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Leader Resources

This information is designed to help leaders manage a return to campus by preparing both your workforce and your workplace. 

Ryerson’s overall approach to return to campus planning is informed by current public health information. The information may change if the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve.  

Quick links for COVID-19 protocols and planning

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Building Access



Exterior entrances to campus buildings continue to be locked and only accessible by tapping your OneCard against the card reader to gain entry. For more information, visit Community Safety and Security’s webpage about building access during COVID-19.   


Cleaning and disinfection

Enhanced cleaning will continue. Disinfectant wipe stations are available throughout the campus in some common areas, designated classrooms and high traffic shared equipment facilities.


Case reporting

Case reporting is no longer required in most cases. Students, faculty and staff are reminded not to access campus if they are feeling unwell, and to inform any high risk close contacts of possible exposure. Employees who may have been exposed in the workplace should report to their leaders. Additional guidance can be found in the google docSpring 2022 COVID-19 case management guidance for leaders, external link and the google docSpring 2022 COVID-19 case management guidance for faculty/contract lecturers, external link.

Daily health screening

Self-screening should be conducted prior to attending campus. Community members who are unwell must not attend campus and follow existing absence procedures for employees and/or students.  

Designated eating areas

Distancing of 2 metres continues to be recommended wherever masks are being removed, especially in eating areas. 

Mask use

The university policy continues to apply. Students must wear a mask at all times on campus while indoors. All staff and faculty must wear a mask at all times while indoors unless they are working in an area designated for their individual use (i.e. an office). Certain activities will require additional personal protective equipment

Physical distancing


Physical distancing of 2 metres is recommended wherever feasible, particularly in areas where masks are removed (e.g. eating areas).

Signage

Signage continues to be posted and updated as needed across campus. signage for departmental space is available online for download.

Vaccination

All individuals accessing campus or in-person university activities off-campus must update their vaccination status via the RyersonSafe app, if you have not already done so. Faculty and staff are encouraged to remain up-to-date with current COVID-19 vaccinations in the event that COVID 19 Vaccination Policy is reinstated.

Ventilation

The university follows the industry best practices for filter replacement and our air filters meet or exceed the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating recommendations — for filtering fine particles in the air — and guidelines put forward by American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and Public Health.

What if my employee indicates they do not want to return to campus? 

It’s important to remember that the campus remained open during the pandemic because we have strong health and safety protocols, which continue to be followed closely. That being said, there may be a number of factors that impact an employee’s comfort level as we all return to campus. If your employee expresses hesitancy in returning to campus, leaders are encouraged to work with your employee to get a better understanding of why, leading with empathy. You may wish to consult your human resources partner for support with this conversation. 

What if my employee asks for an accommodation?

If an employee requests a medical accommodation, please advise that they contact Workplace Wellbeing Services. In cooperation with the employee's doctor, Workplace Wellbeing Services will work with leaders and employees where possible to:

  • implement preventative strategies in the workplace;
  • determine if remote work arrangements are necessary.

Key contacts for support 

If you have immediate questions about preparing your workspace, please contact the Facilities Help Desk at fixit@ryerson.ca or 416-979-5091.

If you are a leader with questions about preparing their teams for return to campus, contact your HR partner.