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On The Record – S2E1 – Back, But Uncertain

Many are back on campus next week, but questions remain about the university's return-to-campus plan

by Tejas Dhir
Graphic by Masih K

As the On The Record podcast returns for the Winter Semester, your host, TJ Dhir, looks at the biggest issues surrounding COVID-19 and Ryerson. The futures of unvaccinated students and students with an unknown vaccination status are currently in limbo. On The Record editor-in-chief Nick Parker talks about the struggles they face as well as what the future might look like.

The return-to-campus plan has drawn the frustration of eight tenured professors with the Ryerson School of Occupational and Public Health. We spoke with one of them before they co-signed a public letter to the university about how they feel regarding Ryerson’s plan to bring students back to in-person classes.

With certain questions still needing answers, how conducive to on-campus learning is Ryerson?

Update: The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario confirmed Thursday that four applications have been submitted against Ryerson pertaining to COVID-19. However, the tribunal “does not track data specific to COVID-19 vaccine exemptions.”

Extra Resources

Ryerson University’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Open Letter to Ryerson from eight School of Occupational and Public Health professors

Guests, in order of appearance

Nick Parker – editor-in-chief, On The Record

Thomas Tenkate – associate professor, Ryerson School of Occupational and Public Health

Unvaccinated Ryerson students to be removed from winter courses

Ryerson encouraging third COVID-19 vaccine dose for return to in-person learning

School of public health faculty members tell university they’re concerned about return to in-person learning

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TJ was one of the podcast hosts/producers of the On The Record Podcast in the Winter 2022 semester. TJ is a graduate of Sheridan College's journalism program, and previous bylines include the Sheridan Sun, Oakville News, and The Intermission Sports.

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