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OISE COVID-19 Related Updates

At the present time, the Registrar's Office and Student Experience (ROSE) is offering digital service to students and applicants. We are here to help you:

The health and safety of all students, faculty and staff are paramount:

  • Academic requirements remain in place and academic integrity must be maintained;
  • Students should be able to meet their academic requirements to the extent possible;
  • In-person interactions should be minimized and guidance about social distancing followed;
  • Students should not feel compelled by anyone to do something that, under the circumstances, feels unsafe.
  • For additional information and resources about U of T and COVID-19 planning, visit the website COVID-19 Information for University of Toronto Students.  
     

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Fall 2022 - Winter 2023 Program Update
Update posted: June 3, 2022

As the province gradually lifts regulations related to COVID-19, we are pleased to confirm OISE’s plans for welcoming our community back to more in person teaching and learning beginning this Fall.

Fall 2022-Winter 2023 Course Offerings

The majority of OISE's Fall 2022-Winter 2023 courses will be held in person, with a significant number of courses being offered online in synchronous and/or asynchronous formats.

Specifically, the Master of Teaching and the Master of Arts in Child Study and Education will be delivered fully in person. In addition, a large majority of courses in programs where students are being trained in professional practice in psychology and psychotherapy will be delivered in person. Courses in other programs will be delivered in various modes, including in person and online. For additional information about modes of course delivery in your particular program, please consult with your program administrators.

While we remain optimistic that the public health situation will allow us to safely proceed with a return to more in person activities, our plans are subject to change as necessitated by external circumstances.

Vaccines & Masks

The University continues to encourage all members of the community to be fully vaccinated and to get a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they become eligible. In the eventuality of a new wave of COVID-19 and further guidance regarding public health regulations, students may be required at any time to be fully vaccinated in order to visit the campus in person.  More information about vaccines can be found at https://www.utoronto.ca/utogether/vaccines.

Students who complete an external practicum placement may be required by their placement site to be fully vaccinated in order to complete their practicum.  Please consult your program administrators for more details.

The University’s requirement to wear masks in settings such as classrooms and in indoor spaces where physical distancing cannot be maintained continues until at least June 30, 2022. At OISE, we strongly encourage the continued use of medical masks for those using all areas of the building, given the difficulty of distancing in elevators and hallways connecting classrooms.

For the most up-to-date information regarding vaccine requirements, masks, and related questions, please visit U of T’s UTogether website: https://www.utoronto.ca/utogether/

OISE Building

The OISE building remains open to the community. Please visit the Chief Administrative Officer’s community information page at: https://www.oise.utoronto.ca/covid-19 for the latest information as it relates to the building protocols.

Library

For up-to-date information about access to library services, spaces, and collections, please see https://oise.library.utoronto.ca/hours-and-location 

We look forward to welcoming you back to in person courses. For many of you, this may be the first time you join us on campus since starting your studies at OISE, and we hope you enjoy the vibrant community and in person experience offered by the Institute. We remain committed to protecting the health and well-being of all members of our OISE community and their families, and will continue to share any developments that impact students, faculty, and staff. In the meantime, we sincerely wish you all the best.

Normand Labrie, Ph.D., FRSC
Professor and Interim Dean


Sarfaroz Niyozov
Associate Professor and Acting Associate Dean


Summer 2022 Program Update
Update posted: March 22, 2022

As the province and the University are gradually lifting regulations related to COVID-19, the majority of OISE's Summer 2022 (May-June) courses will be online to allow Year-1 Teacher Candidates who wish to take advantage of the Temporary Certificate issued by the Ontario College of Teachers to teach during the day and take their courses online.  For the July-August session, more courses will be offered in-person though many courses will remain online.

The OISE building will be open during this session. Please visit the Chief Administrative Officer’s community information page at: https://www.oise.utoronto.ca/covid-19 for the latest information as it relates to the building protocols. Managers will work with their teams to determine the needs and schedules for onsite work if necessary.

