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Student FAQ for Fall 2020 Semester

Please find below frequently asked questions that are specific to students for the Fall 2020 semester with the Faculty of Science.

Ryerson's COVID-19 website for more information and the latest updates.

Campus

For more information on library operating hours and services, please visit Library Resources and Services for students.

Housing and Residence Life will continue to offer rooms throughout the Fall and Winter semesters, provided spaces are available. For any questions or concerns about your housing application, please contact housing@ryerson.ca.

Many of the Ryerson library services are now online including Ask-a-Librarian research help, ebooks, ejournals, data, streaming video/media etc. The library is also offering customized online course readings for many courses. These are prepared based on instructor requests. Learn more about the online resources available at Library Resources and Services for students.

he MAC has reopened, and RAC will reopen in due course. For more details on facility reopenings visit Ryerson Recreation. Learn more about Financial Assistance, Awards and Student Fees.

Students who applied for their OneCard in their first year will not have to reapply. Students can continue to use their OneCard for the rest of their university years.

The OneCard office is in the process of determining their plans for Fall 2020 OneCard distribution. For more updates visit Ryerson Business Services.

Ryerson is working hard to reopen various facilities including the SLC. New processes, procedures, and important information will be posted on Ryerson COVID-19 Information and Updates as they become available. You can also follow @ryersonslc for updates. For now, students will not have access to campus buildings. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

We are working hard to open the SLC at a reduced capacity. New processes, procedures, and important information will be posted as we get closer to our returning date. The MAC is now open. Safety is #1 and some things will be very different, but the well-being and academic benefits of moving together remain the same, and are as important as ever. Learn more at Ryerson Recreation.

The Campus Store website is where you can order your textbooks, e-books, school supplies this year. Textbook orders must be submitted online and it will be delivered to your personal residence. Learn more at Ryerson Campus Store.

Accessibility

Students with accessibility and accommodation needs can rely on Academic Accommodation Support (AAS) and the Test Centre, which will continue to operate online. For information about how to register for AAS, as well as answers to frequently asked questions, please visit Academic Accommodation Support.

Financial

At Ryerson, full-time undergraduate students registered in five to seven undergraduate billing units (continuing education courses excluded) are assessed at a flat rate. This means that whether you take five, six or seven courses, you are charged the same. For students taking eight or more undergraduate billing units, please notify Student Financial Services to adjust your tuition fees on your OSAP application. Visit Ryerson Service Hub or Student Financial Assistance for more information on OSAP applications.

Funding for science undergrads have two main options: 1) Dean's Office Student Project Grant 2) Ryerson Science Society's Student Opportunities Fund, external link. Both have online applications and will proceed as usual this year. Be sure to note University restrictions on travel if considering attending a conference this year.

The ancillary fees are part of the total tuition charged and are not being reduced currently. We recognize that students may be wondering how virtual program and academic delivery will impact their tuition and fees this coming semester. Ryerson is focused on supporting students through this difficult time. This means that current tuition and fees will be maintained for Fall 2020, while we invest in providing exceptional education and resources for all of our students, and in providing additional financial assistance for our students who need it most. We are reviewing all mandatory and course based fees where services have been reduced or eliminated due to the current COVID-19 situation. Further details regarding these departmental fees will be provided by your faculty in the coming weeks.

Career Boost Program is open and operating virtually. A number of jobs in the academic, administrative and student service departments are available on campus through the Career Boost program, positions are available in late July and the application is available in August. Visit the Career Boost website for program eligibility and application instructions.

Students can visit Office of the Registrar for more details on payments and processes. You can also visit Fee Payments for a step-by-step guide on how to pay.

Student Support

Students will have access to Ryerson's online resources to ensure that all new and returning students feel supported and set up for success. Find out more information on Ryerson's resources to support students this fall.

Ryerson has a number of workshops and resources to help students make the most out of their experience. Find out everything you need to succeed at Ryerson.

All Ryerson students are automatically covered by extended health and dental insurance coverage. Benefits coverage for Fall 2020 starts from Sept 1, 2020 - August 31, 2021 for full time students. Learn more at Members Health and Dental Plan, external link.

