The majority of Ryerson University classes will be remote for the winter semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Friday, the university said the majority of course offerings will be done virtually, with in-person, on campus activities “as permitted by government guidelines.”
And for certain academic programs, small in-person group activities will continue to be offered, following strict safety guidelines.
“As next semester will be the final semester for some of our students, the university will pay particular attention to providing safe access to campus for labs and other physical resources needed by these students in order to fulfil their requirements to graduate,” Mohamed Lachemi, President and Vice-Chancellor, said in a statement.
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The university also notes that for staff and faculty, unless the position requires attendance on campus, work from home will continue.
Ryerson said they continue to monitor the situation in Toronto, including the new gathering limits implemented by Premier Doug Ford on September 17, to keep employees informed of any changes to the school’s current model.
“I understand that for many of you, this may be disappointing news. A return to campus is something we all look forward to, but we all must play our part in protecting our collective health and well-being. A continued remote learning environment will limit the spread of COVID-19, and I thank all of you for your commitment to this current way of living and learning,” Lachemi added.
Also, in-person research appointments at the library are also available for researchers who require access to specialized equipment, technology, and collections.