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English Student Handbook

This handbook is designed to provide students in English with the information they will require going through the program.

It serves as a supplement to other principal documents that students should use to guide their academic careers. These are:

In the event of any contradictions between this handbook and the above documents, the above documents shall be deemed correct.

The handbook will be updated as frequently as required and at least once every year. We welcome comments about how it can be improved.

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Academic Advising

A division of the Registrariat, the Curriculum Advising Office provides academic advice and service to all students about minors, graduation, transcripts, transfer credits, challenge credits, letters of permission and more.

Advising on matters specifically related to the  English degree is available from the English Department.

Appeals, Academic

Merit of Work and Recalculation

If a student believes that an assignment, test or examination should be regraded (Merit of Work) or that there should be a reassessment of a grade based on a calculation error (Recalculation), the student should first make the request to the course instructor within ten (10) working days of the date when the graded work was returned to the class. If the instructor does not agree to review the work or does not respond within five (5) working days, the student may consult the Chair/Director, who should assist in resolving the issue and who may initiate a formal reassessment at the earliest possible opportunity.

Standing and Grade Appeals

There are five grounds for grade appeals: medical, compassionate, course management, prejudice and procedural error. Students should consult the Undergraduate Academic Consideration and Appeals Policy for definitions of these grounds and should review the documentation requirements described here:  https://www.ryerson.ca/currentstudents/essr/appeals/

Academic Freedom

Academic freedom is the right to search for truth, knowledge and understanding. Academic freedom in universities is essential to the search for knowledge and its free exposition in teaching, scholarship, research and creative activity.

The English Department has a duty to protect and defend this search for knowledge and understanding by all who inquire, teach, and learn under its auspices. Instructors shall be free to teach, to carry out scholarly research and creative activities and to publish the results thereof, and to critique both the University and the wider society it serves.

This statement affirms the position on academic freedom articulated by the Collective Agreement between Ryerson and the Faculty Association and by the Canadian Association of University Teachers.

Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism

The work carried out in institutions of higher education is grounded in certain core values, including diligence, civility, and honesty. All students, faculty and staff at Ryerson must maintain the highest standards of academic integrity.

The Ryerson University Student Code of Academic Conduct provides definitions of, and penalties for, academic misconduct on campus. At Ryerson, academic misconduct refers to Academic Dishonesty (including Plagiarism and Cheating); Misrepresentation of personal performance; Submission of false information; and Damaging or Tampering with the Scholarly Environment. It also includes Contributing to Academic Misconduct and Unauthorized Copying or Use of Copyrighted Material, as well as violation of specific departmental policies on professional behavior. 

Under the auspices of the Senate, Ryerson maintains an Academic Integrity website to provide information that will assist students in their studies and educate them on maintaining their academic integrity. Students should familiarize themselves with this site. It will help students understand what academic misconduct is and enable them to avoid the pitfalls that might lead to unintentional academic misconduct. The site also provides a comprehensive guide to learning at Ryerson.

Plagiarism

The  English Department is firmly committed to ensuring principles of academic integrity in all courses, and it will report cases of Plagiarism and other Academic Misconduct to the Office of Academic Integrity. English Instructors may use plagiarism detecting software, such as turnitin.com; this practice will be noted on all syllabi.

PLEASE NOTE:
Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with all of Ryerson’s policies regarding plagiarism. They must also follow the referencing style of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, which explains how scholarly and non-scholarly works are to be quoted, paraphrased, and referenced both in essays and in lists of works cited. If, after reviewing the MLA handbook, the student is still unclear as to how to proceed in referencing  sources, the student should consult the instructor.

See also Essay Formatting

Academic Standing

Academic standing is assigned to students by Ryerson University at the end of each term, based on their Term GPA (grade point average) and Cumulative GPA, and it is important for students to take responsibility for knowing their academic standing at the end of each term when grades are made available online. An initial grade point average is not calculated until three or more course grades are available.
For more detailed information on Academic Standing, please see the current Ryerson University Undergraduate Calendar. 

Probationary

Students who receive a Probationary Academic Standing may not continue their studies until they have met with the Undergraduate Program Director or Program Administrator and executed a written probationary contract, which may include any or all of the following:

  • a restriction on the number of courses that may be taken
  • a restriction on the choice of courses that may be taken
  • recommended attendance of workshops provided by the Learning Success Centre
  • a recommendation, where appropriate, to seek personal counselling, provided by the Faculty of Arts Counsellor or through Ryerson's Centre for Student Development and Counselling, and/or career counselling provided by the Faculty of Arts Career Counsellor.

