The SLC is Reopening! Here’s what you need to know!

The SLC will reopen on September 8 with new hours and many changes to operations in order to provide a safe study environment for those whose home is not suitable for study and online classes. 

Ryerson remains committed to a healthy campus and your wellbeing is our first priority. If you’re entering select campus buildings this semester, you’ll see Ryerson has implemented many health and safety measures across campus. 

The new SLC building hours will be Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. We will be closed mid-day from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. every day for cleaning — the building will be cleared and students will not be able to make bookings at this time.

In order to visit the SLC, students must book a reservation through our internal booking system or have an appointment booked through Academic Accommodation Support (AAS), the Centre for Student Development and Counselling (CSDC), or the Ryerson University Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience Lab (DME).

This semester the SLC will only be open to those with a OneCard. The SLC is operating at a reduced capacity and we want to prioritize Ryerson students. 

Upon arrival, students will be checked in by Student Staff before entering the building. Your OneCard is the best way to quickly identify that you are a student at Ryerson while also confirming your identification for your reservation.

During your visit to the SLC, masks will be mandatory throughout the building and while at your desk. 

To discourage gathering, events will not be taking place at the SLC during this time. The SLC is prioritizing the space to be a safe and secure study environment.

Booking System

Our booking system allows us to keep track of who is in the building, when they are in the building, and where they are located. This information is crucial for contact tracing as well as informing our cleaning staff on the highest priority touch points to clean throughout the day. Booking a space also allows us to regulate the amount of students booking at once, which helps keep traffic down and provide a safe space for everyone.

Reservations will be made online here. Reservations must be made with your Ryerson University log-in. 

You can look through floors 3, 5, 7, and 8 for available desks. Available desks will be marked with a green plus sign. Desks that are unavailable for booking will be grey.

You can make 2 reservations per day and a total of 15 hours worth of time can be reserved per week , you may divide these hours in any way that works best for you — there is no daily limit. You can reserve a desk up to 5 days in advance.

Reservations must be made before arriving at the SLC. 

Checking In

When you arrive at the SLC you must have your Ryerson OneCard and show your reservation confirmation or provide the time and room booking of your AAS or CSDC  appointment.

When you arrive at the SLC the far left two doors will be marked with entrance signs. There may be a line and we ask that you line up 2 meters apart. If there is not a line, you will need to tap your OneCard to enter the building (a new OneCard reader will be installed near those doors).

If you need to use the accessibility door, you will enter using the far right accessibility door by tapping your OneCard. To help create an efficient and smooth check-in experience for everyone, we ask that only those who need the accessibility door use this door.

A check-in desk will be located on the first floor. Each student must check in showing their OneCard, and their reservation confirmation or provide their AAS or the CSDC time and room number before accessing the rest of the building. Follow instructions from the signs, floor decals, and staff members when arriving. 

If you have any accessibility concerns or questions regarding the  entrance, the check-in process, our booking system, or finding your desk, please contact us at slchelp@ryerson.ca

Temperatures will not be taken at the SLC. You will be asked to self assess whether you are experiencing any potential symptoms, as well as if you have had contact with anyone who has tested positive or traveled outside of Canada in the last two weeks. You will be expected to answer honestly and to the best of your ability.

All guests must stay 2 meters apart at all times and keep elevator use to two people per elevator. We are asking that all students maintain physical distancing within the SLC. If you are conversing with another student we ask that you keep your mask on and keep the recommended 2 meter distance between you.

Mandatory Masks

You will be expected to wear a mask while inside the SLC. This is the best way to keep our community safe.  An individual may temporarily and briefly remove a mask or face covering when necessary to eat or hydrate. We ask that your mask stay on whenever possible. If you don’t have a mask we will provide you with one. 

There are some accepted exceptions to wearing a mask such as: 

  • Persons with an underlying medical condition which inhibits their ability to wear a mask or face covering;
  • Persons who are unable to place or remove a mask or face covering without assistance; and
  • Persons who are reasonably accommodated by not wearing a mask or face covering, in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

This is in alignment with Ryerson’s Mask Policy and the City of Toronto Bylaw.

If you are unable to wear a mask we ask you to take extra precaution while in the building to stay 2 meters apart from other guests, avoid touching your face, and wash your hands regularly. 

Please help us keep the SLC a safe place for students by respecting these guidelines.

Floor Access

The SLC will be closed from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday for cleaning. Students will not be able to create bookings at the SLC during this time. 

The first floor of the SLC will be primarily devoted to checking students in, providing distanced lines for elevator waiting, and be home to our Welcome Desk. We will not be providing bookable space on the first floor. Starbucks is closed until further notice.

The second floor doors to the Ryerson University Library will be closed. Access to the Library will be through Victoria Laneway. The Library will be operating separately from the SLC.

The 2nd floor doors to the Library will be closed. Access to the Library will be through Victoria Laneway. The Ryerson University Library will be operating separately from the SLC. 

Ryerson University operational hours Starting September 8, 2020:

Online Service Hours (EDT)
Monday -Thursday – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. 
Friday – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Saturday & Sunday – Noon to 6 p.m. 

On-site Hours (EDT) – By Appointment Only
Monday – Friday –  8 a.m. – 8 p.m.  
Saturday and Sunday – Closed

All on-site services will be by appointment-only. You can keep up-to-date with the library on their Instagram @ryersonulibrary.

The DMZ Sandbox and the Ryerson University Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience Lab (DME) located on the 3rd floor are both closed until further notice.  For up to date information regarding the DMZ Sandbox, follow them on Instagram @dmzsandbox. For information regarding the DME follow @ryersonulibrary.

