What can students expect at Rotman during COVID-19?
Rotman is currently offering online-only course delivery. Access to our building is limited to essential services only. However, Rotman staff have been working remotely since March 2020 and we are offering a full range of services to support our community. Please reach out to us as you normally would for any support that you need.
Fall term 2020:
The Rotman School began the fall 2020 term offering graduate and undergraduate teaching primarily through remote delivery and had begun gradually incorporating in-person elements to the student experience, as public health guidelines allowed at that time.
On Friday, October 9, the Province of Ontario announced the implementation of additional public health measures in certain regions, including Toronto, to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in these communities.
In response to this announcement, Rotman decided to immediately restrict any in-person activities that were taking place. Any undergraduate and graduate courses that had any in-person delivery have switched to online-only delivery. We are expecting that this switch will be for the remainder of the fall term.
Winter term 2021:
We are now planning for the winter term, beginning in January 2021. We hope that we might once again be able to gradually incorporate in-person elements to the student experience, if public health guidelines allow. We are closely monitoring the situation. Of course, if we need to continue offer online-only course delivery at Rotman then we will be prepared for that.
On November 20, 2020, the University of Toronto announced a delay to the start of classes for undergraduate students across U of T. At Rotman, this will only impact Rotman Commerce undergraduate students, and they will experience a delay to the start of their classes.
There is no change to the start of winter term for students in any graduate degree programs at the Rotman School. Rotman has decided that it is in the best interests of our graduate students to start the winter term according to our original calendar, which for some programs includes classes during the week of January 4, 2021.
Our graduate programs have complex schedules and varied start dates in the early part of January, and course schedules are deeply intertwined with the schedules of outside parties including corporate project partners, recruiters, and instructors from the business community. Changing course schedules on short notice would create enormous disruption, potentially negatively impact student experience, and jeopardize important opportunities for connection to the business community. In addition, many of our professional students have already booked time into their calendars to ensure they are available for intensive weeks, industry projects and career sessions. We also do not want to disturb scheduled internships or work opportunities for students. We feel that introducing schedule changes now will lead to increased stress for our students who are already facing a challenging year.
The U of T campus will re-open (in its restricted status) as scheduled on January 4, 2021, and Rotman faculty and staff will back at work at that time as well, supporting students after the winter holiday break.
Where to find more information:
Future students may find these FAQs helpful:
Full Time MBA
Other graduate programs
Current Rotman students can find tools and resources on the Rotman Hub for connecting with other users or sharing files when you or others are working remotely.
The University of Toronto has very detailed information and many links to useful resource on U of T’s central page on COVID-19. Please visit that page for much more information.