COVID-19 FAQ

Looking Ahead: A Message from UofT President Meric Gertler

On May 18, 2021, Prof. Gertler outlined the careful and considerate balance between maintaining the interpersonal experience that students cherish with the undeniable need for personal and public health and safety. To learn more about the University's guiding principles for planning our recovery efforts, we encourage you to read the President's message.

A Message from the GPLLM: 

Here is an update regarding our planned method of delivery for the 2021-2022 academic year:

The University of Toronto is optimistically planning for a safe return to in-person learning and on-campus activity for fall 2021, as permitted by public health guidelines. In his latest message, President Gertler expressed optimism that most academic activities will be able to take place on campus this September. The Provost has also shared information about what to expect for the 2021-2022 academic year, including details about in-person instruction and supports; research and libraries; and ensuring the health and safety of our community.

In light of the guidance we have received from the University and of the incredible importance of in-person learning to the student experience, the Faculty of Law is committed to offering as much in-person learning as we can in the Fall of 2021. We anticipate that we will be able to offer most of our courses, important co- and extra-curricular experiences, and student services on campus starting in September. While there remains a possibility that some courses may be offered remotely due to public health requirements or otherwise, we are optimistic that members of our community will be able to enjoy significant in-person learning experiences at the law school during the Fall 2021 term. Consistent with this optimism we expect all students to make every effort to be in Toronto in September to attend classes and engage with all the law school has to offer.

Notwithstanding our overall excitement for the possibility of a return to in-person learning in the fall, we recognize that there is still considerable uncertainty about the future, which will compel us to be fluid in our planning. This may mean allowing for the possibility of a more gradual transition back into exclusively in-person programming for those whose circumstances require that flexibility or even more generally, depending on public health guidance, depending on public health guidance. We also recognize that it may remain difficult for some of our international students to obtain student permits/visas in time to be in Toronto at the start of September. In recognition of this fact, the law school will allow students who cannot be on campus at the start of the academic year as a result of immigration issues to attend classes remotely as they continue to work toward getting to Toronto as soon as possible. It is important to note, however, that the Faculty will not provide a remote access guarantee for the entire 2021-2022 academic year. While the University and the Faculty of Law are prepared to accommodate those who need a more gradual transition back to in-person study, please note that final exams at the Faculty of Law will take place exclusively in-person, commencing in the fall semester.

Given the uncertainty around precise details, we will provide more specific information as it becomes available, including during the first weeks of July and August, as well as whenever other information becomes available.

If you have any COVID-19 relations questions, please visit the U of T Office of the Vice-Provost, Students: https://www.viceprovoststudents.utoronto.ca/covid-19/.

If you have any further questions about the 2021 Fall term, please see the University’s website for the latest COVID-19 updates and FAQs which is updated regularly for further details.

 

What can I expect in September?

As the Faculty of Law develops our reopening plans, we are committed above all else to the health and safety of our entire community. With this in mind, we are considering different scenarios for teaching next year that will balance our commitment to ensuring the high-quality learning experience expected of a U of T education with the practical realities that some of you are wrestling with.

What can we tell you right now?

The Faculty of Law is firmly committed to delivering all of its academic programs in Fall 2021. In planning our programs for the fall, we will need to work within whatever constraints the University considers appropriate, which will in turn depend on the guidance of Public Health authorities, among other things. The Faculty's goal is to keep faculty, staff and students safe, while offering as much in-person teaching as we can. We are currently developing different models that allow for a combination of in-person and remote teaching in the hopes that that will be possible.

Where do I find more detailed information about the University's plans for the Fall term?

If you would like to keep abreast of the University’s position on COVID-19, please refer to the University’s website for the latest COVID-19 updates and FAQs.  Please also refer to the COVID-19 updates from The School of Graduate Studies.  The Vice-Provost Students website also contains a wealth of information.

I am an international applicant/incoming student. Will I be able to begin classes in the Fall if travel restrictions are still in place?

The current situation is evolving rapidly and the University is monitoring events closely.

Can I defer my offer of admission?

If you are unable to begin your studies this fall, you may request a one-year deferral of your offer of admission. Deferrals are not guaranteed and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Deferral requests that are approved do not always include deferral of entrance scholarships awarded. Ensure that you have satisfied the conditions of your offer and paid the admission deposit.

What technology do I need for remote or online learning?

The University of Toronto, has outlined the minimum technical requirements (computer specifications), recommended accessories, internet connection and frequently asked questions about learning remotely.

Can I get my TCard and U of T email address before arriving on campus?

Yes. You can authenticate your TCard and get your U of T email address before arriving. Having these tools will make it easier for you to connect with U of T and access resources. For full information, visit the TCard website. You can pick up your physical TCard when you arrive on campus.  You can also find details about registration, transcripts, tuition fees, etc. on our Next Steps page.

Will classes be offered in person in Spring/Summer 2021?

We hope that students who began their studies in the Fall 2020 will have the opportunity to pursue all of their courses safely on campus during the Spring/Summer semester. That said, it is possible that the Public Health guidance may still prevent in-person gatherings in Spring/Summer 2021.

 

Still need to speak with someone?

We are keen to support our incoming students during these challenging times. If you have questions that are not addressed on this page, or you wish to speak to someone, please don't hesitate to contact us as set out below.

  • If you are a prospective student and wish to speak with a member of our recruitment team, please contact us here.
  • If you are a current or newly admitted student, please email us at gpllm@utoronto.ca

 

Important information for International Students

The Center for International Experience (CIE) office has prepared recordings offering guidance to students preparing a study permit application outside Canada.

Recordings for newly admitted students (CLNx – JOINid login):

They also have a general Q&A session open to all students on May 12. Please check their website and Calendar of Events for additional events.