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Winter 2022 FAQs

Updated: January 31, 2022

As the pandemic continues to evolve and public health guidance changes, the university is adjusting plans to help protect the health and wellbeing of students, faculty and staff. This page will be updated as new information is available, so please check back for the latest details on Faculty of Arts plans for the Winter 2022 semester. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this complex situation.

For more university-wide information, please review this Ryerson Today article: Everything you need to know for coming back to campus (posted January 28, 2022).

Are we returning to campus in January 2022 as planned?
Faculty of Arts courses will return to campus gradually, with new courses beginning in-person each week between January 31 and February 28, at which time all courses not designated “virtual” will return to campus. You can find out when each of your classes will begin in-person learning by checking your courses in D2L.

While the majority of programs will return to campus based on class size, there will be exceptions for pedagogical or logistical reasons. As such, some classes will begin in-person at different times from other classes of similar sizes. 

When my in-person course (that began virtually) resumes as an in-person course, can I continue to take the course virtually?
When your courses return to being taught in-person (betweenJanuary 31 and February 28, 2022), you are expected to be in class and on campus. Your professor will not be able to offer both on-campus and virtual versions of the same course. If you are unwell or required to isolate or quarantine, please do not come to class. We will do our best to accommodate health-related absences.


Are all courses being offered on campus?
In Winter 2022, most classes in the Faculty of Arts at the undergraduate and graduate level will be offered on campus beginning January 31 through February 28, respecting all Public Health guidelines for the safety of students, staff and faculty. A limited number of Ryerson courses will be offered remotely for the entire semester.

What if I have in-person and virtual classes back-to-back?
The Ryerson Library and other campus buildings are opening spaces for students to use in these situations throughout February. As more classes return to in-person learning throughout the month, this situation should be addressed.

What measures have been put in place to protect my health and wellbeing?
Please visit the COVID-19 Health & Safety on Campus page for details on the university’s on-campus safety measures.

What if I am unwell or have to isolate due to a COVID-19 exposure? 
Please visit the COVID-19 Classes, Exams & Research page for details on the university’s policies and resources.



Please visit the graduate calendar and significant date web pages for more information.

Please visit the policies and procedures web page for more information. See the forms page for downloadable forms, including leave of absence forms.

Please visit the Academic Services page for services including career and professional development services; wellness services; Indigenous student services; housing; international student services. You may also learn more about access wellness services through the Student Wellbeing Services page

Please see the Academic Accommodation Support page for more information.

For all other support, please reach out to your Graduate Program Administrator and Graduate Program Director.


This information will be posted on D2L for each course. If you are unable to find this information, please contact your instructor.  More academic resources are available at

As has been the case since March 2020, you will require a computer and internet access to complete your courses. In general, instructors will be using the learning management system D2L, Zoom and Google suite to deliver courses. Some courses may require specialized software (e.g. SPSS for statistics courses) which will be made available through a cloud platform online. Students will be informed by their professors about how they will be able to access course related software virtually if it is required. For more information on technical requirements, please visit the Ryerson COVID-19 Information & Updates site.

Virtual courses and in-person courses that will be delivered virtually for the first two weeks will use a mix of synchronous and asynchronous teaching, as will be explained in the course syllabus. Professors use the learning management system D2L to post materials for students.

Synchronous learning allows you to learn at the same time virtually 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.

To learn more about how Ryerson approaches teaching with technology (e.g., online learning, blended learning, technology enhanced learning), please visit the eLearning at Ryerson site.

Most placements and practicums will continue to take place remotely, including international placements. Onsite placements/practicums within Canada must follow public health guidelines, as verified by the department. Contact your department for more information. 

Please contact Sunny Chan, our co-op specialist, or your faculty advisor, for more information.

Students can refer to the significant dates on the Undergraduate Calendar website.

Academic Accommodation Support (AAS) is currently providing support to students. Please refer to the Academic Accommodation Support website and or contact your Academic Accommodation Facilitator.

Yes, this is possible. Students can request and apply for a short term withdrawal online for up to 3 semesters. Please visit the following website for more information:


Please reach out to your department contacts, listed here.

Arts & Contemporary Studies
Program Coordinator: Nicole Florecki-Jarwan

Undergraduate Program Administrator: Kristy Kraemer

Undergraduate Program Administrator: Neha Thakordas

Undergraduate Program Administrator: Wendy Francis

Geography & Environmental Studies
Undergraduate Program Administrator, Geographical Analysis: Sarah Carmichael
Undergraduate Program Administrator, Environment & Urban Sustainability: Mindy Vuong

Undergraduate Program Administrator: Anne-Marie Dawes

Languages, Literatures & Cultures
Undergraduate Program Administrator: Wendy Crolla

Undergraduate Program/Department Administrator: Ryan Walters

Politics & Public Administration
Undergraduate Program Administrator, Public Administration & Governance: Viola Ing
Undergraduate Program Administrator, Politics & Governance: Alyssa Adams

Undergraduate Program Administrators: Paul Thorne & Kathy Peters

Undergraduate Program Administrator: Elizabeth Johnson

Undeclared Arts & Liberal Studies
Undergraduate Program Coordinator: Elisa Wreford

At this time, non-teaching staff will be working remotely off campus until January 30. Starting January 31, some staff will be working a combination of on campus and remotely. You can email your Program Administrator and find out whether you can book an appointment virtually or on the phone.

Career & Personal counselling:
The Faculty of Arts Student Experience Centre offers career counselling and personal counselling. Students can also contact the Centre for Student Development and Counselling.

Academic counselling:
For academic support, Ryerson's Tri-mentoring program matches students up with peer mentors. The Student Learning Support Centre provides a number of services, including the Writing Centre and the Math Centre, that promote academic success. 


Program Departments are currently issuing probationary contracts digitally and the requirements for electronic form submission are as follows:

  • The form must come directly from your Ryerson email address.
  • In all cases, the form must either be:
    • signed in ink and then scanned
    • or signed digitally with a signature image
    • or signed with an Adobe digital signature created by clicking on the orange stamp in the signature line
    • or, if you do not have access to a scanner or are otherwise unable to sign the contract, we will accept a statement from you in the email as the signature. Please write in the body of the email "I understand and agree to the terms and conditions of this probationary contract." 

You must have an authorized Probationary Contract by Friday, January 28th, 2022.

If you are on Academic Probation and have not attended the Faculty of Arts Probationary Workshop in the past, you will be required to attend the virtual session online on January 19th, 2022 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. The workshop will help you to find out what academic probation means, what you can do to ensure your academic success, and where you can find the help you need to succeed. Registration will not be required and we will provide you with more information in January. Detailed information on Probationary Academic Standing and answers to students’ frequently asked questions about being on academic probation may be found on-line at the Faculty of Arts Academic Success website.