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Student FAQ for Spring/Summer 2021 Semester

Please find below frequently asked questions that are specific to students for the Spring/Summer 2021 semester with the Faculty of Science.

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

Campus

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.

Housing and Residence Life will continue to offer rooms throughout the year, provided spaces are available.

For more information on Spring and Summer housing visit Summer Accommodations.

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

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 avaialble 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.

For the most recent updates please visit Campus Status.

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.

Please visit Student Financial Assistance, Awards and Studuent Fees for the most current and up to date inforamtion.

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 Spring/Summer.

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 1-1 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

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, Biomedical Science, Math programs, and Medical Physics). 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.

All enrollment processes take place through Ryerson’s Administrative Management Self Service (RAMSS). Students' schedules can be found in RAMSS under Manage Classes - My Weekly Schedule. RAMMS enrollment and other walk-throughs/tutorials can be found at RAMMS Support for Students.

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.

The Undergraduate Calendar is your official source for Ryerson program and course information, academic information and policies, and significant dates:
 

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.

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.

Schedules for both Ryerson's main orientation and the Faculty of Science Orientation are typically available in mid to late July. Check back for more details.

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 Spring/Summer 2021. 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 Spring/Summer. 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.

The waitlist are for Fall/Winter semesters only. There are no waitlists for Spring Transition courses or Chang school.  

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.

There are no Course Intentions for Spring/Summer term. However, Course Intentions for Fall/Winter of next year during Course Intentions Adjustment Period is May 12 - 14. 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 Spring/Summer. 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 Spring Transition Sessional Dates for First Year Science courses offered through Transition program.

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. 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 Spring/Summer 2021. 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 Spring 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/academic coordinator.

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.

Graduate students require explicit permission from their faculty supervisors to access research labs. Ryerson continues to operate on an essential services model on our campus until further notice. Building systems, facilities and services will be maintained to support essential SRC activities. More information is available on the OVPRI website.

All courses offered by FOS will be delivered remotely this Spring/Summer. 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.

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 Spring/Summer 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 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 final date to withdraw from a program and be eligible for full refund of term fees or drop a S/S 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 May 14, 2021.

The final date to withdraw from a program and be eligible for 50% refund of term fees or drop a S/S 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 May 28, 2021.

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.

Exams

On Friday, March 13, 2020, 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.

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.

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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