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COVID-19 message to Rotman Commerce students | March 5, 2020

Dear Rotman Commerce students,

We wanted to assure you that the Rotman School and the Faculty of Arts & Science, in collaboration with U of T, are carefully monitoring the current developments related to COVID-19, the name of the disease caused by the new coronavirus. The university has established a steering group of senior administrators, including leaders who responded to the SARS crisis in 2003, to co-ordinate U of T’s response across its three campuses. The University also has academic and business continuity plans that will be enacted if needed.

The University has prepared answers to some FAQ’s and provided some helpful contact numbers. These provide guidance on sensible precautions and what to do if you feel sick.

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health continues to advise that the risk to Ontarians is low. We recommend that you stay informed on the latest information about symptoms and treatment, how to protect yourself and the status of COVID-19 by following any of the following credible information sources, which are being regularly updated:



If you will be travelling for one of your courses or to an academic conference, you can access additional resources and contact information on the student Safety Abroad website. At this time, it is important for all students travelling on University-sponsored activities to register with Safety Abroad.

We also recommend you adopt the following practices:

  • Add additional contact information to UT Alerts.
  • Make sure your contact information on ACORN is up to date, including your emergency contact information.
  • Check your UTOR email account on a regular basis.
  • Look for the latest information about your classes on Quercus.

We are preparing contingency plans should the situation change, and will keep you informed if we need to alter our regular operations.  Our preparations revolve around the need to ensure the health of our community, and the continuity of our courses and programs.


Tiff Macklem

Dean, Rotman School of Management

University of Toronto


Melanie A. Woodin

Dean, Faculty of Arts & Science

Professor, Department of Cell & Systems Biology

University of Toronto

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