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Student FAQ for Winter 2022 Semester

The university has made the decision to hold classes virtually until January 30, 2022, with in-person learning and teaching resuming January 31, 2022. More information can be found in President Lachemi's message.

Last updated: January 10, 2022

Welcome to Winter 2022!


The university has made the decision to hold classes virtually until January 30, 2022, with in-person learning and teaching resuming January 31, 2022. Planning is very well in progress to support our students’ return to campus. The University has committed to following the provincial and municipal guidelines with respect to safe practices.

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

The university is planning for a full return to campus on January 31, 2022. In the meantime, please do not come to campus unless necessary.

Effective Monday, October 18, individuals accessing campus or in-person university activities off-campus must be fully vaccinated or have received an approved exemption from the university. Individuals who have approved exemptions are still required to participate in the Rapid Antigen Testing Program.

The university has implemented a number of health and safety protocols and requirements to protect the health and safety of our community. If you’re planning to visit campus, please review what you need to access campus.

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 is open with limited occupancy and reduced operations for students who require access to study space or a reliable internet connection. Entry is by OneCard and reservation only.

The Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC) and the Recreation Athletic Centre (RAC) are both open to students, staff and faculty. Due to capacity restrictions, all visitors must book a time slot to visit the MAC or the RAC.

For the most recent updates, please visit Campus Status.

Prior to January 31, 2022, the University Library is providing virtual and some onsite services for students, instructors and researchers, such as onsite access to academic supports and bookable study spaces, including computers, and interdisciplinary research and specialized experiential learning labs and collections by appointment.

Learn more at 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 will be temporarily closed until at least January 30, 2022. With the temporary closure of our physical store, all orders for textbooks, course books, e-books and access codes for winter 2022 classes must be submitted online via the Campus Store website.

Instructions for scheduling an appointment to pick-up your OneCard from POD-52A are available at Get Your Card (Students) on the OneCard website.

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.

People accessing campus or in-person university activities off-campus must be fully vaccinated or have received an approved exemption from the university. Individuals who have approved exemptions are still required to participate in the Rapid Antigen Testing Program. Learn more about the policy and the consequences of non-compliance on the Vaccinations information page.  

Masks are required to be worn while on campus unless you have a pre-approved medical exemption. Learn more about Health & Safety on Campus.  

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. 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 Winter.

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.

Your OneCard is one of the most important tools you’ll need while at Ryerson. A OneCard is required to gain entry into campus buildings. It also grants you access to campus services and discounts.

Instructions for scheduling an appointment to pick-up your OneCard from POD-52A are available on the Get Your Card (Students) page on the OneCard website.

Students who have not applied for a OneCard are encouraged to complete an application by following the instructions on the apply online page of 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.

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.  

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.

Classes will continue remotely until January 30, 2022, and most Faculty of Science courses will be delivered in-person effective January 31, 2022.

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.

Lab courses will continue remotely until January 30, 2022, with the plan to switch to in-person effective January 31, 2022

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.

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.

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

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

Yes. For more information about how the university is planning a safe return to campus, visit COVID-19 Information and Updates.  

There are no course Intentions for Spring/Summer semesters. Students enroll into courses they wish to take directly. Visit Course Intentions to learn more about the process.
 

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.

Lab courses will continue remotely until January 30, 2022. Effective January 31, 2022, the majority of lab courses will be in person for the remainder of the term. 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.

Until the full return to campus on January 31, 2022, 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.

Your OneCard is one of the most important tools you’ll need while at Ryerson. A OneCard is required to gain entry into campus buildings. It also grants you access to campus services and discounts.

Instructions for scheduling an appointment to pick-up your OneCard from POD-52A are available on the Get Your Card (Students) page on the OneCard website.

Students who have not applied for a OneCard are encouraged to complete an application by following the instructions on the apply online page of the OneCard website.

The campus store’s physical location will be temporarily closed until at least January 30, 2022. With the temporary closure of our physical store, all orders for textbooks, course books, e-books and access codes for winter 2022 classes must be submitted online via the Campus Store website.

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 January 28, 2022.

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 February 11, 2022.

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.

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.  

If your in-person classes will resume on January 31, 2022, you will need to come to campus and you must comply with the university’s vaccination requirements.  

Exams

No, the plan is for in-person activities to resume effective January 31, 2022.

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.

Other

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.  

Additional Supports and Information