Ryerson announces winter semester will be mostly online

The school will prioritize campus access for students that need to complete labs in order to graduate next year

Ryerson University will offer the majority of classes online during the upcoming winter semester.

The downtown school previously said a gradual return of in-person classes might be possible. But Ryerson president Mohamed Lachemi now says the winter 2021 semester will be largely online similar to the fall semester.

“The majority of course offerings will be offered virtually, with in-person, on campus activities as permitted by government guidelines,” he said in a statement on Friday.

“For certain academic programs small, in-person group activities will continue to be offered, as necessitated by course requirements, in keeping with safety guidelines provided by our government and public health agencies,” he added.

Ryerson will prioritize campus access for students that need to complete labs or other in-person requirements in order to graduate next year.

Staff and faculty that are able to work from home will continue to do so, Lachemi said.

“I understand that for many of you, this may be disappointing news,” he said. “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.”

In-person resources for students include the Student Learning Centre, the study centre and the athletic centre.

New COVID-19 cases are surging in Ontario and the Greater Toronto Area is leading the province in new infections.

On Saturday, Premier Doug Ford reduced gathering limits province-wide and implemented steep fines for event organizers caught breaking the rules.


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