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Alert: Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, Ryerson University will be shifting to an essential services model on our campus. To view information about this and other important school-wide updates, please visit the Ryerson COVID-19 page. If you are a current student and would like to reach us at the ServiceHub, please visit our ServiceHub Contact page.

Final Exams

Next Examination Periods:

Spring/Summer - Check your course outline or with your instructor

Fall - Wednesday, December 9, 2020 to Saturday, December 19, 2020

Below you will find important information to help set you up for success.

Remember that taking care of your physical and mental well-being leads to more effective studying and thinking. There are a number of virtual support options available.

Exam Schedule

Please confirm your final assessment on D2L or with your instructor.

Important notes:

  • You can find frequently asked questions about classes, exams and research on the Students COVID-19 Information and Updates website.
  • It is important to remember that Ryerson's policies around academic integrity still apply. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with these policies. Please consult the Academic Integrity Office (AIO) website, as well as Policy 60: Academic IntegrityPDF. If you are unsure how these policies apply to your exam, please contact your Professor, or the AIO at as soon as possible.
  • It is your responsibility for ensuring you are aware of your final assessment method, and whether it is to be written at the time listed on the exam schedule. Please check in with your D2L course shell or with your instructor.
  • Chang School exams are usually held during the last evening of class. Check with your course syllabus or with your instructor to confirm.

Academic Integrity and Conduct

Any behaviour that undermines the University's ability to evaluate fairly students' academic achievements, or any behaviour that a student knew, or reasonably ought to have known, could gain them or others unearned academic advantage or benefit, counts as academic misconduct (Policy 60: Academic Integrity). The range of penalties include a grade reduction, up to and including a zero on the exam, an “F” in the course and/or suspension/withdrawal/expulsion from the University. All findings of academic misconduct will include a Disciplinary Notation on your internal academic record. You are responsible for being familiar with the Academic Integrity PolicyPDF. For more information, please visit the Academic Integrity Office website.

Guidelines for proper conduct in exams, and penalties for misconduct are listed in the Final Examination PolicyPDF, Academic Integrity PolicyPDF, and the Student Code of Non-Academic ConductPDF. It is your responsibility to read and understand them. See below for specific exam procedures.

Students Registered at Academic Accommodation Support

For detailed information, including how to book your exam, visit the Test or Exam with Accommodation website

Illness or Personal/Family Emergency

Please see the Student Guide Examinations pageNew window for instructions and links to the forms you need if you miss an exam due to illness or a personal/family emergency.

For Winter 2020, you can find more information on the Student FAQs website.

Technical Considerations For Students Writing On-Line Exams

Writing your first online exam can be a new experience, but a few simple steps before the exam can help set you up for success.

If you have concerns, such as internet access, check the Student FAQs and raise your concerns with your instructor as soon as possible.

Here is a checklist of things you can do in advance of the exam:

  • Check your computer is working and can access the internet.
  • Check your browser is functioning correctly. For exams delivered in D2L, visit the "Check your system" page.
  • Make sure you can log on to my.ryerson.caNew window and access your course shell in D2L. You should know:
    • your Ryerson username and password
    • your two factor authentication is working
    • which course shell you will be using for the exam

What if I have issues before or during the exam?

  • If you have issues logging in to D2L, contact the CCS Helpdesk.
  • If you have any issues during the exam (for example, accessing or submitting the exam), contact your professor.
Take a Practice D2L Quiz

Want to try a practice quiz on D2L Brightspace? Or maybe just test your knowledge about cats and look at pictures of kittens?

You can enrol yourself into a sample course, and take a quiz that will definitely not count towards your GPA!

