This page was last updated May 2, 2022

Responding to COVID-19 at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy

The Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy’s academic, research and operations plans prioritize the health and well-being of our faculty, staff, students and the University of Toronto communities we serve. Operations and activities at our Faculty are informed by public health guidelines and the guidelines and recommendations of the University of Toronto. Please check this web page to stay informed about policies and procedures. You can also visit our web page for Coronavirus past updates and resources.

To ensure all reopening decisions are informed by the most up-to-date and relevant public health and U of T information, the Faculty has convened a COVID-19 OPERATIONS RECOVERY AND RESUMPTION COMMITTEE (CORReCt). If you have questions for this committee, please contact Aldo DiMarcantonio, Chief Administrative Officer.

2022 Summer Update

The University of Toronto has provided an update on changing health restrictions on our campuses that will take effect for the upcoming Summer term, beginning May 1, 2022. These changes are being made in response to the Ontario government’s Roadmap to Reopen and public health guidance in Toronto and Mississauga.  

As has been the case over the course of the pandemic, the University’s approach has been informed by changing regulations, legislation, and direction from public health authorities.  

Continuation of Mask Requirement and Updates to UCheck

In light of the recent provincial trends, the University will continue its requirement to wear masks in certain settings until June 30, 2022, in accordance with the Joint Provostial and Human Resources Guideline on Face Masks.

As of May 1, 2022, health screening and contact tracing will become unavailable in UCheck.

These features may be reinstated with little notice in the event that public health guidance or recommendations change.

The proof of vaccination module will continue to be available and can be used to:

  • Upload proof of vaccination (required for new employees)
  • Voluntarily upload proof of booster (additional) doses for all students, faculty, librarians, and staff

Some or all of these requirements may be reinstated on short notice should public health conditions or guidance change. In order to minimize disruption, we ask that all members of our community continue to provide up-to-date information on their vaccine status via UCheck.  

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Vaccination Requirements

  • As announced August 26, all members of the University of Toronto community who come onto our campuses in the fall must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and will be required to upload proof of vaccination via UCheck
  • Prior to this announcement, the University had communicated that all students, faculty, and staff engaged in certain high-risk activities, including experiential education, will be required to provide proof of full vaccination. This requirement remains in place.

  • The University had previously also announced that all students living in residence during the 2021-2022 academic year must be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Working Together to Stay Safe

We all have a role to play in ensuring our safety and the safety of others. The University of Toronto requires anyone coming to campus to complete a COVID-19 health screening by conducting a UCheck self-assessment each day before they visit. More information, UCheck login, and offline forms can be found on the UCheck website. The University also requires individuals to wear masks in indoor spaces and recommends the use of medical-grade masks where possible. 
 


FAQs for returning to work and study at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy

As we transition back to campus, the University continues to require vaccinations and masking in indoor spaces. 

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Monitoring and Enforcement

It is expected that everyone will be familiar with the LDFP Guidelines for Research Restart and RecoveryUniversity of Toronto COVID-19 Guideline for Reopening Research Spaces prepared by the Environmental Health and Safety division, the University of Toronto Approach for Research Recovery and Adaptation, the U of T Policy On Non-medical Masks Or Face Coverings, and the overarching University of Toronto Principles for Research Recovery & Adaptation.

Monitoring will be carried out by:

A) Each Principal Investigator for their own laboratory staff and spaces
Principal investigators who will be approved to carry out on-campus research will have provided their plan as a component of their Application for on-campus Research Restart and Recovery (RRR) at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. These plans will have ensured that no more than the acceptable maximum number of people will be on site at any one time. These plans will also have confirmed that each PI will take responsibility for ensuring that they and their staff and trainees have reviewed all university policies and procedures related to COVID-19 onsite work.

B) Central Office(s), including EHS, and

C) Processes to be developed by the CORReCt committee

  • Divisional and institutional oversight of adherence to the guidelines will be in place and deficiencies may lead to suspension of permits to perform in person activities.
  • Overcrowded labs and other safety issues can be reported to the Research Office or the Manager of Administrative Operations