PROCEDURE CHANGES: International Travel for Learners / Speech-Language Pathology

March 5, 2020


Year 1 and Year 2 Students: 

With the increasing number of countries affected by COVID-19, the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto is adopting the following procedure changes for incoming learners: 

  • Although this does not apply to SLP, please note that international students coming from anywhere outside Canada will have their electives cancelled going forward; 
  • All learners returning from international travel from one of the now seven identified countries or regions with active travel health notices for COVID – 19 by the Government of Canada (i.e., China, Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, Northern Italy, Singapore and South Korea) are asked to do the following: 
    • Those who are symptomatic must follow Toronto Public Health guidelines
    • Unit 3 Students: Those who are asymptomatic and are placed at a hospital site must report to Occupational Health at the hospital before they may start or return to clinical duties. 

Given that global information regarding COVID-19 is changing rapidly, learners who have travelled outside Canada may be quarantined and unable to participate in their placements or classes for 14 days, which could lead to lost educational time that must be made up at a future date. Learners who are quarantined will be encouraged to explore remote attendance at academic or group activities with the relevant program lead. 

Please consider the impact of non-essential travel outside of Canada. During this time of heightened concern, the Faculty will do its utmost to support U of T learners and continue educational programs as best as possible while fulfilling our obligation to wise practice in public health and safety. The University has prepared answers to some FAQ’s and provided some helpful contact numbers. It is recommended 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 credible information sources (which are being updated regularly) listed below. 

For further questions, please contact: 

Susan J. Wagner 
Coordinator of Graduate Studies 
(416) 978-5929 or 

For further resources



Pascal van Lieshout, Ph.D. 
Professor and Chair 


Susan J. Wagner, B.Sc. (SPA), M.Sc. (CD), Reg. CASLPO, S-LP (C) 
Associate Professor, Teaching Stream 
Coordinator of Graduate Studies 
Coordinator of Clinical Education