Students starting in the Fall can choose to opt out of their insurance coverage plan between Sept 1, 2020- Oct 4, 2020. If you choose to opt out, a refund will be credited to your student account. Learn more at Opting out of the Health Plan., external link

First Year Students

Science Orientation will be held completely online this year from September 1-3. Students will have until August 28th at 11:59pm to register, external link.

First-year Computer Science students are advised to connect with their department office for support and advice. The First Year Science Office is responsible for supporting other science programs (Biology, Chemistry, BMScience, Math programs, and Medical Physics). See Academic Program Administration Contacts.

First year students can learn about the Peer Mentoring Program, and Ryerson Science Society website, external link also has information on all Science student groups, external link and course unions, external link available.

New undergraduate, graduate or Continuing Education students planning to start in the Fall of 2020 can apply for their OneCard online. The OneCard application process will be entirely online for the Fall term. Please visit University Business Services for more information on distribution and how to apply.

Students can submit their transfer credit applications as soon as they have accepted their offer of admission. Visit Transfer Credits for information on eligibility, application instructions and deadlines.

Your program department and faculty will support you academically during your time at Ryerson. Your program contact will assist you with course selection, connect you with support services and host orientations, workshops and other activities to help you make the most of your time at Ryerson. Look out for emails from your program department in early August.

Student Learning Support is a group of services aimed to help you engage more effectively in your academic studies. These services, which can be accessed throughout your time at Ryerson, include Academic Accommodation Support, English Language Support, Math Support, Study Skill and Transition Support, Writing Support, and Test Centre.

New students are automatically enrolled into their Fall and Winter term required courses in early August. Class schedule will appear on your Student Center in RAMSS in early August. Student must enroll into their elective Fall and Winter term courses during their enrolment period, between August 11, 2020 to September 18, 2020. Students will receive additional information from their program departments, and your specific course enrolment start date will be confirmed on RAMSS. See the Enrolment Support page for additional enrolment information.

Ryerson has a number of online activities planned this summer for you to Get Ryerson Ready! Various workshops are available to help students with math, writing and study skills. Register for Get Ryerson Ready events and workshops.

At the end of July, students will be granted full access to their Ryerson student account allowing access to all current student academic and financial features on RAMSS. In early August, students will automatically be prompted to create a Ryerson username and set-up their Ryerson email address when they log into my.ryerson.ca.

Check out what steps you need to take as a new student at Ryerson.

Treat this like a “normal” semester! Do the work synchronously (even if lectures are asynchronous). Read assigned readings before class, turn up to lectures, participate, be involved and ask questions! Take advantage of online office hours, and connect with your peers to discuss concepts. Courses are not in person but students can reach out to course instructors and program administrators to connect via Zoom or GoogleMeet.

No, Science Orientation is 100% covered by the RSS. All you would need to do is register, external link and attend.

A link will be provided with instructions on how to register for both, Zoom and Discord, after registration. Learn more here about Science Orientation, external link.

Ryerson holds a General Orientation for all incoming freshmen. Alongside this, each faculty hosts their own orientation. Science Orientation is specifically designed for students entering the Faculty of Science to help create meaningful friendships entering your university career.

Research positions for First Year students would greatly depend on the student's previous experience in the relevant field. We encourage students to engage and connect with professors in the interested field.

Undergraduate Student Courses

Students can find course details and schedules on RAMSS as they become available. Find more info on faculty and staff.

Course delivery format will depend on the course instructor and course materials. Instructors will be in touch with students directly to provide details about each course as they become available. Keep an eye out for emails from your professors regarding class format.

All lab courses will be online for Fall 2020. Stay tuned for more information from the instructor for specific lab details in your respective programs.

All courses offered by FOS will be delivered remotely this Fall. Instructors will be in touch with students directly to provide details about each course as they become available including course outlines, format etc. Students should reasonably expect to get access to the course shell, where course outline is stored, anywhere from a week prior to start of the class to the first day of class. All new students are encouraged to stay in touch through their program administrator and program director/academic coordinator.

Students on a waitlist is on a first come, first serve basis. When the next available opening occurs, the first person on the waitlist is enrolled and so on. Being on the waitlist does not guarantee that students will be enrolled in the course.

