Update to Workplace Guidelines on Mask Use

As of December 9th, 2020, the University requires that non-medical masks or face coverings be work in all indoor spaces (both public and restricted access). This applies to labs and research spaces, even while physical distancing.

For more information, check out the provost and HR guidelines and the U of T COVID-19 general workplace guidelines, or email ehs.office@utoronto.ca with questions.

Access to the Department

University and Department guidelines may change at any time; be sure to keep an eye out for email updates. At time of writing (05/11/2020), the Linguistics Department is considered closed, but we have approval for occasional/required use of space. If you wish to go in, you must:

  • Fill out the UCHECK symptom checker using your UTORid (Note: the University has confirmed that the final red/green assessment will be sent to a small group at HR; your personal details will not be seen by anyone at the University, for more information, check the U of T COVID-19 self-assessments page).

  • Let either the Department Chair or the Departmental Officer know.

  • Follow social distancing and sanitation rules as posted.

Note: In addition to the department-wide guidelines, the LGCU voted at the most recent AGM to require members to wear a mask or face covering while in grad spaces (SS568 and SS569) (exceptions as per City of Toronto bylaw), including when only one person is present in the space.

Workplace Exposure to COVID-19

You’re entitled to a safe workplace, and if you are exposed to COVID-19 on campus while performing your work, there is compensation you may be entitled to. Here’s what to do:

  • If you’re exposed to COVID-19 in the workplace, fill out a Workers’ Exposure Incident Form and submit it to WSIB Ontario.

  • If you test positive for COVID-19 after exposure in the workplace, fill out a Form 6 and submit it to WSIB. Have your doctor fill out a Form 8 with your COVID-19 diagnosis and submit it to WSIB.

  • If your WSIB claim has been denied, email your denial letter to wsibintake@cupe.ca (C/O Daniela Greco).

  • Your CUPE union reps can help you if you’re having trouble filing a claim.

You can find more information about WSIB benefits and eligibility be reading this pamphlet on COVID-19 exposure in the workplace

As the situation evolves with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, information and recommendations are constantly changing. Here are some links to help you access accurate and up-to-date information about the pandemic.

The Linguistics Department


University of Toronto

Green Shield Canada (Health Insurance)

Government Guidance and Information