Study 2020-21

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The 2020/21 academic year will be unlike any that has gone before, but our commitment at Wycliffe College is to provide a safe, supportive, and spiritually formative Christian learning community at the heart of the University of Toronto. The COVID-19 pandemic only heightens our awareness of the urgency of our mission, and strengthens our resolve to equip you to serve well the needs of our ever-changing world. Bookmark this page to make it easy to check back for up-dates.

Orientation

Fall 2020 orientation information.

 

Course Listings

View Wycliffe courses being offered.

 

Apply For Residence

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New Academic Year

What will Fall 2020/21 look like?

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated October 7, 2020

    

Students   (Top of Page)

Will there be any in person classes this fall?

No. For the sake of the safety of our community, Wycliffe College will not be conducting any in person classes this fall. Faculty and staff will be working to re-introduce in-class learning in the Winter term, subject to Public Health, U of T and Wycliffe’s own safety guidelines.

Where do I find more information on Wycliffe’s plans for the fall term?

Please return to this page for the most up-to-date information about the fall term.

How do I get help using library services and resources while the libraries are closed?

U of T Libraries has a dedicated  student support page  where you can find out how to chat with a librarian, do research, find old exams and more.

How do I access library print materials while the libraries are closed?

Hathi Trust

U of T has formed a partnership with HathiTrust Digital Library that gives current students and faculty access to more than 2.5 million digitized versions of the library’s in-copyright print books published before 2004 through the HathiTrust Digital Library.

To access, follow the instructions on the HathiTrust Digital Library terms of use page. Additional information on this service can be found on this webpage.

Note: The HathiTrustDigitalLibrary will only be available while library buildings remain closed.

Curbside Pickup Service

Robarts Library will offer a Curbside Pickup Service for print books not available through the HathiTrust. Students, faculty and staff are eligible to use this service. Initially, the service will only provide access to books housed in the Robarts Library building stack and storage locations within the building.

Other TST libraries currently offering curbside pickup service:

Kelly Library

Regis College Library

Knox College

Graham Library

Complete information on curbside pickup service for TST's member college libraries can be found here.

Guide to E-Resources

Guide to electronic resources for theological studies compiled by Dr. Thomas Power.

Includes contact information for all TST libraries.

Other Services

Computer and wifi access

Chat with a Librarian

UTL “How to…” (Series of short videos)

Contact for Help

Staff at Wycliffe’s library, the John W. Graham Library (https://www.trinity.utoronto.ca/library) are available to assist with your questions. You may also watch this introductory video on how you may access resources in the John W. Graham Library.

Do I need a doctor’s note if I’m ill and can’t attend class?

The University is  temporarily suspending  the need for a doctor’s note or medical certificate for absences from academic participation. Please use the  Absence Declaration tool on ACORN  to declare an absence if you require consideration for missed academic work. You are responsible for contacting your instructors to request the academic consideration you are seeking.  Record each day of your absence as soon as it begins, up until the day before you return to classes or other academic activities.

What is the status of accessibility services?

Accessibility Services continues to provide support for students and their instructors to deliver academic accommodations. Accessibility-related COVID-19 updates can be found here: University of Toronto St. George

Students with disabilities seeking academic accommodations should continue to contact the  Accessibility Services  office on their campus to receive support.

What technology do I need for remote or online learning?

Visit our Remote Learning page.

Can I get my T-Card 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  https://tcard.utoronto.ca/.  You can pick up your physical T-Card when you arrive on campus

How are courses being delivered?

In the fall all classes will be offered with remote access. You will need to pay close attention to the delivery method of classes which will be indicated by the section code.  There are two new descriptors for the new academic year, asynchronous and synchronous. 

Asynchronous
Wycliffe has offered online classes since 2001. These have the section code 6101 and are ‘asynchronous’. This means that there is no one time when the class has to be online together so a student has the flexibility to log into the class on QUERCUS whenever they want, to complete the weekly assignments. 

Synchronous
New for 2020 -2021 is the ‘synchronous’ delivery of classes using Zoom. These classes have the section code 9101 and all students registered are expected to log into the class on the day and time shown in the course description. Many of you experienced Zoom delivery at the end of the winter term or during the summer but for those who have not used Zoom before there is some useful information at this link  https://wycliffecollege.ca/remotelearning

In the winter we will also try to offer some in person classes showing on ACORN as section 0101. Once you select the section you will not be permitted to change unless the restrictions dictate that we are unable to offer in-person delivery 

Will I be able to live in residence?

We are planning to have students in residence this fall and look forward to welcoming you when you arrive. We want you to have a rewarding experience and know that for some students, residence is an important part of the university experience.

I’m a first-year student. What will happen at student orientation?

We are planning to welcome new students in many ways and provide support to help them make a successful transition to their studies at U of T. We know how critical orientation and transition programming is to student success and we will be reaching out to new students wherever their location. 

The U of T has a new process to release T-Card information https://tcard.utoronto.ca/ 

The College will offer information sessions via Zoom in August with Academic Advisers, and the main orientation sessions will be on Wednesday Sept 9 and Thursday Sept 10 for MDIV and MTS students, and on Wednesday Sept 9 and Friday Sept 11 for incoming graduate students.   

Student Council is preparing some fun virtual social events 

In addition, there will a welcome session for student spouses and partners on Saturday Sept 12  

We’re offering online programming for international and domestic students who can’t be at on-campus events. We will follow public health guidelines to ensure safety for all in-person engagement. We’ll be adding more information over the summer; please check back for updates. More information on Orientation Week.

I’m a doctoral student. What information is available for me?

What student services will be available?

You can visit the Sports & Recreation page and the Hart House page for more information.

Are there changes in tuition and ancillary fees?

We have reduced non-tuition incidental fees that go to student services and recreation programs for the summer session and will consider similar reductions for the fall.  No changes have been made to planned tuition levels as academic programs continue to be delivered through alternative means.

We encourage students who are facing financial hardship to contact the Principal’s Office.

Where can I find information on my academic program?

I’m an international student currently outside Canada. Where can I get information?

Which buildings and facilities are open at U of T? Which are closed?

The University remains open, but with various measures in place to protect the health and safety of community members. We remain committed to the three core activities of teaching, residences and research, and the services to support these activities. 

All libraries are closed. Beginning June 22, Robarts Library will offer a Curbside Pickup Service for print books not available through the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service. Students, faculty and staff are eligible to use this service. Initially, the service will only provide access to books housed in the Robarts Library building stack and storage locations, including in the East Asian Library within the building. Students, faculty, and staff with other library-related questions should use the Contact Us button located at the top of these FAQs, indicating their campus, in order to receive additional information. 

Beginning June 18, computer and wifi access will be available to current University of Toronto students who require it for academic work, within current public health requirements during the COVID crisis. This service will require an advance booking and will operate in the Gerstein Science Information Centre on the St. George campus. 

All university buildings are closed to the general public. Members of the University community will need key or fob access to enter them or present appropriate identification to campus security.  

U of T daycares and athletic and recreation services are closed. 

The status of these facilities will change as public health guidance is revised.

Can I defer my offer of admission?

If you are unable to begin your degree 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 will include deferral of eligible entrance scholarship(s) awarded – check the terms of your award for conditions & eligibility – and the residence guarantee, if applicable. Ensure you have satisfied the conditions of your offer and paid the admission deposit (if required). Deferral applications will be available to students who have met all offer conditions, starting in July. Please note that offers to non-degree studies and the International Foundations Program are not eligible for deferral.

What can I expect in September?

On May 19, U of T President Gertler announced a planned gradual return to our campuses in the fall of 2020, with a mix of online and in-person learning. As the University develops its plans, the health and safety of our community comes first. We hope to provide as much on-campus activity as is practical, sensible and safe and will follow the requirements of government and public health authorities.

What will orientation look like?

The College will offer information sessions via Zoom in August with Academic Advisers. The main orientation sessions will be on Wednesday Sept 9 and Thursday Sept 10 for MDIV and MTS students, and on Wednesday Sept 9 and Friday Sept 11 for incoming graduate students.

Student Council is preparing some fun virtual social events. In addition, there will be a welcome session for student spouses and partners on Saturday Sept 12.

See also: Orientation Week.

I’ve applied to live in residence. Will I be able to live in residence in 2020-21?

Yes, we plan to have our residence open for the academic year.

How can I cope with isolation and stress in this time of covid?

All of us need to work hard not to feel isolated as we obey Covid-19 protocols wherever we are. This is the best way to reduce stress.  This means intentionally reaching out to others in ways that might be beyond our comfort zones: physically gathering outside as is safe, talking more to other students. Wycliffe is putting all students in small fellowship groups for weekly prayer and connection. Please use them to reduce stress. Wycliffe’s Chaplain, the Rev Dr Annette Brownlee is always available to talk at abrownlee@wycliffe.utoronto.ca. You may email her anytime directly to set up a time to talk.  Many other U of T resources are available to you. Please read these seven tips for staying grounded as the world grapples with COVID-19 from a U of T expert:

https://www.utoronto.ca/news/seven-tips-staying-grounded-world-grapples-covid-19-u-t-expert?utm_source=The+Bulletin+Brief&utm_campaign=2fb3fbbf09-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_06_13_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5083c0488-2fb3fbbf09-110201247

To connect with University of Toronto Health Services: St. George Campus Health & Wellness Centre: 416-978-8030

How are corporate prayer and chapel going to function at Wycliffe College in 2020-21?

Please see our latest updates about our Chapel Services during the 2020-2021 Academic Year.

What can I do to protect myself and others from COVID-19?

Protecting Yourself and Others

Coronaviruses are spread through close contact. Wycliffe College recommends taking the following steps to prevent the spread of infection and these are the expectations required of each person in the College:

  • Before entering the College, you are required to take your temperature at home. If you have a fever (a temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius or higher) do not come to the College.
  • Upon entering the building, you are required to wash your hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • While in the City of Toronto, you must wear a mask upon entering public spaces.
  • Masks are also strongly recommended when speaking with others less than 2 metres away.  Should you sneeze in your mask or cough, it must be replaced right away.
  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
  • Do not share items such as pens, cell phones, calculators, computers, telephones, etc.
  • Everyone must maintain social distancing (2 metres) when interacting with others and wear a mask.
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve; not in your mask. 
  • If you use a tissue, discard it immediately and wash your hands afterward. 
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, or mouth. 
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick. 
  • Avoid high-touch areas, where possible, or ensure you clean your hands after. 
  • Where possible, wear gloves when interacting with high-touch areas. Do not touch your face with gloved hands. Put on and remove gloves in a manner that avoids contamination of the hands. Ensure you wash your hands after removing gloves.
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home.

 

Hand Washing Hygiene

  • Use warm water to wet hands;
  • Apply lotion soap;
  • Work up a good lather and rub hands palm to palm and in between and around fingers;
  • Apply with vigorous contact on all surfaces of the hands (back of hands, fingertips, and each thumb);
  • Wash hands for at least 20 seconds (sing Happy Birthday twice);
  • Rinse thoroughly under running water and avoid splashing;
  • Keep hands down so that runoff will go into the sink and not down the arm;
  • Dry hands well with paper towels and use the paper towels to turn off the faucet; and
  • Discard the paper towels into the appropriate container.

Face Masks

Wearing non-medical masks or face coverings is required in all common-use indoor spaces on the University of Toronto St. George campus, including classrooms and common areas in residences.

Non-medical mask or face covering means a mask, balaclava, bandana, scarf, cloth or other similar item that covers the nose, mouth and chin without gapping.

Common-use indoor University spaces include lobbies, elevators, hallways and corridors, stairwells, washrooms, service desks, cafeterias and lunchrooms, common areas in residences, study lounges, meeting rooms, classrooms, research and teaching labs, shared or open-space offices, and other locations used in common where practicing physical distancing may be difficult or unpredictable.