To "Discover" the sample course:

  1. Log in to D2L Brightspace
  2. From the homepage, click "Tools" in the top menu bar, then select "Discover" from the dropdown menu
  3. Click on "Brightspace sample course"
  4. Review the Course Description and click the "Enrol in Course" to enrol.
  5. To access the course: either click the "Open Course" button on this page, OR go to your D2L Brightspace homepage, where the course will be listed under "My Courses"
  6. You can find the link to the quiz from the Content area, or the Assessment > Quizzes area. The quiz has the different question types

To Un-enrol from the sample course:

  1. Log in to D2L Brightspace
  2. From the homepage, click "Tools" in the top menu bar, then select "Discover" from the dropdown menu
  3. Click on "Brightspace sample course"
  4. Next to the "Open Course" button, click the icon with three dots ("...")
  5. Click "Unenrol". The course will be removed from your account
Evening and Chang School Sections

If you are enrolled in any evening sections (701E, 711E, etc.) or Chang School sections and the class is not listed on this Examination Schedule, you should confirm the exam date, time and room with your instructor.

Religious, Aboriginal and Spiritual Observances

For detailed information, see the Human Rights Services websiteNew window.


Note: Identification verification may change in an online environment. Check back here for updates.

All undergraduate and graduate students MUST display a valid Ryerson OneCard during an exam. Students from The Chang School are not required to have OneCards and may use government issued identification as outlined on the Ryerson OneCard website.

  • Students who do not have the required identification may not be permitted to write the exam. For more details, see the Procedures Section 3 of the Exam PolicyPDF.
  • If it’s during business hours, get a free, temporary ID card from the OneCard Office, Room JOR-02, lower ground floor, Jorgenson Hall.  This temporary ID is good for one day only, or over the weekend if obtained on a Friday.
  • After business hours, if you have NO identification, it is up to the professor if you can write the exam.  They may allow you to write it conditionally, for example, provided you bring them your ID within 72 hours.
  • If you have lost your OneCard, you can obtain a replacement for a fee:
Exam Procedures and Notes

Check with your instructor for any specific online exam procedures.

The following are the usual in-class procedures:

  • No talking, or any form of communication with other students, unless the instructor or invigilator indicates otherwise, i.e. an oral exam, or to an invigilator or professor
  • Raise your hand to ask a question, use washroom, or request additional supplies from an invigilator or professor
  • Turn off and place all cell phones, watches, personal audio equipment and other electronic devices in your bag
  • Store belongings as directed and do not access the during the exam
  • Put your OneCard or approved identification for Chang School students on the top corner of your desk. (See Policy 135PDF: Final Examinations, Section 8 and Procedures 3)
  • Your may only have your desk: exam materials, writing utensils, a clear plastic water bottle, and aids expressly authorised by your professor
  • No food is permitted during the exam, unless as an accommodation. Students must provide notice regarding this accommodation to the instructor at least two weeks before the exam
  • You may not leave the exam room unless accompanied by an invigilator or exam staff if you plan to return to the exam.
  • You are not permitted to remove exam materials, including rough notes, from the exam room
  • You are not permitted to capture the image of exam materials, including rough notes, in the exam room or in an online environment
  • Turn your baseball cap backwards. Remove hats with large brims
  • In the case of an emergency, leave all exam materials on the desk and follow the instructions of the invigilator
Undergraduate and Graduate Classes

If an examination is cancelled and rescheduled, please visit or call our main phone line at 416-979-5000 to find out the new time and location.

The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education Classes

Final examinations for courses offered through The Chang School are held in the last class of the semester in the regularly scheduled classroom. Chang School students are expected to be familiar with and comply with all Ryerson University examination policies and proceduresPDF, including presentation of photo identification, academic integrity standards, and the Student Code of Conduct.

Communication to Students:
If information regarding a re-scheduled exam is not available at the time of a building evacuation, as soon as the information is available from the Chang School regarding the rescheduling of the exam session (day, date, time, room), usually by the following business day, the information will be added to the Chang School websiteNew window. If the information does not appear by the next business day, students may contact the Chang School general telephone number at 416-979-5035.

For more information regarding Chang School exam disruptions please see Procedures for Handing Disruptions to Mid-Term or Final ExamsNew window.