Reading Week ahead, update on Summer & Fall plans

To our U of T Engineering community

It’s hard to believe we’re almost halfway through our Winter 2021 term, but Reading Week is upon us. I wanted to check in with everyone, and share some updates on our ongoing planning.

Reading Week

Reading Week is coming up for all undergraduate students next week — February 15-19, inclusive — that means no lectures, tutorials or labs, and I encourage all our instructors to avoid scheduling tests and major assignment deadlines for the first few days after Reading Week as well! I hope students and faculty alike will take a breather during the week, get some rest, and reset for the second half of the term. Reading Week is a great chance to reconnect and focus on the big picture perspective. You’ve got this.

Resources & supports

None of us gets anywhere alone — that goes for students, staff, TAs and professors alike. Asking for help is a sign of self-awareness and it shows strength. Remember that even while we’re working and studying remotely, there are still a wide range of resources and supports available and accessible to you. In this note I’ve included a list of contacts to keep handy, for yourself, a friend or a colleague.

Summer 2021 session & planning for Fall term

We continue to follow the latest public health information and governmental guidelines to inform our scenario planning for the terms ahead. First, a big thank you to the many faculty, instructors, TAs and staff who have worked so diligently and tirelessly on planning and delivery over the past few terms, and those to come.

All U of T Engineering courses for the Summer 2021 session will be delivered remotely, and our remote access guarantee remains in place. The remote access guarantee means that for those who cannot be in Toronto, or choose to stay home, you will be able to continue your programs uninterrupted.

Looking ahead to the Fall 2021 term, our top priority is always the health and safety of our whole community. We are planning for different scenarios, and tracking the information from our public health agencies. While it’s much too early to predict what the Fall will bring, we are preparing several alternative plans, and will offer in-person experiences wherever and whenever it is safe to do so. We’ll update you again as those plans develop.

We continue to keep our Undergraduate FAQ and Graduate Studies FAQ updated — please check these regularly, as well as the University’s main UTogether FAQ, for the latest info.

It’s been terrific chatting with so many of you – undergraduate, graduate, staff and faculty – during the semester— I’m impressed and inspired by the energy, innovation, and indeed excitement you are bringing to all of your activities. The Skule™ spirit is indeed strong. We’re starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel now, so let’s keep taking care of ourselves and each other as best we can, and moving forward one day at a time.


Christopher Yip
Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
University of Toronto

Support Resources for Students

Academic Concerns & Advising 

You may have concerns about upcoming academic work that you may feel unprepared for or are unable to complete at this time. There is a petition process that can help mitigate the impact via extensions or exceptions to deadlines. You can read more about this process at, and reach out to your Academic Advisors (through the advising portal or by email) & your Graduate Administrators (by email).

Mental Health Resources for Students 

Each of us responds to stress, grief and loss 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 including counselling & grief support.
  • 416-978-8030


  • Confidential support services for post-secondary students in Ontario and Nova Scotia.
  • 1-866-925-5454 (Ontario), 1-833-292-3698 (Nova Scotia)
  • Text GOOD2TALKON to 686868

U of T Engineering Mental Health & Wellness

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

NAVI (Your Mental Health Wayfinder)

  • A virtual tool designed to help you navigate U of T’s mental health resources and connect you to the support you need.

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

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:

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