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Return to campus FAQ

Throughout the summer, the school recived many questions regarding the upcoming year. We have put together these questions and answers in an FAQ. We will continue to update them as we prepare for the Fall 2021 semester. Further updates on how courses will be delivered can found on Ryerson's COVID-19 Information and Updates page.

Updated Friday 30 July 2021

How are Journalism courses being offered?

Most classes will be online, however we are pleased to announce that the following Fall courses will be offered with in-person options, with details to come: 

Please note that this is the most up-to-date information. Your RAMSS schedule will eventually be updated to match what is below.

* JRN270 Producing the News (Hybrid in-person and online options)

* JRN851/JN8301 Newsroom Masthead (Two days a week in-person, the rest online)

* JRN825/JN8303 Magazine Masthead (Two days a week in-person, the rest online)

* JRN204/JN8415 Data Journalism (Hybrid in-person, details to be confirmed)

* JRN314 Reporting for TV Workshop (Hybrid in-person and online options)

* JRN318 Podcasting and Radio Basics (Hybrid in-person and online options)

* JN8107 Law and Ethics for Journalists (Hybrid in-person and online options)

* JN8104 Urban Politics and Society for Journalists (Hybrid in-person and online options)

Note that in all cases, not every teaching moment will be in-person, just some. These will be hybrid classes. Details to come as planning progresses.

And to be clear, if you can’t come to campus, the journalism courses above will be available online-only for you if that’s your preference. 

We know from our surveys that many students and instructors alike are not inclined to return to classrooms considering the risks and many planning variables involved. 

In addition to the courses listed above, we’re planning extra-curricular activities that students may choose to participate in. 

As much as we’re all excited about the return to campus, it’s still very much a transitional term as we’re focused on student and instructor health and safety.

Most courses will remain online-only and access to university property is subject to change according to public health guidelines. 

Next steps: If you’re enrolled in the courses listed above, the School will contact you about whether you expect to be on campus or online so that instructors can plan their classes and technical needs more fully.

Please be in touch if you have any questions or concerns.

Should I be planning to move to Toronto in September?
It is entirely up to you. You can plan to move to Toronto or complete your first semester remotely and move to campus once more courses are offered in person.

Here are 14 things to consider if you’re thinking about moving to Toronto this Fall.

For more information on housing and residence on campus, please reach out to the Housing & Residence Life Office. Their team can be contacted by phone or email between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Phone: 416-979-5284
Email: housing@ryerson.ca

When will the school have more information about in person classes?
We're still awaiting guidance from the province about indoor gathering health protocols for the Fall. With any luck, this info should come as we approach Step 3.

We expect a very limited return to on-campus journalism learning this Fall as it is a transitional term. We will have more details in the coming weeks and are hoping to prioritize courses and cohorts which would most benefit from a hybrid learning experience. Potential in-person opportunities would be optional.

If you plan to stay away from campus for the Fall semester, you should expect that the journalism courses in which you're enrolled will continue to be available to you. You will not be required to return to campus in Fall. 

We will almost certainly have space limitations and, like you, instructors will have the choice to come to campus or not.

In the Winter semester, we hope to offer more courses in person, assuming there is no return to widespread public health restrictions.

We appreciate your participation in the School’s return-to-campus survey and are keeping your concerns front of mind. In the coming weeks, please watch this space and our social media accounts (Twitter/Insta/FB links) for updates on Fall plans. 

When is first-year orientation?
Orientation for incoming Bachelor of Journalism students will be on Tuesday August 31 at 1 p.m. A Zoom link will be sent to you in August. Please check your Ryerson email regularly for updates.

When is MJ orientation?
Orientation for incoming Master of Journalism students will be on Thursday, August 26 at 1 p.m. A Zoom link will be sent in August. Please check your Ryerson email regularly for updates.

Will orientation be recorded?
Yes. If you cannot attend orientation, we will record it so you have access to watch it at your own convienience. 

Can I still come to campus?
Please do not come to campus unless necessary. If you need to come to campus for a class or pre-approved appointment, you are expected to complete a health self-assessment using the RyersonSafe Mobile App prior to your arrival each day. Additional screening questions may be asked of you in advance of being granted entry to a building. For more detailed information on the RyersonSafe health screening process, please take a look at the “Introducing RyersonSafe for health screening process for students” announcement made on July 12, 2021.

