YSGS COVID-19 Continuity Information
The YSGS offices at 1 Dundas St. West are open.
In-person service operating hours are 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. Please visit the YSGS Contact page for further details.
Updated: Nov. 21, 2022
The Yeates School of Graduate Studies (YSGS) office is open with staff on-site. Visitors can be accommodated with either in-person or virtual appointments. Our office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. In-person service operating hours are 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. Please email email@example.com to set up a virtual appointment.
TMU community members strongly recommended to wear masks — Nov. 18, 2022
Update on the fall 2022 semester — June 9, 2022
University to suspend face mask policy as of June 1, 2022 — May 27, 2022
University announces change in health and safety requirements for spring/summer semester — March 28, 2022
President Mohamed Lachemi updates campus community on winter term — Jan. 19, 2022
Graduate-related campus updates
Health and safety on campus
Please review the current health and safety requirements on the Toronto Metropolitan University campus and what resources are available to the university community.
Visit TMU COVID-19 Information and Updates for community updates.
While health screening through the RyersonSafe app is no longer required, all individuals accessing campus should continue to self-monitor for symptoms and not come to campus if they feel unwell.
Toronto Met continues to follow Toronto Public Health guidance and liaises with them to ensure the university implements public health measures, or directives as necessary, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Reporting cases to the university is generally no longer required. Individuals who have COVID-19 symptoms or who test positive for COVID-19:
- Should not attend campus and follow the existing absence processes for employees and students.
- Notify those with whom they have had close contact
As of May 1, 2022, the university’s vaccination policy is suspended.
The university continues to monitor the impact of COVID-19 in our city and province, and will be nimble in responding to changes, and in planning for the future. The university may need to reinstate requirements for vaccinations should public health indicators change.
Community members are asked to keep their vaccination status in the RyersonSafe app up to date.
Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation update on safe SRC activity
The reopening of Toronto Metropolitan University’s on-campus scholarly, research and creative (SRC) activities is following a coordinated, phased-in process that is first and foremost guided by a commitment to the safety and security of our faculty, students, staff and research infrastructure and facilities.
Toronto Metropolitan University abides by public health directives and takes into advisement provincial reopening guidelines.
OVPRI support is available. Visit our Contact Us page to find a member of the team.
Messages from the Vice-President, Research and Innovation
Please review the following areas of SRC Activity to access the information you require:
Online research-related examinations and supervisory committee meetings
Graduate student research continues to the extent possible. Students should discuss any questions, concerns or potential alternative arrangements with their faculty supervisors. Meetings with supervisors, supervisory committees and research-related examinations (e.g., defences, candidacy examinations, etc.) are expected to continue wherever possible.
YSGS recommends that (PDF file) research-related examinations and supervisory committee meetings be moved online. This recommendation has been developed to respond to TMU's shift to an essential services model on campus.
Planning to hold a defence/MRPs exam virtually? Contact Carl Kumaradas at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss (PDF file) how to set it up appropriately using Zoom.
REB open office hours
The Research Ethics Board (REB) hosts virtual office hours for all student and faculty researchers via Zoom.
Drop-in visits from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. No appointment is necessary for these time slots. Virtual consultations by appointment are also available.
Visit the REB website for access to the sign-in link.
Student Life and Learning Support
Learning Support continues to offer 1:1 appointments and workshops to support your academic learning, over the phone and online. Student Learning Support reception on the SLC 4th floor is closed.
Visit Graduate Student Support to book an individual appointment or join a graduate writing group, meet with a dissertation coach, or attend a workshop.
Individual and group study spaces
The Student Learning Centre (SLC) is currently offering spring/summer 2022 hours.
You no longer need to book a desk before arrival. Desks will be first come first serve. CGWRs will continue to be bookable spaces at half capacity.
Everyone entering the SLC will need:
International graduate students
Learn more about travel exemptions and restrictions for international students (external link) . Please refer to TMU's Before You Arrive webpage for information on readiness plan to welcome international students.
For information regarding the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) program and eligibility, please refer to updates from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (external link) .
Toronto Metropolitan University International Student Support
Student well-being services
Staying well during COVID-19
We are experiencing a global health event and during this time, it is not uncommon for people to experience: anxiety, worry, fear and sadness; tearfulness and/or loss of interest in enjoyable activities; hopelessness, stress or overwhelm; and difficulty concentrating and/or sleeping. These are challenging times but there are healthy ways to cope and manage our well-being.
Tips for staying well during COVID-19
The Centre for Student Development and Counselling (CSDC) is physically CLOSED. Counselling services are currently being offered remotely via telephone or video to new and returning clients. CSDC services are available to all TMU full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students who are eligible to proceed in their program and not on academic leave. It should be noted that Continuing Education and Special Students have limited access to counselling.
To book an appointment, contact the CSDC front desk at 416-979-5195 or email@example.com. Students on the waitlist will be contacted to discuss next steps and initiate counselling where indicated.
TMU has partnered with Keep.meSAFE to provide all students with 24/7 mobile access to licensed counsellors via the My SSP app. Download the My SSP app on their phone’s app store: Apple Store (external link) or Google Play. (external link)
Keep.meSAFE can also be accessed with a phone call by dialing 1-844-451-9700.
The Medical Centre offers a limited number of in-person appointments. Due to the COVID 19 outbreak and response to prioritize physical distancing and student and employee well-being, the RMC will continue to offer virtual care and appointments are provided by telephone or video conferencing. Please call 416-979-5070 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
The Medical Centre is operating virtually Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you require emergency medical attention, please visit your local hospital emergency room or call 911. For health information or options related to COVID-19, please contact Ontario Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000.
YSGS is planning for a mix of in-person and virtual events in spring/summer 2022. Please check the YSGS website regularly and subscribe to GRADNews for information and updates.
Other TMU resources
- International Safety Abroad/Risk Management Steps page
- Environmental Health and Safety Public Health Threats page
- (google slide) COVID-19 Return to Campus Training (external link)
- (google doc) Toronto Metropolitan University Continuity of Education Plan for the Academic 2021-2022 Year (external link)
- Ontario Ministry of Health COVID-19 website (external link)
- Government of Canada Coronavirus disease (external link)
- Government of Canada Travel Advisories (external link)
- Government Canada Assistance Abroad (external link)
- Toronto Public Health COVID-19 website (external link)
- COVID-19 self-assessment (external link)