 

 How to Properly Use and Dispose of Face Coverings

  • wash your hands immediately before putting it on and immediately after taking it off; 
  • make sure the face covering fits well around your nose and mouth;
  • avoid moving the mask around or adjusting it often;
  • avoid touching the covering while using it;
  • do not share it with others.
  • Cloth masks should be washed after every use
  • Paper masks must not be reused

Face coverings should be changed when they get damp or soiled.

 

Social Distancing

  • Keep a distance of at least two metres between you and anyone else not in your family bubble.
  • Reduce or eliminate activities that require close physical proximity or contact with others.

If a positive case is reported within our community, it is communicated to the UofT and will be reflected on their case count dashboard. Note: Wycliffe College is located on the St. George campus. Case counts indicated on the UofT dashboard represent those of the entire St. George campus. 

Where do I find case counts of COVID-19 at the University of Toronto?

If a positive case is reported within our community, it is communicated to the UofT and will be reflected on their case count dashboard. Note: Wycliffe College is located on the St. George campus. Case counts indicated on the UofT dashboard represent those of the entire St. George campus. 

International Students   (Top of Page)

How will the current situation affect my study and/or work permit? Who can help me?

We understand the government of Canada is aware of these types of issues, and we are working with the government and expect announcements soon. Current or future international students should reach out to a University of Toronto Immigration Advisor, University of Toronto St. George

Staff from the International Centre is currently working remotely and continue to answer all questions and support international students’ needs.

I am in Toronto and need advice regarding returning to my home country.

Please review your study permit and other immigration documents for the expiry date before you leave the county. If your study permit and temporary resident visa (TRV), or electronic travel authorization (eTA), will still be valid for your return to Canada, your main focus should be on making a clear plan for where you will isolate for 14 days upon arrival in Canada. If your study permit, temporary resident visa (TRV), or electronic travel authorization (eTA), expire before your return to Canada, you should be aware of new procedures regarding applying for a new temporary resident visa (TRV) or electronic travel authorization (eTA). This is particularly important if you’ve already applied for a study permit extension because there are additional actions you must take. You may speak with the international student immigration advisors on your home campus (UTMUTSC, or St. George to work out what you need to do in this situation. You can book a phone or virtual appointment or email. We also recommend that you reach out directly to your consular office. There are approximately 100 countries with foreign representatives in Toronto.

I’m currently outside of Canada and planning to return to Canada this summer. Can I return and what do I need to know about my immigration documents and self-isolation?

On March 20, the Government of Canada announced that foreign nationals will be allowed to return to Canada if they have a valid study or work permit or had been approved for a study permit prior to March 18, 2020. If your study permit and temporary resident visa (TRV), or electronic travel authorization (eTA), will still be valid for your return to Canada, your main focus should be on making a clear plan for where you will isolate for 14 days upon arrival in Canada (please check website for latest requirements). If your study permit, temporary resident visa (TRV), or electronic travel authorization (eTA), expire before your return to Canada, you should be aware of new procedures regarding applying for a new temporary resident visa (TRV) or electronic travel authorization (eTA). This is particularly important if you’ve already applied for a study permit extension because there are additional actions you must take. You may speak with the international student immigration advisors on your home campus (UTMUTSC or St. George) to work out what you need to do in this situation.  You can book a phone or virtual appointment or email.

Mandatory quarantine or mandatory isolation

All students arriving in Canada must plan for their mandatory 14-day quarantine period, which starts on the date they arrive. Government of Canada representatives will conduct health screenings at the time of entry to Canada and let you know if you need to quarantine or isolate.

Even if you don't have COVID-19 symptoms, you must quarantine for 14 days while you're still at risk of developing symptoms and infecting others when travelling from outside Canada.

 

Suitable Locations to Quarantine/Isolate

All travellers entering Canada, whether in mandatory quarantine or isolation, must arrange in advance for a suitable place to quarantine or isolate, where you:

  • aren't in a group living environment
  • can stay for at least 14 days (and possibly longer)
  • have access to basic necessities, including water, food, medication and heat during the winter months

What’s the difference between a study permit and a temporary resident visa (TRV), or electronic travel authorization (eTA)? What do I do if one of these expires or is going to expire while I am still studying?

Your study permit grants you legal status in Canada and controls what you can do and for how long. A temporary resident visa (TRV), or electronic travel authorization (eTA), is what allows you to enter Canada, depending on your citizenship. Make sure your study permit doesn’t expire while you’re still studying whether you’re in Canada or away temporarily. Check the expiry date right now. The best thing to do is apply for a study permit extension several months before the expiry date.  Learn how to apply by attending one of the CIE “apply online” webinars. Your temporary resident visa (TRV), or electronic travel authorization (eTA), may expire while you’re in Canada, but you must have a valid one for re-entry. Once a study permit has been extended, students from visa-required countries may then apply for a TRV to match their study permit’s new expiry in a separate application.

I’m finishing my program and want to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). What do I need to do and what timeline should I follow?

If you want to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP), you have 180 days from completing your degree program to do so. The best thing to do is apply within 90 days of completing your degree program, so that you’re able to remain in Canada and start working while awaiting approval. Your study permit automatically becomes invalid 90 days from the date you complete your degree requirements (I.e. get your final grades), despite any future expiry date printed on the permit. This means that you must apply to change your legal status to a visitor if you’re not planning to apply for the work permit within 90 days of degree program completion. You won’t be able to work during the processing time of your work permit if you don’t apply within 90 days from completing your degree requirements. You may speak with the international student immigration advisors on your home campus (UTMUTSC or St. George) to work out what you need to do in this situation.  You can book a phone or virtual appointment or email.

I have been studying in Canada on exchange/as a visiting student, and I’m interested in extending my stay in the country - how can I stay longer?