For up-to-date information about access to library services, spaces, and collections, please see https://oise.library.utoronto.ca/hours-and-location  These measures are part of our continued commitment to protect the health and well-being of all members of our OISE community and their families. In the meantime, we sincerely wish you all the best.

Normand Labrie, Ph.D., FRSC
Professor and Interim Dean


Sarfaroz Niyozov Associate Professor and Acting Associate Dean


Access Navi for mental health supports at U of T

  • Navi is a Student Mental Health Virtual Agent to help students navigate mental health supports at the University of Toronto. Navi is an anonymous tool providing information on 48 broad topics related to mental health including: stress, anxiety, loneliness, harassment, discrimination, bullying, academics, career, sleep issues, accessibility, coping techniques, abuse, eating disorders, how to get involved, health care access, and more.  To access Navi, visit the Navi website. 

Registered Students

This section last updated: June 6, 2022*
 

The University continues to encourage all members of the community to be fully vaccinated and to get a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they become eligible. In the eventuality of a new wave of COVID-19 and further guidance regarding public health regulations, students may be required at any time to be fully vaccinated in order to visit the campus in person.  More information about vaccines can be found at https://www.utoronto.ca/utogether/vaccines.

 

The University’s requirement to wear masks in settings such as classrooms and in indoor spaces where physical distancing cannot be maintained continues until at least June 30, 2022. At OISE, we strongly encourage the continued use of medical masks for those using all areas of the building, given the difficulty of distancing in elevators and hallways connecting classrooms.

For the most up-to-date information regarding vaccine requirements, masks, and related questions, please visit U of T’s UTogether website: https://www.utoronto.ca/utogether/

OISE Students & Vaccinations

  • Field Placements and COVID-19 Vaccines

    Students who complete an external practicum placement may be required by their placement site to be fully vaccinated in order to complete their practicum.  Please consult your program administrators for more details.

     

 

Other updates

Technology and Library Services

Library Services

  • The OISE Library is only open to current University of Toronto students, faculty, staff, and to members who have paid for library privileges. Face masks continue to be required in the OISE Library.  Current U of T students, staff, and faculty require a TCard to enter the OISE Library. More information about library services is available at: https://oise.library.utoronto.ca/

Final Oral Exams

  • OISE has implemented temporary procedures for FOEs. Examinations are proceeding as scheduled, remotely.  Candidates who wish to have an in-person FOE must have it postponed and should inform the ROSE as soon as possible.
    [Posted: June 6, 2022]

Research

  • All lab-based research operations have been shut down on March 20, 2020, other than critical COVID-19 research and time-sensitive critical projects. Other research settings, including many off-campus sites, have also been shut down. Please stay informed of the status of activities in your own research setting. In many cases, plans for future research may also need to be changed and contingency plans developed. Consult with your research supervisor about your planning. Please consult the website of the Office of Vice-President Research and Innovation for updates. 
    [Posted: Mar 23, 2020]

Accessibility

  • Graduate students registered with Accessibility Services should continue to contact Accessibility Services to receive accommodations and supports. Special updates for students registered at Accessibility Services can be found at: COVID-19 and Accessibility Services.
    [Posted: Mar 23, 2020]
     
  • If you are a student registered with Accessibility Services and are concerned about doing well in online formats:
    We recommend you start by contacting your instructor to see what individual accommodations can be considered for your course. If this is not a realistic option, or if you still have questions or concerns, please consult your Accessibility Advisor to discuss next steps. 
    [Posted: Mar 23, 2020]
     
  • If you are a student who usually writes tests and exams with accessibility related accommodations:
    Students should continue to register to receive accessibility related accommodations for their test/exams using the Accessibility Services Student Portal.  Accommodated Testing Services will be reaching out to you in order to provide you with an option to write either online with the class as scheduled, or at the Test Centre on 255 McCaul Street. Please note that the accommodations that can be provided through online testing arranged by the instructor (i.e. if you are not writing at the test centre) are limited to extra time only. If writing at the Test Centre, staff will work to put in place your regular accommodation plan.
    [Posted: Mar 23, 2020]
     
