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Rapid Antigen Testing Program

As part of Ryerson’s commitment to health and safety, Ryerson University has developed a rapid antigen testing program for individuals accessing campus or in-person university activities off campus during the 2021/2022 school year. 

What are rapid antigen tests? 

Rapid antigen tests are a screening tool. They can be performed anywhere, like the testing centre at Ryerson, and are currently administered through a nasal swab. Results take approximately 15 minutes. It does not replace the molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) diagnostic test which is performed at COVID-19 testing centres.  If you are experiencing symptoms or have been identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 patient, please do not visit the Rapid Antigen Testing Centre. Instead, please visit a COVID-19 testing centre, external link.

Required Rapid Antigen Testing program for individuals who are not fully vaccinated 

As of September 7, 2021,  all students, faculty, staff, contractors and visitors coming to campus or in-person university activities off campus must be fully vaccinated. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated yet or who will be seeking an exemption for reasons recognized under Ontario’s Human Rights Code are required to participate in the rapid antigen testing program.

Submitting your proof of vaccination will be done via the RyersonSafe mobile app or on a desktop. While we will share more details about the processes to submit next week, we encourage community members to download the RyersonSafe app in preparation. Community members accessing campus or in-person university activities off campus will be required to submit proof of vaccination status or apply for an exemption by September 20, 2021.

If an individual has not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18, 2021, and submitted proof or received an approved exemption by the University for medical reasons or other grounds protected by Ontario’s Human Rights Code, they will no longer be able to access Ryerson University’s Rapid Antigen Testing program to attend campus or in-person university activities off campus.

Individuals who indicate through Ryerson’s vaccine disclosure process that they are not fully vaccinated, including those who are seeking or have been approved for an exemption, must register for the program using the google formEnrolment Form: Required Rapid Antigen Testing Program, external link.

Participants in the testing program must complete testing twice per week on Mondays and Thursdays, regardless of when they are planning to access campus or in-person university activities off campus.

Participants in the rapid antigen testing program will self-administer testing at home using testing kits provided by Ryerson University. To pick your kits, visit Victoria Building Room 110 (VIC 110). The testing location will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday (except statutory holidays). 

When picking up your kit, you will meet with a Registered Nurse, who will walk you through an informed consent process, provide training on administering the test, and provide you with the supplies needed and other instructions related to the program. 

Participants can pick up your testing kits from Victoria Building Room 110 (VIC 110). The testing location will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday (except statutory holidays).

Participants in the required testing program must submit their test result to the google formRapid Antigen Testing Program Result form, external link upon completion of your test. This will require you to indicate your name, email, student/employee number, contact information and an image of your negative test result.

If you have received a positive PCR test result in the past 90 days, please reach out to ehs@ryerson.ca to advise on next steps prior to completing a rapid antigen test.

Yes, everyone, regardless of vaccination or testing status, is required to follow Ryerson’s health and safety protocols. This includes completing health screening before every visit to campus and wearing a mask while indoors.

Voluntary Rapid Antigen Testing Program for vaccinated community members participating in higher risk activities 

Vaccinated Ryerson community members participating in higher risk activities are encouraged to voluntarily participate in the program even if they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This includes (but is not limited to) individuals living in residence or participating in athletics, music/performance or healthcare related programs. Voluntary testing is a layer of protection that can complement the various health precautions already in place.

All faculty, staff and students who are fully vaccinated are permitted to participate in the voluntary Rapid Antigen Testing Program. You will be asked to provide your OneCard and sign a consent in order to register for the program.

Please note that if an individual has not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18, 2021, and submitted proof or received an approved exemption by the University for medical reasons or other grounds protected by Ontario’s Human Rights Code, they will no longer be able to access Ryerson University’s Rapid Antigen Testing program to attend campus.

No, rapid antigen tests are screening tools and not a diagnostic tool. This means that individuals who have symptoms or have been identified as a close contact of a positive case of COVID-19 should visit a COVID-19 testing centre, external link to receive a PCR test.

While voluntary, we encourage you to receive testing twice per week, evenly spaced.

You can receive testing by dropping into the Rapid Testing Centre at the Victoria Building, room 110 (VIC110) to complete on-site testing. In these circumstances, you will receive your test results within 15 minutes. We encourage you to wait for your test results; however, if you aren’t able, you will be contacted with your test results. 

No, there is no cost to participants of the testing program.

What to do if you test positive

If your rapid antigen test returns a positive result, please do not come to campus or attend in-person university activities off campus. If you are already on campus, please do not attend any additional campus events. 

Please bring your proof of positive rapid antigen test result (such as a photo or the document provided at the Ryerson testing centre) to a COVID-19 testing centre, external link to receive a PCR test, and follow the advice received at the testing clinic regarding the need to self-isolate. This is because the rapid antigen test is a screening tool whereas the PCR test is a diagnostic test which is required by local public health units. Your local health unit will be in touch with you if your PCR test comes back positive with further direction. 

Informing Ryerson of your positive PCR test results

If you have been on campus in the past 14 days, please notify Ryerson University of your positive PCR test result by google formcompleting the Self-Declaration Form, external link. This will allow Ryerson to complete internal processes including contact tracing and notifying any possible close contacts. 

Students, please let your instructor know so that academic considerations can be made as necessary. If you live on campus, please also inform Housing and Residence Life at 1-888-960-1191 right away. This hotline is monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For additional guidance, vist Student COVID-19 Reporting page

Employees, please also confirm any necessary sick time with your leader and cc your HR partner. For additional guidance, visit Faculty, Staff & Visitor Health Screening.