COVID-19 Updates and FAQs

Updated:  July 8, 2020

Is the University of Toronto School of Continuing (SCS) open?
Effective March 18, 2020, all University of Toronto administrative buildings are closed to the public on all three UofT campuses. The academic administration that enables the support and services of SCS are continuing as our teams work from their homes..

If you are currently enrolled in an SCS course, we encourage you watch your email and our website for updates.


Q: When will the school tell us that the doors will open?
Whether to open the doors or not is not a decision made within SCS – this is determined by the President’s and Provost’s Offices at the University of Toronto.

Q: When can we take courses in class?

Until the public health officials, and the federal and provincial governments’ mandates around physical distancing change, SCS will not be providing in-class learning options. We can confirm that nearly all our offerings in the fall will be offered via online and remote learning formats.

We remain committed to ensuring our offerings will continue to meet our high standards of academic quality and learner experience.

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.i



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

We can confirm that no exams will be in person for Spring/Summer courses but instead will be conducted fully online. Exam planning and scheduling is in progress and details will be posted to your Quercus site or communicated by email. 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: I am enrolled in an in-class course that starts in the month of September or October 2020. Will it be running?

There is a very limited number of in-person/in-class courses running in the fall 2020 term. If you haven’t received a status update on your in-class enrolment by July 13th, please contact us at

Q: I am enrolled for an in-class course that has been confirmed as running the fall. What are the physical distancing and other public health-recommended precautions being taken in the classroom to ensure safety?

Almost all the Fall 2020 in-class offerings begin in October. The public health recommendations around COVID-19 are fluid and are updating every few weeks as we progress through the stages of the pandemic. While it is hard to know what the recommendations will be by the time October rolls around, we can confirm there will be physical distancing in the classrooms. Courses will run at lower registrations to accommodate the necessary spacing. There may be other public health recommendations put in place, but this will be confirmed within about two weeks of the course starts.

Q: Is there any chance that a course that starts online in September or October will move to an in-class setting if the COVID-19 situation changes and physical distancing measures are eased part way through the fall term?

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.


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 next round of bursary applications open on July 27, 2020.











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