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Human Rights and COVID-19: A Guide for Faculty and Supervisors


The COVID-19 pandemic has required Ryerson students, faculty and staff to adapt to changing circumstances, including shifting to learning and working online, rather than in person on campus. Regardless of whether learning and working occurs in person or online, Ryerson is committed to fostering an environment that is free of discrimination, harassment and sexual violence and one in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. The same laws and policies that provide human rights protections to Ryerson community members continue to apply in both in-person and online environments.

This guide provides in-depth information about the importance of human rights protections for Ryerson community members taking into consideration the significant equity issues that may arise as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic for members of equity-deserving groups. It also outlines key responsibilities and resources for faculty and supervisors to assist them as leaders in maintaining inclusive learning and working environments.


Ryerson acknowledges the important work done by the University of Guelph, Office of Diversity and Human Rights in developing PDF fileFostering a Sense of Belonging in Times of Crisis and Challenge: An Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Handbook for Individuals and Organizations During COVID-19 in spring 2020, which served as inspiration for the development of this guide.