COVID-19: Chemistry Updates

UPDATED: July 4, 2022

The use of face masks: Mask are optional – the University supports your choice. Some members of our community may choose to continue to wear a mask. We ask everyone to respect each other’s decisions, comfort levels and health needs. For more information, please refer to Ch 6 of the COVID-19 General Workplace Guideline.

At every step of the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to follow the direction of government and public health authorities to help keep our community safe and healthy.

Provincial regulation and public health guidance now require that post-secondary institutions implement COVID-19 health screening for anyone coming to campus. In order to comply with these directives, a self-assessment is now required for all members of our community, including faculty members, librarians, staff, and students, each day they visit any one of the three U of T campuses or any other property owned or operated by U of T. 

Accessible via web browsers on computers, tablets, and smartphones, UCheck is the easiest and most secure way to complete the required self-assessment and generate a COVID-19 risk status prior to coming to U of T. Once generated, this risk status will recommend whether individuals should visit campus in person. More details on how to use UCheck, including how we are keeping self-assessment data private, are available by clicking the link below.

Other Important Links


Answers to many questions can be found at the SGS website.

Additional COVID-19 resources at U of T include:


Chemistry specific and general issues include:
  1. All labs at STG are currently open. In order to minimize uncertainty and disruption to our students, staff, faculty and university communities, U of T will maintain our COVID-19 vaccination and masking policies until at least the end of the current term.
  2. Anyone with flu-like or cold-like symptoms or who has had close contact with a person ill with COVID-19, should stay at home and self-isolate. Further guidelines are given below:All students should monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms listed in the University’s COVID-19 FAQsIf experiencing symptoms, please follow the directives detailed on the Toronto Public Health website including self-isolating, taking the available Self-Assessment and following the recommendations for seeking additional care from their primary care provider, Telehealth or nearest hospital based of their symptomsIf you are contacted by a Public Health authority with regards to COVID-19, please contact the University’s Occupational Health Nurse at: If you are sick or self-isolating, you should advise your supervisor or graduate coordinator as applicable of your status. In addition you will need to record these absences through the Absence Declaration tool on ACORN (visit website to learn more). The tool can be found in the ACORN Profile and Settings menu. You should record each day of your absence as soon as it begins, up until the day before you return to classes or other academic activities. The University will use this information to provide academic accommodation and to monitor overall absences. Absences for other illnesses should continue to be documented through the Verification Of Illness (VOI) form and normal divisional process.Graduate students who are working as TAs are asked to complete the "Non-Appointed Employee Absence Self-Declaration form" in the event they are sick or self-isolating. If advised by Public Health that you are to self-isolate, you must confirm with Public Health that you are clear to resume normal activities prior to returning to work or study.
  3. If you are experiencing immediate financial hardship, you can apply for an emergency loan or emergency grant. Please contact the Graduate Office should you have immediate financial concerns. As deadlines are changed we are advocating with the Faculty of Arts and Science and SGS to extend funding availability for graduate students, as well as providing additional funding to our graduate students.
  4. If you find yourself having a tough time managing your anxieties and would like to talk to someone, Mark Taylor, Scott Prosser and Anna Liza Villavelez are available to chat through phone, Skype, etc. Also contact Chad Jankowski (, the Faculty’s Mental Health Officer. Additionally, see the list of mental health resources.
  5. Finally, we encourage you to stay up-to-date with the recommendations being made by the University, government, and public health agencies. A list of links to online resources is provided below, including information about how to protect yourself and others with good hygiene practices and social distancing.

For the most up to date information on the impact of COVID-19  at the University of Toronto, faculty are encouraged to check the UTogether page, which is updated regularly.