will not have access to classrooms, studios, or workshops in 1 Spadina Crescent/North or South Borden.
    • Students with assigned spaces in North or South Borden and ESC will retain their access as arranged by their respective Directors/Instructors.
  • If students are able, they are encouraged to clear their studio desks/workspaces of all materials and belongings prior to the end of the term.
  • Students should not leave any models/materials outside of designated studio spaces, as they will run the risk of being removed/disposed.  
    • In the event that students are unable to remove large models from the building prior to the end of term, they must make arrangements with Lily Jeon (Studio Technologist) to have them properly stored in studio.
  • In the new year, students will be able to return to the building to collect and clear any belongings that were left behind.
  • While we will do our best, the Faculty cannot guarantee that any items left behind will be held securely.

Thank you to everyone for their continued resilience as we navigate through these challenges. Wishing you all a successful end to the term, and a  safe and happy holiday season!


Please call me if you need any clarification or further details.


Naveed Khan

Manager, Workshops and Building Services

John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design

University of Toronto

1 Spadina Crescent, Toronto

647 771 3707