The 4th floor will not be available for students. Student Learning Support will continue to operate online, you can find them using this link. You can contact the SLS front desk at sls@ryerson.ca and stay up to date by following their instagram @ryersonslls.

The 6th floor will not be included in booking options, however students are able to move to the sixth floor for a change of scenery, to take a phone call, speak with a louder voice, or stretch their legs. We expect students to maintain physical distancing and continue wearing their mask while on this floor.

The 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 8th floors will have bookable desks and tables, spaced 2 meters apart. 

CGWRs will remain closed at this time.

Building Operations

All bathrooms in the building will be open for use. They have been approved at a capacity of 1 person per washroom. We ask that you respect this capacity limit and wait if a washroom is in use.

Charging stations and vending machines will be available for use. We recommend washing or sanitizing your hands after use of any common touchpoint.

A mask can be removed for brief periods of time to eat or hydrate, but must be placed back on directly after. We recognize that snacks and hydration are key components to your health.

Students can also leave and re-enter the building within their reservation timeblock. You will, however, need to check back in at the check-in desk on your way into the building.

Water bottle refill stations will be open to use for students who bring reusable water bottles. 

If you have any questions, or concerns we welcome you to contact us at slchelp@ryerson.ca or visit our headquarters on the 5th floor in room 516.

Important message from Ryerson Health and Wellness: 
We all know this year is going to be different. Connect with peers and help each other navigate this new environment with @trimentoring peer and group mentoring – head to ryerson.peoplegrove.com to get matched!

Staying at Home: Resources

Free Resources for Students During Social Distancing

Although social distancing has led to some big changes in our everyday lives, there are still ways to make the most of this time!

Ryerson and other independent resources have shifted to having an online presence and are offering a variety of services accessible to students. 


RSLC@Home

Introducing RSLC@Home: This new section of our website has tools that will help you build an atmosphere for success while at home. We want to provide you with tips, practices, and inspiration to make the most of your own study spaces!


Below, the SLC has compiled a further list of helpful resources. Whether you want to learn a new skill, work out from home, or stay up-to-date on news, we’ve got you covered! 

Ryerson Resources 

Although the university is not accessible in-person, Ryerson resources are available online for students to use! 

Student Learning Support (SLS)

The SLS is still offering one-on-one help online. They’re offering writing, math, English language and study skills appointments by phone or online. They are also offering workshops online. Visit their website to book an appointment. 

Ryerson Mental Health and Wellbeing

They are able to connect Ryerson Students to services like the Medical Centre and counselling where they can receive virtual support. Visit the Ryerson Health and Wellness website for more information! 

RU Student Life 

RU Student Life is offering awesome engaging content including online community drop-ins, movie-watching sessions, and fitness classes through their social media platforms! Visit their website and Instagram to stay up-to-date. 

Ryerson Career and Co-Op Centre

The Career and Co-op Centre has moved all their programming and appointments online. Visit their website for more information or to book an appointment. 

DME

The Ryerson Library Digital Media Experience Lab is offering daily online tutorials through their website. Learn Photoshop, Illustrator, and so much more! Visit their website for the links to join the tutorials. 

Educational Resources

Here’s a list of non-Ryerson resources students can take advantage of while social distancing to learn new things or enhance current skills! 

Skillshare

Skillshare is offering thousands of unlocked classes for creatives free of charge. This is ideal for students who want to find a new hobby or try something new while staying home! 

TED Talk

TED is always offering tons of free online courses with a diverse selection of topics and talks to get you through your day! 

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe is offering 2 months of free Creative Cloud. To get the deal, go to cancel your membership and the offer will show up! 

Government Resources: 

WHO 

The World Health Organization has daily updates on COVID-19 news and safety precautions.

Government of Ontario

Ontario has a website for all COVID-19 related news and instructions province-wide. 

Fitness

RU Recreation

RU Recreation has launched virtual fitness classes to help you stay active at home. Check out their Instagram and website for schedules and more information! 

YMCA

The YMCA is offering free classes on their website!

Planet Fitness

The gym is live streaming fitness classes through their Facebook every day! 

Wellness

Headspace

As one of the best digital meditation resources on the market, Headspace has made several of its meditative collections free to help everyone through this time. Check them out here

Motivation – Daily quotes

This is a free app you can download through the App Store. It sends you motivational quotes as notifications throughout the day. 

If there are resources we missed that have been helpful for you, please let us know so we can share them with everyone! You can send us a direct message on Instagram @ryersonslc.

Stay well and take care!

COVID-19 Closure

As of today, March 17, 2020, the SLC is closed to both Ryerson students and the general public until further notice. This decision has been made in accordance with recommendations from Public Health to limit congregations of people in public spaces.  The safety of our students and our community is our first priority.

We will continue to monitor events as they unfold, and will provide further communication when a decision is made to re-open the facility.

Thank-you for your understanding, if you have any questions or concerns, you can reach out to our team at slchelp@ryerson.ca


RSLC@Home

Introducing RSLC@Home: This new section of our website has tools that will help you build an atmosphere for success while at home. We want to provide you with tips, practices, and inspiration to make the most of your own study spaces!


Please visit us here on our blog or on the SLC Instagram page for future updates.

Stay updated with Ryerson University information regarding COVID-19 here.

For SLC Stakeholder information, please find:

All the best,
SLC Student Engagement and Leadership (SEAL) Team