Delay to Start of Winter Term

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Dear Members of the Wycliffe College Community,

On Friday, the University of Toronto announced its decision to delay the start of the Winter term by one week. President Gertler reflects the concern of all academic administrators for the wellness of students, faculty, and staff when he writes, “We want to make sure that you’re able to rest and recharge, and to make the most of the upcoming holiday break.”

As a result, the heads of the TST colleges have agreed to adjust the start of our term also. Please note the following important changes:

  1. The teaching semester will begin on 11 January 2021, and all semester academic deadlines will be delayed by one week.
  2. The term will not be shortened, which means that the Last Day of Classes will be 8 April 2021, with exams falling on the week of 12-16 April 2021.
  3. Reading Week will remain the same, 15-19 February.

The Registrar’s Office will be in touch with new students about the new start date, and all students should be on the lookout for revised syllabuses containing adjusted assignment due dates.

The College Residence will reopen on 2 January, as originally planned, and we are expecting that the Residence will be closed at the end of term on 26 April 2021. Please revisit the FAQs for details on these and other matters as they develop.

Finally, the date of Convocation is still under discussion, and we will make an announcement about this early in the New Year.

With the end of the Fall 2020 term in sight (dimly perceived, as it is, through the new social restrictions), I want to pay credit to the extraordinary efforts and dedication of every member of this community. I am proud to be associated with such a steadfast, inventive, and resilient lot. May God continue to sustain us all with the gifts of grace and faith and care for one another, and may we live up to the example of the Thessalonian church, to whom St Paul wrote: “We continually call to mind, before our God and Father, how your faith has shown itself in action, your love in labour, and your hope of our Lord Jesus Christ in perseverance” (1 Thess 1.3).

Grace and peace,

+Stephen Andrews,