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Policy 61 review

Ryerson campus
Reviewing the Student Code of Non-Academic Conduct

Ryerson's PDF fileStudent Code of Non-Academic Conduct - what is known as The Code or Policy 61 - was last reviewed in 2011.  The Code is an important policy because it outlines the expectations the university has of its students to ensure that our learning and research environment is civil, safe and respectful. Much as changed since 2011 and the policy and procedures the Code sets out must be responsive to those changes. 

Understanding the policy review process

As the office responsible for Policy 61, the Vice-Provost Students constituted the following policy review committee in December 2018 with Senate's approval: 

  • Tara Burke, Professor, Psychology
  • Rachel DiSaia, Strategic Initiatives and Policy Coordinator, Yeates School of Graduate Studies
  • Iyvan Chandran, RSU Student Representative, Senate*
  • José Gonzáles, Student Issues & Advocacy Coordinator, RSU
  • River Allick Jordan, CESAR Student Representative, Senate*
  • Fahim Khan, FEAS Student Representative, Senate
  • Jen McMillen, Vice-Provost Students (Committee Co-Chair)
  • Marcelle Mullings, Director, Student Advocacy & Accountability
  • Lyndall Musselman, Student Rights Coordinator, CESAR
  • Brandon Smith, Assistant Director, Housing and Residence Life
  • Thomas Tenkate, Director, School of Occupational Health & Safety

The committee will provide input, perspective and advice on the revised policy, and will consult with stakeholders from across campus. The committee has representation from students, faculty and staff, and has been constituted to ensure an effective, efficient, and timely process. 

*Joined January 2019

The policy requires a substantive review and rewrite. Among other things, the review will seek to ensure that:

  • the policy is written in coherent, student-friendly and accessible language
  • there is a clear separation between policy and procedures
  • the policy and procedures reflect current operations, foundational principles and best practice
  • an EDI - or equity, diversity and inclusion - lens is applied
  • there is compliance with legislation, government directions and policy requirements (i.e. the Senate policy framework)


January - April 2019

Phase 1: Themes + Issues


  • Students
  • Faculty and staff
  • Online surveys
  • Specific groups
May - August 2019

Phase 2: Writing

In-depth writing of draft policy and procedures

Sept - January 2020

Phase 3: Draft policy


  • Students
  • Faculty and staff
  • Specific groups
March 2020

Phase 4: Senate approval

Final draft goes to Senate for consideration

Yes. Consulting directly with Ryerson undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students will be a core component of the review process. There will also be outreach to students whom have been directly involved in the Code complaint process. 

As Policy 61 is a Senate policy, the revised policy and procedures will require Senate's approval. The revised documents will be presented and discussed in various Senate committees prior to being added to a Senate agenda where Senate as a whole considers and votes on the changes. Community members are welcome to attend the Senate meeting when the revised policy is presented for approval.

Upcoming consultations

NEW - Consultation slides

If you weren't able to attend the in-person consultations hosted in March but are still interested in learning about the review process, the consultation slides are now available:

PDF fileCommunity consultation slide deck

How to participate

In-person: Initial consultations are being hosted for students, and faculty and staff from March 19 - 26. Details about these in-person consultations can be found below. 

Email: Ideas, suggestions and feedback about the Policy 61 review can be emailed to

If you need any accommodations to ensure your inclusion in these meetings, email