COVID-19 Updates and FAQs

Updated:  September 8, 2021

 

Is the University of Toronto School of Continuing (SCS) open?

Although the three University of Toronto administrative buildings are opening, the administrative offices of the School of Continuing Studies remain closed to the public.  The academic administration that enables the support and services of SCS are fully operations and our teams continue to work from their homes.

If you are currently enrolled in an SCS course, we encourage you watch your email and our website https://learn.utoronto.ca/scs-alerts/covid-19-updates for updates.

 

Q: When will the School of Continuing Studies open to the public?

There have recently been some changes to access and “open status” of the University of Toronto campuses.

The University of Toronto requires everyone visiting the campuses be fully vaccinated. This will include SCS instructors, learners, and staff. More information is available here: https://www.viceprovoststudents.utoronto.ca/covid-19/#vaccines

  • Appreciating that there may be university community members that have yet to be vaccinated, the University expects everyone to have their first dose by September 13 and to be fully vaccinated by October 15, 2021
  • The process for those on campus to provide proof of vaccination is still being determined. Updates will be posted to our COVID-19 page as they become available. https://learn.utoronto.ca/scs-alerts/covid-19-updates


Q: When can we take courses in class?

We continue to follow local public health, federal and provincial government mandates around physical distancing, vaccination rates and case rates.  At this time, we continue to have the vast majority of course offerings online.  

  • We remain committed to ensuring our offerings will continue to meet our high standards of academic quality and learner experience
  • We have plans to have a modest number of in-class offerings for the winter 2022 term.


Q: How will COVID-19 impact my online course?

Enrolment for currently running and upcoming courses are continuing per the usual with no interruption of course delivery. SCS’s leadership team is working to determine options for exam solutions and scheduling. We can confirm that no exams will be in person.  

 

Q: I live well outside the city and the increase in online offerings has allowed me to enroll in courses that weren’t previously available. When the time comes to resume to face-to-face learning, will you continue to offer the same suite of online courses currently available so I can complete a certificate?

In order to meet the challenges presented by COVID-19 to in-person teaching, SCS has made a big investment to move courses online and support our instructors in teaching remotely. It is our goal to continue offering most of the courses that have moved online since April 2020 in online formats, even once we are able to resume in-class teaching.

 

QUESTIONS ABOUT FALL 2021 COURSES:

 

Q: I am currently enrolled in a course with an exam. What will happen?

Enrolment for current running AND upcoming remote/online courses is continuing per the usual with no interruption of course delivery. We can confirm that no exams will be in person

We encourage you to check your email regularly and to make sure you have a valid email address on file within your UofT SCS Destiny and Quercus profiles.

 

Q: Is there any chance that a course that starts online during the Fall term (which runs from September through to the end of December) will move to an in-class setting?

The short answer to this question is no. The University of Toronto has made the decision that courses will finish in the format they began, and SCS will be following this standard.

 

 FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Q: Does SCS have any financial assistance available as a result of the impact of COVID-19?

SCS has some awards and bursaries, and more details are available from our Awards and Bursaries page.  The bursary application period for the Fall term is closed. The bursary application period for the Winter term will open in the coming weeks.

 

Q: Are there any discounts on our courses?

We are pleased to announce that a series of our artificial intelligence courses qualify for discounted tuition. For a list of our eligible courses, please view https://learn.utoronto.ca/scale-ai

 

Q: Do you have financial aid for newcomers to Canada?

We have partnered with Windmill Microlending, a non-profit serving newcomers to Canada since 2005. Windmill offers low-interest, affordable career loans of up to $15,000 to help skilled immigrants and refugees pay for the costs of education and training programs, credentials, licensing and more to reach their career goals. https://learn.utoronto.ca/windmill-microlending

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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