This page was last updated November 29, 2021
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.
The Faculty is currently in Step 3 of Ontario's three-step Roadmap to Reopen process.
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 Winter Term for Students
We continue to be committed to bringing students at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy back to campus for in-person learning to the fullest extent possible, based on public health and provincial guidelines.
In October 2021, our PharmD program transitioned to full in-person course delivery and we will continue with full in-person course delivery for the 2022 Winter Term. Our graduate programs in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences will also continue with full in-person course delivery. The PharmD for Pharmacists program will continue with online course delivery and in-person experiential education rotations where appropriate.
The COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing and, should our current situation shift requiring additional public health measures to be introduced, we will maintain the flexibility to pivot in-person courses to online learning at the discretion of the University of Toronto and public health officials.
- 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.
- The University expects all members of the community to have their first dose by September 13, and to be fully vaccinated by October 15.
- 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. Each individual who is authorized to enter the building must follow the directions outlined below and in signage posted throughout the building.
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 who are in one of our buildings, in a space that is normally publicly accessible, to wear a non-medical mask or face covering. Such spaces may include hallways, lobbies, elevators, meeting rooms, and other common use facilities to which the public normally has access.
FAQs for returning to work and study at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
Across the University, planning is ongoing following the University’s 12 ways we are preparing for a safe return. These measures include mandatory health screening and vaccination requirements, contact tracing using QR codes, and ongoing assessment of building ventilation and air filtration systems.
Monitoring and Enforcement
It is expected that everyone will be familiar with the LDFP Guidelines for Research Restart and Recovery, University 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