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Ryerson defers in-person return to end of January

Health and safety concerns around Omicron variant fuel late return

by Elena De Luigi
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Ryerson University’s Student Learning Centre (Alex Guibord/Creative Commons)

Most Ryerson University students will not be returning to the classroom until the end of January, according to new safety measures announced Thursday. 

Winter semester classes, which begin Jan. 10 for engineering and some architecture students and Jan. 14 for all others, will be held online until Jan. 30.

The university is expected to shift back to in-person learning and teaching the following day. 

President Mohamed Lachemi announced the new measure on Thursday as new reported cases of COVID-19 in Ontario soared above 2,000 for the first time since May 2021. 

It also follows a scathing On The Record investigation, which exposed the university’s proof of vaccination system as faulty. 

“We know the immediate weeks ahead will be critical in managing the spread of the Omicron variant,” Lachemi said in his announcement. “This move to a modified start of term will help ensure the continued health and safety of our community.” 

The university said more information would be sent to students and faculty in the coming days. 

Some exceptions are being made for programs that require in-person instruction. 

“We have been planning for a broader in-person return for some time now, and remain committed to in-person learning, while also prioritizing the health and safety of our community,” Lachemi said.

Elena is an award-winning investigative journalist for the Investigative Journalism Foundation. She is the former editor-in-chief for On The Record and has done multimedia reporting for several news organizations, including the Canadian Press, Globe and Mail, Timmins Daily Press, North Bay Nugget, 680 NEWS, and Pressed News. Elena has also written freelance pieces for Maclean’s, the Welland Tribune, Niagara Independent and The Eyeopener. She holds a Master of Journalism degree from Toronto Metropolitan University and an Honours Bachelor of Journalism degree from Humber College Lakeshore. Elena is also a bilingual, self-published author who is passionate about public interest journalism and press freedom.

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