If you had a study permit while you were studying and you want to continue studying, you need to extend your study permit. If you didn’t have a study permit while you were studying, and won’t continue studying, you should extend your stay as a visitor. As a visitor, your legal status usually expires six months from the date you entered Canada. If you didn’t have a study permit while you were studying and would like to continue studying, you need to apply for a study permit. First-time study permit applications can’t always be submitted within Canada. Please book an appointment with an international student immigration advisor to discuss the details of your situation.

Can I go in person to the US land border to apply for a study or work permit?

Non-essential travel between Canada and the USA is currently suspended. Travelling to the US-Canada border to apply for a work or study permit is considered non-essential travel and you’ll be turned away from the border if you attempt to do so.

Does moving to online courses because of COVID-19 impact my eligibility for the Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP)?

If you're in-class courses are being moved to an online-only format because of COVID-19, your eligibility won’t be affected. This includes students who have a study permit or who have been approved for a study permit for a program starting in May or June but are unable to travel to Canada due to travel restrictions. International students in this situation may begin their classes while outside Canada and may complete up to 50 percent of their program while outside Canada if they cannot travel to Canada sooner.

Will my UHIP coverage be affected by COVID-19?

There are no changes to UHIP coverage due to COVID-19, but specific questions can be addressed to uhip.information@utoronto.ca. Staff members from the international centres on all three campuses are working remotely and continue to answer questions and support the needs of international students. If you’re exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and are unsure if you have UHIP coverage, please follow the advice of public health authorities, take the self-assessment and then contact uhip.information@utoronto.ca. The Government of Ontario has confirmed that COVID-19 treatment will be available for all those currently in Ontario.

I don’t have/am not eligible for Ontario health insurange coverage. What if I need testing or health care?

If you have active UHIP coverage as an international student, your coverage is not affected by COVID-19. On March 20, the provincial government announced that it is waiving the three-month waiting period for Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) coverage. The province also announced that it will cover the cost of COVID-19 services for uninsured people who don’t meet the criteria for OHIP coverage. Specific questions should be addressed to uhip.information@utoronto.ca. Staff members from the international centres on all three campuses are working remotely and continue to answer questions and support the needs of international students.

Do I need a study permit?

If you’re not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and plan to study in Canada for more than six months you will have to apply for a study permit. You should apply for your study permit online as soon as you get your letter of acceptance.

How do I apply for a study permit?

We recommend that you register for one of U of T's webinars offered by a U of T International Student Immigration Advisors. U of T's International Centre offers webinars for newly-admitted students on applying for a study permit for the first time. Visit the website of U of T's Centre for International Experience for detailed information about the application process and local resources for St. George.

Can I begin my program online before receiving my study permit?

You can begin your program through online courses outside Canada, even if your study permit, temporary resident visa (TRV) or electronic travel authorization (eTA) have not yet been processed. Remember you should apply for these documents now.

I am unable to travel to Canada because of health concerns or restricted travel. Do I still need to apply for a study permit now?

Apply for a study permit as soon as possible so you will be ready to join in-person classes when you are able. You can begin your studies remotely in September if you are unable to be on campus for any reason.

Are visa offices still processing applications during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Yes. Visa offices around the world continue to process study permit applications. The current travel restrictions to Canada will not prevent your study permit application from being processed. Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has recently announced that they will notify successful applicants about when they can travel to Canada.  We recommend that you apply for your study permit as soon as possible as it may take longer to process applications this year due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Will my eligibility for the Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) be affected if I start my program online?

Your PGWP eligibility will not be affected if you start your Fall 2020 courses online due to COVID-19. You may begin your fall classes online while outside Canada and complete up to 50% of your program through distance learning if you can’t travel to Canada sooner. Also, you won’t have time deducted from the length of a future post-graduation work permit for studies completed outside of Canada up to December 31, 2020.

Will I have access to health care and health insurance when I arrive in Toronto?

Yes. All registered international students are automatically enrolled in the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP). UHIP is a basic health insurance plan which allows international students to access healthcare in Ontario and covers doctor visits, hospitalizations and other services. International students are also registered in supplementary health plans offered by their student unions which can also be found on the UHIP Page. Supplementary plans cover prescription medications, corrective lenses, dental care as well as other medically required needs.

Can I get my T-Card 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 https://tcard.utoronto.ca/.  You can pick up your physical T-Card when you arrive on campus.

How do I receive authorization to enter Canada as an international student?

How do I receive authorization to enter Canada as an international student?

To enter Canada as an international student you need the following. You will not be permitted to enter without all three.

 

1. Study Permit or Study Permit approval

International students attempting to enter Canada at this time must have either:

  • a valid study permit, or
  • a port of entry letter of introduction that shows you were approved for a study permit, if you’re coming from the United States, or
  • a port of entry letter of introduction that shows you were approved for a study permit on or before March 18, 2020, if you’re coming from any other country.

Students whose citizenship requires them to have a Temporary Resident Visa or Electronic Travel Authorization must have one associated with their passport.

 

2. Non-discretionary reason for entry to Canada

Be sure you have requested a letter of support from the Wycliffe College Registrar. You can use the letter to help make the case that your entry into Canada is non-discretionary. Returning students can also provide proof that they have made a home for themselves in Canada. Examples of documentation could include lease or rental agreements, recurring bills for Canadian services (like phone or internet), or transaction records from Canadian bank accounts showing activity within Canada. The Canadian Border Services Agency Officer makes the final decision on whether your reason for entry is non-discretionary.

 

3. Your quarantine plan

You can download the Government of Canada’s ArriveCAN app (iOS or Android) or use their accessible web app to submit the mandatory information required for entry into Canada. The app allows you to easily and securely submit the necessary information within 48 hours before arriving in Canada, speeding up the arrival process. If you cannot use any of these options, you can still provide the information upon arrival. If you’re registered for quarantine support with Wycliffe College, our confirmation message should include all the necessary information. If you will be quarantining at your own location, you’ll need to provide your own details.

Additional guidance and information on all these topics can be found at: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/students.html#exemptions

What should I do before arriving in Canada?

Before You Arrive in Canada

There are many things to consider before you begin your studies in Canada. This pre-arrival checklist will help you get ready.

