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Frequently Asked Questions

Worried about fall being mostly virtual? Don’t be! We’ve got you and we’re in this together. We’re planning an exciting and engaging start to the 2020/21 academic year. Of course, we can’t wait to get back to campus but we’ll only do this if Toronto Public Health advises that it’s safe for all of us to do so.

We will be teaching and learning together in an online environment, and our access to campus buildings will be, until further notice, restricted for most Ryerson students. What won’t change is you will still be learning from great teachers, meeting and collaborating with fantastic student peers and earning a business education designed for an ever-changing world. For details on steps we have taken to ease the transition for new students check out our pre-orientation program site.

Restricted access to Ryerson buildings will not affect any student’s academic standing. Students do not currently have access to campus buildings, unless required for critical SRC activity in research labs. If you need to enter a building, please contact Ryerson Security to discuss whether access may be granted under exceptional circumstances.

We are taking our advice from Toronto Public Health. When they advise that we may start transitioning back to campus, this will happen gradually. When circumstances and arrangements change, we will advise you as soon as possible.

Virtual courses refer to any class that was originally scheduled as in-person, and that has now moved to an online format. Virtual courses allow learners to attend a class from anywhere in the world and aim to provide a learning experience that is similar to a real classroom. A virtual course is a scheduled, online, professor-led session where professors and learners interact together using computers linked to a network such as the Internet. 

Please note, that if you are searching RAMSS for course information the system may not reflect the change in course delivery - all Ted Rogers School of Management courses will be virtual for fall 2020.

Ryerson and the Ted Rogers School has a comprehensive series of programs and supports available to help you transition to the university and welcome you back in a virtual capacity. Students can take courses from outside of Canada. In the event your study permit is being processed, please connect with International Student Support for guidance. 

Programs will be offering a mix of synchronous and asynchronous virtual courses. Some courses will require you to be present at the scheduled time and day while others may have a start and end date and on your own schedule. Synchronous learning allows you to learn at the same time with your classmates and in the same ways. Asynchronous learning allows you to learn the same material at different times, in different time zones from different locations.

For each course, the professor will set the requirements and will describe how the course will proceed online.  You need to plan to be available during the scheduled time for each class, even though some portions of the course may end up being available asynchronously.

In synchronous class time, the professor will tell you what time to meet and how you are going to meet. Tools such as two-way video and audio through the internet will allow your professor to present lectures, slides, websites and much more using this technology. For example, if your professor says you will meet at 1 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on Tuesdays through Zoom, this is the time that you would need to be attending online virtually.

Asynchronous classes are just the opposite. The professor provides reading materials, recorded lectures, tests, and assignments that can be accessed at any time during a specified period. In an asynchronous setting, you will complete the assigned material at your own pace before due-date(s).

A course outline provided by your professor is the academic document that communicates information about a specific course and explains the rules, responsibilities and expectations associated with it. The course outline provides students with a comprehensive description of the course’s goals and objectives, assessment techniques, delivery methods and learning outcomes.

Learn more about how Ryerson approaches teaching with technology, opens in new window (e.g., online learning, blended learning, technology enhanced learning). 


It is recommended that students use a laptop or desktop computer with access to the internet. If you do not have access to a device, the Ryerson Library has a laptop loan program., opens in new window Please note that there are only a limited amount of computers available. 


A variety of software such as Zoom and Office 365 are required, and are available free of charge to Ryerson students.  Depending on which classes you take, other software may be required. TRSM Technology Support is working towards making all class software available to students. If you require software for a specific class or are worried that you don’t have access to the resources needed, please contact

Our Student Advisors are here to help you make informed and thoughtful decisions about your academic pathway as you progress through your program. Student Advisors are an integral part of helping you achieve success in your program and are available daily for 1:1 virtual appointments.

If you wish to speak to an advisor about academic course planning, please contact your program advisor using the links associated with your program. 

