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Building Access Pilot Project

Beginning November 1, 2019, Ryerson will be implementing a pilot project that will change the way community members access four Ryerson buildings in the evenings during the week. Weekend access to these buildings will not be affected by the implementation of this pilot.

With this change, you will require a OneCard to enter the following buildings on weekdays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.:

  • Eric Palin Hall (EPH): 87 Gerrard Street East
  • Sally Horsfall Eaton Centre for Studies in Community Health (SHE): 99 Gerrard Street East
  • Rogers Communications Centre (RCC): 80 Gould Street
  • Victoria Building (VIC): 285 Victoria Street

Why is this pilot being implemented? 

Community Safety and Security regularly reviews the university's safety policies and procedures in an effort to continually enhance safety and security on campus. This change is based on feedback from Ryerson community members regarding after-hours access to buildings on campus. As we go through the first phase of this pilot project, we may continue to amend the strategy as required and will incorporate feedback from Ryerson community members.

Overview of the pilot

Buildings 

Current hours of operation (Monday to Friday)

Hours of operation after November 1, 2019 (Monday to Friday)

EPH, SHE, RCC and VIC

7 a.m. - 10 p.m.: Building unlocked and open to public


7 a.m. - 7 p.m.: Building unlocked and open to public

7 p.m. - 10 p.m.: OneCard access only

10 p.m. - 7 a.m.: Building closed. Entry is only permitted with an authorized OneCard

Note: There will be no change to weekend access to these buildings. In addition, other buildings on campus will continue to function according to their current hours of operation. To learn more about a building’s hours, visit ryerson.ca/maps, select a building and then select the hours/access tab.

How this may impact you

If you already have a OneCard, no action is required 

As long as you have an active student registration, your OneCard will grant you access to these buildings.

If you are a Ryerson undergraduate or graduate student without a OneCard

Students who require access to these buildings should apply for one in person at the OneCard Office. When you arrive on site, a photo of you will be taken for your OneCard and your card will be issued within minutes. There is no cost associated with applying for a new OneCard. A replacement OneCard may be obtained for $35 from the OneCard Office.

Learn more about accepted government-issued identification required to complete your OneCard application.

Once your OneCard is issued, you will gain access to these buildings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m within two business days.

Chang School students are encouraged to apply for their OneCard

While not mandatory, Chang School students are encouraged to apply for their free OneCard. By having a OneCard, you will not only be able to access these buildings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., but you’ll also gain access to campus services. There is no cost to students associated with applying for a new OneCard for Chang School students. 

If you already have a OneCard, check the back to determine if you have the right one

Chang School students who have previously purchased a OneCard with RFID chip require no action and will automatically be granted access to these buildings after 7 p.m. Unfortunately, some versions of the OneCard will not work automatically and you may require a new card.

To determine whether you have a OneCard that will work automatically, refer to the back bottom right corner below the magnetic strip. OneCards with an RFID chip have an 18 digit hotstamp number.

Back of OneCard indicating 18 digital hotstamp in bottom right corner.

If your card does not have a hotstamp number and you need access to these buildings between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., you will need to visit the OneCard office to upgrade your card. There is no cost to upgrading your card.

If you require assistance to determine if you have the right card, please contact the OneCard Office directly

If you don’t have a card, please apply for one

Ryerson’s OneCard Office is offering extended hours of operation and a satellite kiosk to increase access for OneCard processing. When you arrive on site, a photo of you will be taken for your OneCard and your card will be issued within minutes. There is no cost associated with applying for a new OneCard for Chang School students. 

Learn more about accepted government-issued identification required to complete your OneCard application.

Once your OneCard is issued, you will gain access to these buildings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m within two business days.

If you already have a OneCard, no action is required

As long as you are an active Ryerson employee, your OneCard will grant you access to these buildings.

If you don’t have a OneCard 

A OneCard is required to gain access to these buildings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Employees who do not have a OneCard should follow these instructions to get a card

Learn more about accepted government-issued identification required to complete your OneCard application.

Once your OneCard is issued, you will gain access to these buildings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m within two business days.

Get your OneCard

If you do not have a OneCard, you can obtain one by visiting the OneCard Office during business hours.

OneCard application and pick up location

Hours of operation

OneCard Office
Jorgenson Hall
380 Victoria Street
JOR-02 (lower ground level)

Monday to Thursday | 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday | 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

What happens if I don’t have my OneCard?

If you do not have your OneCard and need to enter these buildings between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., you can use the intercoms located at entrances and exits to connect with a member of Ryerson Security. Calls will be answered in priority sequence as soon as someone is available. You will be asked to verify your identity and affiliation with Ryerson before being granted access into the building. Valid forms of identification besides your OneCard includes any photo identification, combined with documentation stating your name and Ryerson student or employee numbers.

You are strongly encouraged to have your OneCard on you at all times to avoid delays as Security may be occupied with other matters and we cannot guarantee immediate assistance.

If you are hosting an event or are expecting guests external to the university (including guest lecturers) in one of these buildings between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., you are responsible for ensuring event participants are able to gain access to the building. You can do this by stationing your staff or volunteers at the building entrance or by requesting a dedicated Security staff member.

Benefits of having a OneCard

While on campus, students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to have their OneCard on them at all times. Without your OneCard, you may not be permitted to access some services and spaces.

Your OneCard will also allow you to access resources through the library, borrow equipment from Media Services, and load money onto your card to easily purchase food on campus or use photocopiers and printers. 

Learn more about your OneCard and how to take advantage of campus services.

Questions?

If you have questions related to this change, please contact Ryerson Community Safety and Security at 416-979-5040 or security@ryerson.ca.