Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

Undergraduate Students & Applicants: COVID-19 FAQ

Last updated May 13, 2020 at 10:42 AM EDT

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What supports are available for online learning?
Your Course Instructor / Faculty Advisors are working closely with our e-learning technology support staff in the Faculty. They will provide you with the necessary advice and supports in order to be able to engage in your online learning.
How will I complete exams?
There will be no in-person exams for the remainder of this academic year. If there are exams in your course(s), information will be provided to you on your Quercus course site with details on individual course assessments, including tests / exams, if appropriate.
What about summer courses?
Each planned course in the spring/summer session this academic year will continue to be offered remotely (QUERCUS), including undergraduate and graduate courses that contain a required clinical component. Clinical placements are being replaced with a variety of remote learning strategies within each course that normally contains a clinical practicum component to assist you to continue to develop, practice and achieve competencies.
Will I be able to graduate?
The Faculty is working closely with the College of Nurses of Ontario to ensure students meet the necessary entry-to-practice competencies required. Students will need to engage in the remote learning experiences and pass any required evaluation strategies.
I am unable to work currently and need financial assistance-what support is available?
An Emergency Undergraduate Grant has been set up with the intention of assisting undergraduate domestic and international students impacted by COVID-19 who need immediate, short-term financial relief because of unexpected expenses. Please complete all sections of the Emergency Undergraduate Grant Application and submit the document via email to awards.nursing@utoronto.ca.

Make note that you must explicitly address how your grant request arises from changes in your finances because of COVID-19 response measures.

STUDENTS APPLYING FOR ADMISSION TO THE BScN PROGRAM FOR FALL TERM 2020

Will the BScN admission review process and decisions be delayed due to COVID-19?
The Admissions Committee reviews applications online. At this time, we do not expect any delay in decision-making. Admission decisions are expected to be posted at join.utoronto.ca starting April on an on-going basis until the end of June.
How can I submit official transcripts since my University is closed due to COVID-19?
Please upload copies of transcripts at join.utoronto.ca first. We can issue a conditional offer of admission based on your academic uploaded records. Official final transcripts can be submitted later.
I am an international BScN applicant. Will I be able to begin classes in the Fall if travel restrictions are still in place?
The current situation is evolving rapidly and the University is monitoring events closely. We are committed to finding ways to allow international students to begin their studies at the University of Toronto in the 2020-21 academic year. The Faculty will monitor Government of Canada advisories.
Can I defer my admission due to COVID-19?
Admission deferral may be considered because of extenuating circumstances related to a student who is offered admission or for a student who has accepted an offer of admission. All requests are reviewed on a case by case basis. We are monitoring the development of the impact of COVID-19 closely. As for now, there is no change to the program start date for September 2020.
I am enrolled in a prerequisite course this term. Owing to COVID-19, my scheduled exam has been cancelled. Can I receive an extension to complete the prerequisite course?
Please upload copies of academic records at join.utoronto.ca as soon as you know your grade. For applicants with conditional offers, the due date to submit final transcript is July 15. For any questions and requests regarding the completion of prerequisite courses, please email connect.nursing@utoronto.ca. We will consider each request on a case by case basis.
Funding Opportunity Directory

The University of Toronto is working to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including providing emergency financial support and work-study opportunities for students. Visit the directory to learn more about these university financial aid supports as well as provincial and federal government programs. 

GENERAL QUESTIONS / INFORMATION

What is social / physical distancing?
Social / physical distancing is a public health practice that aims to minimize contact with other persons who may or may not have contracted the virus. The purpose of social / physical distancing is to prevent sick people from passing the virus to healthy people by reducing opportunities for disease transmission. This generally includes canceling large group events, closing public spaces, avoiding crowds, keeping physical distance from others, and so on.

With COVID-19, the goal of social / physical distancing is to slow down the spread of the virus from person to person and to reduce the burden on health care systems and workers.

How can I help?
We must all make our own decisions about what level of risk we are willing to accept. As future health professionals, the Faculty trusts you will make the responsible decisions.

Volunteer opportunities are independent of academic studies and the University, even if the activities take place on sites that are affiliated with the University (e.g. at major hospitals or with academic appointees requesting volunteers). As a volunteer, the University’s insurance coverage, WSIB, coverage through the University (including the coverage applicable during student placements), financial support, or logistical support would not be available to you for volunteer activities.

Unless the organization or site at which you are volunteering makes it available to you, as a volunteer, you may only be covered in case of injury or illness in the course of volunteering through your OHIP/UHIP and your extended health coverage plan, if you have one. Please make sure you are protecting yourself, following public health advice, and informing yourself of the potential risks of any volunteer opportunity. We ask that you continue to consult the University’s central webpage for links to public health authorities, travel advisories, and student supports including mental health resources. Please stay safe and take care of yourself during these difficult times as you try to help others.

Staying Well/Mental Health

Health and Wellness at St. George campus is open and available for all students. Please visit their website to learn more or book a virtual appointment.

The University encourages everyone to be mindful of their own mental health by:

    • Turning off and stop watching email, the news or social media;
    • Ensure that you are taking time for family or loved ones (even if virtually);
    • Engaging in exercise and relaxation, such as this daily mindfulness exercise recommended by Professor Blake Poland: A Mindful Society via Facebook Live, offered every morning at 10:00 a.m.
Province of Ontario Supports Postsecondary Students During COVID-19
The government of Ontario is easing the financial burden on students and making sure they can complete their studies during the COVID-19 outbreak by temporarily deferring payments for Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) loans and making online learning supports, including year-end exams, available to postsecondary institutions. Read more…
COVID-19 contact tracing volunteer opportunity

Researchers, students, medical and allied healthcare professionals with training in data analytics, programming, lab skills, medicine, allied health professions, mental health, public health are needed to help with contact tracing. Learn more about the registry here: https://covid19resources.ca/volunteerrecruitment.html

This registry is part of a volunteer-built national website led by Guillaume Bourke of McGill and me: https://covid19resources.ca. Our website aims to collect, direct and coordinate people involved in COVID19 research across the country. It is supported by multiple U15 universities, and complements a U15-built invitation-only COVID-19 Slack community discussion platform launched in recent days: https://cancovid.ca

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