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New College at the University of Toronto is preparing to support both remote learning as well as a gradual, safe return to campus in the fall. We are committed to ensuring that our community of students, faculty, librarians, and staff are safe and informed, and following the processes and protocols outlined in UTogether 2020: A Roadmap for the University of Toronto. This page will be dedicated to resources and updates for the NEW community from New College, U of T, and the Faculty of Arts & Science as we approach the Fall 2020 semester. We sincerely appreciate your ongoing patience and flexibility in this difficult and ever-changing time. 

This fall the New College residences will house approximately 250 students (about 30% of our normal 880 residents). The majority of courses will be offered online; however, about 10% of them will be offered in person in classrooms at the College. The Registrar’s Office and the Office of Residence and Student Life will be providing in-person services to students on campus albeit with reduced staffing. All of these activities have been planned with safety in mind.  If you are on campus you will notice additional signage, reconfiguration of lounge furniture and reminders to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing. Additional sanitizing stations are being installed. New College will not be open to the general public; only members of the University community will have access.  Additional news and information on New College services can be found below.


News from the College


A Message From Principal Bonnie McElhinny, September 2020

An update from Principal McElhinny after the first month of the Fall 2020 semester.

New Students Guide 

Our annual New Students & Parents Guide, now online! Includes enrolment guidelines, helpful check-lists, virtual residence tours, and campus resources.


New College Services


Registrar’s Office
The New College Registrar’s Office will be offering remote services this fall. Click here for information on fall services from the Registrar’s Office.


DG Ivey Library
The DG Ivey Library will be opening in the fall in a limited capacity.  Book check-out will be available through curbside pickup.  Click here for information on fall services from the DG Ivey Library.   Information about curbside pickup throughout the U of T library system can be found here.


Writing Centre
The New College Writing Centre will be open in the fall for in-person, online, and phone appointments, as well as running a variety of writing programs. Click here for information of fall services from the Writing Centre. 


The Office of Residence and Student Life will be offering offering remote and in-person services this fall, with physical distancing and safety protocols in place.  Click here for fall services from ORSL.


Wilson Hall Front Desk
The Wilson Hall Front Desk is open with safely and physical distancing protocols in place.  You can contact the Front Desk by calling 416-978-8877.


Audrey Taylor Dining Hall 
The New College dining hall will be open for pick-up only. Entry numbers will be limited. Additional information on campus food services can be found here.


Safety and Wellbeing on Campus

U of T COVID-19 Tracking
In an effort to keep everyone informed, the University of Toronto is posting the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among members of the U of T community. Data is published every week on Monday with the cumulative cases through the previous Friday.


Non-medical fabric mouth and nose covers are required in all New College buildings. U of T is providing two Non-medical masks to all student, faculty, and staff who are required to be on campus and to be used when physical distancing is not possible.  More information regarding U of T’s mask policy can be found here.  New College faculty and staff can pick up masks from the Wilson Hall front desk and students from the D.G. Ivey Library.


New College Policy on Student Use of Space
U of T is taking a phased, gradual approach to resuming normal operations on campus.  For more information about holding events on campus and New College student spaces and facilities, please take a moment to review New College Space Policy during Phase 1, beginning in September 2020.  For more information about events on campus, please refer to U of T’s COVID-19 Event Guidelines.


Physical Distancing
New College is installing signage, decals, and other information to assist with physical distancing on campus.  Classrooms that are in use in the fall will be set up to allow the maximum number of people allowed within social distancing protocols.  


Mental Health Resources
Whether on campus or off, this can be a trying and difficult time.  New College has put together a list of resources, both within U of T and community-based, where help can be found.

Learn more about U of T’s mental health supports here.


Contact Information

  ⇩ Registrar’s Office

  ⇩ Office of Residence and Student Life

  ⇩ D.G. Ivey Library

  ⇩ Academic Support

  ⇩ Website and Communications



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