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Student FAQ for Fall 2021 Semester

During the Fall 2021 term, the Faculty of Science will continue to deliver courses remotely. No on-campus lectures are planned. A small number of courses will have at least one on-campus component. Please see the “Campus” section below for details.

Last updated: August 10, 2021

Welcome to Fall 2021!

The Faculty of Science will continue to deliver most of our courses remotely, with the exception of a small number that have at least one on-campus component. We’re also happy to announce that for Ryerson community members who want to access more in-person extracurricular activities, non-academic programs, or on-campus services and supports, there’s more being offered this term. Find out more about Ryerson's update for the Fall term.

As the province moves through the steps of COVID-19 reopening, the Faculty is optimistic. We’re planning ahead for a full return to campus in the January 2022 winter term. You may be wondering what a return will look like, and what the university is doing to ensure your safety. You’ll find all the latest university-wide information and resources on the Ryerson COVID-19 Information and Update website. It includes updates on safety protocols, cleaning and hygiene standards, new ventilation measures, and a special section for students.

In the meanwhile, students have asked us many questions throughout the pandemic period. We’ve answered many of them for you below. If you have further questions or need more help, please contact your department from the pages listed below. We’re here to support you and your success.

Campus

Students: 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 prior to your arrival each day. Additional screening questions may be asked of you in advance of being granted entry to a building.

Mask or face covering and distancing is required inside the building.

The courses listed below will have at least one on-campus section delivered this Fall.

Updates: This list may evolve as the summer progresses, so please check back here over the coming weeks.

Default Enrolment: By default, students will be enrolled in virtual courses. However, students who wish to switch into an in-person course can do so during their enrolment period in RAMSS. For additional information please visit, Current Students - Course Enrolment.

Capacity: Please note that capacity of on-campus sections may be limited.

 Department of Chemistry and Biology

Fourth-Year Thesis (CHY40 and BLG40): Research portions of these courses will take place on campus (subject to approval under safeSRC plans). Lecture portions will run remotely.

Research Experiences (BLG481 and SCI999): Currently, research experience courses are only approved for projects that can be completed remotely. Neither course has a lecture component separate from their lab activities.

The department is not currently offering hybrid courses or in-person courses or labs for any of its undergraduate courses.

Department of Physics

Graduate Course Labs (BP8103 and BP8115): Labs for these courses will be held on campus. Please note: If you do not want to take labs on campus, you will need to postpone taking these two courses until Fall 2022.

At this time, no on-campus lectures are planned for Fall 2021.

Department of Mathematics

No on-campus classes are planned for Fall 2021.

Department of Computer Science

No on-campus classes are planned for Fall 2021.

Housing and Residence Life will continue to offer rooms throughout the year, provided spaces are available. As part of our commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy residence community, Ryerson University will require students living in residence for 2021/2022 to have received a World Health Organization approved COVID-19 vaccine, external link.

Please visit Housing Covid-19 for the latest updates.

For any questions or concerns about your housing application, please contact housing@ryerson.ca.  

The SLC will re-open with limited occupancy and reduced operations for students who require access to study space or a reliable internet connection on September 8. The SLC will be open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Entry is by OneCard and reservation only.

There are no tours or events during this time. Mask or face covering and distancing is required inside the building.

  • Please check the SLC website for the most current updates.

The Athletics & Recreation facilities, programs and services at the RAC and Kerr Hall are closed until further notice. Visit MOVE Everywhere for available online programs.

In response to developments in the regional COVID-19 situation, the Mattamy Athletic Centre is also closed. Find out the latest updates on MAC closures.

Beginning September 8, the Ryerson Library will provide community members access to their wifi network, computers, study spaces and in-person research appointments for specialized spaces and services, including the Library Collaboratory, Archives and Special Collections and the Isaac Olowolafe Digital Media Experience (DME) Lab. The Library is also providing a contactless print pickup service for community members who need access to print-only materials, as well as laptop and wifi hotspot loans. In-person Library services are available Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and must be booked online through the Ryerson Library website.

