G20 Summit: Restricted Access on St. George Campus


PDAD&C#95, 2009-10


From:    Cheryl Misak, Vice-President and Provost
Date: May 21, 2010
RE: G20 Summit: Restricted Access on St. George Campus

As discussed at yesterday's PDAD&C meeting, we are planning for the G20 Summit. Late last week, Queen's Park North was designated as the official protest site. That is, the protest site has been moved to the doorstep of the St. George Campus.

We of course respect the legitimacy of peaceful protest. But we know from past G20 summits (including last year's summit in Pittsburgh) that these protests may be associated with violence, tear gas, arrests, disruption and damage to buildings.

It our hope that these untoward incidents do not materialize. However, it is only prudent to act so that we protect those students, staff, and faculty who do not wish to participate or get caught up in these protests. Hence, we will be moving through a series of restricted access measures during the G20 - the week of June 21-27.

There are no classes scheduled for this week. Summer session exams will be moved to the early part of the week, with accommodation made for students for whom this disrupts plans.

Residence students in the constituent colleges will be moved to other U of T residences from Wednesday evening through to Sunday. All external visitor reservations (i.e. residence room bookings not for students in courses or programs) in the constituent college residences will be cancelled.

No events will be held on the St. George campus during that week (Monday, June 21-Sunday, June 27). If you have an academic event planned, please contact Cheryl Regehr, Vice-Provost, Academic Programs (cheryl.regehr@utoronto.ca), who will discuss relocation options with you.

The upshot of this is that the St. George campus will be for all intents and purposes closed from 6 pm Wednesday through Sunday. The campus will be open earlier in the week, but only on a restricted basis. We anticipate that the vast majority of employees on the St. George campus will not be required to be at work from 6.p.m. Wednesday, June 23 to Monday, June 28. However, essential services and a skeletal staff will need to be maintained and we will coordinate with our central and divisional offices early next week on this and other employment related issues.

It was evident at yesterday's meeting that the principals, chairs, academic directors, and deans were, on the whole, in favour of taking prudent action of this sort.

We will be continuing to work through our planning over the next days and weeks. A message will go out early next week to students, staff, and other parts of our community and we will keep you informed as events unfold.