No one likes getting an almost failing grade on their report card. The University of Toronto is now dealing with a bad mark after being called out for their new reopening plan. One of the school's own scientists stated that the institution could do better during a virtual union meeting on Monday night.
Many COVID-19 related concerns were addressed during the summit. However, some were particularly critical.
According to CBC, Dr. David Fisman, an epidemiologist for the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, awarded the university's plans to reopen a dismal D grading.
"As an institution that prides itself on the quality of our research, it is critically important that we get the reopening strategy right and that it be based on the best scientific evidence that we have," the scientist said.
CP24 reported that most criticisms levelled against U of T focused during the panel was on its refusal to take the advice of health and safety experts.
The university administrations have reportedly yet to meet with its faculty or experts on its plan, which includes several hot button issues, according to Fisman.
Fisman addressed several of his issues with the plan in a series of tweets on August 24.
Amazing. Report on @uoft in person class today...students 6 feet apart in rows, but then < 3 feet apart between ro… https://t.co/jR9mwrDHmD— David Fisman (@David Fisman) 1598313997.0
"Amazing. Report on U of T's in-person class today...students 6 feet apart in rows, but then 3 feet apart between rows. And then prof tells everyone to take masks off and announce their names to the whole class. How long do we give this," Fisman tweeted out.
In another tweet, Fisman campaigned for U of T to switch over to online classes.
"Substitution is right there as an option: take those courses with an online option fully online. There's no earthly reason not to. U of T can quickly solve this, make us all safe. Time to fall in line with peer universities who have decided to protect staff, faculty, and students," he added in a follow-up tweet.
Narcity has reached out to the University of Toronto for further comment.
However, their website states that "the University of Toronto is implementing a number of changes on campus to ensure the U of T’s community’s safety in advance of the fall semester.
Multiple measures are being put in place including plastic wrapped desks and spaced out seating.