COVID-19: Resources for Academic Administrators

Last updated on: March 31, 2021

For more general information related to COVID-19 and the University’s planning, we encourage you to visit the University’s COVID-19 web page.

Academic Human Resources (HR) Matters

The following memos have been posted and updates shared in relation to the University’s response to COVID-19. They have been organized by academic life cycle event.

Considering the Impact on Faculty and Librarians of Caregiving Responsibilities During COVID-19

Recruitment

Immigration

For more information relative to Immigration, see COVID-19 Immigration & Travel Resources.

Course Evaluations

  • 2020-21 Course Evaluation Data: COVID-19 (PDAD&C #4) (July 16, 2020): The University advises all Chairs, Academic Directors, and Deans reviewing course evaluation data for the purposes of PTR (Progress Through the Ranks), tenure, continuing status and promotion processes, and for the sessional lecturer advancement process, to consider course evaluation data in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and significant changes made to course structures and delivery format.
  • Further to PDAD&C #57: Winter 2020 Course Evaluation Data: COVID-19 (PDAD&C #65) (April 16, 2020): The University has extended the deadline for faculty to opt out of the reporting of their course evaluations on Quercus and agreed to allow any faculty member or librarian to determine whether course evaluations for courses offered in the period March 20 to August 30, 2020, during which physical distancing measures were in place and in-person classes could not continue, may be relied on in any academic review process.
  • Winter 2020 Course Evaluation Data: COVID-19 (PDAD&C #57) (March 24, 2020): The University advises all Chairs, Academic Directors, and Deans reviewing course evaluation data for the purposes of PTR (Progress Through the Ranks), tenure, continuing status and promotion processes, and for the sessional lecturer advancement process, to consider course evaluation data in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and significant changes made to course structures and delivery format.

Tenure

Continuing Status Review, Continuing Teaching Stream Faculty

Provision for Requesting Delay to Timeline for Academic Review in Response to COVID-19 (PDAD&C #56) (March 20, 2020)

The memo clarifies that any pre-continuing status faculty member may request a one-year delay in their timeline to continuing status on the grounds of the “serious personal circumstances beyond their control” associated with the current COVID-19 situation.

Permanent Status, Librarians

Provision for Requesting Delay to Timeline for Academic Review in Response to COVID-19 (PDAD&C #56) (March 20, 2020)

The memo clarifies that any pre-permanent status librarian may request a delay in the date of their review for permanent status on the grounds of the impact of the current COVID-19 situation.

Promotions

Submission of Promotion Files to Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty & Academic Life (March 31, 2020)

Single Department Faculty Deans are asked to submit any promotion files electronically for approval.

Salary Administration / Merit Exercise (PTR/5%)

Retirement

Extension to Deadline to Apply to Special Retirement Program (PDAD&C #55) (March 18, 2020)

This memo extends the deadline to apply for the Special Retirement Program, which was first announced in PDAD&C #26, to April 15, 2020 (original deadline was April 1, 2020).

Research

General Resources

  • Visit Principles for Research Recovery and Adaptation which identifies overarching implementation principles to guide the phased resumption of University research activities that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This page is meant to inform and guide divisional and unit preparedness and planning efforts.
  • Visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Research FAQ (Division of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation) for continuously updated answers to the most common questions that researchers may have regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Consult the Resources for Researchers During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Centre for Research & Innovation Support) for a research resource hub, online training and events, updates, and quick tips.

Resources That May be of Particular Interest to Academic Administrators

Teaching

Visit the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation website for up-to-date information and resources related to continuity planning, online teaching and learning, how to hold a vote to modify methods of evaluation, and online tests and exams.

COVID-19 Immigration & Travel Resources

This section last updated: March 31, 2021

COVID-19 Canadian Border and Entry Restrictions

All travellers 5 years of age or older must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test taken up to 72 hours before their scheduled departure time. 

As of February 22, 2021, all travellers, with limited exceptions, whether entering Canada by air or land, must use ArriveCAN.

Here are links to the most recent information from the Canadian government:

At this time, people who travel to Canada by air, regardless of citizenship, will need to follow additional testing and quarantine requirements. As of February 21, 2021, air travellers are also required to:

  • reserve a government-authorized hotel for three nights before departure to Canada
  • take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival in Canada
  • stay in the government-authorized hotel while awaiting the results of the COVID-19 molecular test taken on arrival
  • pay for the cost of the hotel stay, as well as all associated costs for:
    • food
    • security
    • transportation
    • infection prevention and control measures

You must present proof of having reserved and pre-paid for their accommodation through ArriveCAN. You are still required to complete the remainder of the mandatory 14-day quarantine after the mandatory hotel stopover.

COVID Mandatory Quarantine

As things stand now, all people allowed to enter Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. Further, upon arriving in Canada, every adult must present a credible 14-day isolation or quarantine plan. This rule applies to everyone entering Canada, whether they show coronavirus symptoms or not.

The Government of Canada provides guidelines on how to self-isolate.

The above rules are in force until further notice. Those failing to comply, face a maximum fine of $750,000 or six months in jail. The University of Toronto’s Faculty Relocation Service provides Toronto-based resources that individuals can use to create a 14-day self-isolation plan. See the 14-day self-isolation resources and other related information.

Returning Canadians

Canadian Citizens, Canadian permanent residents (PR), those registered under the Indian Act and protected people can travel to Canada while the border is closed to other foreign nationals.

If you are a Canadian PR returning to Canada, ensure your PR card is valid on the date you plan to return to Canada. Having an expired PR card will seriously complicate the process of re-entering Canada.

As of November 21, 2020, travellers to Canada must submit COVID-related information digitally. Use the ArriveCAN app to comply with the new mandatory requirements.

Before you plan your return, please check the most recent information about the border restrictions and entry requirements for Canadians. See information from the Canadian government for returning Canadians.

Non-Canadian U of T Faculty Returning to Canada

Individuals with a valid work permit (open or employer-specific) can return to Canada during the COVID 19 related border restrictions since their entry into Canada is considered essential since they hold a valid Canadian work permit and usually live in Canada.

As of February 22, 2021, all travellers, with limited exceptions, whether entering Canada by air or land, must use ArriveCAN.

You should also present a letter that confirms you still hold the position listed on your work permit. The letter should be printed on letterhead and signed by your Chair, Dean, or the Dean’s designate. Please contact your department to obtain assistance with the letter.

As a reminder, all people returning to Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. The University of Toronto’s Faculty Relocation office provides Toronto-based resources you can use to create your 14-day isolation or quarantine plan (see template). See more details about 14-day self-isolation.

In summary, if you must travel outside of Canada, you must travel with your valid passport, valid work permit, the signed final version of the re-entry letter printed on letterhead, and a self-isolation plan.

Before you return to Canada, be sure to check the most recent information about the border restrictions: