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Special MEP Policies Related to the Pandemic

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Important Resources Available at Ryerson

The Library provides online research workshops and individual assistance. If the University is open, there is a Research Help desk on the second floor of the library, or go to Workshops.

Student Learning Support offers group-based and individual help with writing, math, study skills, and transition support, as well as resources and checklists to support students as online learners.

You can submit an Academic Consideration Request when an extenuating circumstance has occurred that has significantly impacted your ability to fulfill an academic requirement. You may always visit the Senate website and select the blue radial button on the top right hand side entitled: Academic Consideration Request (ACR) to submit this request).

Please note that the Interim Provost/ Vice President Academic and Dean's approved a COVID-19 statement for Fall 2020/Winter 2021 related to academic consideration. This statement has been built into the Online Academic Consideration System and is also on the Senate website.

Policy 167: Academic Consideration for Fall 2020/Winter 2021 due to COVID-19: Students who miss an assessment due to cold or flu-like symptoms, or due to self-isolation, are currently not required to provide a health certificate. Other absences must follow Senate PDF filePolicy 167: Academic Consideration

Also NOTE: Outside of COVID-19 symptoms, the new Policy 167: Academic Consideration does allow for a once per term academic consideration request without supporting documentation if the absence is less than 3 days in duration and is not for a final exam/final assessment. In both of those instances, documentation is required. For more information please see Senate PDF filePolicy 167: Academic Consideration.

Ryerson COVID-19 Information and Updates for Students summarizes the variety of resources available to students during the pandemic.  Health Canada. Vaccination Prioritization, external link. ICM resources, external link.

When you have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive client/midwife or one of your contacts has presumptive symptoms:

The risk of exposure is very low when we wear PPE as advised. Public health guidelines for health professionals require that you obtain COVID testing and self isolation until COVID rapid screen results return, after you’ve had direct contact with a known COVID-19 positive client. If your results return negative, continue to self isolate for a total of 14 days. Public Health will advise you when to retest.  If the client results are negative, or if you did not have direct contact with a positive client, you do not need to vary your daily routines. We ask that you continue to use PPE appropriately, be aware of social distancing rules, and self monitor using the Public Health Ontario COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool, external link

Students are encouraged to follow up with their local Public Health Unit for Vaccinations.

Any regulated health professionals and any staff member, contract worker, student/trainee, registered volunteer, or other essential caregiver currently working in a health care organization, including workers that are not providing direct patient care such as cleaning staff, food services staff, information technology staff, security, research staff, and other administrative staff. 

PDF fileCOVID-19: Guidance for Prioritizing Health Care Workers for COVID-19 Vaccination, external link

Academic work during the pandemic: Familiarize yourself with the tools you will need to use for remote learning. The Continuity of Learning Guide for students includes guides to completing quizzes or exams in D2L or Respondus, using D2L Brightspace, joining online meetings or lectures, and collaborating with the Google Suite. 

Information on copyright for Faculty and students

At Ryerson, we recognize that things can come up throughout the term that may interfere with a student’s ability to succeed in their coursework. These circumstances are outside of one’s control and can have a serious impact on physical and mental well-being. Seeking help can be a challenge, especially in those times of crisis. Below are resources we encourage all Ryerson community members to access to ensure support is reachable.

Mental Health and Wellbeing at Ryerson

If support is needed immediately, you can access these outside resources at anytime:

Distress Line — 24/7 line for if you are in crisis, feeling suicidal or in need of emotional support (phone: 416–408–4357)

Good2Talk- 24/7 hour line for postsecondary students (phone: 1-866-925-5454)