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Important information for faculty and staff from the Office of the Dean, FCS: COVID-19



As Ryerson University continues to monitor and act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Community Services (FCS) is committed to working closely with our community to ensure the operational needs of FCS continue to be met as best as we can. The situation is changing rapidly. As decisions continue to be made at Ryerson and at FCS we will continue to update you. Please continue to watch your email for notices and updates and to continue to check Ryerson’s COVID-19 information and updates website.

Faculty of Community Services COVID-19 Rapid Response Research Fund: Round 1

Update, April 20, 2020: Thank you for your interest in the FCS COVID-19 Rapid Response Research Fund. This fund is currently unavailable, however, we look forward to announcing the FCS recipients shortly.  The FCS community will be notified via email and at as new funding opportunities become available. 

The COVID-19 pandemic is dramatically affecting countless aspects of our daily lives in Canada and around the world. Rapidly changing responses and impacts are occurring in areas that span the Faculty of Community Services’ nine schools. In response, we are launching the FCS COVID-19 Rapid Response Research Fund for small-scale research projects led by individual or teams of researchers to study important issues directly related to COVID-19 and its impacts. This can include the effects of the pandemic (including but not limited to unintended consequences of social distancing and other COVID-19 related policies at institutional, municipal, provincial, or federal levels) as well as responses to the pandemic (including but not limited to innovations in technology, methodologies, and practices/processes). The primary aim of this grant is to rapidly seed research that can lead to meaningful impact. 

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Please email any quesstions to Linn Clark at

Faculty of Community Services COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund for Students

Update, April 20, 2020: This fund is subject to availability and is currently unavailable as we have reached capacity. Additional funding opportunities will be announced at if they become available. 

The Faculty of Community Services (FCS) has set up an emergency fund to address the needs of FCS students who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the state of emergency. This fund is intended to provide immediate financial relief for the next month  to students who face a significant challenge affording basic needs such as groceries, rent, bills, medication, transportation, etc. due to COVID-19. Support is not intended as a source of long-term funding but to assist students as the Winter term ends.

Please direct students to apply by visiting

Dean’s Office Hours  

The Office of the Dean, Faculty of Community Services, is offering services remotely effective immediately. Staff and faculty in the Dean’s Office will be monitoring email and voicemail and continue to be available as needed by phone, email, video chat, etc.

If you need assistance and are not sure who to contact, please check our FCS Dean’s Office staff contacts for more information.

For general inquiries & assistance:
Phone: (416) 979-5000 ext. 6197

DCC & SHE Centre Atrium Bookings  

As Ryerson has shifted to an essential service model on campus, all booking requests for the DCC are suspended. The room booking calendar is temporarily not available online. While the DCC booking email is still being monitored, groups that want to cancel their bookings do not need to let us know.  

The SHE Centre Atrium (6th floor, 99 Gerrard St. E.) is not available for event bookings until at least May 1. FCS will follow Ryerson-wide guidelines regarding booking space for events.  


On-campus events across Ryerson and FCS have been cancelled or postponed until at least May 1. This includes all student group events and faculty-sponsored events.  

Please contact registrants directly to notify them of your cancelled or postponed event.  

If you have a planned donor or alumni-facing event that may be impacted, please reach out to Claudia Hughes to confirm your revised plans and for assistance with messaging and/or outreach to the affected parties. Any other inquiries related to donor and alumni matters can be directed to Claudia as well.

If you notice that a cancelled or postponed event is still posted online, please email to remove.

Finance & Human Resources

Please email all documents that require Dean or Director, Finance, Administration and Planning’s signature to Marisa Nunes who will be able to direct to the appropriate person in the Dean's Office. Once signed electronically, documents will be returned via email or forwarded to the appropriate office on campus.  

Any financial documentation that does not require Dean or Director, Finance, Administration and Planning’s signature can be sent directly to Matthew Bidzinski at  

While we are committed to doing our best to uphold our standard processing time in the Dean's Office of 5 business days, we cannot guarantee this timeline given the circumstances. If your request is urgent, please indicate this in your message.

Research Support  

FCS research administration staff will continue to support our faculty's research efforts.  

Linn Clark will continue to advise on all proposal development and research related questions via phone and email. Linn has extended her availability so please get in touch with her at any time.  

Linda Ling and Natalia Kovaleva will continue to provide research accounting and finance support via email/phone during regular business hours.

We are aware that the OVPRI's office recently sent out an update regarding Ryerson's ongoing support of SRC activities. Their email contains important considerations regarding data collection during this time. To this, we would like to add that travel for research may be affected for a considerable amount of time due to COVID-19 and that you should consult with Linn Clark, OVPRI, or the granting agency when developing your research agenda over the coming months.  

At this time, we are unaware of any potential changes to operations at major funding agencies. Please refer to OVPRI's website for updates as they become available.

FCS internal research grants are open today, March 18, as planned. To support our faculty during these challenging times, the closing date of April 18 for proposals will be flexible. Please contact Sarah Bukhari should you require an extended deadline. Please consider how Covid-19 might affect data collection and travel plans when describing your project. Please feel free to consult with Linn Clark or an ethics officer to discuss.

Data and Security

If you have taken computers home to work remotely please make sure they are always secure and password protected.

Only save data on the shared Google Drive or faculty shared drive. If you need to download information into your hard drive, please delete (and empty trash) upon completion of the task. Data should not be saved on the hard drive or on any portable devices. While working at home, it is important that all information related to business be kept confidential at all times.

Digital Communications  

FCS has increased capacity to make website updates. Please send requests to  

Please continue to monitor your email and check Ryerson’s COVID-19 information website for updates. Huge thanks and appreciation to all of you who are working so hard to ensure that we continue to operate as best we can during this very challenging time.


Lisa Barnoff, Dean
Nadya Burton, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies, Students and Pedagogy
Jennifer Martin, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and SRC