Student Life

At Massey College, we strive to offer a positive experience for our Junior Fellows, starting from their physical and mental well-being, offering them mentoring and networking opportunities, and building a caring and inclusive community.

COVID-19 FAQ for Junior Fellows

This Fall semester is going to be different from any other you’ve ever experienced, but this doesn’t mean it will not be fun, filled with friendship and interesting events at Massey College. If most of your classes are online, there’s a high chance that your Massey fellows will be the ones you’ll be closest to. Here’s some FAQ for Junior Fellows, taken from our official COVID19 Protocol.

If you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact our Student Life Coordinator,

YES! For the health and safety of everybody, we require ALL MEMBERS to wear PPE in all common areas: all corridors and halls (including basement), the Quad, the Junior Common Room, the Upper Library, the Dining Hall (except for eating), the Puffy Couch Room, the Colin Friesen Room, the Bibliography room, the Lower Library, the computer room, the carrels, communal washrooms and staff’s offices. Basically everywhere except for Junior Fellows rooms.

You are welcome to access the College of course! Just make sure to check-in with the porter every time you access (for contact tracing), wear a mask or PPE in all common areas (including carrels and lower library), respect social distancing and sanitize your station after use (carrels or library).

Not for now. Housekeeping staff will not have access to residents’ rooms. (Maintenance staff may have to enter rooms for repair requests.) Residents should strip their own linen and put down the laundry chute in each hallway. Fresh linen will be provided in the basement. Linens will be delivered by housekeeping staff once a week. Residents must put garbage pails and recycling outside room and take food waste to food waste bins in the basement.

Yes, you can crate a social circle (or bubble) with other residents for a maximum of 10 people, but please follow Toronto’s public health five steps to creating social circle. Those in a social circle do not need to physically distance themselves from each other. Members of social circles or “bubbles” cannot be crossed with other social circles.  It must be the same 10 people. Please note that if one of the members of a social circle has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19, all of the members of the circle will need to self-isolate. Of course forming a social circle is accepted but please make sure to engage with other Junior Fellows too by keeping social distance, connecting virtually and wearing a mask if you’re less than 2 meters apart.

We normally give personal gowns to Residents and have Non-Residents share gowns. You understand it is pretty unsafe to share gowns during a pandemic, so, in order not to discriminate Non-Residents, for now we decided not to use them. Your fee will not include gown rental.

All meals will be served cafeteria style, no food or drink will be self serve. In order to access the dining hall you will be asked to: sanitize your hands, wear a mask, keep social distancing. After picking up your meal, you can eat it: in your room (of you’re a resident), outside in the Quadrangle (while weather permits), in the Dining Hall (limit 24 seats with Plexiglas partitions at each seat), in the Common Room (8 seats with physical distancing), in the Upper Library (6 seats with physical distancing), in the Private Dining Room (4 seats with physical distancing).

Please note no re-usable bags or containers may be brought into the Dining Hall for meal pickup. Personal items (e.g. bags, knapsacks, water bottles) will not be allowed in the Dining Hall. Residents should leave these items in their rooms. Other dining hall guests should leave them in the cloakroom.

Kitchen hours:

Breakfast 7:30am-9:30am
Lunch 12:00pm-1:30pm
Dinner  5:00pm-7:00pm

Yes you can but please book it from this shared calendar. Of course if you need to boil water for your tea you don’t need to book it, but please make sure to clean and disinfect after each use, wear a mask and don’t use it together with other people. Use of communal kitchen is only allowed to Resident Junior Fellows.

Yes you can: in order not to overcrowd our spaces, non-Res students may sign up for any lunch or dinner, Monday to Friday, with a cap of 10 Non-Res at any one meal. One meal will be included in your non-res fee, all additional meals will be charged Junior Fellow fee. Sign up will be done through the Porter’s Office and must be done up to 1 week in advance.

Yes: Resident Junior Fellows who would like to invite a guest to visit the college must register their guest with the Porter beforehand.

Simply follow the rules and be mindful of other members’ health. We’re all in this together!
Also, consider installing the official Government of Canada’s COVID App for contact and exposure tracing.

Please note that all travelers returning to Canada from abroad MUST quarantine for 14 days, as per public health’s measures.

If you’re a resident, our quarantine protocol will be applied: you will be required to stay in your room and not have guests. A buddy system will be in place so that boxed meals will be delivered to your door. You will be the only one using the washroom next to your room (the other fellows will be invited to use the other washroom on the floor).

If you’re a non-resident, you are required to complete your quarantine at home.