Students who fail to execute a written probationary contract within the first five days of the semester will have their course registrations and course intention requests cancelled for the semester in which they are on probation and may be Required To Withdraw (RTW) from the English program.

No course may be repeated more than twice, which means that if a required course is failed for a third time, students will be Permanent Program Withdrawal from the English program.  Students who are Permanent Program Withdrawal from the English program may not apply for reinstatement to the English program.

Some RTW students may be eligible for Fresh Start. 

Academic Consideration

Medical

Students seeking accommodation on medical grounds are required to submit an Academic Consideration document and a Student Medical Certificate or a letter from a physician (on letterhead) with the student declaration portion of the Ryerson Medical Certificate attached to their home program department. Normally, the English Department requires such a certificate within three working days of the missed assignment, essay, test or examination. For late essays and missed assignments that are the result of new or long term medical issues, students should consult with the Program Director.

Religious Observance

Ryerson recognizes that a student’s religious observance may require an absence from a required course activity scheduled in the course syllabus (available and/or distributed by the first day of class) or scheduled after the first day of class, or from a final examination as announced later in the term. University policy sets out the scope and nature of accommodations available to facilitate religious observance. At the start of term, students are responsible for completing the Student Request for Accommodation: Religious Observance for each course in which there could potentially be a conflict between academic requirements and religious observance. 

Disabilities

Students who rqeuire academic accommodation support based on disability should register with Academic Accommodation Support (AAS).

Once registered, the student must activate the sending of an accommodation letter via the online system used by AAS to each of their instructors outlining their approved accommodation(s) for each course. This should be done as early as possible, prior to a graded assignment, test or exam.

Other

Requests for Academic Considerationthat are not related to medical or religious observation ie situations of a compassionate circumstance must be submitted in writing together with the Academic Consideration form to the English department Program Administrator. The letter must clearly state the reasons for the request and describe the events or circumstances that seriously impair your ability to meet your academic obligations, and that were beyond your control. When possible, supporting documentation must be attached to the letter. The program office will notify the instructor when they have received the request.

Assignment Submission

In order to avoid the loss of assignments as well as potential late penalties, students should  submit  assigned work directly to the instructor. If that is not possible, students must  use the locked drop-box that is located on the 10th floor of Jorgenson Hall, beside the elevators.

The drop-box is emptied twice each day, early morning and late afternoon, and assignments will be date stamped only, not time stamped.  Assignments submitted after the late afternoon emptying will be stamped on the following morning with the previous day's date. 

Where late penalties are involved, and where instructors have elected to use turnitin.com, students are expected to retain the turnitin receipt showing the date and time of electronic submission, in the event of any dispute.

Students must ensure that their name, ID number, the course and section number, and the instructor’s name (and Teaching Assistant’s name, where appropriate) are clearly identified on submitted papers. Otherwise, the Department cannot guarantee delivery to the instructor.

NOTE: Students must retain a copy of their assignment together with their rough notes and any other materials requested by their instructors in case of suspicion of plagiarism, merit of work calculations, or appeals of grades.

Please do not:

  • submit assignments by fax (they will be discarded)
  • submit assignments by email attachment unless otherwise directed by the course instructor
  • push assignments under the door of an instructor’s office
  • leave assignments stuck to bulletin boards outside an instructor’s office
  • expect Department staff to receive assignments.

Awards

The University maintains a listing of Scholarships and Awards
The English Department also offers a number of program-specific awards. For more information, consult the Awards section of the departmental website.

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Brightspace by D2L

Brightspace is Ryerson’s one-stop shop for online course materials, library, news, enrollment, and more! It's located at http://my.ryerson.ca, and is the portal to RAMSS (Ryerson Administrative Management Self Service).

See also RAMSS

Bookstore

http://www.bookstore.ryerson.ca/

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Classroom Policies         

Attendance                  

Attendance policies are at the discretion of the instructor and will be described in the course syllabus.

Participation

Participation policies are at the discretion of the instructor and must be clearly described in the course syllabus.

Collaborative/Group Work

For general guidance, see the Academic Integrity website, particularly the section entitled “Lab,Studio and Group Work.”

