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Student Code of Conduct

Know the Code

Ryerson’s Student Code of Non-Academic Conduct (the ‘Code’) outlines actions which the university considers to be non-academic misconduct offences. The Code applies to all Ryerson students. Read the full version of the PDF fileStudent Code of Non-Academic Conduct.

Useful information about the code

As a student at Ryerson, you are entitled to learning, studying and working in an environment that is civil, safe and respectful of your rights, well-being and dignity. It is important to know that Ryerson is concerned with your conduct and actions if it:

  • Has a negative impact on other students or university employees;

  • Damages our learning, teaching and work environment; or

  • Impacts the peaceful and safe use of university housing.

On-campus: The Code applies to all conduct which takes place on university land and premises (rented or owned), or if using university-owned or run property or equipment (such as telephones, computers and computer networks). Students who live in university residences are also governed by Ryerson Residence Community Standards.

Off-campus: The Code applies to all conduct of students off-campus when they:

  • Declare publicly that they represent Ryerson;

  • Participate in a course or organized class activity;

  • Participate in an Ryerson event that is identified as such; or

  • In exceptional circumstances, the potential consequences of their conduct adversely affects a complainant’s course of learning, teaching or work.

Below are some examples of offences covered under The Code (this is not a full list):

  • Disruption of learning, teaching and working

  • Behaviour that is abusive, demeaning, threatening or intimidating

  • Theft, damage, and destruction of property

  • Misuse of facilities, equipment, materials or services

  • Misconduct related to the use of alcohol/drugs

  • Refusing to show identification (such as your Ryerson OneCard) when requested by Ryerson Security, an exam invigilator or other university employees when related to their duties

In addition, your program department may have special rules or policies regarding, for example, student placements or use of studios and/or labs. Check with your department for their policies.

Filing a complaint under the Code

If you decide you want to file a complaint about another Ryerson student’s non-academic behaviour, it must be submitted in writing to the Student Conduct Officer.


Preparing for a meeting

If you have received a notice from the Student Conduct Officer of a complaint, understand how the process works.

Understanding outcomes and appeals

If you are involved in a complaint, understand what potential remedies/penalties can be.