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COVID-19: U of T and Ryerson cancel classes


U of T and Ryerson cancel classes – Following the announcement that York University is switching to online classes only beginning Monday, both the University of Toronto and Ryerson University are also cancelling in-person classes in favour of online teaching.

The statement from U of T president, Meric S. Gertler says, “

“The University of Toronto has cancelled all in-person undergraduate and research-stream Masters and Doctoral courses across the University of Toronto’s three campuses starting Monday, March 16 and continuing until the end of classes on April 3. Teaching will be provided by other means, including existing online platforms.”

U of T and Ryerson cancel classes

The decision comes after many discretionary activities that are not required as part of a course or academic requirement were cancelled or postponed. U of T had already cancelled all of their programs abroad. “Yesterday we sent a memo directly to all students, faculty, librarians and staff on our three campuses, to update everyone on our planning for future contingencies. We announced the cancellation of all University-sponsored learning programs abroad,” said Gertler’s statement.

Ryerson University sent out a similar statement from their president Mohamed Lachemi explaining that “Effective today, March 13, the university will be shifting all in-person classes to virtual and other alternative forms of delivery. As of today, all exams will also be conducted by alternate methods.”

Lachemi went on to say that the upcoming week would be a transition week as the university explores alternate forms of program delivery and “All courses will have these alternate arrangements finalized by Monday, March 23. Students will be hearing from their departments on course delivery during the week of March 16.”

Also, similar to the decisions at York and U of T all discretionary Ryerson events on and off-campus scheduled from now until May 1, 2020 are being cancelled or postponed, including those planned by student groups.

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