Returning safely to in-person activities

Good afternoon to our U of T Engineering community

A quick note to follow the University’s latest update on campus status. I’m writing to share that in Engineering, we anticipate a safe return to in-person classes on Monday, as we had planned. The University is closely monitoring the protest at Queen’s Park, and will share any necessary updates through the UTAlert system — I encourage everyone to sign up if you haven’t yet.

To me, learning from each other in person is vital to engineering. I also know that many are anxious about this return — all of us have been affected by the pandemic in diverse and complex ways, and I recognize and appreciate the stress that all of us are feeling.

Over the last month, we have made thorough preparations that prioritize safety and wellness, to ensure we’re ready to welcome our community back to campus. We are going to take this return to in-person one step at a time, similar to how we approached the return during the Fall Term. I think key words for the rest of this term will be flexibility and adaptability.

Engineering is a very special community, built on collaboration and teamwork. It has taken all of us working together to get to this point. This week we will be carefully observing how the return to in-person goes, and making adjustments as needed to ensure a safe and successful semester.


Christopher Yip
Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
University of Toronto

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