COVID-19 Regulations 

The University is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its community members.  As part of this commitment and in response to COVID-19, the purpose of this page is to ensure that existing University and government directives are applied to and understood in the context of  student residence environments.  This page aligns with public health directives and guidelines but is subject to change as public health guidance and understanding about COVID-19 evolve.  These regulations will apply until further notice. 

This page does not replace any published community standards specific to a particular University residence; however, if there is a conflict between the terms of this page and any existing published community standards, the terms of this page will prevail, particularly with respect to guests/visitors, use of common spaces and facility access.  This page should not be interpreted in a way that conflicts with or replaces any University policy, such as the University’s Code of Student Conduct: https://governingcouncil.utoronto.ca/secretariat/policies/code-student-conduct-december-13-2019 or the Policy On Non-Medical Masks or Face Coverings.  This page is subject to the duty to accommodate persons in accordance with the Human Rights Code of Ontario. 

If you experience flu-like symptoms, or if you suspect that you are ill, please self-isolate and fill out the following form to report your illness to the Residence Life Office. Please do not attend the Service Desk in person if you feel ill. A member of the Residence Office will follow-up with you.

You should also call Telehealth Ontario: Toll-free 1-866-797-0000 and follow their advice, or the advice of your healthcare provider.

You can find the webform here.

Face Covering

In compliance with the University’s Policy on Non-Medical Mask or Face Coveringsstudent residents must wear a mask or a face covering in common-use indoor spaces, including residence common spaces such as hallways, elevators, entrances and exits, except when using the common residence washroom facilities to shower, brush teeth or other washroom activities where it would be impractical to do so. 

In a residential setting, there are some common-sense exceptions to this general regulation, for example, eating, drinking and using common washroom facilities to shower, brush teeth or face wash.  There are also exemptions to this regulation, for example, if a resident has a medical condition that makes it difficult to breathe while wearing a mask or face-covering.  Please read the University’s Policy on Non-Medical Masks or Face Coverings for more detail.  Please read the Joint Provostial and Human Resources Guideline on Non‐Medical Masks Guideline for more information about exemptions to this regulation.   

Visitors/Guests

Residents will not be permitted to have visitors/guests attend the residence. 

In line with public health directives, this regulation includes visitors/guests from other residence buildings, off-campus friends and family member or study partners. However, a one-time exception will be made on each resident student’s move-in day, when 2 visitors per student, wearing masks, may accompany the resident student.  These visitors are required to go directly to the resident student’s room, and only during an allocated move-in window and sign in at the Service Desk.

Common Spaces 

Use of common spaces in a residence must adhere to all posted signage and all implemented safety measures.  

As of November 23, 2020 all common spaces (except for the laundry room) will be closed. Common spaces in the residences will either be closed or will be open but with a number of restrictions and safety measures in place, such as strict physical distancing and maximum occupancy requirements.  Student residents must follow all directives around use of common spaces.  For example, if a resident enters a space that is at maximum capacity, that resident should not remain in the space.  If common spaces are open, a system will be in place to ensure equal access to those common spaces.  

Signage

Residents must follow all posted signage and floor markings.  

There will be health and safety posted signage throughout the residence.  Some examples include signage respecting elevator occupancy limits, space closures, requirements to wear face coverings or masks, physical distancing and to follow directional markings.  

Self-Isolating

In accordance with all government requirements, all members of the community must self isolate if they:
- have COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19; OR
- may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or someone with symptoms of COVID-19; OR
- have returned from anywhere outside of Canada within the past 14 days. 

Students shall inform the Residence Life Office if they are self-isolating. 

Residents who are self-isolating and/or quarantined in their residence room should adhere to the public health directives located at: https://www.toronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/95bd-COVID-19-How-to-Self-Isolate.pdf.  Specifically, residents self-isolating or quarantining in their residence rooms are prohibited from accessing or using shared residence facilities, such as laundry rooms, fitness rooms, study spaces and cafeterias and must remain in their room at all times.  Residents who need to open the door of their self-isolation accommodation (e.g., to retrieve groceries or meals) must wash their hands immediately before doing so, and wear a face covering at all times. 


Sanctions

Non-compliance with these regulations poses a health and safety threat to the community and is a serious matter. The University reserves the right to report non-compliance to Public Health officials or to any other official, within or outside the University, who need to know about the non-compliance in order to protect the health and safety of the University community or the public.   The University may impose community sanctions where groups of students are not in compliance with these regulations However, sanctions imposed by the University will depend on the nature of the non-compliance, the place in which it occurred and the impact on others in that place.  Enforcement, sanctions and appeals to sanctions will be carried out in accordance with existing residence policy.