If you do not wish to download the app, you can also access the required health screening by visiting the RyersonSafe Health Screening webpage. After you complete the web form, an email confirmation of your screening result will be sent to you from noreply@apparmor.com. This email can be used as proof of screening completion.

Which buildings/facilities will students have access to in the Fall?
With the easing of physical distancing and capacity restrictions, the university plans to have greatly increased extracurricular activities and non-academic programming this fall. For community members who are eager to return to campus, connect with peers, and access services and supports in-person this fall, the university will be offering the following:

Orientation - For our newest students, our orientation team will be offering a wide variety of virtual and in-person opportunities to connect with one another and get to know your new school. In-person opportunities will include campus tours, coffee houses, scavenger hunts, self-care activities, a campus street fair and more. To learn more about all that orientation will have to offer this fall, visit the student life and learning support website.

Student Learning Centre - The Student Learning Centre will be open for students for the fall semester. Capacity will remain limited, according to public health guidelines, with increased operations and access as the 2021 academic year progresses.

Student Wellbeing - Counselling, individual and group therapy, expanded hours and appointments at the medical centre as well as increased health promotion programming will all be available this fall. Students can learn more through the Student Wellbeing website

Academic Accommodation Support (AAS) will continue to provide support for students with disabilities at Ryerson, emphasizing accessible and inclusive service. Through fall 2021, students can continue to connect with AAS remotely, and expect gradually increasing availability of in-person service. AAS will ensure appropriate accommodations are implemented, so students can more fully participate in both synchronous and asynchronous learning. 

Individual and group study spaces - Increased access to individual and small group study spaces will be available on campus this fall. This includes individual study carrels, small group study rooms and touchdown space at The Sheldon and Tracy Levy Student Learning Centre.  Study spaces in various faculty buildings will also be available, students are encouraged to connect directly with their faculties to learn more about available spaces. 

University Library - The University Library will continue to provide both safe onsite services and robust virtual services to ensure that academic support is available to students, instructors and researchers regardless of their location or program delivery mode. The Library will be expanding onsite access to learning and study spaces throughout the fall, including computer and interdisciplinary research labs, and specialized experiential learning programs. The Library will continue to add services, programming and learning resources to meet all teaching, learning and scholarly, research and creative needs. Library renovations are also underway to update and renew spaces that will improve access as well as learning and research experiences for all.

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

Student Life and Community BuildingProgramming for both in-person and remote participants, including Orientation and Get Ryerson Ready, will be available to students to help them navigate campus, receive academic supports and build community with fellow students.  As allowed in keeping with existing guidelines and protocols, in-person opportunities may include curated campus and neighbourhood tours, outdoor group activities, movie nights, and in-person academic learning supports.  Online programming will also continue, including virtual one-on-one writing and language support appointments, international student advising, and tutoring.

Experiential Learning (EL) - While some remote experiential learning will continue, increased on- and off-campus in-person experiential learning opportunities including, but not limited to internships, co-op, placements, are currently being planned for in keeping with local public health guidelines. At this time, off-campus in-person EL opportunities will be limited to those in Canada and all opportunities will be at the discretion of the faculty leadership.

Zone Learning will also have increased flexibility to host on-campus activities this fall and will continue to adapt and deliver both online and in-person programs. In keeping with existing public health guidelines, Zone Learning is planning to increase in-person activities including re-opening of co-working spaces to students and zone members, access to fabrication, technical and science labs as well as offering hybrid in-person and online workshops, hackathons and speaker events.

SRC - As scholarly, research and creative activities have been deemed essential by the provincial government, SRC activity at Ryerson continues, where appropriate, in adherence with existing safety protocols.  As the government of Ontario and City of Toronto move to reopen and gradually lift public health measures, the Office of Vice-President, Research and Innovation will actively monitor directives and announcements to update the SRC guidance and safety protocols. More information can be found on the COVID-19 SRC related updates.

Residence - Building on a healthy and safe residence experience this past year, we are planning to increase our overall capacity for students who want to stay in residence.  Many students have already applied for residence, indicating a shared desire to get back to living on campus.  Students should visit our residence application page for details and watch for communication from Housing & Residence Life about residence offers this summer.

Athletics & RecreationThe Mattamy Athletic Centre will re-open on Monday, July 26, and the RAC will re-open in late August. Many of our Rams varsity athletes will be returning to competition this fall, external link, external link; all home game schedules can be found online, external link, external link

If you have any questions that we may have missed, please email office.journalism@ryerson.ca