  • Grades assigned for group/collaborative work shall not comprise more than 25% of the overall evaluation scheme for the course.
  • The course syllabus must outline:
    • clear criteria for group work; and
    • processes/procedures by which students who encounter difficulty with their working group may have their concerns addressed in a fair, appropriate and timely way.
  • Instructors must keep a written justification of the individual grades assigned for group (collaborative) work, and be prepared to provide that written justification to the Department Appeals Committee in the event of a grade appeal.

Classroom Use of Technology

The misuse of technology, which includes texting, web browsing, online gaming, video and movie watching, is prohibited in all English Department courses. If approved by individual instructors, electronic devices may be used during lectures or seminars and tutorials strictly for course-related purposes – note-taking, online reading, and assignments/exercises. Refusal to comply with this policy may result in the loss of electronic privileges for the term and the dismissal of a student from a lecture.

Code of Student Conduct

The English Department subscribes to the University policies on Academic and Non-Academic conduct.

See also Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism.

See also the University's "Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities" at Statement of Student RightsCourse Intentions

Course Intention requests enable the program to determine which courses to offer and how many spaces and sections will be needed. If students do not submit Course Intention requests, there may not be enough space in the desired courses. Students can also avoid the frustration and anxiety of trying to add courses during enrollment week. For further information, consult the Student Guide.Email PolicyCourse Outlines/Syllabus

Course outlines for all courses taught in the English Department are normally posted on Brightspace or distributed electronically by the instructors. Hard copies are generally not handed out in class or within the Department.

Complaints

English Department Complaints Policy

From time to time, students may have concerns and complaints about relevant academic issues pertaining to a Teaching Assistant (TA)*, an instructor, a course, or a program. Usually, these issues are best addressed directly with the TA or instructor in question. Upon the request of a meeting to discuss a complaint, either party may ask for the presence of a third party such as, for example, the Undergraduate Program Director (UPD) or another mutually agreed-upon person.

If the student is unsatisfied with the outcome of such a meeting, or when for specific reasons a student does not wish to meet with a TA or instructor, the student may take his or her concerns to the UPD. Any such conversation with the UPD will be either: (a) informal, or (b) formal:

  • Informal Discussion with the Undergraduate Program Director

Informal conversations are confidential. The UPD will take no action based upon the conversation unless the student asks and the UPD agrees to speak to the instructor privately and informally (with explicit agreement about whether or not the student will be identified). It should be recognized that sometimes the TA or instructor will recognize the student anyway, simply from the nature of the concern or complaint.

If the UPD is to proceed to investigate formally, the student must submit a signed and dated letter, in hard copy, summarizing the reason for the complaint and why it could not be resolved with the TA or instructor. If the student feels uncomfortable addressing the problem with the TA or instructor, the student can present the signed letter outlining the concerns directly to the UPD. In either case, a copy of the letter will be provided by the UPD to the faculty member, who will have the opportunity to respond. In extremely rare cases of unresolved complaints with the UPD, the student may follow the formal process with the Department Chair as the last course of appeal.

Please note that vexatious complaints constitute a violation of the Student Code of Academic Conduct and Ryerson's Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Policy and will be dealt with in accordance with those policies.

*In the case of complaints relating to TAs, students should follow the following chain: 1) discuss the matter directly with the TA; 2) If the matter is not resolved, the student should bring the complaint to the course instructor, following the informal/formal policy above; 3) If the matter is still not resolved, the student may bring a formal complaint to the UPD. In this case, both the TA and the course instructor will have the opportunity to respond to the letter.

Counselling

Academic 

The Study Skills and Transition Support Centre offers a wide range of services and resources, including live workshops, online seminars, individual consultations, tip sheets and more to help students achieve academic success. 

For advice about course selection, program requirements, and other curricular matters, students should consult the English Undergraduate Program Director and Program Administrator.

Students considering pursuing Graduate Studies after their undergraduate degree are strongly advised to meet regularly with the Program Director to plan their course of study to ensure sufficient breadth and depth requirements.

Career

The Faculty of Arts Career Counsellor, Sonny Wong, offers individual, confidential counselling and workshops to assist students with many aspects of career and educational planning, such as confirming degree choice, discovering career options, job search strategies, and more. Sonny’s office is POD-344-F,  and Sonny can be reached at 416-979-5000 x2141, or at sonny.wong@arts.ryerson.ca; https://www.ryerson.ca/content/ryerson/arts/sec/students/explore-your-educational-and-professional-paths/index.html  

Career information is also available from the Ryerson Career Development and Employment Centre

The English Department Undergraduate Program Director can advise students about graduate schools and scholarship opportunities.