Virtual services are available through the Library Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Virtual services available at the Library include:

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

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.

The Campus Store’s physical location has temporarily closed. 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.

The Athletics & Recreation facilities, programs and services at the RAC and Kerr Hall are closed until further notice. For the most-up-to-date details on facility reopenings visit Ryerson Recreation. Learn more about Financial Assistance, Awards and Student Fees.

The OneCard Office has temporarily closed its physical office and our staff are now operating remotely. OneCard staff will continue to monitor and respond to email and voicemails. 

OneCard distribution is only available to students and employees who are required to come to campus or plan to access certain campus services. Ryerson community members can learn if they are eligible to pick-up their OneCard and how to do so by visiting the Get Your Card (Students) and Get Your Card (Faculty & Staff) pages on the OneCard website.

The OneCard Office’s new remote hours are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Find out more at OneCard office updates.

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.

OneCard distribution is only available to students and employees who are required to come to campus or are planning to access certain campus services. Learn if you are eligible to pick up your OneCard by visiting Get Your Card (Students) or Get Your Card (Faculty & Staff).

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.

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. Visit Career Boost 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.

While some fees are required, others are not. Learn more about which fees you can opt-out from at Ancillary Fee Descriptions.

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.

Faculty of Science mentors are your upper-year science peers who host online events and are available one-to-one to answer your questions about entering your first year in Ryerson Science. To meet this year's mentors and check out this summer's event schedule check out First Year Science Peer Mentors.

First Year Students

The First Year Science Office is responsible for supporting Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Financial Mathematics, Mathematics and its Applications, and Medical Physics programs.

First-year Computer Science students are advised to connect with their department office for support and advice.

See Academic Program Administration Contacts.

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

OneCard distribution is only available to students and employees who are required to come to campus or plan to access certain campus services. Ryerson community members can learn if they are eligible to pick-up their OneCard and how to do so by visiting the Get Your Card (Students) and Get Your Card (Faculty & Staff) pages on the OneCard website.

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.

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.

If you are admitted into the first semester of a full-time program and have confirmed your offer of admission by mid-July, you will be automatically enrolled into required courses for the Fall and Winter terms.

If you have been automatically enrolled into your required courses, your class schedule will appear in your Student Centre in your RAMSS portal by end of day on Thursday, August 5, 2021. If you are not automatically enrolled into your required courses, you must enrol into all of your Fall and Winter term courses (required and elective, if applicable) during your enrolment period from August 10 – September 17, 2021. You can learn more about this process in Course Enrollments.

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.

Academic requirements are listed in the 2021/2021 Undergraduate Academic Calendar. The Undergraduate Student Guide is a great resource for everything you need to know about your first year.

The best ways to meet peers in upper years is to get involved through the Science Peer Mentorship program, the Tri-Mentoring program, the Ryerson Science Society, external link, your course union, and extra-curricular clubs and societies.  

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.

First Year students will receive an email with detailed information on how to register for Orientation. In the meantime, students can follow @ryescifrosh, external link on Instagram for the most up to date information, or check out Science Orientation, external link once registration is announced.

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. You can view faculty by department: Chemistry and Biology, Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics.

Courses can be added to D2L any time before the class starts as it is up to the instructor’s discretion.

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.

Labs will be offered virtually during the Fall 2021 term. Attendance for most labs is mandatory. The course outline for each course is the best resource to learn more about how labs are delivered.

Course outlines are released by instructors by the first scheduled day of class, and sometimes earlier at the instructor's discretion.

 

Students can be added to course waiting lists through RAMSS. Visit the Course Wait List page for more detailed instructions.  

Yes, students can be on waitlists for required courses. Most courses have a waitlist except for MTH 110 and MTH 207.

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.

Course intentions for the Fall term took place from March 2021 through to May 2021 and are now closed. Course intentions for Winter 2022 begins at 6 a.m. on Monday, August 23, 2021 and remains open until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, September 17, 2021. Visit Course Intentions to learn more about the process.

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.

Visit Ryerson’s Student Union’s Used Book Room, external link to purchase or sell used books.

