Ryerson, U of T, Humber, George Brown and others are shifting courses online for the rest of the semester as members of the public urged to stay home
Toronto postsecondary institutions are cancelling classes as members of the public are advised to stay home in the face of the spreading COVID-19 (or coronavirus) pandemic.
News of the closures comes immediately after the announcement that all Ontario public schools will remain closed for two weeks after March break (from March 14 through to April 5).
Here’s how colleges and universities in the GTA are responding to the coronavirus outbreak:
Effective March 13, the university has moved all in-person classes to online delivery.
U of T is cancelling all in-person classes across all three campuses for undergraduates, research-stream masters and doctoral courses starting March 16. Classes will be moved online through April 3. A decision on professional degree programs will follow on March 16. Select common areas will remain open.
York is suspending in-person classes starting March 16 and moving courses to online formats.
Humber will suspend all classes from March 16 to 20. After that, all courses will move to online delivery until the end of the Winter 2020 semester on April 17.
Seneca is suspending all in-person courses March 16 to 20. Classes will resume in an online-only format the following week. In-person labs and studio time will resume April 6.
Classes are suspended March 14 to March 22 afterward, all classes will be delivered online until April 3.
UPDATE (March 16): George Brown has closed its campuses until further notice, with alternate avenues being explored for course delivery until the end of the semester.