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Looking ahead to Fall 2020

Category:From the President
April 28, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to impact our day-to-day lives, I know that the uncertainty of what our fall term may look like is top of mind for many. This is a rapidly changing and evolving environment. No one has all the answers and what lies ahead of us is difficult to predict, including the Fall 2020 term. That does not mean that the university is not actively planning for the future.

Ryerson University continues to plan based on all potential scenarios. In doing so, we are monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on our city, province and the post-secondary sector and heeding the advice of our ministry, provincial and federal governments and public health agencies in making decisions that are in the best interests of our entire community.

To guide us through these challenging times, the university has remained focused on three goals:

  1. Protecting our students, faculty and staff by limiting the potential spread of the virus; 
  2. Ensuring our students can successfully complete their academic year and that essential scholarly, research and creative activity continues; and 
  3. Working with our partners and government to come up with innovative solutions to help address the challenges resulting from the pandemic.

These principles continue to guide as we look ahead to Fall 2020. While the specifics of when and how we can return to campus are still unknown, I can assure you that our Fall term will take place. Regardless of the format of fall courses, be it online, in person or a hybrid of the two, the university is committed to continuing to provide our students with the exceptional education they are accustomed to.

In planning for our fall semester, we continue to embrace the flexibility, creativity and resilience needed to remain focussed on providing a comprehensive, supportive and fulfilling experience for all of our students.

The university will communicate further decisions regarding the fall semester, including course offerings and delivery, in the coming weeks. The days ahead will no doubt provide us with more challenges, but we will meet them head on — and come through them — by working together, looking out for each other and responding to change with understanding and resolve.