Travel Restrictions: Support for Grad Units

To: Graduate Deans, Graduate Chairs, and Graduate Administrators

Cc: Graduate Associate Deans/Vice Deans

From: Locke Rowe, Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate Research and Education

Date: February 3, 2017

The recent travel restrictions introduced by the United States require a timely and flexible response to prospective and current graduate students who may be impacted by these developments.

Please be assured that the School of Graduate Studies will support graduate units in any or all of the following initiatives:

  • Waiving an application fee for new students applying from the seven countries most directly affected by the travel restrictions (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen);
  • Extending your unit's International admission deadlines; and
  • Extending academic deadlines for current students impacted by such restrictions.

The SGS Admissions and International Student Advisor (sgs.international@utoronto.ca) and SGS Student Services will work closely with you and your unit to accommodate your requests. As previously communicated, we also encourage graduate administrators with students whose Final Oral Examinations may be impacted by students or examiners unable or unwilling to travel to contact the School of Graduate Studies Doctoral Exams Office (sgs.doctoral@utoronto.ca) so that alternative arrangements can be made.

Thank you in advance for your continued commitment to our graduate students and to promoting excellence in graduate education at the University of Toronto.