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.

Please see Significant Dates 2021-2022 for information on add/drop dates.

For Chang school courses, refer to Chang School Important dates.

Graduate Student Courses

Students can find course details and schedules on RAMSS as they become available. You can view faculty by department: Chemistry and Biology, Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics.

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.

Some lab courses components will be in person, others online, for Fall 2021. Stay tuned for more information from the instructor for specific lab details in your respective program.

The majority of the courses offered by Faculty of Science will be delivered remotely this Fall term. 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.

Students on a waitlist are considered 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.

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.

For programs that use self-enrolment, students will be notified of their add/drop dates. Log into RAMSS via my.ryerson and choose “Enrolment Dates'' to see your dates.  

Graduate students require explicit permission from their faculty supervisors to access research labs. More information is available on the OVPRI website.

The majority of the 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. Course 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.

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 Administration for more information.

OneCard distribution is only available to students and employees who are required to come to campus or plan to access certain campus services. Ryerson community members can learn if they are eligible to pick-up their OneCard and how to do so by visiting the Get Your Card (Students) and Get Your Card (Faculty & Staff) pages on the OneCard website.

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 2021 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 thesis or dissertation defences should contact their Graduate Program Director 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 final date to withdraw from a program and be eligible for full refund of term fees or drop a course in a program where fees are charged by course and be eligible for a full refund of the course fee (less non-refundable deposit for new students) is September 17, 2021.

The final date to withdraw from a program and be eligible for 50% refund of term fees or drop a course in a program where fees are charged by course and be eligible for a 50% refund of the course fee (less non-refundable deposit for new students) is October 8, 2021.

For official and complete lists of important dates, academic deadlines and refund deadlines please see Yeates School of Graduate Studies Significant Dates and 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.

If you wish to return to your home country, please connect with your program administrator or departmental assistant to confirm course delivery and examination formats before making this decision. We recommend that you continue to monitor entry restrictions, airline policies and mandatory self-quarantine periods that may be required upon your arrival in your home country. 

Read more about International and Ryerson students travelling abroad.  

Find online learning and community opportunities for the coming weeks on ConnectRU.

We understand that this is a challenging and confusing time. We encourage you to stay informed. The Ryerson Environmental Health & Safety page is a useful resource.

For more information on COVID-19, please see the World Health Organization, external link, or Government of Canada, external link websites.

Good2Talk, external link is a free, confidential and anonymous helpline providing professional counselling support to post-secondary students in Ontario. You can access their service 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Phone Number: 1-866-925-5454

Ryerson has partnered with Keep.meSAFE to provide all students with 24/7 mobile access to licensed counsellors via the My SSP app. Mental health care can be provided in over 60 languages and students can access the service from outside of Canada too. Keep.meSAFE is a mental health counselling service that specializes in student mental health support and provides 24/7 access to licensed counsellors through telephone and mobile chat. Students can download the My SSP app on your phone’s app store; Apple Store, external link and Google Play, external link. Keep.meSAFE can also be accessed with a phone call by dialing 1-844-451-9700.

Please know that you are not alone during this time and International Student Support (ISS) is here to support you.

Yes. Visit Student Life and Learning Support to learn more about clubs and societies.  

Exams

This fall, the majority of classes and exams will be delivered remotely.

Some classes that require in-person instruction, such as labs and studios, will be held on campus. This will look different from faculty to faculty. Form of instruction will be communicated by the departments.

Visit Current Student Exams for the most up to date information.

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

Check your course outline, D2L course shell or with your instructor regarding exam time and format. You can find more information on the Exams website.

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.

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.  

If a specific course union or student group has additional questions, please contact Pamela Wettlaufer, Manager, Student Relations & Development.

Admission into the optional co-op programs is competitive. Once students have completed their first year, they are eligible to apply to be admitted based on their cumulative GPA. Some programs may require additional information such as a resume and/or a statement of interest. You can learn more by visiting Careers & Co-op or on Instagram, external link.  

Discounts with Go transit are available. Learn more at University Business Services.  

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