In addition to the comprehensive Student Guide produced annually by Ryerson University, the Department of Politics and Public Administration has created this Student Handbook to assist students enrolled in the Public Administration and Governance undergraduate program. Information of specific relevance to students in the First Nations and Fire Services partnerships is noted throughout. It is organised as an annotated Table of Contents.
Even when not enrolled through the Chang School of Continuing Education, students in this (part-time) program are represented by the Continuing Education Students at Ryerson (CESAR). Their website contains further helpful information.
Students may also find additional helpful information on the web-site of the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU), but be aware that students in this (part-time) program are NOT represented by the RSU, but by the CESAR.
A division of the Registrariat, the Curriculum Advising Office provides academic advice and service to all students about minors, graduation, transcripts, transfer credits, challenge credits, letters of permission and more.
Advice is also available from the program (Public Administration and Governance)
Institutions of higher education are dedicated to the pursuit of truth. The pursuit of truth is grounded in certain core values, including diligence, civility, and honesty. All students, faculty and staff must maintain the highest standards of academic integrity.
Under the auspices of the Senate, the University has an Academic Integrity Officer, and maintains an Academic Integrity web-site to provide information to the University community.
When the grades are tabulated at the end of each semester, every student has an academic standing.
Undergraduate Admissions deals with requirements, processes and advice for all programs at Ryerson.
Appeals (see “Forms – Appeals” and “Policies – Appeals”)
In order to avoid the loss of hard copy assignments, it is best to submit them directly to your instructor. If that is not possible, use the locked and secure drop-off box that is located on the 7th floor of Jorgenson Hall (close to the elevators).
The drop box is emptied at 4:30 pm each day, and the assignments date-stamped with that day’s date. Submissions received after that deadline will not be removed from the essay box until the following day, and will be stamped with that day’s date. Where late penalties are involved, and where instructors have elected to use turnitin.com in any course, students are advised to retain the turnitin receipt showing the date and time of electronic submission, in the event of any dispute.
Be sure that your name, the course and section number, and the instructor’s name (and GA’s name, where appropriate) are clearly identified on your paper.
Students must retain a copy of their assignment together with their rough notes.
Blackboard (see "D2L Brightspace")
Bookstore (see “Services – Ryerson Bookstore”)
The calendar outlines the degrees and courses offered by the university in addition to the policies, procedures, significant dates, services and more.
The Faculty of Arts Career Counsellor, Sonny Wong, offers individual, confidential counselling and workshops to assist you with many aspects of career and educational planning, such as confirming your degree choice, discovering your career options, job search strategies, and more. Sonny is located in POD-344-K and can be reached at 416-979-5000 x2141, or at email@example.com
Career information is also available from the Ryerson Career Centre
See Challenge Credits on the Curriculum Advising web-page. Please note that not all courses are eligible to be challenged.
Cheating (See “Academic Integrity”)
Collaborative Work (see “Policies – Collaborative/Group Work”)
Any student at Ryerson University has the right to register a concern about a course or faculty member without placing his/her academic evaluation in jeopardy. In the event of any dispute regarding a course offered by the Department of Politics and Public Administration, the student should first contact the Instructor. If the student is dissatisfied with the response from the Instructor, the next step is to contact the Undergraduate Program Director or the Chair. In fairness to all concerned, anonymous communications will not be followed up or acted upon. The Undergraduate Program Director or Chair will not identify the complainant to the Instructor involved without the prior permission of the complainant.
Many courses are also available through Ryerson’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, in various formats, including Distance Education. Courses offered through Continuing Education are identified by a four-digit alpha-prefix, the first digit of which is “C” (e.g., “POL 122” offered through Continuing Education would be “CPOL 122”).
For guidance on course selection, course drops, academic standing and other concerns specific to your program of studies, your first step should be to consult with the Program Administrator or Undergraduate Program Director (see Contact for contact information).