Personal

The Faculty of Arts Personal Counsellor is available for confidential counselling about general school-related issues (like settling into a new environment, making connections with others at Ryerson, finding motivation) or about personal difficulties (such as with family relationships, loss, traumatic experiences, depression, anxiety, alcohol or drug use, or other challenges). Contact Student Development and Counselling, x5195,csdc@ryerson.ca

Program

For advice on course selection or anything else relating to the BA in English program, contact the Undergraduate Program Administrator, Ms. Wendy Francis, wfrancis@ryerson.ca or the Undergraduate Program Director, Dr. Anne-Marie Lee-Loy, at aleeloy@ryerson.ca.Course Substitution/Letter of Permission to Study Elsewhere

A Course Substitution/Course Directive enables students to substitute one Ryerson course for another within a program.

All degree level courses successfully completed at Ryerson during program studies and/or prior to admission to a program are eligible for substitution (subject to assessment for program relevancy).
See course substitution/course directive form: https://www.ryerson.ca/currentstudents/forms/course_sub_ugrd.pdf

Letters of Permission (LOP)

If a student wishes to take a course at another accredited post-secondary institution for credit towards the BA in English, he or she must get an LOP to study elsewhere.
The institution the student plans to attend may also require this letter before it will enroll the student in courses.
See LOP: https://www.ryerson.ca/currentstudents/forms/lop.pdf

Course Intentions

Course Intention requests enable the program to determine which courses to offer and how many spaces and sections will be needed. If students do not submit Course Intention requests, there may not be enough space in the desired courses. Students can also avoid the frustration and anxiety of trying to add courses during enrollment week. For further information, consult the Student Guide.

Course Substitution/Letter of Permission to Study Elsewhere

A Course Substitution/Course Directive enables students to substitute one Ryerson course for another within a program.

All degree level courses successfully completed at Ryerson during program studies and/or prior to admission to a program are eligible for substitution (subject to assessment for program relevancy).
See course substitution/course directive form: https://www.ryerson.ca/currentstudents/forms/course_sub_ugrd.pdf

Course Outlines/Syllabus

Course outlines for all courses taught in the English Department are normally posted on Blackboard or distributed electronically by the instructors. Hard copies are generally not handed out in class or within the Department.

Curriculum

All undergraduate programs at Ryerson University have a tripartite curriculum structure consisting of Professional, Professionally-Related, and Liberal Studies courses. Professional courses in English prepare students with the knowledge and skills of the discipline. Professionally-Related courses enrich students’ inter-disciplinary studies and enhance their career opportunities; in some cases, they may lead to a selected minor. Studies electives are courses that develop students’ capacity to understand the social and cultural context in which they will work as a professional and live as an educated citizen.

The Departmental web-site provides an explanation of the program curriculum, as well as a user-friendly version of the course requirements. A convenient Degree Checklist is also available on the Department website.

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Deadlines

Assignment Deadlines

Extensions on deadlines for assignments, and re-bookings of missed classroom tests, are offered by course instructors only. Instructors have the right to stipulate final deadlines for acceptance of assignments, and to impose late penalties as they see fit. Instructors notify students of assignment deadlines and their policies regarding late submission of assignments in the course syllabus. 

Students are expected to be available to write final examinations during the examination period each semester. These dates are published each year in the Ryerson Calendar. The final detailed Examination Schedule will be available on online approximately one month prior to each examination period. Students must take note of the examination period each semester and ensure that they are available for examination writing until after the last day of the examination period. The Department will not under any circumstances set make-up examinations for students who make travel plans or commit to other engagements during examination periods.

Provisions for make-up assignments, in-class tests and final examinations are outlined in Senate Policy 145. Students should also familiarize themselves with Senate Policy 134 on Undergraduate Academic Consideration and Appeals, as it provides the process by which students may seek academic consideration.

Students seeking accommodation on medical grounds are required to submit an Academic Consideration document and a Student Medical Certificate or a letter from a physician (on letterhead) with the student declaration portion of the Ryerson Medical Certificate attached to their home program department. Normally, the English Department requires such a certificate within three working days of the missed assignment, essay, test or examination. For late essays and missed assignments that are the result of new or long term medical issues, students should consult with the Program Director.  The nature of the alternate arrangement for making up the missing grade is left to the discretion of the professor. (See alsoAccommodations.)

