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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

Details of residency at Wycliffe College.

 

New Academic Year

What will Fall 2020/21 look like?

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated July 14, 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, UofT 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 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.

NB. 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 UofT 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

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

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.

I am an international applicant. Will I be able to begin classes in the fall if travel restrictions are still in place?

The current situation is evolving rapidly and the University is monitoring events closely. We are committed to finding ways to allow newly enrolled students, including international students, to begin their studies at the University of Toronto in the 2020-21 academic year if restrictions continue to be in place.

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?

Yes, we are working on a plan to accommodate the two-week quarantine period for incoming residence.

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 notify the Residence Team (residence@wycliffe.utoronto.ca). 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
  • Notify the College’s Residence Team (residence@wycliffe.utoronto.ca); 

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 and contact your local public health unit for further advice and notify the Wycliffe Residence Team at residence@wycliffe.utoronto.ca .

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 take the following actions: