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Information for Students

What to know before coming to campus

  1. You are expected to complete a health screening self-assessment prior to your arrival each day. Additional screening questions may be asked of you in advance of being granted entry to a building.
  2. You may be required to read and complete either an acknowledgement of informed consent or a waiver, depending on the scheduled activity.
  3. Masks are now required in all indoor spaces per Ryerson’s Face Mask Policy and failure to comply may impact your ability to be on campus. 
  4. If you have been advised to self-isolate, have symptoms of COVID-19, have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or have returned from travel anywhere outside Canada in the past 14 days, do not come to campus.

If you test positive for COVID-19

For students who are learning remotely and not coming to campus for any other reason, a self-declaration form is not required. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 and have been attending classes virtually and will be unable to attend virtual class due to COVID-19, please let your instructor know so that academic considerations can be made as necessary.

  1. Advise your instructor/supervisor immediately via email or other remote communication and do not return to campus. 
  2. Please also complete Ryerson’s google formSelf-Declaration form, external link The information you provide in this form will be sent to Ryerson’s biosafety officer within the Environmental Health and Safety team.

Ryerson’s Environmental Health and Safety team are working under the direction of Toronto Public Health to ensure the university implements any Toronto Public Health directives as necessary to prevent further spread of COVID-19. This may include instructing students to self-isolate or self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and enacting additional cleaning and disinfection protocols in areas and facilities where positive cases are identified.

Academic considerations will be handled by your instructors/program. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 and have been attending classes virtually and will be unable to attend virtual class due to COVID-19, please let your instructor know so that academic considerations can be made as necessary.

For residence students who have COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to COVID-19 or have tested positive for COVID-19, 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 students on in-person placement off campus who have COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to COVID-19 or have tested positive for COVID-19, please inform your placement coordinator, professor or co-op coordinator right away.

If you have been attending campus and you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are feeling sick

  1. If you are sick and experiencing cold and/or flu-like symptoms, do not come to campus
  2. Complete Ontario’s COVID-19 Assessment Tool, external link and follow its advice and any advice you receive from Public Health.
  3. Dedicated assessment centres, external link have been established across the greater Toronto area to facilitate assessment and testing. Information on locations is available on local public health websites including Toronto and Peel Region.
  4. Complete Ryerson’s google formSelf-Declaration form, external link.
  5. Contact your faculty/instructors by email if you have questions about assignments, exams or make-up classes

Please note that students who are in residence are also required to inform Housing and Residence Life at 1-888-960-1191 right away. This hotline is monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you have been attending campus and spent time with someone that tested positive for COVID-19

  1. If you have spent time with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19, do not come to campus.
  2. Complete Ontario’s COVID-19 Assessment Tool, external link and follow its advice and any advice you receive from Public Health.
  3. Complete Ryerson’s google formSelf-Declaration form, external linkgoogle form., external link
  4. Contact your faculty/instructors by email if you have questions about assignments, exams or make-up classes

Please note that students in residence who have been exposed to COVID-19 are also required to inform Housing and Residence Life at 1-888-960-1191 right away. This hotline is monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

What happens if your classmate/fellow student tests positive for COVID-19

Ryerson University has implemented strategies such as physical distancing requirements and masking policies which greatly reduces the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for our on-campus learners.

Based on current public health recommendations, a confirmation of a positive test within a classroom or on campus activity does not automatically indicate other individuals in the same space were at risk of exposure to COVID-19.

If an individual tests positive for COVID-19 and public health agencies advise that there is a possible exposure risk for members of the Ryerson community, those impacted will be contacted by the university and advised on what precautions must be taken. You will also receive further details on potential cancellation of on-campus activities, including classes.