The Career Counsellor in the Faculty of Arts Student Experience Centre can assist you with educational decision-making and planning including changing programs and future studies (post-diploma, graduate and professional). The Career Counsellor also counsels Faculty of Arts students who have an academic standing of Required to Withdraw or Permanent Program Withdrawal who are thinking about taking their studies in another direction.
Career – see “Career” above
The Faculty of Arts Personal Counsellor, Ruth Frolic, is available for confidential, one-on-one counselling about general school-related issues that you can no longer handle on your own (like settling into a new environment, making connections with others at Ryerson, finding motivation) or about personal difficulties you may be experiencing (such as, with family relationships, loss, traumatic experiences, depression, anxiety, alcohol or drug use, or other challenges). Ruth is located in POD-344-H and can be reached at 416-979-5000 x4847, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the University level the Centre for Student Development and Counselling provides services, programs and resources that are intended to assist students not only to solve immediate problems, but also to define their personal, academic and career goals, and to acquire the self-confidence and transferable skills necessary for professional success and individual growth. The range of services provided are outlined on their website. The Centre also provides crisis services, and works with other Ryerson Community Supports.
Course Intention is the first part of the enrolment process. You request the courses you expect to take in the upcoming academic year so that a timetable can be produced for you before open course enrolment. For further information, consult the appropriate section of the Student Guide.
All undergraduate programs at Ryerson University have a tripartite curriculum structure consisting of Professional, Professionally-Related, and Liberal Studies courses.
Ryerson’s one-stop shop for online course materials, library, news, enrollment, and more! Also known as my.ryerson, it is the portal to RAMSS (Ryerson Administrative Management Self Service).
University policy requires all Ryerson students to activate and maintain a Ryerson email account, and that any official or formal electronic communications from students be sent from their official Ryerson E-mail account. Most official correspondence from the University is now sent electronically and will not be sent to non-Ryerson accounts such as hotmail, gmail, yahoo, etc. Correspondence from students must be sent via an official Ryerson e-mail account because there is no way to know if an email from a non-Ryerson account is actually from a particular student or that replying to it will be confidential. There should also be no assumption that mail sent from a non-Ryerson account will received by the intended recipient at Ryerson, as it may be filtered by various spam filters.
Faculty and Staff Directory
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Financial Aid (Student Financial Assistance)
An Exceptional Opportunity for Fire Service Professionals to earn a Level 1 Certificate (Level I) and a Level 2 Certificate in Public Administration and Governance, both of which are component elements of the B.A. in Public Administration and Governance. The curriculum and program requirements have been modified specifically for fire service professionals to acquire related knowledge and management skills.
Although the Memorandum of Understanding that facilitated the delivery of program courses at the Ontario Fire College in Gravenhurst has been terminated by the OFMEM and the OAFC, Ryerson is committed to delivering, in accessible alternative formats, all of the courses necessary for current students to complete their program(s) of study.
Questions or concerns? Contact the Undergraduate Program Director (UPD), or the Program Administrator, Viola Ing.
First Nations Partnership
Through a groundbreaking partnership between First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI) and Ryerson University, First Nations students are able to earn a Certificate, an Advanced Certificate, and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and Governance. Since 1999, courses have been delivered in First Nations Communities across Ontario. Please visit the website of the First Nations Technical Institute for further information on the Public Administration and Governance including certificates and degree information, course descriptions, schedules, and forms. For other questions, contact the Program Administrator, Viola Ing.
Check out the Forms Cabinet maintained by the University. Links to frequently used forms appear below:
You may begin the Public Administration and Governance program in either of two ways: by taking a course through Continuing Education (CE), or by registering directly in the Public Administration and Governance program. Course(s) may be available on campus, via Distance Education, or (for students of the partnerships), on site. In either case, course(s) taken can be applied toward the program requirements or can be used as a trial, to test your interest in the program.
The first course normally taken should be (C)PPA101: Canadian Public Administration I: Institutions or any one of (C)PPA120: Canadian Politics and Government; (C)PPA121: Ontario Politics and Government; (C)PPA122: Local Politics and Government; or (C)PPA124: Indigenous Politics and Governance.
Grade Appeals (see “Policies – Appeals”)
Group Work (see “Policies – Collaborative/Group Work”)
Intentions (see "Course Intentions")
Learning Success Centre (see "Student Learning Support")
Letters of Permission
See Letters of Permission on the Curriculum Advising web-site. For application form, see link in “Forms” section of this Handbook.
Minors (for Public Administration and Governance students)
Minors (for students of other programs)
All Ryerson students are required to obtain a “one card” which serves as official identification as well as a host of other functions.
Ontario Fire College (also see "Fire Services")
The Memorandum of Understanding between the Office of the (Ontario) Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM), the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) and Ryerson was jointly terminated by the OFMEM and the OAFC in November of 2014, so Ryerson courses will no longer be held at the Ontario Fire College (OFC) in Gravenhurst. Alternate arrangements are being explored. Questions or concerns? Contact the Undergraduate Program Director (UPD) or the Program Administrator, Viola Ing.
Plagiarism (see “Academic Integrity” and “Policies – Academic Integrity”)
Probation (see “Standing”)
Practicum (PPA 50A/B)
Students who believe themselves qualified to enrol in the Practicum Option of the program must apply in a two-step process described here. The first step should be undertaken following successful completion of 3 out of the 8 courses in Level 2. Although PPA 50A/B should be the last thing taken in the Public Administration and Governance program, eligibility must be determined early, in order to plan the orderly satisfaction of the degree requirements.
Note that enrolment in PPA 50A/B requires, in addition to approved work experience, a cumulative GPA (CGPA) of 2.67 or higher following the completion of Levels 1 and 2, PPA333, and at least six (6) of the eight (8) “Required Group 1” courses at Level 3.
For further information about the Public Administration and Governance program, please consult the Departmental web-site.
“Ryerson Administrative Management Self-Service” is the system that you use to register in courses, check your degree progress, and a host of other activities. It is accessible through the my.ryerson.ca portal.
All students are expected to participate in the Course Intentions process and to complete their own course registration online, using RAMSS, at the earliest opportunity (“appointment periods” are announced by the Registrar by e-mail). Most courses have firm enrolment caps, and classes can fill up early.
Rights and Responsibilities (see “Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities)
Senate (University body responsible for academic policy)
Services and Facilities
Standing (also see “Policies – Grading, Promotion and Academic Standing”)
An initial grade point average (and academic standing) is not calculated until three or more course grades are available.
Students who receive a Probationary Academic Standing may not continue their studies until they have met with the Undergraduate Director or Program Administrator and executed a written probationary contract, which may include any or all of:
Students who fail to execute, by the last date to add courses for the semester, a written probationary contract outlining their plan of studies will have their course registrations and course intention requests cancelled for the semester in which they are on probation and will be Required To Withdraw (RTW) from their program unless the program Department determines otherwise.
No course may be repeated more than twice so, if a required course is failed for a third time, you will be Permanently Withdrawn from the program. Students who are Permanently Withdrawn from the program may not apply for reinstatement to that program.
Students will be Required To Withdraw (RTW) from their program for one of the following reasons:
Students who have a “Required to Withdraw” standing cannot – unless they participate in the Fresh Start Program – continue their program of studies, and cannot apply for reinstatement for a period of twelve (12) months. Click here for further information.
Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities
Student Identification (see “One-Card”)
Student Learning Support is dedicated to helping students reach their academic potential by providing professional resources that develop sound learning strategies which address the primary challenges students face in an academic environment. Individual assistance is available and many useful workshops are offered.
Student Services (see “Services and Facilities”)
Transcripts (see Registrar's Office - Academics)
Writing and Language Courses and Support