The SID Community
Make. Lead. Challenge. Care.
At SID we are a community. Like any community, there will be differences of opinions and times of stress, but we should remember to treat each other with respect and care at all times. Consider the wishes of our colleagues when acting - am I making things better for my neighbour, or causing them difficulty?
All members of the SID community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with SID’s core values of making, leading, challenging and caring. Among other things, this means keeping the channels of communication open and believing the best of people. We must operate in an atmosphere of trust.
SID's Learning Environment and Course Practices
The following practices support our mutual goal for a successful engaged learning experience:
1. We believe in creating inclusive and varied learning environments.
2. We are a professional degree-granting program. Our courses model professional practice and industry standards. For example, the way we set up our expectations - assignment deliverables have clear due dates and prescribed delivery procedures. We recognize that sometimes work may arrive late; see information on Academic Consideration Requests.
3. As mentioned, we are modelling professional practice. We hope you attend all scheduled class times, field trips, critiques, and other pre-arranged course components. Arriving on time best supports active and engaged learning.
Everyday Tips for Ease and Success:
1. Aim to check your email and D2L accounts regularly. Set up your digital alerts and calendar modes.
2. Communicate with faculty and staff using your Toronto Metropolitan University email account, including course code.
3. We are here to help, and we understand when unforeseeable circumstances occur, please communicate with your faculty member as soon as possible.
4. We are proud of our School, especially our studios and workshops. These well- known studios are great spaces for learning and creating. We encourage you to enjoy your memorable time here and aim to help maintain the school's culture and environment.
All members of SID are expected to understand and abide by all Toronto Metropolitan University Senate Policies, especially:
Policy 60 - (PDF file) Academic Integrity
Policy 61 - (PDF file) Student Code of Non-academic Conduct
Policy 157 - (PDF file) Establishment and Use of Ryerson Email Accounts for Official University Communication
Policy 159 - (PDF file) Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities
Policy 162 - (PDF file) Grade Reassessment and Grade Recalculation Policy
Policy 167 - (PDF file) Academic Consideration
Policy 168 - (PDF file) Grade and Standing Appeals Policy and Procedures
The building is your home away from home and a valuable gift. Please treat it with respect! Misuse or abuse of the building or its furnishings is considered academic misconduct.
Access to the building iis by the Ryerson One Card. The One card will allow students 24 hours/7 days a week access to the building, with the exception of statutory holidays.
SID policies are approved by the School Council, which is made up of a set number of faculty, instructors, staff and students. Although Council's particular mandate is on curricular concerns, it is also involved broadly in decision-making for the School.
Ancillary fees are mandatory payments made to the University for course-specific expenditures. They are approved by School Council a year in advance and governed by strict regulations set by the Ontario Government. In SID we have the following fees:
- First year fees are used to pay for equipment and software.
- Second year fees are used to pay for the annual Field Trip.
- Third and Fourth year fees help to pay for the costs of the Internship program.
These are normally reviewed during the summer and any changes brought to School Council at its September meeting.
The studio is your communal workspace: please care for it. Each student has a designated desk space in the studio. Remember though that you share this space with a student in another year. This means, for example, that the studio is off limits for first years when second years have a class in the studio, and vice versa.
Although you may leave things in the studio, please keep the space neat for your own use and that of your colleague. Use a cutting board for cutting and cover the table if you are painting or gluing - this too is about taking care of the space.
Remember to consider care for the environment in your work. Use sustainable materials and methods whenever possible. Spray painting is highly discouraged, but if you must use spray paint, do it in the spray booth. Recycle scrap material.
If you are working or presenting outside of your studio area, please take care to clean up after yourself! Think about the person who will be using the space next.
Please use push pins to attach to homosote walls and magnets to pin up on whiteboards. Tape leaves residues and can leave a permanent mark.
A telephone is provided for your use on the second floor in the Design Centre. It is directly linked to security. Dial “80” for emergencies.
Please participate in the course or studio that you are in at the moment. Working on assignments for other courses can be disruptive.
Wear headphones if you want to listen to music, especially during the day.