The following includes important, mandatory measures regarding immigration, arriving in Canada, self-isolation, and more regarding travelling and studying at Wycliffe College during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Important Notes: Please be aware that border restrictions remain in place. The Government of Canada has indicated that international students may enter Canada if they are exempt from the travel restrictions AND:

  • They have a valid study permit, OR
  • They have been approved for a study permit on or before March 18, 2020, OR
  • They are coming from the United States. 

In addition to the above criteria, your travel to Canada must be non-optional and non-discretionary. This means that your purpose of travel to Canada is essential.

 

Travelling to Canada

Make sure you have proof that you’re exempt from the travel restrictions and that you’re travelling for a non-optional or non-discretionary purpose. This means that your purpose of travel to Canada is essential.

When the border services officer greets you, they will look at several factors, including whether:

  • You’re already living in Canada
  • If you’re already living in Canada, your return is non-discretionary
  • You’re able to complete a 14-day self-isolation period as soon as you arrive at your final destination
  • You begin studying after you complete your self-isolation
  • You need to be in Canada for your program
  • Pursuing your studies online is not an option at your school or not possible from your home country (due to internet restrictions or bandwidth limitation)

You must also bring:

  • a valid study permit, or
  • a port of entry letter of introduction that shows you were approved for a study permit, if you’re coming from the United States, or
  • a port of entry letter of introduction that shows you were approved for a study permit on or before March 18, 2020, if you’re coming from any other country

Before you travel, you can contact the Border Information Service for more information.

A border services officer will make a final decision on your eligibility to enter Canada when you arrive.

 

Pre-Arrival Checklist - Immigration Documents

If you are exempt from the travel restrictions and are able to travel to Canada, please make copies of all your documents and make a list of all your valuable items just in case they get lost or stolen.

  • Valid Passport
  • Letter of Introduction (approval letter for Study permit)
  • Visa/ eTA

Other Important Items:

  • Airline tickets
  • Credit cards
  • Emergency contact information
  • Medicines and prescriptions
  • Birth certificate (copy)
  • Transcripts and educational documents (extra copies)

Please make sure that you monitor yourself for any symptoms, and do not travel if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

 

How do I prepare for Quarantine/Isolation?

How to Prepare for Mandatory 14-Day Self-Isolation

Anyone entering Canada by air will be required to pass health screening measures prior to boarding their flight and upon arrival in Canada. You must:

  • Have a plan to self-isolate for 14 days when you arrive in Canada, even if you have no symptoms. Print a copy of the self-isolation plan to present to border officials upon arrival in Canada.
  • Download the ArriveCAN mobile App or accessible web-based form, or a paper form.  This is a mandatory step for anyone travelling to Canada.
  • Complete the pre-arrival forms on the app.
  • Consider your accommodation and food options during your isolation period. Avoid leaving your place of residence to shop for or pick-up food. 
  • Isolate yourself from others if you have COVID-19 symptoms or may have been exposed to COVID-19. If you start to feel worse, contact your health care provider or Telehealth (1-866-797-0000).
  • Keep a distance of at least two metres between yourself and others
  • Wear a mask that covers your nose, mouth, and chin 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, and use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. 

After 14 days, you can stop isolating and you should continue to adhere to public health expectations, practices and protocols. 

What additional packing requirements should I be aware of?

In addition to regular packing requirements, please also arrange to travel with the following:

  • Prepare your non-medical masks and face coverings. These masks should:  
    • allow for easy breathing
    • fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops
    • maintain their shape after washing and drying
    • be changed as soon as possible if damp or dirty
    • be comfortable and not require frequent adjustment
    • be made of at least 2 layers of tightly woven material fabric (such as cotton or linen)
    • be large enough to completely and comfortably cover the nose and mouth without gaping
  • Pack your essential items, which include but are not limited to: 
    • Certain categories of prescription medicine or special medical items should be carried together with a medical note signed by a physician certifying that you require the medication or the items for a medical condition.
    • Toiletries should also be carried in sufficient quantity for the entire visit unless their availability at the travel destination is assured. These will include items for dental care, eye care (including contact lenses), skin care and personal hygiene.

What must I do upon entering Canada?

Upon entering Canada:

  • go directly to your place of quarantine or isolation, without stopping anywhere
  • wear a non-medical mask or face covering while travelling to the place where you'll quarantine or isolate
  • stay at your place of quarantine or isolation for 14 days (only leave to seek medical assistance if needed)
  • do not receive any guests
  • monitor your health for COVID-19 symptoms
  • follow all other guidance provided by your local public health authority (i.e. City of Toronto)

What are my responsibilities as an international student arriving in Ontario?

Wycliffe College requires that you fully understand and comply with the infection prevention policies and practices outlined in the Support for International Students During COVID-19 document and the Residence Agreement Addendum which you will be required to sign if you plan to live in the Wycliffe College Residence. If you do not understand the terms and conditions of this plan, please speak to the Wycliffe College Residence Team directly at residence@wycliffe.utoronto.ca.

More information about COVID-19 can be found in different languages at: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/2019-novel-coronavirus-information-sheet.html

Can Wycliffe College assist me with my Quarantine/Isolation?

Wycliffe College is committed and prepared to provide quarantine or isolation space for you and your co-arriving family if you are arriving from outside of Canada. Our Registrar’s Office will contact (via email) all International students to help you prepare for your arrival into Canada to see if you require assistance to meet the requirements of entering the country. Further information prior to your arrival to Wycliffe College can be found on this page.

The College has reserved primary quarantine dwellings as locations for students and their families to quarantine/isolate for 14 days (and possibly longer) upon arrival into Ontario and these meet all quarantine or isolation criteria as suggested by public health agencies. Should these spaces be filled for quarantine/isolation purposes, additional suitable accommodations are available.

Food, medicine, and other basic necessities can be brought to your door by the Residence team and you will be connected to them upon your arrival.

Accommodations provided by Wycliffe for the 14-day quarantine period are consistent with current Orders in Council under the Quarantine Act and guidelines of the Government of Canada, as well as the requirements of the institution’s local and provincial and municipal public health authorities.

