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This information is based on the current situation and is subject to change.  

Update on the Fall 2021 Term

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

Online vs In-Person Studios/Lectures

The Department is planning to offer some limited fall 2021 studios/courses in-person,  however students will be able to complete all their studios/courses online if they choose. This means that for studios/courses offering in-person learning, students will have the option to participate in that studio/course by coming to campus or participating online.  The online option may be via livestream, recording or both.  Please note that whatever mode of learning you select, that selection remains for the duration of the semester.   In other words you can’t decide to do online one week and in-person the next for the same studio/course but you can elect to take a mix of online and in-person courses (ex. ASC 201 in person and ASC 203 online). 

We are hoping to have a list of which fall 2021 studio/courses will be available in person by early August.  Graduate courses and 4th year courses are more likely to have in-person options as  they have a smaller number of students per class. 

Other resources and activities will be in-person (libraries, Student Learning Centre, student group activities, the Ryerson Gym facilities. For gym information see https://www.ryerson.ca/recreation/about/COVID19-safety/).  

We are planning the majority of teaching to be face-to-face by winter 2022 but we cannot guarantee that.

The University is not allowing travel during the fall term.  We cannot  allow students to participate in co-op opportunities overseas unless they are already in another country and able to practice physically distancing. 

Will announce an update at the end of the summer term given shifts in global travel parameters and procedures.

We hope that some international exchange programs will go ahead in the winter term, but we await a university decision on this.

When planning to attend in-person classes, will there be a need for students to register through the Rye Health screening/ system to enter the class? Do I need a proof of vaccination to be on campus for Fall 2021?

Yes, to enter a Ryerson building you will have to complete a screening form.  Mainly to keep record of who is in the building so that if there is an outbreak, they can track who may be exposed. This will be done via an app.  This should take less than a minute to complete. 

All Ryerson buildings will be following health and safety protocols set out by the Ontario government (face masks, sanitizing stations will be available, frequent cleaning etc). 

The University is not planning to require not proof of vaccination to come on campus but will strongly encourage vaccination; however, there is a vaccination requirement to live in residence.  There are facilities on campus that may provide vaccinations. 

Please note that for those planning to go on an exchange - some countries will be asking for proof of vaccination (European Union). 

If another serious outbreak occurs, we will be abiding by the rules set by the Province.

Are students only allowed to enter the architecture building for classes? Can students choose to work in the building (i.e cadlab) if they need to?  Will the online cad lab still be available for students?  With buildings being somewhat open in the fall, will the material shop, woodshop, laser cutters etc be open to students to a certain degree or not?

We will have to restrict the number of students in the architecture building.  We are still determining this number.  Resources like the CADLAB, meeting spaces and workshop are expected to be available but it will not  be possible to access the building daily.  You should NOTrely on the building being your primary workspace during the fall term and students will not have their own dedicated studio space.   It is likely that these resources will allow for  50% capacity (30 people in the workshop) at a time.  The Workshop will be carefully scheduling studio/course demands to allow for all that want to come in and to avoid periods where the workshop stays empty.

  • 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.
    • https://www.ryerson.ca/mental-health-wellbeing
    • 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 Winter 2020 term, including exchange programs and other class trips abroad, have been cancelled. We are looking at other ways of introducing international collaborations.

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.

Students should continue monitoring their Ryerson email throughout the summer for ongoing updates.

See this link for Significant Dates:  https://www.ryerson.ca/calendar/2020-2021/dates/  

Dr. Mark Gorgolewski

Chair, Department of Architectural Science