COVID-19 Update

These are extraordinary times, and more than ever we must remind ourselves of our commitment to diversity, inclusion, respect, and civility.

COVID-19 continues to reveal how systemic health inequities have differential impacts on our communities. If you are experiencing a mental health concern, and are searching for resources, we invite you to access Navi, U of T’s virtual mental health wayfinder.

We all have a role to play in ensuring our safety and the safety of others. Our strategy emphasizes the importance of individual and collective responsibility. We are Innis together.

Building is Closed Until Further Notice

March 13, 2021     12:01pm

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COVID-19 Update

These are extraordinary times, and more than ever we must remind ourselves of our commitment to diversity, inclusion, respect, and civility.

COVID-19 continues to reveal how systemic health inequities have differential impacts on our communities. If you are experiencing a mental health concern, and are searching for resources, we invite you to access Navi, U of T’s virtual mental health wayfinder.

We all have a role to play in ensuring our safety and the safety of others. Our strategy emphasizes the importance of individual and collective responsibility. We are Innis together.

Innis COVID-19 guidelines for Fall 2021

Innis College’s re-entry plans and decision-making is guided by an approach that prioritizes the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, and the surrounding community in which we reside. The re-opening of College operations is taking a measured approach as informed by public health guidelines and corresponding directives from the University.

Innis College is located at 2 Sussex Avenue, at the corner of St. George Street and Sussex Avenue. Opening hours are Monday to Friday, from 8am to 9pm. These hours can change without notice. Please contact Business Services if you have any questions.

Innis Residence, located at 111 St. George Street, is open to residents and authorized visitors only. Please contact the residence for up-to-date information at residence.innis@utoronto.ca or 416-978-2512.

This temporary measure is designed to limit spread of COVID-19 across all three campuses and reduce risks associated with capacity limits. These measures will support the health and safety of our community while meeting the needs of students, faculty, and staff as the University gradually resumes standard activities.

Designated entrances and exits are in place at Innis College to support distancing and reduce occupancy density within public areas of the College. Please enter and exit the building as indicated by signage posted around the doors.
  • Entrances:
    1. Accessible entrance facing St. George Street (across from Innis Residence).
    2. West Sussex doors (closest to Huron Street).
  • Exits:
    1. Main exit is now at East Sussex doors (closer to St. George Street)
    2. Any other main level doors are exit only.
  • Hand sanitizer is available at or near building entrances.
  • Please adhere to floor markings that indicate traffic flow for safe distancing, as well as signs for queues or waiting areas.
  • Posters for self-assessment are posted at entrances.
  • There is no front reception desk at Innis College.

Main seating areas of the College are accessible, however minimum two-metre physical-distancing protocols apply at all times.

  • Restricted seating protocols are implemented throughout the College, including classrooms, main lobby, café seating area, rooftop patio, and second-floor lounges.
  • Distancing protocols are also in effect in the courtyard.
  • Maximum occupancy will be enforced.
  • Occupants are not permitted to move furniture or remove or alter restricted seating signage. Reconfiguring seating and/or furniture is strictly prohibited, as physical distancing must be maintained at all times.
  • Study carrels located on the third floor of the east wing are restricted to a maximum occupancy of one person at a carrel at a time. Carrels cannot be booked. Users must wear a mask or face covering at all times and sanitize their hands at the nearby stand prior to sitting at a carrel. High-touch surfaces are disinfected by Caretaking Services twice daily; however, hand disinfectant wipes are also located outside Town Hall (IN 112) on the main level. Please remember to dispose of any wipes, gloves, masks, and other waste in the receptacles located near the carrels.
  • Commuter Lounge is open as per regular building hours.
  • Building hours will be enforced.
  • Academic + Campus Events classrooms can be booked here.

As of September 9, 2021, the Registrar’s Office at Innis College is open Monday to Friday, from 10am – 4pm. We are closed for lunch daily from 1 – 2pm and on Tuesdays from 12 – 2pm. We continue to encourage inquiries by email and telephone. Most appointments take place by virtual chat (via MS Teams or Zoom).

The Office of Student Life is open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm. We offer in-person and virtual appointments. Please visit the Student Success Bookings page to make an appointment, and email the office if you have any questions.

As of September 13, 2021, Innis College Library is open with access to the collections, and adapted access to study spaces and computers, in accordance with physical-distancing protocols. Please contact the librarian for more information, or visit the Innis Library webpage.

Printing services are not currently available at Innis College. Alternative printing services and computer access options on St. George campus are available.

The Innis Information Desk is closed; however, the University’s Information Commons is available for support via telephone at 416-978-HELP (4357) or email. For additional information including virtual hours of operation, please visit the website.

The Innis Writing Centre is open for in-person and online appointments. All appointments are booked through the online system. Every appointment in the system offers an online option.

Masks must be worn and physical distance from the instructor must be maintained at in-person appointments. Bring two hard copies of your paper and assignment sheet (i.e., one copy for the instructor), or bring your laptop and share relevant documents with your instructor online.

The Innis Café is an independently owned and operated business. Effective September 7, 2021, the café is open Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 4 pm.

Food and drink can be consumed in the café seating area and courtyard. All other areas are prohibited, including the main lobby, rooftop patio, second-floor lounges, and classrooms.

  • Regular mail services through the University have resumed. Mail is picked up twice per week.
  • Personal mail services are strictly prohibited.
  • Please note that there is no front reception desk to receive packages. Please make arrangements for courier deliveries when administrative staff members are not on site.
  • Couriers are required to self-assess and screen prior to entering the building.

Signage is posted in the elevator and stairwells to ensure one-way traffic flow and maximum occupancy in enclosed areas. The College has a single-passenger elevator that can hold a maximum of one person at a time. The elevator is operational during regular business hours. There is no service elevator.

Caretaking Services oversees the regular cleaning of high-touch surfaces, including elevator panels and buttons.

  • Washrooms are located on the upper and lower levels of the College.
  • Single, accessible washrooms are located on the second and third floors of the east wing.   
  • Soap and water are available in all washrooms, along with disposable paper towels for drying hands.
  • Posters are posted at all washrooms throughout the building.
  • Hand-sanitization stations are located outside each washroom.
  • Signage is posted outlining proper hygiene procedures.
Caretaking Services provides cleaning and disinfecting services to Innis College.
  • There will be daily routine cleaning of classrooms, library, and public spaces, such as lobbies and washrooms.
  • High-touch areas in common spaces will be cleaned and disinfected twice daily. This includes door handles, washroom fixtures, handrails, and elevator buttons.
  • Caretaking Services also maintains the supply of hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes at the College.
All occupants of the College are also asked to clean high-touch areas in their own workspace (such as countertops, shared equipment/tools, touch screens, keypads) throughout the day as used. Shared workspaces are equipped with disinfectant wipes or spray, paper towels, gloves, and disposable masks.

If you have questions about the information above, please email Innis’s chief administrative officer, Suzanne Macintyre, at businessservices.innis@utoronto.ca

University safety protocols in place

The University has implemented a number of directives to enhance its safety measures and ensure a safe learning and working environment for its community.

Access to U of T facilities and spaces is restricted to University community members only.

This temporary measure is designed to limit spread of COVID-19 across all three campuses and reduce risks associated with capacity limits. These measures will support the health and safety of our community while meeting the needs of students, faculty, and staff as the University gradually resumes standard activities.

U of T community members entering the College must self-assess for symptoms of COVID-19. Signage at entrances will provide additional information for self-assessment as well as required procedures. Prior to coming to campus, individuals can also access the University’s self-assessment web portal, UCheck.

Anyone who screens probable or positive is not permitted into the College building.

Dispensers for hand sanitizer are located throughout the building and available at or near each entrance, classroom, and washroom. Handwashing and hand-sanitizing signs are posted throughout the building. Washrooms have touchless faucets and paper towel dispensers.

All persons entering the building will be asked, and reminded, to adhere to physical distancing guidelines at all times.

The University requires medical, non-medical disposable, or cloth masks that cover the nose, mouth, and chin without gaping to be worn indoors in all common-use spaces on university property. These spaces include lobbies, elevators, hallways, stairwells, washrooms, service desks, cafeterias and lunchrooms, study lounges, meeting rooms, classrooms, and other locations used in common, where practicing physical distancing is difficult or unpredictable. Wearing a mask is also strongly recommended outside when people cannot physically distance more than two metres.

Unless otherwise noted, these requirements apply regardless of an individual’s COVID-19 vaccination status.

Some areas may be fitted with protective barriers and signage to indicate queuing areas. It is recommended that services be accessed remotely (e.g., phone, email, or video), whenever possible.
Capacity is reduced at the College to promote a safe and physically distanced environment for those who must be onsite, including individuals returning to in-class instruction, research, or student support services. Maximum occupancy signage is placed in various common spaces in the building. Stairwells have directional signage (i.e., up or down), except in cases of emergency. The elevator will also have signage.
The College has one non-touch bottle filling station located outside the Registrar’s Office and beside the elevator on the main level.

Our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion

The coronavirus has profoundly exposed us to physical and mental health risks; however, other concerns are emerging including xenophobia, bullying, and other discriminatory behaviours. Innis College and the University prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, creed, sexual orientation, gender expression, and/or disability. We are committed to maintaining a learning and working environment that is free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and disrespectful behaviour.

If you are experiencing discrimination or harassment, and are seeking additional supports, please consider services provided by the University’s Equity Offices.