Course intentions submitted will prompt enrolment into your selected virtual courses. While Ryerson makes every effort to enrol students in all course intention selections, there are occasions where a course intention selection cannot be accommodated. Possible reasons could include: course requisite pre-requirements or co-requisites not met, class conflict, class enrolment capacity or a combination of one or more of the reasons listed above. 

All students will have to review their schedule during the open enrolment period and may adjust based on their schedule needs and preferences.

Yes, you might notice in the official calendar that some of the courses you would normally take in the Fall term are not in your schedule (schedules will be available in early August, more information to come). Some labs, studios, clinical placements may have moved from fall to winter as they are simply not suited for virtual learning.

Students must complete and submit assignments and write tests and exams when scheduled. With all Ted Rogers School courses moving to a virtual format in fall 2020, all scheduled Ted Rogers School course examinations will be online.

All Ted Rogers School undergraduate courses offered during the fall 2020 semester will be offered in a virtual format in addition to any courses offered via the Chang School. 

For all Ted Rogers School virtual courses students must follow the course outline, schedule (including start and end dates), and learning modules as developed by the instructor. Students will see the day(s)/times posted. Students must complete and submit assignments and write tests and exams when scheduled. 

The Fall Chang offerings will be released in the coming weeks. Ted Rogers School undergraduate schedules will be released in early August. 

If you have a fee hold on your account that is attributable to COVID-19 (your summer job has been affected) and that is blocking your ability to enrol in undergraduate, graduate or Chang School courses, you may send a request to have the hold temporarily lifted. You will need to submit your request using the google formFee Hold Release Request Form, external link, opens in new window.

Our faculty has been hard at work translating the Ted Rogers School’s approach to learning from the classroom to a virtual education model. Your professors will still hold regular, virtual office hours, and will be available to chat with you online, or communicate by email. Our professors are utilizing the latest technology and applications in transitioning their courses to remote delivery.

If you would like a previous course outline to review what some of these courses have looked like during our online spring/summer 2020 semester please connect with a Student Advisor, opens in new window.

Ryerson undergraduate students may wish to temporarily withdraw from their program of studies for either the current academic term or for future academic term(s) due to financial, health, personal, academic or other reasons. If you are an Undergraduate student who wishes to withdraw from your program temporarily, please complete a Short-Term Withdrawal Request. You can be absent for up to two years before being discontinued from the program.

In order to graduate, you must finish all of your courses within a specified number of years. This is known as your timespan. For how to confirm your timespan please visit the Ryerson’s Undergraduate Student Guide.

Students registered in Full-time studies may take a reduced course load. Students can enrol in 1-5, or more, courses and maintain their enrolment status in the program. It is important to keep in mind that financial aid or awards may require a specific course load to confirm a full-time course load. However, a student can remain in a full-time program with a part-time course load (3 courses or less). Students do have a generous timespan to work with when completing their degree. For how to confirm your timespan please visit the Ryerson’s Undergraduate Student Guide.

We continue to monitor the most up-to-date guidance from public health officials. While there are no plans under current conditions to conduct in-person events, we are working on online events and, if circumstances change, there may well be options for attendance of small, socially-distanced non-academic events on campus, and we will provide updates regularly. Here’s the good news: You won't miss out on anything, whether on site or not - everything will be available virtually, whenever possible.

Ryerson’s Orientation Week takes place the week before classes begin and gives incoming students the chance to connect with other new students, get familiar with their academic program, and get to know their way around campus. Students are encouraged to check their emails as Ryerson will be sending out timely information about all activities, including orientation.

Yes. As you prepare for the Fall 2020 term, learn more about the Ted Rogers School of Management pre-orientation programming and events. As an incoming student, you will have an opportunity to learn about all the support and services available to you and meet other new incoming students.  

Additionally, each School at Ted Rogers School of Management hosts an Academic Orientation. These sessions are mandatory and introduce you to your program, faculty, and the resources available to you at Ryerson University. Find out when your Academic Orientation is offered.