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COVID-19 Update

March 16, 2020
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Photo by Henry Mai.

Please ensure you regularly consult for campus-wide updates.

The Ryerson Department of Architectural Science will be shifting all in-person classes to virtual and other alternative forms of delivery that do not involve face-to-face meetings. All events have been cancelled until further notice. 

Due to the Covid-19 virus emergency the Department of Architectural Science continues to operate virtually, delivering classes with alternative forms of delivery that do not involve face-to-face meetings. All events have been cancelled until further notice. The Ryerson Architecture Building including the Workshop, CAD Lab and all studio spaces remain closed until further notice.

If you require entry into the building for the purpose of retrieving belongings please contact your instructor or Campus Security, opens in new window at 416-979-5040 or Personal belongings and models left in the building will not be thrown out. All faculty and staff members will be available via e-mail (see below).

As of March 17, 2020, the Ryerson Department of Architectural Science main office will be closed. Staff members will be available via e-mail (see below).

Please practice safe social distancing and remember to do your part to flatten the curve. You can also reach out to us on Twitter, external link, opens in new window, Facebook, external link, opens in new window, and Instagram, external link, opens in new window as well.

Toronto Public Health is supporting those who are confirmed cases. If you have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19, please contact Toronto Public Health, external link, opens in new window.

For academic matters students should contact the Associate Chairs:

Hitesh Doshi, Associate Chair (Acting), Undergraduate Student Affairs:

Marco Polo, Associate Chair, Graduate Program (Architecture):

Russell Richman, Associate Chair, Graduate Program (Building Science):

Undergraduate Program and Main Office:

Kathleen Sojor Champlin, Administration Manager:

Elise Caron, Undergraduate Program Assistant:

Bridgette Dalima, Department Assistant:


Diane Chong, Departmental Administrator:

Graduate program:

Mimi Lam, Graduate Program Administrator:


Alex Berceanu, Communications Specialist:

IT Questions or Concerns:

Leo Roytman, IT Specialist:

Mike Bartosik, Technician:


Jordan So, Workshop Supervisor:

Jason Ramelson, Workshop Technician:

Filip Tisler, Workshop Technician:

Building Science Lab:

Greg Labbé, Building Science Research Lab Technician:

I need to get something out of the studio? How do I get access?

If you need to access the building after March 18th, please call Campus Security at 416-979-5040 and ask them to open up the building so you can retrieve your things.  You will need to present your OneCard as ID. 

When will we have regular access to the building again?

We don't have an answer to this at the moment.  Ryerson University continues to monitor the situation daily and we will communicate any updates or changes to access as they occur.

What will happen to laser machine bookings I have already paid for?

The shop will be refunding your laser times to your one card by early next week. Jordan will send out a confirmation email when it has been processed. Please speak to the one card office in regards to your one card account.

Email Jordan So if you have any questions.

All June 2020 convocation has been postponed until Fall 2020. Please visit the Graduation and Convocation FAQ, opens in new window on the university's main COVID-19 page for more details.

As teaching moves online, there may be a significant number of students who are unable to participate fully due to a lack of required technology, a difference in time zones, or other obligations that may make it difficult to attend class virtually.

A Google survey has been created to support you in asking your students if they have particular needs concerning access to online learning. Please see the Assisting Students With Limited Access to Technology Guide for additional recommendations on how to adjust your course to support all students.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Leo Roytman at or Mike Bartosik at

International students who are returning home and require proxy access to applications on the domain can use the proxy service. This service is available globally. Please direct students to information on how to use the proxy or they can log in directly at:

If you have any questions, please reach out to Leo Roytman at or Mike Bartosik at

The deadline for dropping winter 2020 undergraduate and graduate courses in good academic standing has been extended from the previously scheduled deadline of March 27, 2020. Students now have until the last day of classes, April 9, 2020, to drop a course. Withdrawal as of this date will result in no academic penalty or refund of fees. The deadline to drop Chang School courses is April 13, 2020.

The university is providing students with the option to replace final undergraduate and Chang School course grades with a credit (CRD) and no credit (NCR) grade for the winter 2020 term only. Undergraduate students wishing to opt for a grade replacement must submit a completed W2020 COVID-19 Grade Replacement Form no later than May 22, 2020. Please visit the Office of the Registrar website for full terms and conditions, as well as for updates regarding winter 2020 courses grading.

While the NCR/CRD option is not available for graduate students, the deadline to drop courses has been extended to April 9th, 2020. The deadline to clear outstanding graduation requirements for Spring Convocation including submission of a major research paper (MRP), thesis and/or dissertation has moved from May 8, 2020 to 12:00 p.m. on May 22, 2020. The internal DAS deadline is now May 20, 2020.

Graduate supervision, MRP/thesis/dissertation defences, and graduate student funding will continue to be available during this time. For the latest updates from YSGS, please visit the COVID-19 Continuity Information page.

If you’re new to eLearning or are coming across different techniques employed by different instructors, try the following strategies to set yourself up for success.

Secure Appropriate Learning Equipment and Support

Make an Intentional Commitment to Learning
  • Familiarize yourself with the syllabus, paying close attention to the teaching format, course expectations, and assessments.
  • Carve out specific time for completing all components of the course, including time to login and participate, time to study, and time to complete assessments/assignments.

Practice Effective Communication

  • Be professional, clear, and intentional and adhere to grammar and spelling conventions in all forms of communication to instructors, TAs/GAs, and peers.
  • Determine how and when you can communicate with your instructor and TA/GA (e.g. via virtual office hours, phone, or email).
  • Follow norms and expectations regarding discussions or group work established by the instructor or clarify if none have been set.

Connect with Fenella Amarasinghe, Senior Manager Education Planning and Development for additional advice on eLearning strategies at

Social distancing and wellbeing are incredibly important during COVID-19. To access the Centre for Student Development and Counselling (CSDC), visit their virtual support system. CAMH also has additional mental health resources during this time.

Ryerson professors Dr. Josephine Wong and Dr. Mandana Vahabi have developed the following mindfulness exercises:

Connect with a co-op academic adviser

The DAS co-op program remains committed to supporting students and ensuring the success of current and future work terms. For general information, please contact

Charles Dune

Co-operative Education Office Coordinator: for fees and registrar.
Vincent Hui Faculty Advisor: for individual counselling on employment opportunities and career development.
Schedule a Co-op Academic Advising Appointment

Weekly Zoom sessions are being held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Students also have the ability to directly schedule Zoom meetings with Vincent Hui or Charles Dune to discuss their situation. Please give us 24 hours to reply and schedule a Zoom meeting.

Ryerson University has established a Ryerson Student Relief Fund, external link for undergraduate and graduate students as well as FEAS Graduate Studies COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund.