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Essential Policies

Title Policy # 3 Key Ideas Highlights of the Policy
PDF fileUndergraduate Curriculum Structure, opens in new window 2
  • program structure
  • minors
  • concentrations

This Policy explains the curriculum structure of undergraduate programs including:


  • definitions of core studies, open electives, and liberal studies
  • program balance based on all three categories of studies
  • definitions of minors, concentrations, double majors, and co-operative education 
  • Glossary of terms used in University document Senate policies 


PDF fileAcademic Integrity, opens in new window

(PDF fileProcedures document, opens in new window)

(PDF fileGuidelines document)

  • academic honesty
  • cheating
  • consequences
This policy defines academic misconduct, the processes the University will follow when academic misconduct is suspected and the consequences that can be imposed if you are found to be guilty of misconduct.
PDF fileAcademic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities, opens in new window 159
  • documentation and procedures
  • accommodation
  • support
Ryerson University provides academic accommodations for students with disabilities in accordance with the terms of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The University strives to make its academic programming accessible to all students. The Roles and Responsibilities section of the Policy outlines the procedures and timelines you will need to follow to make sure that you are accommodated.
PDF fileAccommodation of Student Religious,
Aboriginal and Spiritual Observance, opens in new window
  • accommodation
  • religious observances
  • responsibilities
This Policy is intended to minimize potential conflict between religious and academic obligations including lectures, labs, tests, assignments, practicum and final exams. The policy explains how accommodations for the religious, Aboriginal or spiritual observances of Ryerson students will be decided.
PDF fileCourse Management
Policy, opens in new window
  • course outlines
  • how your work will be graded
  • make-up tests/assignments

This Policy explains how courses are managed and delivered at Ryerson, including:

  • what you can expect to see on a course outline;
  • expectations for the prompt and constructive assessment of academic performance;
  • procedures for make-up tests, exams and assignments;
  • what happens when changes are made to an evaluation scheme;
  • what happens to your final exams;
  • return of your graded course work;

Course Management is an acceptable ground for a grade appeal – so you should be familiar with the policy.

PDF fileEstablishment and Use of Ryerson E-mail Accounts for Official University Communication, opens in new window 157
  • Email
  • official correspondence
Ryerson requires that any electronic communications you send to Ryerson faculty or staff be sent from your official Ryerson E-mail account.
PDF fileFinal Examinations Policy, opens in new window 135
  • exams
  • policies and rules
  • accommodation
    for special

The policy outlines how all final exams are administered in a manner that maximizes integrity and provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate the intended learning outcomes of a course.

This policy outlines all of the expectations and rules applicable to you during exams, including:

  • what what to do if you have a conflict (two exams at the same time) or overload (three consecutive exam sessions e.g. afternoon, evening, and next morning, including The Chang School exams). 
  • what you can bring with you to an exam
  • what time to show up; what to do if you are late
  • acceptable forms of photo ID
  • which policies to refer to if you need an accommodation for religious, Aboriginal or spiritual observance, or for a disability
Registrar's Notice of Collection and Use of Student Personal Information, opens in new window
  • privacy and personal information
  • collection
  • disclosure
Ryerson collects, uses and share limited pieces of personal information to named individuals, institutions and agencies. This notice explains the legal authority by which Ryerson will collect the information, the purposes for which Ryerson has collected it, and provides contact information for questions or concerns.
PDF filePolicy on Undergraduate Grading, Promotion and Academic Standing (“GPA Policy”), opens in new window 46
  • grades
  • Academic Standing
  • graduation

This Policy explains Ryerson’s standards of acceptable academic performance including:

  • grading scales and other course performance designations
  • grade point averages
  • Academic Standing
  • graduation requirements
  • distinction standing
  • program completion timespan
PDF fileRemoval of Students from Field Placements/Practicums, opens in new window 156
  • field placements
  • unprofessional behaviour
  • code of conduct
Ryerson University reserves the right, at any point during a program, to remove you from a field placement/practicum (placement), in a situation in which clients or others are placed at risk, or when you engage in persistent or significant unprofessional behaviour.
PDF fileStudent Awards Policy, opens in new window 161
  • awards and scholarships
  • definitions and processes
  • eligibility and recognition
This policy describes the types of awards, scholarships and bursaries that are available at Ryerson. It lists the general guidelines on how awards will be established and how the recipients will be selected and recognized.
PDF fileStudent Code of Non-Academic Conduct, opens in new window 61
  • disruptive behaviour
  • remedies
  • consequences
The Code lists, in a non-exhaustive way, actions which the University considers to be non-academic misconduct offences and the range of remedies and/or penalties which may be imposed. The code also describes the role of the Student Conduct Officer and outlines the processes of complaints, investigations, hearings, resolution paths and appeals.
PDF fileAcademic Consideration, opens in new window
  • accommodation
  • responsibilities
    and processes
This Policy explains the process by which you can ask for academic consideration. It explains how a professor or department may:
  • accommodate a disability or illness
  • extend the deadline for an assignment
  • arrange for a missed exam

PDF fileGrade and Standing Appeals, opens in new window

PDF fileGrade and Standing Appeals - Procedures, opens in new window

  • appeals
  • grounds for appeals 
  • appeal processes
This policy explains the different grounds for appeals. The process for an appeal is also outlined. 

Other Useful Guidelines and Statements

Policy 3 Key Ideas Highlights of the Policy
Privacy Statement, opens in new window
  • who has access to information
  • how we protect your personal information
  • procedures
Ryerson has a formal policy on access to and protection of personal information. Procedures have been developed to identify restricted information categories and outline employee responsibilities.
PDF fileStatement of Student Rights and Responsibilities, opens in new window
  • rights
  • responsibility
  • respect
A comprehensive statement about what you can expect to experience as a Ryerson student – both your rights as a member of the Ryerson community, and the responsibilities that go along with community membership.

The General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Governors maintains a comprehensive list of University Administrative Policies and Procedures, opens in new window .

Ryerson Senate publishes a list of all current Senate Policies, opens in new window on their website.