  • The ROSE has sent out an information bulletin for OISE students on behalf of Accessibility Services.
    [Posted: Apr 14, 2020]
     

International Students

  • If you are an international student and require a proof of enrollment letter to extend your study permit, work permit or visa, contact your Registration Specialist.
    [Posted: Mar 27, 2020]
  • Revised post-graduation work permit rules announced on Thursday, May 14 by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) mean that post-graduation work permit eligibility won't be affected if Fall 2020 courses are online due to COVID-19. Students can begin programs online from outside Canada and complete up to 50% of them from outside Canada. More details in the announcement itself: canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/notices/pgwpp-rules-covid19.html
    [Posted: May 15, 2020]

Documentation Requests

  • If documentation in support of legal proceedings is required, please note that student files are paper-based and we cannot fulfill requests until such time as we are advised to return to the office after the COVID-19 outbreak.
    [Posted: April 13, 2020]

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Student Services & Financial Support

This section last updated: June 7, 2022

Student Services

All OISE student services continue to be available:

Counselling Services

  • If you need to meet with our Student Success Counselor, Jeananne Robertson, call 416-978-2448 or email jt.robertson@utoronto.ca to request a virtual appointment.

OISE Student Success Centre (OSSC)

  • All appointments have been moved online via the OSSC website.

International Students

  • Contact our International Student Success Coordinator, Andy Xia via email to request a virtual appointment.

Career Support

  • Contact our Student Career Coordinator, Ghayas Shams via email to request a virtual appointment.

Financial Support

  • With limited exceptions, the University will cover the costs of the U of T mandatory quarantine accommodation if you have not previously completed a required quarantine in the full U of T program. However, if you are required to quarantine again at a later date (e.g. if you leave and return to Canada), you must cover the cost of the additional quarantine(s) yourself.
  • If you need financial assistance to help with quarantine costs, the Vice-Provost’s website includes the following information where you can apply to the School of Graduate Studies Emergency Grant Program.

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 Admissions 

This section last updated: April 13, 2022

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, processing of applications will take longer than normal. This includes managing new applications, responding to inquiries, and providing result letters via the online admissions application. Due to very limited time on campus, there will be a significant delay processing transcripts and other documents received by post and courier mail.
    [Posted: February 22, 2021]

Satisfy conditions of admission (see webpage for detailed information)

  • It is your responsibility to clear all conditions of admission as stated on your offer letter. All conditions must be satisfied before final registration is permitted. For a September 2022 offer of admission, the deadline to satisfy conditions is August 31, 2022

  • Once your conditions of admission have cleared, we will send you an “All Conditions Satisfied” e-mail message. We will contact you if there is a concern about a document clearing a condition of admission.

  • Newly admitted students are reminded they can enroll in courses and register (pay tuition fees) when conditions of admission are not yet fulfilled.

  • The COVID-19 pandemic may create challenges for students obtaining official academic records needed to clear a condition of admission. If you cannot fulfil a condition of admission by August 31, contact the Office of the Registrar and Student Services (admissions.oise@utoronto.ca) to discuss your situation. Otherwise, we’ll assume all conditions of admission will not be cleared; course enrolment and registration will be cancelled and you will not be permitted to continue in your program. Possible future admission requires formal re-application (including payment and submission of required supporting documents).
    [Posted: February 22, 2021]
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Official transcripts

  • Our transcript supporting document requirement for a new application for admission has changed: only online unofficial electronic transcripts are required at the time of application. You submit official transcripts only if you are offered admission and requested by us. 
     
  • Previously submitted documents (such as transcripts) will not be carried forward to a new application. 
     