Pre-Arrival Requirements

Please note that due to the time required to prepare this accommodation for all international students entering Ontario, it is essential to let us know as soon as possible if you require your quarantine/isolation location. If you need a quarantine location, DO NOT make plans to travel to Toronto until you have confirmed with us its availability at that time, and we have confirmed that we have reserved it for you.

As a best practice, you and your immediate family members are encouraged to download the Government of Canada’s ArriveCAN application on your smartphone prior to arrival at the border, and complete the information required. More information is provided about this app below.

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html#a_arriveCAN

If you do not follow the ArriveCAN directives, please expect a delay to your entry into Canada and subsequent access to Wycliffe College.

Please note: If you or any member of your accompanying family are experiencing any symptoms consistent with Covid-19, DO NOT ENTER CANADA and DO NOT COME TO WYCLIFFE COLLEGE. Instead please seek the proper medical attention and Wycliffe College will be happy to reschedule a later time for you and any accompanying family members to quarantine at the College.

What do I need to do when I arrive at Wycliffe?

When scheduling for your arrival, please inform the College how you plan to arrive in Toronto (i.e. by car, plane, etc…) and your expected timing. We will send information about what to do on arrival and make arrangements for any items needed, including supporting your travel from your port of entry to the College.

The College will arrange to have groceries delivered to you if needed. Please note, that while the College will not charge for use of the quarantine space, we will charge you for groceries or other items purchased on your behalf.

Please take note of all signs relating to community safety regarding COVID-19 and remain respectful of barriers and reduced access to areas of the College which are presently closed.

What does it mean to Quarantine/Isolate at Wycliffe?

Quarantine/Isolation at Wycliffe

Isolating/quarantine means:

  • Staying in the provided apartment until the regional public health authority says you are no longer at risk of spreading the virus; and
  • Avoiding contact with others.

While in quarantine or isolation, students and their families are not permitted any visitors.

 

COVID test during Quarantine

As per the Ontario Ministry of Health guidelines, you are required to undergo a COVID test on the 5th day of your arrival and quarantine at Wycliffe. Getting a COVID test is the ONLY reason for which you may leave your dwelling, and no other. The closest COVID testing centre is Women’s College Hospital at 76 Grenville Street, Toronto, ON. More information about this testing centre can be found here:

https://www.womenscollegehospital.ca/patients-and-caregivers/coronavirus-(covid-19)-information-for-patients-and-visitors/

It is strongly advised that you walk to the Hospital (approximately 10 minutes) wearing a mask at all times, that you practice social distancing, keeping 6 metres distance from all persons during your walk, and that you return immediately from the testing centre to your quarantine dwelling.

You will receive information at the testing centre on how to access your COVID test electronically and test results will take 24-36 hours, on average. You are required to report your COVID test result (either positive or negative) by completing the form on the College website at: www.wycliffecollege.ca/covidreporting.

Please note that this information will be held in the strictest confidence, and only disclosed to authorised personnel on a need-to-know basis. For information on Wycliffe College’s privacy policies, visit: https://www.wycliffecollege.ca/privacy.

 

Should your test come back positive:

  • Your quarantine will be extended as outlined in this document and any new directives pertaining to your safety and the safety of others as provided by Public Health Agencies (e.g. City of Toronto Public Health) will be communicated to you through the Residence Team.
  • The Residence Team will attempt to reduce transmission by tracing your contact with any other members of the Wycliffe Community, although this should be nil if you have adhered to the directives set out in this document.
  • Wycliffe College will undertake a communications protocol to ensure that appropriate public health agencies are informed, that those persons in community possibly affected by a positive result are informed and that specific measures will be taken to reduce transmission reduce the spread and or incidence of infection in accordance with provincial and municipal public health guidelines.

 

Should your test come back negative:

  • The remainder of your quarantine must be completed as before, and you will be supported throughout the quarantine as described below.

 

Support During Quarantine

Supports for all quarantined individuals throughout the 14-day quarantine period, include but are not limited to: food, medical care and COVID-19 infection control information and training;

Regular and robust institutional monitoring of quarantined individuals by the Residence Team  throughout the 14-day quarantine period for COVID-19 symptoms, general well-being, compliance with quarantine requirements, with emphasis on individual COVID-19 infection control practices. Further, Residence Team will contact you to confirm that you are symptom free, that you are not leaving your isolation or quarantine and that you have access to the basic necessities as outlined previously.

 

Daily Self-Assessment

The College will require all occupants of the building to take their temperature at least once daily. If you or anybody in your family have a fever (a temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius or higher) contact the Residence Team immediately.

Additionally, if you or anybody in your family develop any other symptoms consistent with COVID-19 you need to contact the Residence Team immediately. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • fever (feeling hot to the touch, a temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius or higher)
  • chills
  • cough that's new or worsening (continuous, more than usual)
  • barking cough, making a whistling noise when breathing (croup)
  • shortness of breath (out of breath, unable to breathe deeply)
  • sore throat
  • difficulty swallowing
  • runny, stuffy or congested nose (not related to seasonal allergies or other known causes or conditions)
  • lost sense of taste or smell
  • pink eye (conjunctivitis)
  • headache that’s unusual or long lasting
  • digestive issues (nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain)
  • muscle aches
  • extreme tiredness that is unusual (fatigue, lack of energy)
  • falling down often
  • for young children and infants: sluggishness or lack of appetite

If you think you might have symptoms or are worried you were exposed to COVID-19, take the Government of Ontario’s online self-assessment test (https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/)

If you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms, call 911 immediately. Advise them of your symptoms and travel history.

What happens when my period of Quarantine/Isolation is over?

Wycliffe College will continue to support all our international students and immediate family members after completion of their 14-day quarantine period. Through the Residence Team and Chaplain, Wycliffe will offer mental and physical health supports, anti-racism and COVID-19 stigma supports, and mitigation of social barriers to support student compliance with individual COVID-19 infection control practices.

What can I do to protect myself and others from COVID-19?

Protecting Yourself and Others

Coronaviruses are spread through close contact. Wycliffe College recommends taking the following steps to prevent the spread of infection and these are the expectations required of each person in the College:

  • Before entering the College, you are required to take your temperature at home. If you have a fever (a temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius or higher) do not come to the College.
  • Upon entering the building, you are required to wash your hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • While in the City of Toronto, you must wear a mask upon entering public spaces.
  • Masks are also strongly recommended when speaking with others less than 2 metres away.  Should you sneeze in your mask or cough, it must be replaced right away.
  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
  • Do not share items such as pens, cell phones, calculators, computers, telephones, etc.
  • Everyone must maintain social distancing (2 metres) when interacting with others and wear a mask.
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve; not in your mask. 
  • If you use a tissue, discard it immediately and wash your hands afterward. 
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, or mouth. 
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick. 
  • Avoid high-touch areas, where possible, or ensure you clean your hands after. 
  • Where possible, wear gloves when interacting with high-touch areas. Do not touch your face with gloved hands. Put on and remove gloves in a manner that avoids contamination of the hands. Ensure you wash your hands after removing gloves.
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home.

 

Hand Washing Hygiene

  • Use warm water to wet hands;
  • Apply lotion soap;
  • Work up a good lather and rub hands palm to palm and in between and around fingers;
  • Apply with vigorous contact on all surfaces of the hands (back of hands, fingertips, and each thumb);
  • Wash hands for at least 20 seconds (sing Happy Birthday twice);
  • Rinse thoroughly under running water and avoid splashing;
  • Keep hands down so that runoff will go into the sink and not down the arm;
  • Dry hands well with paper towels and use the paper towels to turn off the faucet; and
  • Discard the paper towels into the appropriate container.

Face Masks

Wearing non-medical masks or face coverings is required in all common-use indoor spaces on the University of Toronto St. George campus, including classrooms and common areas in residences.

Non-medical mask or face covering means a mask, balaclava, bandana, scarf, cloth or other similar item that covers the nose, mouth and chin without gapping.

Common-use indoor University spaces include lobbies, elevators, hallways and corridors, stairwells, washrooms, service desks, cafeterias and lunchrooms, common areas in residences, study lounges, meeting rooms, classrooms, research and teaching labs, shared or open-space offices, and other locations used in common where practicing physical distancing may be difficult or unpredictable.

 

 How to Properly Use and Dispose of Face Coverings

  • wash your hands immediately before putting it on and immediately after taking it off; 
  • make sure the face covering fits well around your nose and mouth;
  • avoid moving the mask around or adjusting it often;
  • avoid touching the covering while using it;
  • do not share it with others.
  • Cloth masks should be washed after every use
  • Paper masks must not be reused

Face coverings should be changed when they get damp or soiled.

 

Social Distancing

  • Keep a distance of at least two metres between you and anyone else not in your family bubble.
  • Reduce or eliminate activities that require close physical proximity or contact with others.

Where do I find case counts of COVID-19 at the University of Toronto?

If a positive case is reported within our community, it is communicated to the UofT and will be reflected on their case count dashboard. Note: Wycliffe College is located on the St. George campus. Case counts indicated on the UofT dashboard represent those of the entire St. George campus. 

Residence   (Top of Page)

Will Wycliffe be accepting residents for the fall?

Yes, Wycliffe will be open to residents this fall.

What measures has Wycliffe taken due to COVID-19 to ensure the facilities are safe for residents?

Wycliffe is already a small residence (75 rooms) with single room occupancy. Wycliffe will closely monitor current public health guidelines and may make adjustments throughout the year (e.g. changing the way meal service is done, closing public spaces). For the fall, most of the building will be closed and only open to residents. We’re working hard to implement several safety measures to help students stay safe and healthy in residence. These measures meet and, in some cases, exceed the recommendation set by public health officials. They include: 

  1. All residences have updated signage that promotes physical distancing, hand washing, and other health and safety reminders. 
  2. Additional hand sanitizing dispensers have been installed in buildings.
  3. Residence staff members have been trained on health and safety measures.
  4. All spaces including high touch areas are cleaned on a more rigorous schedule.
  5. All residences have implemented enhanced cleaning protocols that include disinfecting.

How will meals be provided for residents who purchase the meal plan?

Meals will be provided to residents, but may be in the form of grab and go boxes. We will closely monitor public health guidelines to know when it is safe to resume regular meal service in the dining hall.

I’m an international student planning to move into residence. If I have to quarantine for two weeks when I first arrive, can I do so in residence?

For detailed information and answers to all your questions, please see the FAQ section for International Students above.

My classes are mostly online so I’m not sure if I should live in residence. Any advice?

Living in residence offers students numerous opportunities to meet and interact with peers, explore the campus environment, be part of a community, and find enriching experiences that go beyond the classroom, including worship in chapel subject to public health guidelines. We will be providing a mix of virtual and in-person activities for residents and invite you to explore the various activities your residences have to offer that will provide memorable experiences only available on campus.

Will I have full access to all the residence amenities and spaces like common rooms?

We’re implementing measures to ensure safe access to some residence amenities and spaces. This includes enhanced cleaning, additional signage, limiting capacity, and spacing of furniture. We may be required to limit access to these spaces as per public health guidelines and will be working closely with our residence community if this does occur.

How will I make friends and build relationships/community while social distancing in residence?

Our residence staff members are working hard to ensure students feel connected, engaged, and academically supported in their residence communities through fun, virtual events small in-person activities, and prayer groups.

If I have an accessibility concern related to living in residence, where can I find more information?

Please contact the residence coordinator (resdon@wycliffe.utoronto.ca) directly in regards to accessibility.

If I can’t come for September, can I move into residence later in the term or January?

If space permits, you can move into residence later in the term, but we cannot guarantee a space will be available.

Will I receive a full refund if I choose to cancel my residence application once I finalize my course schedule for fall?

Course registration is expected to begin in late July. You’ll be asked to reconfirm your interest in residence and submit a second deposit by July 31. If you choose to cancel your residence application by July 31, we’ll refund your first residence deposit.

What do I do if I start to feel unwell?

The symptoms of COVID-19 can resemble a cold or a flu. It is required that any resident who is experiencing any symptoms related to cold, flu or COVID-19 is to isolate in their rooms and and complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form. It is critical that if you have at least one symptom of COVID-19 (fever, cough, or difficulty breathing), or even mild symptoms, you must isolate to avoid spreading illness to others.

Additional actions you should take include:

  • Immediately isolate yourself to prevent any possible spread of COVID-19; 
  • Contact your local public health authority and follow their advice; and
  • Complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form.

You need to self-isolate if you: 

  • Have symptoms, even if mild, associated with COVID-19; 
  • Have been diagnosed with COVID-19; 
  • Are waiting for laboratory test results after being tested for COVID-19; or 
  • Have been advised to self-isolate by your regional public health authority.  

Self-isolating means: 

  • Moving into one of the College’s specifically designated quarantine/isolation rooms until the regional public health authority says you are no longer at risk of spreading the virus; and 
  • Avoiding contact with others. 

The College will arrange to have food/meals delivered to you. 

If your symptoms worsen, immediately contact your healthcare provider or public health authority and follow their instructions.

What do I do if I suspect I may have come into contact with COVID-19?

If you would like to get tested for COVID-19, it’s important to note:

  1. No OHIP card is required, it’s a free service.
  2. Check the updated self-assessment tool to determine if you should seek further care.
  3. Check the 130 assessment centres information first prior to visit (call ahead to schedule an appointment to help the assessment centres coordinate patients and maintain physical distancing at their locations. 
  4. There is no requirement to self-isolate if you are asymptomatic and have no concerns of  having had COVID-19 exposure. However, you should continue your daily required self-monitoring activities regardless of your test result. If you begin to develop symptoms, self-isolate. Contact your local public health unit for further advice. And complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form.

Stay informed and visit Ontario’s website.  Local information is also available from your local public health unit. 

What do I do if I receive a positive test result for COVID-19?

Procedures in the Event of a Confirmed or Probable COVID-19 Case:

Any resident who tests positive for COVID-19 should immediately report this result by completing the COVID-19 Reporting Form. Please note that this information will be held in the strictest confidence, and only disclosed to authorised personnel on a need-to-know basis. For information on Wycliffe College’s privacy policies, visit: https://www.wycliffecollege.ca/privacy.

 

How are corporate prayer and chapel going to function at Wycliffe College in 2020-21?

Please see our latest updates about our Chapel Services during the 2020-2021 Academic Year.

What can I do to protect myself and others from COVID-19?

Protecting Yourself and Others

Coronaviruses are spread through close contact. Wycliffe College recommends taking the following steps to prevent the spread of infection and these are the expectations required of each person in the College:

  • Before entering the College, you are required to take your temperature at home. If you have a fever (a temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius or higher) do not come to the College.
  • Upon entering the building, you are required to wash your hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • While in the City of Toronto, you must wear a mask upon entering public spaces.
  • Masks are also strongly recommended when speaking with others less than 2 metres away.  Should you sneeze in your mask or cough, it must be replaced right away.
  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
  • Do not share items such as pens, cell phones, calculators, computers, telephones, etc.
  • Everyone must maintain social distancing (2 metres) when interacting with others and wear a mask.
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve; not in your mask. 
  • If you use a tissue, discard it immediately and wash your hands afterward. 
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, or mouth. 
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick. 
  • Avoid high-touch areas, where possible, or ensure you clean your hands after. 
  • Where possible, wear gloves when interacting with high-touch areas. Do not touch your face with gloved hands. Put on and remove gloves in a manner that avoids contamination of the hands. Ensure you wash your hands after removing gloves.
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home.

 

Hand Washing Hygiene

  • Use warm water to wet hands;
  • Apply lotion soap;
  • Work up a good lather and rub hands palm to palm and in between and around fingers;
  • Apply with vigorous contact on all surfaces of the hands (back of hands, fingertips, and each thumb);
  • Wash hands for at least 20 seconds (sing Happy Birthday twice);
  • Rinse thoroughly under running water and avoid splashing;
  • Keep hands down so that runoff will go into the sink and not down the arm;
  • Dry hands well with paper towels and use the paper towels to turn off the faucet; and
  • Discard the paper towels into the appropriate container.

Face Masks

Wearing non-medical masks or face coverings is required in all common-use indoor spaces on the University of Toronto St. George campus, including classrooms and common areas in residences.

Non-medical mask or face covering means a mask, balaclava, bandana, scarf, cloth or other similar item that covers the nose, mouth and chin without gapping.

Common-use indoor University spaces include lobbies, elevators, hallways and corridors, stairwells, washrooms, service desks, cafeterias and lunchrooms, common areas in residences, study lounges, meeting rooms, classrooms, research and teaching labs, shared or open-space offices, and other locations used in common where practicing physical distancing may be difficult or unpredictable.

 

 How to Properly Use and Dispose of Face Coverings

  • wash your hands immediately before putting it on and immediately after taking it off; 
  • make sure the face covering fits well around your nose and mouth;
  • avoid moving the mask around or adjusting it often;
  • avoid touching the covering while using it;
  • do not share it with others.
  • Cloth masks should be washed after every use
  • Paper masks must not be reused

Face coverings should be changed when they get damp or soiled.

 

Social Distancing

  • Keep a distance of at least two metres between you and anyone else not in your family bubble.
  • Reduce or eliminate activities that require close physical proximity or contact with others.

Where do I find case counts of COVID-19 at the University of Toronto?

If a positive case is reported within our community, it is communicated to the UofT and will be reflected on their case count dashboard. Note: Wycliffe College is located on the St. George campus. Case counts indicated on the UofT dashboard represent those of the entire St. George campus.