"Yesterday's announcement was misleading and inadequate."
The University of Toronto announced this week that all students who are returning to campus this fall either need to be fully vaccinated or submit a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before their visit.
However, now the U of T Faculty Association (UTFA) is criticizing the announcement and is saying it "does little to ensure a safe return."
According to the faculty, the new COVID-19 plan will require staff and students to "self-declare their vaccination status without any obligation to show proof."
"The communication was nothing more than a repackaging of the same policy that the Administration acknowledged, as late as last week, does not constitute a vaccine mandate," the UTFA stated in an open letter on Thursday. "Yesterday's announcement was misleading and inadequate and does little to ensure a safe return to the University."
"We need U of T to implement specific, measurable, and accountable actions in a clear and unambiguous way," the letter adds.
Meric Gertler, the president of U of T, had previously sent out a letter on August 11, reassuring faculty, librarians, staff, and students that the school had "carefully developed" its COVID-19 protocols, which includes mandatory masks, fully vaccinated students and other safety measures.