Important Update on the Fall 2021 Term

Over this past year, York students, staff, faculty and instructors have demonstrated a deep commitment to academic excellence while adapting to the realities of being physically distanced from one another. Your achievements in navigating the shift to remote learning, research, and operations have been truly inspiring. At the same time, there is no substitute for the vibrant, on-campus experience that enables our diverse community to thrive.

Looking forward, I am pleased to announce that we are actively planning for a safe return to our campuses for the Fall 2021 term. Our plans are centred on bringing classes and co-curricular opportunities back onto our campuses as much as possible, while also prioritizing health and safety for all students, faculty, course instructors and staff. Classes held on campus will be delivered in a small group format that maximizes interactive learning.

As we look to make more on-campus learning opportunities available to our students, access to high-quality remote learning will continue, especially for those who may face health or travel restrictions.

The dynamic nature of the pandemic will of course mean that we will need to remain flexible in our approach in the months ahead. We will continue to update you if there are any significant impacts to the planned return to our campuses.

I look forward to sharing more details as we finalize plans. The Summer 2021 term will continue to be offered for the most part virtually as previously announced, with expanded options for our community to enjoy more outdoor space on our campuses, as the weather improves.

Our commitment to supporting everyone through this transition and to fostering a community of care is at the heart of our planning. I look forward to connecting with you all on campus in the fall. In the meantime, you can visit our YU Better Together website for regular updates.

Sincerely,

Rhonda Lenton
President & Vice-Chancellor