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Updates on the Winter 2022 Term

Date
January 10, 2022 - January 31, 2022
Time
All Day

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

photo of students working in studio

All DAS courses will be delivered online during the month of January 2022.

Anyone coming to the Architecture Building at 325 Church Street, or any Ryerson building must meet the requirements of Ryerson's vaccine policy and must complete the mandatory daily health screening whenever they enter the campus using the RyersonSafe App or web site.

December 17, 2021

As you have probably seen, the President of Ryerson University announced that classes will be held virtually for the most part until January 30th due to the increase in the spread of the Covid Omicron variant. All DAS courses will be delivered online during the month of January, including the Collaborative Exercise. The university still intends to shift back to in-person learning and teaching on January 31, so students should plan to be in Toronto after this date.

Instructors are working to adapt their course outlines to suit this change and to allow a smooth transition back to on campus learning when this happens. Please note the following:

  • DAS classes and studios will use Zoom as a delivery method during January. Please look out for information from your course instructors by email and through D2L regarding details of the classes.
  • During January undergraduate students should not use the ARC building to work in. If you have a genuine problem with an alternative work space please contact your studio instructor and we will see if we can help.
  • Graduate students who need access to studio, lab or workshop space can continue to use the ARC building.
  • The virtual CAD lab will continue to be available.
  • The workshop will remain open but only for use for graduate work.
  • Information about other campus facilities and plans are available here.
  • Since this is a very fluid situation please continue to check the Ryerson and DAS web site regularly for any further updates.

I realise that this situation is very frustrating and that many of you have been looking forward to returning to campus. I hope we will be able to do so soon.

Please also stay safe during the winter break and despite the current health concerns I hope you are able to rest and enjoy the break.

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We would like to update students on plans for the winter 2022 term delivery of our programs in DAS.

As you know, the university announced that the Winter 2022 term will be largely offered on campus with increased in-person classes, programming, services and support beginning in January 2022. DAS programs will be in person and the vast majority of courses and studios will be on campus with a couple of exceptions due to special circumstances. Students will need to be present in Toronto and available to come to campus to progress in our programs.

We continue to place the highest importance on all our health and safety. Faculty, instructors and staff have been working to develop appropriate safe ways to deliver our classes and in particular our studio teaching model. The university will continue its holistic approach to safety by maintaining the vaccination policy, including mandatory daily health screening for those coming to campus, continued masking requirements, enhanced cleaning protocols and ventilation and air purification best practices.

Studios

DAS studios will be delivered predominantly on campus but the studio setup this winter will be a little different to pre-Covid times. Studio spaces will be organised so that students can maintain physical distance at their work space, and additional large computer screens will be available for individual and small group consultations. 

Graduate students will have 24/7 access to the building and to their dedicated studio spaces. Graduate studios classes will be on campus.

Undergraduate students will have access to the building from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, after which students are expected to leave. Studio classes will be on campus and studio spaces will be available for use as follows:

Monday 1st and 2nd year students only
Tuesday 3rd and 4th year students only
Wednesday Preference to 3rd and 4th year for model making
Thursday 1st and 2nd year students only
Friday 3rd and 4th year students only
Saturday/Sunday All

Each area of the undergraduate studio spaces will be shared by two different year groups. Each student will be allocated a dedicated desk, and the adjacent desk will be allocated to a student from another year who should not use it during your studio time. 

Miro Board will continue to be available for student use.

Studio coordinators and instructors will provide detailed information on expected behaviour in the ARC building and how reviews will be organised in each studio.

Lecture/Seminar classes

The vast majority of DAS classes will be delivered on campus only, in lecture theatres and class rooms. A small number of lecture/seminar classes will be completely online due to special circumstances. Students will see this on RAMSS. Lecture courses  will not be offered in hybrid mode. Lecture classes are scheduled and rooms allocated by Ryerson centrally. Physical distancing may be difficult to maintain in some lecture theatres, but students should maintain vigilance and behave appropriately.

The Coop program is continuing but students may not be able to  participate in co-op opportunities overseas unless they are already in another country and able to practice physically distancing.

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 Winter 2022?

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 requiring proof of vaccination for anyone coming on campus or living in residences.  There are facilities on campus that may provide vaccinations. Individuals who require an exemption from the requirement for vaccination for reasons related to protected grounds under Ontario's Human Rights Code or for medical reasons may be permitted to attend campus, subject to regular testing requirements and other health and safety measures that may be implemented by the university. Submitting proof will be done via the  RyersonSafe app or on the RyersonSafe Health Screening webpage. You are encouraged to download the RyersonSafe app in preparation.  

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.

Workshop/Lab COVID 19 Policy

The workshop will be open on a first come first served basis, keeping more than 2m apart and wearing a face mask. See below for workshop rules during the fall term:

  • Before entering the labs please fill out the Covid Form online or use the RyersonSafe app.
  • Closed toe shoes are mandatory before entering workshop/lab spaces. No slippers or sandals are allowed in the lab spaces.
  • Students with shop access who feel unsafe or feel that their health is threatened for any reason should let the Lab Manager, Jordan So, know immediately at: jordan.so@ryerson.ca.
  • Students are encouraged to minimise their time in the shop. We encourage  assembly of work to be done in the studio or at home.

Students using any building facilities should self monitor daily for any COVID-19 related symptoms, external link and utilize the Government of Ontario COVID-19 self-assessment tool if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. Follow the instructions provided at the end of the self-assessment tool. Based on the instructions, if no further medical follow-up is required, you may proceed to the workplace.  Students should notify the lab manager Jordan So and stay home if they are sick.

PDF fileHow to self monitor, external link

PDF fileCOVID-19 Reference document for symptoms, external link

PDF fileHow to self isolate, external link

Government of Ontario Self-assessment tool, external link

Lab etiquette for students:

  1. Upon entering the lab, after sneezing or coughing or prior to eating, wash hands.
  2. Avoid touching people and stay 2m away from others at all times.
  3. Cover nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available) well away from others.
  4. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using the 70% isopropyl spray with a paper towel to be disposed of in the bin.
  5. Do not share personal items or supplies such as phones, pens, notebooks, PPE and tools etc.
  6. Students who are well but who have been in contact with anyone known to have COVID-19 should notify Jordan So and refer to points above.
  7. If any student is confirmed to have COVID-19, they should inform Jordan So, we will maintain confidentiality as required by the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy policy. Employees exposed to a co-worker with confirmed COVID-19 should refer to: Ryerson Reporting cases protocol for supervisors

For tours, and online tutorials please find us on our Ryerson DAS Labs YouTube Channel, external link.

The Workshop and Materials Store will be available from 9am to 5pm weekdays. To limit overcrowding priority access will be coordinated based on when each year may need the workshop for studio or coursework.

Computer lab

The Computer Lab in the Architecture Building will be available during building open hours. There will be a reduced number of physical workspaces, but the Virtual CAD Lab will remain available.

Other

The Ryerson COVID webpage for health screening has some guidance in the FAQ that students can expect that any faculty or staff may ask for verification of successful completion of the screening process and vaccine attestation (ie., green checkmark in the app, or email confirmation receipt.

  • 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.
  • Final decisions on the winter term exchange program will be made in early January. There will be no travel studios in the Spring/Summer 2022 term.

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 for ongoing updates.

See this link for Significant Dates: https://www.ryerson.ca/calendar/2021-2022/dates/

Dr. Mark Gorgolewski

Chair, Department of Architectural Science