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Update on the Fall 2020 Term

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Graduate students, faculty, and staff needing to enter 325 Church St. must fill out the following relevant form each time:

google formDaily DAS Faculty and Staff COVID-19 safety form, external link

google formDaily DAS Graduate students COVID-19 safety form, external link

Dear DAS Students,

We hope you are enjoying some well-deserved downtime after an unexpectedly challenging Winter term. Planning for the Fall semester is well underway, and we are excited to welcome our new students to the DAS community.

Important Updates
  • All classes and studios in the BArchSc, MArch, M.B.Sc., M.A.Sc., and Ph.D. (Building Science) programs in the Fall 2020 term will be delivered in an online format.
  • Students will NOT be expected or required to come to the Ryerson campus for curriculum activities. Those of you not residing in the Greater Toronto Area, you may fully participate in the program from your current location.
  • Faculty are working to develop a creative online mode of delivery of the curriculum which meets the learning objectives of the program. We are committed to the principle that students participating from a distance are in no way disadvantaged.
  • The department is working to ensure that students will have access to necessary software for their courses as well as identifying additional IT technical support that will be available during the next term for students.
  • We recommend students secure the necessary digital technology, including internet connection, to be able to participate in courses and studios remotely.
  • All Student services and Academic advising will be available virtually.
  • RU4U: here, students can find and connect with the various supports and programs available to help you succeed in a virtual post-secondary environment.
  • This enhanced summer transition programming has been especially designed for those of you beginning their university journey this fall. The curated formal and informal learning experiences focus on the development of academic skills, and will foster community engagement and promote student well-being.
  • The Ryerson University Library team continues to bring together information experts, to build on its existing digital infrastructure, and to provide you with access to innovative technology and scholarly resources. Students will have access to subject-specific librarians for support, and to key academic library services and experiential learning opportunities. Reference and research help will continue virtually, as will digital and information literacy instruction sessions and workshops.
  • Students with accessibility and accommodation needs can rely on Academic Accommodation Support (AAS) and the Test Centre, which will continue to operate online.
  • Student health and wellbeing services are available virtually, mental health and crisis management services are accessible, and the counselling centre will continue to be available to students in virtual formats. The Medical Centre is operating on a virtual model and appointments are provided by telephone or video-conferencing.
  • Ryerson has also partnered with Keep.meSAFE, a mental health counselling service that specializes in student mental health support and provides 24/7 access to licensed counsellors through telephone and mobile chat.
  • We recognize that things can come up throughout the term that may interfere with a student’s ability to succeed in their coursework. These circumstances are outside of one’s control and can have a serious impact on physical and mental well-being. Seeking help can be a challenge, especially in those times of crisis. Below are resources we encourage all Ryerson community members to access to ensure support is reachable.
    • If support is needed immediately, you can access these outside resources at anytime:
      • Distress Line — 24/7 line for if you are in crisis, feeling suicidal or in need of emotional support (phone: 416–408–4357)
      • Good2Talk- 24/7 hour line for postsecondary students (phone: 1-866-925-5454)
  • DAS community events such as the lecture series and gallery events will continue in an online format.
  • All international travel activity during the Fall 2020 term, including exchange programs and other class trips abroad, have been cancelled. We will advise by early Fall on whether they will resume in the Winter 2021 term. We are looking at other ways of introducing international collaborations.

Faculty and staff are working to create an exciting forward-looking curriculum to ensure that students get the high-quality education you have come to expect from us. I would like to reiterate that we are following both federal and provincial governments’ and Public Health Office recommendations and guidelines. These decisions have been made to minimise the risk to health and safety of our students and the broader community, while maintaining rigorous teaching and learning standards, as well as exploring new approaches that will enhance both. Currently we do not have any indication what will happen in Winter 2021 term yet, but we will advise you as soon as possible.

We will be scheduling a Zoom meeting with the ACU, later in June, where students can ask questions about the Fall term plans. Individual year groups will have a chance in August to talk to studio masters and course instructors about their plans for the term. Students should continue monitoring their Ryerson email throughout the summer for ongoing updates.

Note that Fall classes begin Tuesday, September 8, 2020 as scheduled.  See this link for Significant Dates:  

Wishing everyone a restful summer,

Dr. Mark Gorgolewski

Chair, Department of Architectural Science