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Fall 2021 FAQ

Fall 2021 is a transitional term that will feature a partial return to campus. The aim is to have a full return to campus in Winter 2022 if public health deems that such a return is appropriate. The most up-to-date information on the University’s procedures and protocols (including information on mask policies, cleaning protocols, etc.) pertaining to COVID-19 can be found at the COVID-19 Information and Updates page:, opens in new window

Will English Courses be Offered On-Campus (In-Person) or Will They be Offered by Remote Delivery (Virtual)?

The majority of courses offered by the Department of English will delivered by remote delivery; however, a limited number of English course sections will be offered on-campus.  Course sections for classes that are offered online will be indicated as “virtual” in RAMSS.

Which English Course Sections will be Offered On-Campus?

All graduate courses will be delivered remotely in the Fall.

The Department of English is offering sections of the following undergraduate courses on-campus in Fall 2021: ENG 104 (section 021); ENG 212 (section 011); ENG 503 (section 021); ENG 560 (section 011); SSH 205 (section 171 and 181 only).

Will I be Able to Choose Between an On-Campus or Remote Delivery Course Section?

All students will be enrolled in virtual sections of all English courses.  Undergraduate students who want to enroll in the on-campus sections of those courses offered in person must enroll themselves in these sections during the enrollment period.

The undergraduate enrollment periods are as follows:

Full-Time Undergraduate Students

First-Year Students – Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 6:00 a.m.

Fourth-Year Students – Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 6:00 a.m.

Third-Year Students – Monday, August 16, 2021 at 6:00 a.m.

Second-Year Students – Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 6:00 a.m.

Open Enrolment Period for All Students – Monday, August 23, 2021 to Friday, September 17, 2021

Note: Friday, September 17, 2021 is the final date to add/swap for Fall, and the final date to drop a Fall course with a full refund.

What Other (non-English) Courses and Course Sections Will be Taught in Person this Fall?

Each Faculty has prepared a comprehensive list of courses and course sections that they are offering on campus in the Fall. Students can access those lists here:, opens in new window

The list of Faculty of Arts classes that will be offered on campus is found here:, opens in new window

Who Can Help Me With Questions About Enrolling in English Courses?

Undergraduate enrollment questions, and questions about progressing through the BA English program, should be addressed to the Undergraduate Program Administrator, Wendy Francis:, opens in new window

Graduate enrollment questions, and questions about progressing through the MA Literatures of Modernity Program, should be addressed to the Graduate Program Administrator, Lisa Benadiba:, opens in new window

What Health and Safety Protocols Will be In Force for On-Campus Classes?

All students who plan to be on campus must complete a mandatory health screening on the Ryerson Safe App. For more details see:, opens in new window

Classrooms will follow health safety protocols that are in line with Public Health Guidelines. For more details, and the most relevant updates on these protocols, see the Ryerson COVID-19 Information Updates Page:, opens in new window

Effective September 7, 2021, Ryerson University will require all students, faculty, staff, contractors and visitors coming to campus to attest to their COVID-19 vaccination status. Those who have not been or do not want to disclose their vaccination status will be required to be tested in order to come to campus.

Will There be Any Orientation Activities This Fall?

Ryerson’s Orientation Week will take place between August 23rd to September 6th 2021 and will consist of both virtual and on-campus activities. Orientation activities are designed to give incoming students the chance to connect with other new students, get familiar with their academic program, and get to know their way around campus.

For information on Orientation activities see:, external link, opens in new window

Will The English Course Union Host On-Campus Activities this Fall?

The English Course Union is a student-led organization that provides academic and social support for students in the English undergraduate programmes (both the BA in English and the Double Majors with English programs).

More information about the English Course Union and their activities this Fall can be found on their website:, external link, opens in new window

What Other Services and Student Supports Will be Accessible on Campus?

The University plans to gradually increase extracurricular activities and non-academic programming on campus this Fall; however, students should check with the following services and supports to determine the most up-to-date information regarding their on-campus presence in the Fall.

- Academic Accommodation Support (AAS):, opens in new window

- Athletics & Recreation:  For general information on COVID protocols, see:, opens in new window

- Mattamy Athletic Centre:, external link, opens in new window

- Recreation and Athletic Centre:, opens in new window

- The Library:, opens in new window

- Student Learning Centre (including individual and group study spaces):, opens in new window

- Student Wellbeing (including counselling):, opens in new window

More information on increased in-person supports and services and on-campus activities will be confirmed as we approach September.

Whom Should I Contact if I still Have Questions About the Fall?

The Program Administrators are a first point of contact for questions about the Fall:

Undergraduate Program Administrator, Wendy Francis:, opens in new window

Graduate Program Administrator, Lisa Benadiba:, opens in new window