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Faculty of Community Services - Response to Province-wide stay-at-home orders

Date: January 14, 2021

From: The Office of the Dean, FCS

To: All FCS faculty and staff

Status: Urgent

As per the email sent by Ryerson Human Resources on January 13, 2021, Ryerson has instituted new protocols for on campus activity in accordance with the Province’s decision to institute further lockdown measures as of 12:01am, Thursday, January 14, 2021. 

Effective 12:01am on Thursday, January 14, 2021, any  permissions previously granted by the FCS Dean’s Office to access your offices on campus for teaching or administrative purposes are revoked.

The only exceptions to this rule are specific to faculty and/or staff pre-approved for in-person teaching for NUT, MEP and DCSN (i.e. clinical labs) on designated teaching days. This includes pre-approval for the staff who are managing the flow of people in and out of the DCC on these designated teaching days. This pre-approval is only for classroom/clinical teaching and does not include accessing campus on other days/times and/or for other reasons. 

Going forward from now to the end of this semester, any access to campus offices for teaching or administrative purposes will only be granted if such access is required in order for someone to do their work.

If you can provide a rationale that continued access to your on campus office is required, we may be able to provide a new approval. Office access is only permitted if the tools and technology you require to teach and/or conduct SRC activities are not available offsite.

If you wish to make a request for continued access to your on campus office for teaching and/or administrative work, you may re-submit a request for approval if there is an essential reason. To do so, please use this form, external link. Until you hear back that your continued access to campus is approved, please do not come to campus.

Once approved, letters will be provided to staff and faculty, stating that they are on site for essential purposes.

All staff and faculty members who are approved to access campus will still be required to fill out the Faculty, Staff and Visitor Health Screening prior to each visit. 

On campus access will be considered in the following circumstances:

  • One-time access to pick up equipment or materials currently on campus that are required for teaching and/or work from home for the remainder of the semester.
  • Office use for the purpose of teaching, only in the circumstance where you are unable to work from home due to lack of internet or other technology.  

While we understand that for some there is a preference for teaching or working from their on-campus office, please restrict requests for on-campus access to situations where you are unable to work remotely, given the provincial mandate to stay at home.

We encourage flexibility with teaching and administrative work  (internet connectivity, noise and distractions, etc.) and a recognition that our teaching and work environments and practices may be imperfect and challenged due to current circumstances. 

If there are other circumstances where you might require access to campus, if you have any questions, or if you need any further information, please contact us: