COVID-19 Updates

Updated: November 27, 2020


For students, faculty, and staff:

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.


We’re Innis Together

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. 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.


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.


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.

Campus Access

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.

Hand Hygiene

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

Physical Distancing

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

Non-Medical Masks

Starting July 7, 2020, the University implemented a temporary policy requiring non-medical masks or face coverings 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.


University of Toronto-issued masks for Innis students can be picked up at the Residence front desk; students should provide their UTORid to receive their masks. Faculty and staff can get their masks from the College CAO. There are also other locations for mask pick-up.

Protective Barriers

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.

Building Directions

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.

Water Fountain

The College has one non-touch bottle filling station located outside the Registrar’s Office and beside the elevator on the main level.


Innis COVID-19 Guidelines for Fall 2020

Building Hours of Operation

Innis College is located at 2 Sussex Avenue, at the corner of St. George Street and Sussex Avenue. Effective December 1, the building is closed. These hours may change without notice. Please contact Business Services if you have any questions.


Innis College Residence, located at 111 St. George Street, is accessible Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Strict protocols are in place for visitors and these hours are subject to change at any time. Please contact the residence for up-to-date information at or 416-978-2512.

Building Entry and Exit

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 the 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.
Study, Lounge, and Lobby Spaces

Main seating areas of the College are accessible, however minimum 2-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.
  • The Commuter Lounge is not open at this time.
  • 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.
  • Building hours will be enforced.
  • Academic + Campus Events classrooms can be booked here.
Innis Café

The Innis Café is an independently owned and operated business. Effective December 1, the Café is closed, in concert with the college building closure.


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.

Registrar's Office

The Innis Registrar’s Office continues to be available via email and phone (416-978-2513). Our physical office is closed. All appointments will take place by phone or virtual chat (e.g., MS Teams, Zoom). Our regular hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 9 am to  4:30 pm, and we are closed for lunch daily from 1 to  2 pm.

Library, Computer Lab, and Printing Services

The library and computer lab are closed to visitors, but we are working towards providing print-collection access through a curbside pickup service. Research and access support are still available remotely by appointment or email. Please contact the Librarian for more information, or visit the Innis Library webpage.


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

IT Help Desk

The Innis IT Help 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.

Mail and Deliveries
  • 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.
Elevator and Stairs

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 and Hand-Washing Facilities
  • Washrooms are located on the main and upper levels at the College. Single, accessible washrooms are located on the main, second, and third floors of the east wing.
  • Soap and water are available in all washrooms, along with disposable paper towel 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.
Cleaning and Disinfecting

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 in the College are also asked to clean high-touch areas in their own workspace (such as counter-tops, shared equipment / tools, touchscreens, 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 contact Joyce Hahn, Chief Administrative Officer (