Students who have medical or compassionate reasons for missing a final examination must petition for Aegrotat (AEG) standing on the final examination in the Office of Student Records, attaching relevant documentation to the AEG form.

University Deadlines/Significant Dates  

Ryerson has set deadlines for appeals and other academic and non-academic issues in order to ensure that issues are handled in a timely manner. Missing deadlines could result in academic or financial penalties.

Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with these deadlines, and should refer to the significant dates section of the Ryerson calendar for deadlines on enrollments, fees payments, withdrawals, refunds, and the like.

Department Council

Students, faculty, and staff are partners in the functioning of the English Department.  Departmental Council is the principal mechanism for bringing together these constituencies to identify, discuss, and resolve matters of mutual concern.

Membership on Departmental Council shall be comprised of the following:

  • The Department Chair
  • All full-time teaching members of the department
  • One representative of the Department’s part-time teaching complement
  • All administrative staff (non-voting)
  • A number of elected or appointed students from any undergraduate and graduate programs housed in the Department.

Students interested in serving on council should inquire with the Program Administrator.

Directory

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Email Policy

Etiquette

At the University, all email communication should be considered as formal and professional correspondence, necessitating a formal mode of address. Standards of professional email etiquette should be adhered to at all times.

Ryerson’s policy on mandatory student email accounts

University policy requires all Ryerson students to activate and maintain a Ryerson email account.

Most official correspondence from the University is now only sent electronically to students’ Ryerson email accounts. It is thus very important that students check their Ryerson email account regularly.

Students must also ensure that their correspondence with the University is only sent via an official Ryerson e-mail account. Instructors are instructed not to respond to student emails from non-Ryerson accounts such as gmail, yahoo and others. This is to ensure the confidentiality of student – faculty communications.

Students must also check Blackboard regularly, as instructors in the English Department will post syllabi, announcements, any changes to the syllabus, and readings there.

ESL Resources

ESL Resources

Essay Formatting

The English Department uses the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers for essay formatting and referencing. English students should purchase a copy of the MLA Handbook as it will prove to be an invaluable resource through their undergraduate studies. English students will have access to a summary of MLA style on Blackboard. They can also refer to the extensive online materials at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/

Please note that MLA formatting requires the following:

  • No title page. The top left corner includes the student's name, professor's name, course number, section, and the date submitted, with the paper's title centred below;
  • The entire paper should be left-justified, double-spaced, and printed in 12-point font in black ink;
  • Essay margins should be one inch on all four sides;
  • Pages should be numbered consecutively and numbers should appear in the upper right-hand corner, one-half inch from the top, and flush with the right margin;
  • All references should be parenthetical (i.e. not in footnotes) according to MLA format;
  • A list of Works Cited arranged alphabetically and in MLA format must appear at the end of the paper;
  • The paper should be securely fastened with a staple in the upper left corner. 

Essay Writing

Good essays in English take time. They begin from thoughtful close readings of texts. They are informed by classroom dialogue and effective academic research. Their arguments are developed with attention to logical structure, which is achieved through careful planning and outlining, and supported by properly referenced evidence from primary and secondary texts.

Most essays are not written but rewritten—often more than once. Students should aim to finish an essay a few days before it is due. Before an essay is submitted, students should reread it at least twice to ensure that it is persuasive in its argument, elegant in expression, and free of errors.

See also Essay Formatting and Writing, Help With

Evaluation

Instructors are obliged to provide students with written instructions about assignments, indicating requirements and evaluation criteria.

Examinations

It is strongly recommended that all students read Ryerson’s Policy on Examinations. The academic calendar offers a summary of the most pertinent points of the policy on examination writing at Ryerson.
Students are expected to be available to write final examinations during the examination period each semester. These dates are published each year in the Ryerson Calendar. The final detailed Examination Schedule will be available online approximately one month prior to each examination period. Students must take note of the examination period each semester and ensure that they are available for examination writing until after the last day of the examination period.
The Department will not under any circumstances set make-up examinations for students who make travel plans or commit to other engagements during examination periods.

Extracurricular Activities

There are many opportunities for students to become involved. See the Faculty of Arts Get Involved Guide for information on ways students can participate in university academic governance and administration, academic research, athletics, community involvement, international opportunities, and leadership opportunities in arts, student services, and the students union.