  • We will not upload any documents (including transcripts) to the online application system for you.
     
  • If you receive an offer of admission and submission of official transcripts is now required, they can be provided in one of several ways:
     
  1. A secure electronic record sent by the issuing institution either directly from their own institutional website or through an authorized/licensed third party provider (such as Credentials Solutions, Parchment). E-transcripts from institutions can be considered official only if we can verify the originating link is secure and authentic.

Submit electronic official transcripts to: oise.admtranscript@utoronto.ca

  1. A paper record received by the Office of the Registrar and Student Services in a sealed envelope, signed/stamped by the issuing institution (it can be sent via you as long as we receive it in the issuing institution’s sealed envelope).

Submit paper official transcripts to:

Registrar's Office and Student Experience, Admissions Unit
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
252 Bloor Street West, Room 8-225
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6

  1. A secure electronic or paper record sent by World Education Service (WES). This format is acceptable for international (non-Canadian) academic credentials, and WES is the only evaluation service from which we accept official records. The International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP) version is required because it includes a copy of the academic record received directly from the educational institution and verified by WES. Note if written in a language other than English or French, a certified English language translation completed by an accredited Translation Service (not WES) is also required.

To be official, an academic record from WES must be provided one of two ways:

Electronic:  You can add OISE as a recipient at the time WES evaluates your documents, or if WES has already evaluated your documents you can order an extra copy and add OISE as a recipient.

Paper: A paper record received by the Registrar's Office and Student Experience in a sealed envelope, signed/stamped by WES.
[Posted: February 22, 2021]

CR/NCR impact on application and admission

  • If you are completing the final year of your bachelor’s degree, your post-secondary institution may present the option of changing a course to “Credit” or “No Credit” (CR/NCR). This means no grade will appear on your transcript, it will only reflect if the course was successfully passed (CR) or not (NCR). The University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies (SGS) establishes policy regarding the academic assessment of a transcript. SGS has not communicated any policy change, so how we do assessments has not changed. 

    If there is no grade showing, there is no grade to include in our assessment. We’ll simply not count CR/NCR courses in our calculation. Sometimes not counting courses transitions a full-time assessment to a part-time assessment:
     
  • If your bachelor's degree was completed on a full-time basis, average the final year.
  • If your bachelor's degree was completed on a part-time basis, average the five (approximately) most recent, senior-level, full courses or equivalent (students enrolled in fewer than four full course equivalents in their last academic year – including Summer Session – are considered part-time).
     
  • If you are completing the final year of your master’s degree, our academic assessment averages all graded courses completed for the entire master's program. We’ll simply not count CR/NCR courses in our calculation. 
     
  • CR/NCR courses can sometimes advantage a student (eliminating a potentially poor grade), but also disadvantage a student (eliminating a potentially strong grade). Ultimately, if you are presented with the option to change a course to CR/NCR, the choice is yours.
    [Posted: December 14, 2020] 


International Students (Proof of English Language Proficiency)

  • As English is the primary language of instruction and communication at the University of Toronto, applicants must demonstrate an adequate level of proficiency in English, regardless of citizenship status or country of origin. The University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies (SGS) provides detailed information regarding English language proficiency and testing requirements (OISE requires minimum scores for all tests and Academic Division Social Sciences for TOEFL). An offer of admission will not be presented until this requirement is satisfied.
     
  • The Duolingo English Test (DET) that was temporarily accepted to satisfy the English language proficiency requirement, is not an acceptable test for 2021-22 admission.
     
  • When evidence of English language proficiency is required an offer of admission will not be issued until the requirement is fully satisfied. However, programs may allow for additional time (beyond the two week timeframe stated in our “Proof of English Language Proficiency” letter). You can connect with the applicable program for information about your particular situation. The Registrar's Office  will not cancel any potential offer of admission unless directed to do so by a program.
    [Posted: December 14, 2020]

 

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