Formatting will depend on your professor; some may choose to do live sessions, while others may choose to post pre-recorded lectures. Keep an eye out for emails from your professor regarding class format.

Winter term course intentions can be added or adjusted during the Fall term enrolment period. The Winter course intention adjustment period begins at 6a.m. Aug 24-Sept 18. Learn more about how to select your course intentions.

Typically, it's best for students to wait until their first lecture as professors may provide important guidance on textbook purchases like online versions or library rentals.

Program directors and office staff will be available via email to provide advice on course load, course selection, probationary contracts, course enrollment issues etc. Virtual meetings can be arranged for further assistance.

All courses offered by FOS will be delivered remotely this Fall. Instructors will be in touch with students directly to provide details about each course as they become available. All new students are encouraged to stay in touch through their program administrator and program director/academic coordinator. Formatting will depend on your professor; some may choose to do live Zoom sessions, while others may choose to post pre-recorded lectures. Keep an eye out for emails from your professors regarding class format.

The deadline for dropping a Fall 2020 undergraduate course and/or withdrawing from an undergraduate program with a full refund is Friday, September 18, 2020. The deadline for dropping a Fall 2020 undergraduate course and/or withdrawing from an undergraduate program with a 50% refund has been extended to Friday, October 16, 2020. For official and complete lists of important dates, academic deadlines and refund deadlines please see: Undergraduate Calendar Significant Dates and or Chang School Important Dates.  

Graduate Student Courses

Students can find course details and schedules on RAMSS as they become available. Find more information on FOS faculty and staff contact.

Students will have access to Ryerson's online resources to ensure that all new and returning students feel supported and set up for success.

Course delivery format will depend on the course instructor and course materials. Instructors will be in touch with students directly to provide details about each course as they become available. Keep an eye out for emails from your professors regarding class format.

Ryerson has a number of workshops and resources to help students make the most out of their experience. Learn more at everything you need to succeed at Ryerson.

All lab courses will be online for Fall 2020. Stay tuned for more information from the instructor for specific lab details in your respective programs.

All courses offered by FOS will be delivered remotely this Fall. Instructors will be in touch with students directly to provide details about each course as they become available including course outlines, format etc. All new students are encouraged to stay in touch through their program administrator and program director/academic coordinator.

Students on a waitlist is on a first come, first serve basis. When the next available opening occurs, the first person on the waitlist is enrolled and so on. Being on the waitlist does not guarantee that students will be enrolled in the course.

Students who applied for their OneCard in their first year will not have to reapply. Students can continue to use their OneCard for the rest of their university years.

At Ryerson, we recognize that pursuing graduate studies is a significant financial investment. To that end, we want to ensure that you are able to focus on your studies and research while pursuing your graduate degree. There are a number of funding packages – internal and external – available to graduate students.

Program directors and office staff will be available via email to provide advice on course load, course selection, probationary contracts, course enrolment issues etc. Virtual meetings can be arranged for further assistance.

Ryerson is suspending all non-critical research activity that requires access to the Ryerson campus (or in Ryerson off-site buildings and facilities) after March 26, 2020, and until further notice. Further information on what constitutes critical research activity is available on the OVPRI website. Graduate students require explicit permission from their faculty supervisors to access research labs.  

All courses offered by FOS will be delivered remotely this Fall. Instructors will be in touch with students directly to provide details about each course as they become available. All new students are encouraged to stay in touch through their program administrator and program director/academic coordinator. Formatting will depend on your professor; some may choose to do live Zoom sessions, while others may choose to post pre-recorded lectures. Keep an eye out for emails from your professors regarding class format.

Each graduate program will organize its own Orientation, for complete details, please contact your Graduate Program Administrator.

Students can learn more about courses, support, events and more in the Graduate Student Guide.

The Ryerson Science Society website, external link has information on all Science student groups and course unions available. You can also consult with your Graduate Program Assistant for more information.

New undergraduate, graduate or Continuing Education students planning to start in the Fall of 2020 can apply for their OneCard online. The OneCard application process will be entirely online for the Fall term. Please visit University Business Services for more information on distribution and how to apply.