  1. Self-isolate in your room immediately
  2. Take the online COVID-19 self-assessment
  3. Contact the Director, Student Life at
  4. If the self-assessment requires it, go get tested as soon as possible and continue to self-isolate in your room

In an event of shutdown, all resident Junior Fellows will have two possibilities:

Move out of the residence, if they have alternative accommodation. As per Residence Agreement, the College will refund a pro rata portion of any amounts paid by a Junior Fellow (bursaries provided by the College are not subject to any refund.

Remain in residence, if they don’t have access to an alternative accommodation. Junior Fellows who remain in residence will be guaranteed meals, cleaning and porter services, either via Massey’s facilities or alternative arrangements (like meal boxed system through other UofT Colleges and sharing cleaning and porter duties).

Non-resident Junior Fellows will have the possibility to apply for a refund of the meal part of their fee and continue as Virtual Non-resident Junior Fellows.

All Junior Fellows will have access to Massey’s on-line events, and to Massey’s  administrative staff and services via email, phone and video-conference. Online student life events will be encouraged to maintain the community together and foster collegiality despite physical isolation.

In case of a positive COVID case, you will be assigned a room with private washroom and will be asked to self-isolate. Your meals will be delivered to your door, you will be provided with special bags for soiled linens and garbage. Massey will inform individuals who have had contact with the affected person. Public health authorities may also contact potentially exposed individuals as per their own protocols. Please also note we value the privacy of our members: and we will adhere to a strict privacy policy that calls for the identities of individuals being tested – or those who test positive – to be kept confidential.

Anti-Racism Resources for Junior Fellows

For the Academic Year 2020-2021, Massey College is offering Junior Fellows the opportunity to join a series of 3 workshops lead by Alumna Chantal Phillips.

The Workshops are:

Session #1: Thursday, September 10th (3 PM – 4:30 PM)
The Basics of Anti-Black Racism

Session #2: Thursday, December 3rd (6 PM – 7:30 PM)
Anti-Black Racism in the Health Care Context

Session #3: Thursday, February 4th (6 PM – 7:30 PM)
Effective Allyship & Solidarity in Confronting Anti-Black Racism

Workshop 1: The Basics of Anti-Black Racism

Workshop by Chantal Phillips

The Basics of Anti-Black Racism


City of Toronto’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit

Toronto’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism Action Plan

  • Action plan developed over 41 years of consultations with Black communities in Toronto, consisting of 22 recommendations and 80 actions
  • Reference in the presentation: used to define Anti-Black Racism


Western States Center

A History: The Construction of Race and Racism

Document unpacking the history and basis of race as a socio-political construct.

Chronic Disparity

Document unpacking the history and basis of race as a socio-political construct


Sarah-SoonLing Blackburn

What is the Model Minority Myth?

Article introducing model minority myth, personal experiences of the writer, and the negative impacts on those categorized as a “model minority” and Black communities (its use as a tool to perpetuate anti-blackness


Ontario Human Rights Commission

A Collective Impact: Interim report on the inquiry into racial profiling and discrimination by the Toronto Police Service

  • A Collective Impact” includes analysis of quantitative data received from the Special Investigations Unit, and a review of SIU Director’s Reports.”
  • Presents key findings demonstrating racial profiling and police brutality experienced by Black people at the hands of Toronto police

COVID-19: Status of Cases in Toronto

  • Racialized populations and low income groups are more at risk of COVID-19
  • Race-based data collection from May 2020 to mid-August 2020 used to demonstrate these disparities
  • Black people make up 9% of Toronto’s population, but 22% of Toronto’s COVID-19 cases during that window of time

Review of the Peel District School Board

  • After decades of complaints against the Peel District School Board (PDSB) for anti-Black racism, the Minister of Education demanded that there be an investigation into these matters
  • Stark findings demonstrating disproportionate disciplining of Black students without documented reasons, placing of Black students into lower-tiered academic streams, and subsequent systemic impacts (i.e. higher dropout rates)


Other References (Based on Workshop Discussions)

Childish Gambino (32:30 – 32:53)

  • Example of Anti-Blackness by identifying certain ethnicities as the “Black of every race” (i.e. Filipino, Armenian)
    Came up in the discussion of Model Minority Myth: disparities that arise within racial groups can become silenced or unrecognized in a desire to uphold the model minority myth, and those groups as a result can be associated with the negative stereotypes associated with “Blackness” (e.g. poverty)


Other References (Based on Workshop Discussions)

The Coin Model of Privilege and Critical Allyship: Implications for Health


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