FAQs for building re-entry at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy

Please see FAQs below intended for students, faculty and staff at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. The University also maintains an FAQ section on the UTogether website and we encourage you to regularly consult that information in addition to what is provided below.

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to the following contacts depending on your information needs:

Research Operations: Mike Folinas, Manager, Research Administration

Facilities/ Building Space: Tina Harvey-Kane, Director, Facilities Management

Human Resources and Safety Concerns: Tara Snyder, Manager of Administrative Operations and Alycia Bromley, HR Advisor


Vaccination Requirements

Are vaccines required at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy?

 Yes. All members of our 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. The University expects all members of the community to have their first dose by September 13, 2021 and to be fully vaccinated by October 15, 2021.  

This means that starting September 13, all students, faculty, staff and librarians at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy will be required to upload proof of vaccination using the UCheck system.  You will be able to upload your vaccine information in early September.  

In addition, students in the PharmD and PharmD for Pharmacists programs will be required to upload proof of vaccination using Synergy Gateway.    

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How do I provide proof of vaccination?

All members of our 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 UCheckThe University expects all members of the community to have their first dose by September 13 2021, and to be fully vaccinated by October 15, 2021. 

In addition, students in the PharmD and PharmD for Pharmacists programs will be required to upload proof of vaccination using Synergy Gateway. Please continue to follow guidance from program directors and the Office of Experiential Education on how to upload proof of vaccination to Synergy Gateway.    
 
Please refer to the University’s FAQs for more information on vaccination requirements 

What if I’m not yet vaccinated? 

The University will support those who are not yet vaccinated to make arrangements to get vaccinated. Those who do not receive an approved exemption and who do not have their first vaccine dose cannot come to campus. 

Please refer to the University’s FAQs for more information on vaccination requirements 

Building access and capacity limits

How do I get access to the building?

Anyone entering the faculty building must enter through the east facing front doors. Faculty, staff and students may exit through all three doors.

What is the process for entering the building?

Prior to entering the building:

  • All students, faculty, and staff must wear a face mask when entering the building and in all common areas and shared spaces.
Are masks still required in the building?

Yes. The University requires face masks to be worn indoors and recommends medical face masks. This requirement will lift on July 1, 2022.

Is physical distancing still required in the building?

No, as of March 4, 2022, physical distancing and capacity limits are no longer required.

Can I use the elevator in the building?

Yes. Passenger and service elevators will be functional for faculty, staff, and students. 

Can I use the washrooms in the building?

Yes. Washrooms in the building are open. Soap and water are available in all washrooms, along with disposable paper towels. Hand sanitizer is also available outside of each washroom.

Will Second Cup be open?

The Second Cup in the Atrium is not currently open.

Can I access my student locker?

Yes, students can access lockers.

Can I access shared study space in the building?

Yes, study spaces are open for students. Masking is required in study spaces.

What are the capacity limits in the building?

As of March 4, 2022 capacity limits are no longer required. 


Work environments and office spaces

Are shared office spaces permitted?

Staff are not expected to share an office space at this time. Scheduling can be staggered by managers so as to avoid the sharing of office space. In the event a particular unit schedules staff in the same offices on the same days, the following rooms will be available to be booked and used by staff as overflow space:

  • PB 600 (1 person)
  • PB 618 (2 people)
  • PB 654 (1 person)
  • PB 695 (1 person)
  • PB 829 (2 people)
Who can book an alternative workspace?

All staff who have shared office space can book alternate workspaces in the faculty building. Please discuss this with your manager prior to booking these spaces.

How do I book an alternative workspace?

Faculty and staff can book alternative workspace using Microsoft Outlook. Detailed instructions on how to book a room can be found below:

Where can I store / eat my lunch?

Fridges are available for use in the Staff & Faculty Lounge, kitchenette on the 6th floor, and various other locations throughout the building. 

What if I feel unsafe in the workplace or have concerns about someone who is ill in my work area?

If you feel unsafe in the workplace, please speak to your manager. Similarly, if you are concerned about someone in the workplace who is ill and exhibiting flu-like symptoms, speak to your manager. Managers are advised to contact environmental health and safety.

Employees in the workplace who are ill with flu-like symptoms should stay home; advise their manager; visit the UCheck web portal to complete a self-assessment; and seek out medical advice accordingly. There have been reports of discriminatory behaviours towards some members in the U of T community. Behaviours and comments that perpetuate stereotypes are harmful and should not be tolerated or condoned. Assessment of COVID-19 risk should be based on exposure history and not on race or ethnicity. We encourage members to reinforce messaging of the University’s commitment to human rights and our values of diversity, inclusion, respect, and civility.

Please refer to the UTogether FAQ page for more information.


Classroom and building ventilation

How does U of T assess classroom and building ventilation?

The Facilities and Services group at U of T is responsible for managing building and classroom ventilation. To learn more about the University's approach to ongoing ventilation assessments, review our COVID-19 HVAC strategy and read this U of T news story about how the University is preparing for a safe return to campus. To learn more about ventilation in classrooms, review our classroom ventilation page.

What is the air change rate in the Leslie L. Dan Faculty of Pharmacy Building?

As part of the University’s COVID-19 HVAC strategy, all centralized heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system filters have been replaced with enhanced MERV 13 filters or the highest compatible with the existing HVAC infrastructure. This is the filtration level that the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) currently recommends for reopening buildings.

The central ventilation system at the Leslie L. Dan Pharmacy Building has a filtration level of MERV 13 or higher with 12 air handling units. The University’s Facilities & Services group manages the central ventilation system in our building and you can find the filtration level of central ventilation systems in buildings on the St. George campus on the Facilities & Services website.

What is the air change rate in the larger classrooms?

As outlined by Facilities and Services, classroom environments at the University are being equipped for at least six equivalent air changes per hour - the same standard used in healthcare settings. Please see information on the assessed classrooms in our building below:

Building Name (Code) Room Available in Fall 2021 Air Change Rate Local Air Purifier Installed
Leslie L. Dan Pharmacy Building B150 Yes 10 No
Leslie L. Dan Pharmacy Building B250 Yes 10 No
Leslie L. Dan Pharmacy Building 255 Yes 6 Yes
Leslie L. Dan Pharmacy Building 450 Yes 6 Yes
Leslie L. Dan Pharmacy Building 850 Yes 6 Yes

* Air change rate means how many times the total air volume of the space has been exchanged for fresh air in an hour. If a room has an air change rate of six or above, no additional air purifier needs to be installed.

To learn more about ventilation in classrooms, review our classroom ventilation page.

What is the air change rate in the teaching labs?

The teaching labs including Room 750 and 860 run between five and 12 air changes per hour (ACH), with the number of air changes increasing as the room is populated. When the lab spaces are empty, the number of ACH are reduced. As people begin to enter the room for teaching and learning activities the ACH are increased to above the minimum threshold of six ACH for classrooms.

What is the air change rate in the research labs?

Our research labs are held to rigorous ventilation standards given the nature of work conducted in these spaces and each lab has a minimum of six air changes per hour.

What is the air change rate in the smaller classrooms and meeting spaces?

Smaller meeting rooms typically run between two and three ACH. While this falls below the stated six ACH per hour articulated for classrooms, meeting rooms are much smaller in capacity and therefore require fewer ACH. Capacity limits, appropriate physical distancing, and masking must be maintained when these rooms are in use.