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Covid-19 Information and Updates

On this page, you will find current information about how Woodsworth College Residence is implementing health & safety guidelines from the University of Toronto to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This page is subject to change and represents the most current information and policies of Woodsworth College Residence regarding COVID-19; however, it does not replace existing University of Toronto policy. This page is updated regularly by the Residence Office staff.

If you are a current resident or inquiring about 2021 Summer Residence, please email summer.residence@wdw.utoronto.ca, or phone (416) 623-1685 x 2000. You can also view our Summer Residence FAQ page for answers to common inquiries. 

For inquiries about the 2021-2022 academic year and Woodsworth College Residence, we ask that you review our COVID-19 FAQ below, our Future Residents FAQ page, or email residence@wdw.utoronto.ca

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m a current resident of Woodsworth College and I feel sick. What should I do?

If you suspect that you are ill, please self-isolate and follow public health guidelines, and the advice of your healthcare provider. We ask that you inform the Residence Office by completing this form, or go to uoft.me/wdwsupport, so that we can provide support to you during this time.

What supports and resources are available to current residents?

In addition to our monthly newsletter and curated set of virtual programming that highlights health and wellness during the summer months, the Woodsworth College Residence Front Desk is available 24 hours a day. Please call 416-623-1685 ext 2000. Or simply dial extension 2000 from your residence phone. The Front Desk Porter will be able to connect you with the Don on Duty, the Assistant Dean, Residence Life, or another college staff member.

In addition, the University of Toronto hosts a range of additional resources that are available to students who may be experiencing challenges. 

These include:

Navi, the University of Toronto's Mental Health Wayfinder 

U of T My Student Support Program (My SSP): 1-844-451-9700. Outside of North America, call 001-416-380-6578. Culturally-competent mental health and counselling services in 146 languages for all U of T students.

Good2Talk Student Helpline: 1-866-925-5454. Professional counselling, information and referrals helpline for mental health, addictions and student well-being.

What amenities are open in the Residence presently? 

Due to health & safety guidelines from the University of Toronto, the following amenities are closed:

– Residence Common Spaces (including study space and television rooms)
– Exercise Room
– William Waters Lounge
– Meeting Room

The laundry room and bike storage room remain open and accessible to current residents. 

How will Woodsworth College Residence be reopening safely for Fall 2021?

Thank you for your interest in Woodsworth College Residence. With advice from our university partners and in strict adherence to public health guidelines, the Residence is planning to be open to residents in Fall 2021. We look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant and diverse community this September. This is subject to change based on changing guidance from Toronto Public Health and the University of Toronto. More information about our residence operations will be forthcoming, so please check this page at a later date for updates.

Is Woodsworth College Residence currently open?

As with all University of Toronto buildings, Woodsworth Residence has restricted access and is currently open to residents and essential visitors only. The administrative office remains open Monday to Friday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. We kindly ask that you email or phone us at (416) 623-1685 with your inquiries, rather than visit in person at this time.

What is Woodsworth College Residence doing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the building?

Apart from frequently cleaning high-traffic areas of our building, Woodsworth College Residence has implemented a range of safety precautions in our building, including: the closure of common spaces; restricting guest access, posting signage demarcating occupancy limits and to help facilitate physical distancing of at least 2m in hallways and elevators; and mandatory mask-wearing in public and high-traffic areas of our building at all times.

We continue to follow best practices from public health authorities and consistently review the latest guidelines from the University of Toronto and the City of Toronto.

Are vaccines mandatory for students who choose to live in Woodsworth College Residence during the 2021-2022 academic year?

Yes.  As part of our commitment to health and safety, the University of Toronto and its colleges, including Woodsworth College, require students living in residence during the 2021-22 academic year to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

For the full details from the University of Toronto, please consult the website of the Vice Provost, Students.