The Campus Store website, is Ryerson’s one-stop shop for all of your textbook, e-book, school supply and Ryerson apparel and gift needs. All textbook and e-book orders for Fall 2020 classes must be submitted online via the Campus Store website. If there is no e-book listed for a course you’re enrolled in, there will be a corresponding textbook. This year, textbook orders will be delivered to your personal residence. The Campus Store website, will be updated as more information about our textbook delivery process becomes available.

Students can learn more about job opportunities, career advice, professional development and more at Ryerson Careers and Co-op website.

The Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation (OVPRI) continues to provide support for grant proposals, award submissions, partnership agreements and all other forms of funding applications and reporting. For information regarding contingency and continuity planning around SRC activities please check for updates on the Ryerson COVID-19 website and the YSGS website – these sites will be updated as new information becomes available or changes.

Students with upcoming MRP, thesis, or dissertation defences should contact their Graduate Program Directors to discuss if there will be any adjustment to the timeline or format of their defence. Students are also encouraged to check the Yeates School of Graduate Studies’ COVID-19 website for the latest updates.

The deadline for dropping a Fall 2020 undergraduate course and/or withdrawing from a graduate program with a full refund is Friday, September 18, 2020. The deadline for dropping a Fall 2020 undergraduate course and/or withdrawing from a graduate program with a 50% refund has been extended to Friday, October 16, 2020. For official and complete lists of important dates, academic deadlines and refund deadlines please see Yeates School of Graduate Studies Significant Dates and or Chang School Important Dates.

International Students

Students will have access to Ryerson's online resources to ensure that all new and returning students feel supported and set up for success.

We urge you to make decisions based on your mental health and well-being. If you would like to return home before the end of the semester, Ryerson will do whatever it can to support the completion of your courses. Read more about International and Ryerson students travelling abroad. If returning to your home country, continue to monitor any entry restrictions or mandated self-quarantine that may be required upon arrival. Monitor internal movement restrictions within your home country to ensure that you are able to travel from the airport to your place of residence.

Online resources will be available to all Ryerson students to ensure that all new and returning students feel supported and set up for success. Find more info on online resources this fall. Find more info for International students.

Exchange Students

Yes. Ryerson University requests and strongly urges that all those abroad return home immediately. Please contact Ryerson International immediately to indicate your travel plans or to request assistance with flights to return home. It’s important that we continue to keep track of how many Ryerson community members we have around the world and where they are.

We will continue to support academic implications of an early return to home. The university as a whole will be flexible and work with you to provide alternative arrangements where possible. Exchange students should contact their faculty coordinators for support. Course credits based on experiential learning requirements will also have to be revised to allow students to complete their courses. These alternatives will be different for every program but the priority is that your course credits are not negatively impacted. Departments will be reaching out to students directly to confirm any necessary adjustments to placements, or any suspensions or cancellations of placements.

Exams

On Friday, March 13, Ryerson announced that, effective immediately, all classes and exams are to be held virtually or by another means (rather than in person) until further notice; classes and exams are not cancelled at this time. Faculty are also being encouraged to find alternatives to requiring a year-end exam, for example offering take home tests or re-weighting other assignments. Additional information regarding alternative options for year-end exams is forthcoming.

Departments will be reaching out to students directly to confirm any necessary adjustments to existing exam schedules.

The accommodation needs of students remain a top priority. We will continue to support students who require accommodations for exams. Academic Accommodation Support and the Test Centre are providing services remotely. Visit Academic Accommodation Support for more information.

Yes, additional information regarding exam formats is forthcoming.

Other

Despite this being a semester online, how the content is delivered is up to each instructor. Because of this, student can expect that some courses will be offered asynchronously (i.e. recorded, and you watch content on your schedule), synchronously (i.e. you need to attend the lecture at the time that it happens, or risk missing material), or semi-asynchronously (a mixture of the two; or, pre-recorded lectures, with in-person tutorial components). Students may not know the hours they could work until the course outline is registered and given to you.

Course Unions and Science affiliated student organizations will continue to receive funding via the same process as usual (by submitting a budget at the end of the summer or by submitting event/project specific requests throughout the year). The main difference to the process will be that cheques are distributed by mail so long as students and staff remain off campus.  

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