Faculty and staff

Faculty and staff


Please also see resources for faculty, librarians and staff and the frequently asked questions on the UTogether2020 website.

The Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI) has resources to help instructors with continuity planning, including a checklist and quick guide. CTSI staff are available assist instructors in dealing with COVID-19-related changes to teaching.

At this time, students do not need a doctor’s note or medical certificate for cold or flu-related absences, or for self-isolation. Students should record cold or flu-related absences, as well as self-isolation absences, through the Absence Declaration tool on ACORN (under the Acorn Profile and Settings menu).

Some faculties have alternate or supplementary requirements when reporting absences, so please contact your Registrar’s Office if you have questions. Graduate students can contact SGS at graduate.information@utoronto.ca with any questions or requests for modifications.

Absences for other illnesses should continue to be documented through the Verification of Illness (VOI) form and normal Faculty processes.

To enable doctoral candidates to complete their degrees in a timely manner, SGS is temporarily waiving the current SGS guidelines for FOEs that prohibit the remote participation of the candidate and limit the remote participation of members of the examination committee to two per exam. Currently, all examinations must be held remotely.

This is a temporary arrangement, which has been put in place as a response to building closures at the university, travel disruptions, and the need for social distancing and/or isolation. The UofT community will be notified in advance of a phased return to normal operations. Running a FOE will require slightly different processes; please contact the Program Completion Office for details.

Educational Testing Service (ETS) has launched an at-home testing solution for the TOEFL iBT and GRE General tests for students who have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) and online testing is now available worldwide, with some exceptions. IELTS test centres in many jurisdictions have re-opened.

Please see the ETS website for the most up-to-date information. Please note that we do not accept the Duolingo English Test, IELTS Indicator test or the TOEFL ITP. For additional information on acceptable tests, please see the English Language Proficiency Testing.