Changes to final examinations & remote start to Winter Term

To our U of T Engineering community

You will all have received the message today from Trevor Young, Acting Vice-President and Provost, and Kelly Hannah-Moffat, Vice-President, People Strategy, Equity and Culture. As they shared, in following guidance from local governments and public health agencies, there will be no more in-person final examinations taking place this term.

For U of T Engineering, this means:

  1. Final examinations originally scheduled to take place remotely between Thursday, 16 December and Tuesday, 21 December 2021 will proceed as planned.
  2. For final in-person examinations originally scheduled from Thursday, 16 December through Tuesday, 21 December 2021:
    • These final exams will not be moved online, rescheduled, or replaced with another assessment.
    • Final course marks will be calculated from existing term work.
    • Undergraduate students can petition via the Faculty’s Special Consideration petition process.
    • Graduate students can pursue a petition by contacting their course instructor.
    • Petition deadlines will be extended such that students will be able to see their final assessed mark before deciding whether they wish to petition for a deferred final examination.
    • Students taking courses offered by the Faculty of Arts & Science will follow their protocols — please take direction from instructors in those cases.
  3. Winter Term 2022 classes will start remotely, and undergraduate and graduate courses will plan to resume in-person classes on January 31, 2022.
  4. For staff and faculty members, the University will return to essential in-person work only on campus until January 31, 2022, until further notice. All members of the U of T community must still upload proof of vaccination to UCheck if attending campus for any reason.

I understand these changes bring additional stress, at a time of the year that’s difficult for many. I am again sharing the list of supports available to our students, staff and faculty, and I encourage everyone to keep them handy.

We continue to receive changing information and to prioritize the health and safety of our U of T Engineering community. Please do keep an eye on your inboxes — I will be sure to continue to share updates as they come. I know this is tough. At this point in the long pandemic, I take courage from the knowledge that we’ve made it this far — we will keep going together.


Christopher Yip
Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
University of Toronto

Support Resources for Students

Each of us responds to stress, anxiety and uncertainty differently — at one time or another, we all need help. If you are feeling overwhelmed or unsure where to turn, please reach out.

U of T My Student Support Program (MySSP)

  • Immediate and/or ongoing confidential, 24-hour counselling support
  • 1-844-451-9700 (outside of North America, call 001-416-380-6578)
  • Download the My SSP app: Apple App Store | Google Play.

Multifaith Chaplains

U of T St. George Health & Wellness

  • Physical & mental health care by physicians, nurses, counsellors and psychologists.
  • 416-978-8030

U of T Engineering Mental Health & Wellness

  • Mental Health learning opportunities, COVID-related resources, reports, services & supports for U of T Engineering.

Student Mental Health Resource

  • U of T’s mental health resource hub containing the tools, strategies and experts to meet you exactly where you are on your mental health journey.

Support Resources for Staff and Faculty

For staff and faculty who are supporting students navigating mental health challenges, the U of T Engineering Student Well-Being Resource Guide outlines additional considerations and a variety of resources for both you and the student. We thank you in advance for all the ways that you continue to foster a culture of care and support here at U of T Engineering.

All U of T staff and faculty members have access to the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP). If you are experiencing distress, please reach out at any time – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year – by contacting the EFAP at: