Update regarding COVID-19

Dear all,

The administration offices will be closed and all the work will be done remotely.  You can still leave messages on our main phone (416 978 4884) as our Graduate administrator can listen to them at distance.
The best, however, is to reach us all via email or to reach the Interim Director (IC) by phone.

The Summer Latin Program will go on but courses will be given online. Please contact our email hidden; JavaScript is required for further details.

Here is the website with news from the University and FAQ. For SGS, check School of Graduate Studies information and for HR, HR & Equity COVID-19 page.

Please also refer to Government of Canada travel advisories and Toronto Public Health advisories as this is an evolving situation.

If you feel distressed in these difficult times, please go to this website: https://www.artsci.utoronto.ca/news/caring-your-mental-health.

See also for University’s Employee and Family Assistance Program:  http://benefits.hrandequity.utoronto.ca/efap/

Careful all as there is an increase in internet scams, please read this message.

Each step to take in case you are worried regarding COVID-19 (see Self-Assessment by Ontario Public Health)
All employees and students should monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms listed in the University’s COVID-19 FAQs
  • If experiencing symptoms, please follow the directives detailed on the Toronto Public Health website including self-isolating, taking the available Self-Assessment and following the recommendations for seeking additional care from their primary care provider, Telehealth or nearest hospital based of their symptoms
  • If one of you (Faculty, student or staff member) is contacted by a Public Health authority with regards to COVID-19, please contact the University’s Occupational Health Nurse at: email hidden; JavaScript is required
  • If any student is sick or self-isolating, please advise your supervisor or the Interim Director with Suzanne and Michael.
  • If any Faculty member or staff is sick or self-isolating, please contact Interim Director with Suzanne and Michael and complete the Employee Absence Self-Declaration form, available in the HR Service Centre and linked below:
  • If advised by Public Health that you are to self-isolate, you must confirm with Public Health that you are clear to resume normal activities prior to returning to work or study.
If you think someone you know might have it
“Remember that privacy is important: If you or someone else in your unit believes or suspects that a member of your unit may have been infected with COVID-19, we are not to share this information with others unless asked to do so by a Public Health Authority.”
Papers to be filled up for faculty who feels flu-like symptoms or is in self isolation
“In order to track COVID-19 related absences as advised by public health, we request that all faculty, staff and librarians who are absent due to flu-like symptoms or are self-isolating complete the Employee Absence Self-Declaration form, available in the HR Service Centre and linked below:
PIMS Library and UofT Libraries: closed

PIMS library will be closed until further notice. Same for all other libraries on campus. For news about UofT Libraries, click here

PhD defences, Special Field Exams, Annual Committee meetings, Language exams
All will be done online, and not in-person. Language exams will take place at the normal dates. Students are responsible for organizing the SFE and their annual committee meetings.


Possible sources of financial help for CMS students
There exists various emergency funds on campus and outside campus, including the new one from FAS, specifically for Graduate students:
  1. FAS Graduate Students Emergency Bursary
  2. School of Graduate Studies’ Emergency Grant 
  3. School of Graduate Studies’ Emergency Loan programs
  4. Canadian Government’s Canada Emergency Response Benefit that will pay $2,000 a month to workers who have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Do not hesitate to contact as well the email hidden; JavaScript is required and the Front Office.


SSHRC news: here

See Website https://safetyabroad.utoronto.ca/covid-19/
What if research-related travel needs to be reimbursed?
The tri-council is allowing reimbursement of canceled travel fees. See the website of Research Services https://research.utoronto.ca/covid-19
International Students 
The Government of Canada has advised that study being delivered online on an exceptional basis because of measures related to COVID-19 will not affect Post-Graduation Work Permit Program eligibility for a post-graduation work permit.