There is a variety of equipment designated for student use in the Design Centre. You may book other AV equipment required for your presentations ahead of time from the Ryerson Media Centre in KHE-227 or from The Creative School’s Equipment Distribution Centre, in RCC 166.
If you are uncertain or confused and need advice; if you are upset and need an attentive ear; if you are frustrated or angry and need something explained or rectified; or if you merely need to talk, there are a number of things you can do to ensure prompt attention to your problems or concerns.
- If you have concerns pertaining to a specific course, you are urged to address these issues with the appropriate instructor at the earliest possible date.
If the issues are not resolved, speak with the Course Coordinator; if further discussion is needed, make an appointment with the Associate Chair, Lorella Di Cintio.
When raising concerns, please remember that there are often conflicting perspectives on issues and that everyone in SID is doing their best to make the School operate in the most positive manner.
As well, the following are there for advice:
- Academic Coordinator (Jeanine Webster)
- Student Course Union Class Representative
- RSU Office (Ryerson Students Union)
- Office of the Ombudsperson, Oakham House
If you would like to schedule an appointment with Jeanine Webster, Academic Coordinator, you can do so by clicking this Office Hours Calendar Link (external link) (also found at the bottom of Jeanine’s email signature). Please be sure to include your student number and the reason for the appointment in the description. If you are not able to attend during these hours, please send Jeanine an email and to schedule something individually.
- General curricular issues or BID program operational matters should be brought to the attention of your Course Coordinators or the Associate Chair. Queries or concerns about School-wide policies or procedures should be addressed to the Chair. You may wish to discuss a concern (of a non-personal nature) with your class representative who has the responsibility for voicing collective concerns to the appropriate faculty.
- Meetings of the School Council are not an appropriate forum for raising concerns, although resolutions to some concerns may require action by Council. You are also encouraged to attend Town Hall meetings (all-school meetings) or join the school’s special committees.
If you are experiencing personal problems of a non-academic nature, you may wish to seek the assistance of the Centre for Student Development and Counselling or the other services offered through Student Learning Support.
Equity and Community Inclusion is a key aspect of SID's values. SID's ECI program is comprised of scholarships, targeted courses, curricular initiatives, guest speakers and exhibitions, and is overseen by the Manager, Administration and Equity, Natalie Ramtahal.
Students are required to meet the BID program requirements for the term they start the program (students starting in Fall 2022 must follow the 2022-2023 Undergraduate Calendar). Students can review their progress by running an Advisement Report. Questions about the curriculum or your advisement report can be directed to the Academic Coordinator.
Due to the practical nature of the Interior Design program, reguar attendance is highly recommended for all classes. Failure to attend class may jeopardize students' academic success. If a student is unable to attend class an Online Academic Consideration Request should be submitted.
Students will be accommodated on the grounds of religious, Aboriginal and Spiritual Observance per Senate Policy 150. Generall, students must submit their request via the online Academic Consideration Request (ACR) system within the first two weeks of the class. For more information, see the policy.
Group work is an integral part of the program. Individual assessment guidelines will be outlined in the course outline. Group work which does not receive individual assessments may not consist of more than 30% of the course credit. Students are responsible for negotiating group interactions, however, faculty should be consulted promptly if serious problems arise.
Project Closure Policy
Due to limited space in the Interior Design building, students are responsible for the clean up and removal of completed projects within 10 days of receiving their grade. An exception will be made if the project is intended to be submitted for the Year End Show. Instructions on storage of YES projects will be issued by the YES team.
Submissions must be made to the course D2L site before the deadline set by the Instructor. Late submissions will be subjected to a whole letter grade deduction (10%) for every 24 hours from the day/time the assignment is due until the project is handed in. Hand-in times are specified by the instructor in the course outline and on assignments sheets.
Normally, late submissions without penalty will only be accepted for verifiable medical or compassionate reasons, following TMU's policies on academic consideration. Computer malfunctions are not accepted as reasons for academic consideration.
Student work may be used by SID for a number or reasons, including CIDA accreditation, exhibitions, and promotions (such as on this website). Students will be credited but no specific permission will be sought for the use of digital images produced, including images of models and other physical objects. Students have the right to opt-out of showcasing their work, using the Student Display Opt-out Form (external link) .