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Forms

Departmental

Ryerson

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Grading, Promotion, and Academic Standing Policy

Grading, Promotion, and Academic Standing (GPA Policy)

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Human Rights Services

Human Rights information can be obtained in the Human Rights Services Department. The English Department subscribes to the Ryerson Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Policy.

Graduation

Graduation information

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Incomplete (INC) Grades

The English Department subscribes to the Ryerson University Policy on Incomplete (INC) Grades. INC means that work submitted for a course is at least of passing level, but some course work has not yet been completed, or the final examination has been missed due to medical or compassionate reasons.

  • To receive an INC grade, students must contact the instructor within three working days or as soon as reasonably possible after the missed examination or assignment deadline, in order to petition for an INC grade.
  • Students must provide proof of the situation that prevented them from writing the examination (e.g. Ryerson Medical Certificate).
  • Within seven days from the time the student petitioned the instructor, he or she must complete an incomplete grade form with the instructor that details in writing the work to be completed and the date the work is due. This deadline must not be more than three months after the date the incomplete grade was assigned. Should the student not complete the work by the deadline set on the incomplete grade form, the INC will be converted to an “F.” 

Instructors will provide a copy of the incomplete grade form to the student and will file the original with the Program Administrator. 

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Late Registration

Students can only be registered in a course if there is an available spot prior to the add deadline. The final deadline to add courses for both semesterized and full-year courses is published annually in the Ryerson Calendar under Significant Dates. Students will not be registered in course sections after the add deadline has passed so as to maintain an environment in which high standards of pedagogy and academic rigour can be met in all courses.

Any action taken by a student who does not have an official course registration in place – such as attending class sections, meeting with the instructor, or obtaining course texts – does not guarantee or enhance the chance of a place in the class.

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Minors

Students in English have the option of selecting courses in a minor area while also satisfying the professionally-related requirements for their English degree. Interested students should first, consult Ryerson’s Minors Policy, and then meet with the Program Administrator. Please note that students in English cannot take a minor in English.

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Plagiarism

See Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism

Problems or Questions:

Students can bring questions to Program Administrator or Program Director.

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RAMSS

RAMSS (Ryerson Administrative Management Self Service) is a self-service online resource accessible throughhttp://my.ryerson.ca  (Blackboard). Through RAMSS, students can:

  • View their academic record
  • Enroll in classes
  • Apply to graduate
  • View their account status
  • Add or update personal information

RTW (required to withdraw)

See Required to Withdraw

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Student Experience Centre

The Student Experience Centre provides support services and resources to students in Faculty of Arts.

Student Guide

For information on how to carry out any administrative business at Ryerson, students may find it helpful to consult the Student Guide.

Student Success Plan (Fresh Start)

Students whose academic standing is Required to Withdraw (RTW) may be eligible to participate in a Student Success Plan (Fresh Start). For further information about Fresh Start criteria, RTW status, and/or transfer to another program, see Required to Withdraw.

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Teachables

Students wishing to go on to Teachers College after completing their BA in English require one teachable subject if they wish to become elementary school teachers. Completing the BA in English normally fulfills this requirement but students are advised to consult directly with the schools to which they are applying or visit: http://www.ouac.on.ca/teas/

Students wishing to become high school teachers require two teachable subjects. By taking six courses in another subject as part of the BA in English, students can fulfill this requirement. These six courses can be an officially recognized 6-course Minor or 6 courses in another or multiple subject(s). Students are advised to consult directly with the schools to which they are applying or visit: http://www.ouac.on.ca/teas/  

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Withdrawing from a Program

Students who find it necessary to discontinue their program in Good Academic Standing may initiate their withdrawal through Enrollment Services and Student Records.

Students Required to Withdraw from a program may be eligible to participate in a Student Success Plan (Fresh Start).
(see Student Success Plan).

Students who are assigned an RTW standing and wish to be considered for transfer to another program must consult with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment and the program to which they wish to transfer. 

Such students will be placed on EAP (Extended Academic Probation) standing. If approved for such a transfer, there is an understanding that the transfer program commits to admitting the student pending successful completion of the two EAP contracts.

Writing, Help with

Ryerson's Writing Support centre helps students to become better writers by engaging them in meaningful conversations about their writing. Students can attend workshops, make appointments for one-on-one consultation with Writing Support staff, and access extensive online libraries of tip-sheets and other online resources.

See also Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism.
See also ESL Resources

 

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