Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Swine Flu Effect on Student Housing

Many of you are well aware of the current spread of the Swine Flu throughout the globe. Student Housing Services has a Flu Pandemic Plan that we have been preparing for years. It is not known yet if the Swine Flu will become a Pandemic - but we are monitoring the situation quite closely. Yesterday the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care raised the Provincial Status Indicator from “Green - Routine” to “Yellow - Enhanced.”

At the “Yellow - Enhanced” level it is important for a high risk area like a student residence to be particularly diligent in the prevention and surveillance of Flu cases.

§ We are unable to accept any further Applications for Residence Extension

§ We are unable to accept any further Exceptions for Overnight Guests

§ Individuals passing into the secure area of our Residence Buildings are being asked to Sanitize with the provided Hand Sanitizer

§ The Residence Life Team will be distributing Self-Diagnosis and Flu Information Cards throughout the Residence. For Tracking purposes please e-mail housing@ryerson.ca to let us know if you contract the flu

§ We ask day-time guests that have traveled to affected areas in the past 21 days or are exhibiting Cold and Flu-like symptoms to refrain from entering the Residence.

For more information on the Ministry of Health’s Provincial Status Indicators please visit http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/program/emu/prov_status.html

If you would like more information about swine flu, its symptoms and how to help protect yourself against transmission, please visit the Ryerson Health Centre website at http://www.ryerson.ca/studentservices/healthcentre/forms/swineflu_faq.pdf.

If you have a question or concern regarding these guidelines please feel free to contact Student Housing Services reception at x5284 or housing@ryerson.ca.

Student Housing Services

Friday, April 24, 2009

Temperature Changes

Daytime high temperatures are forecasted to be in the mid 20's for the next few days, with overnight lows dropping only to the mid-teens. In response to these warm temperatures, and since there will be little if any need for heat, we turned off the heat, and turned on the air conditioning in Pitman Hall. Please adjust the thermostat in your room accordingly - as the unit in your room will no longer provide warm air, but will now provide cool air. The system will take a few hours to fully cool down - but you should notice full air conditioning by Saturday morning.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Student Housing Services office by at housing@ryerson.ca, or 416.979.5284.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Move Out Procedure Reminder

With the end of the year approaching, please note some quick reminders of what you are responsible for when vacating your room:

Lock Your Room

Please ensure that your door is closed and locked when you leave, as you are responsible for the room until we have completed your room inspection. You are NOT permitted to allow anyone to stay in your room after you move-out.

Garbage Removal

Your room must be returned to the condition it was in when you arrived. All belongings should be removed - garbage and recycling must be properly disposed of and NOT left in your room. If extra cleaning or garbage removal is required, you may be assessed an extra fee - please refer to the Repair and Replacement Charges Guide for more information.

During the move-out period, there is increased demand on the garbage systems in all 3 buildings. Your cooperation is appreciated, in order to ensure the buildings remain clean right throughout the exam and move-out period. All garbage and recycling must be bagged and disposed of in accordance with the directions posted. Further information on garbage and recycling will be emailed and posted on your floor in the coming weeks.


If you rearranged your furniture please return all items to their proper position, and ensure there are no extra furniture items in your room or in the common areas of your suite. There is a fine for each extra and/or missing piece of furniture in your room - please refer to the Repair and Replacement Charges Guide for more information.

Room Inspections

A thorough room inspection will be completed after you have moved out. If you would like the room inspection to be completed while you are present you can make an appointment with Student Housing Services for the day of your move out. Please book your appointment before April 10th, 2009.


You are responsible for the condition of your room. If your room is not left in a satisfactory condition you may be assessed damage or replacement charges - please see the Repair and Replacement Charges Guide for more information. If damage charges are necessary, you will be informed via letter in May, along with more details regarding the condition of your room.

ILLC Modems

The modem in your room will be used by students next year, so please leave it in the room along with the telephone cable and power adapter. If any of these three pieces are missing during your room inspection you may be assessed a fee for replacement - please see the Repair and Replacement Charges Guide for more information.

Moving Carts

To ease your move, you will want to ask family and friends to bring carts and dollies with them in possible. We have a very limited number of carts that will be in high demand.

For more information, visit our website www.ryerson.ca/housing under the Move Out tab.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Residence Application Period Opens May 1st, 2009

The Application Period for the 2009/2010 academic year opens May 1st, 2009.

* May 1st, 2009 - Residence application process opens.
* June 5th, 2009 - ON-TIME APPLICATION DEADLINE; last day to submit residence application and initial payment of $400 in order to be considered in first round of Offers of Accommodation.

To apply, please visit our website at ryerson.ca/housing where you will be able to fill out the Online Application starting May 1, 2009.

Monday, April 13, 2009

ILLC Construction

Please note that there will be construction at the ILLC that will continue throughout the day today.

The drilling is scheduled to stop at 1pm with the work continued throughout the day.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Award Banquet - Congratulations to all Student Housing Staff

With another year end banquet celebration behind us, it would be appropriate to take a moment and congratulate all Student Staff that has made this past/current year a success.

Some congratulations will come from the residents themselves, some from the full time housing staff, some from the parents, professors, etc. - the list goes on.

Whether the congratulations is spoken or unspoken, the impact has certainly been felt by all those that this particular group of young people have come in contact with.

A big congratulations goes out to all of them by the whole Student Housing Community!

Some of the notable winners of this year banquet are as follow:

Julia Louie Award
Valerie Bruce

Ted Brock Award
Mary Kelly

Brian Muscat First Year Student Leader Award
Kyra Whale & William Phipps

Liza Nassim Returning Student Leader of the Year Award
Michelle Barker

Marion Creery Residence & Campus Life Award
Sean Carson

Program of the Year - Section
Kate Archer - Helping Hands

Program of the Year - Residence Wide
Bachelor / Bachelorette Auction

Residence Advisor Partner of the Year
Kwame Bloomfield

Academic Link Partner of the Year
Chris Beninger & CLA Program

Residence Council Partner of the Year
Toby Whitfield

Residence Service Desk Partner of the Year
Paul McGrath

Residence Advisor Team Player of the Year
Kirstyn Moore

Academic Link Team Player of the Year
Gwen Elliot

Residence Council Team Player of the Year
Kyra Whale

Residence Service Desk Team Player of the Year
Nicole Wolfe

Congratulations, once again, to all Student Housing Student Staff of 08-09.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Residence Extension of Stay Request Forms - Due April 7th by 5pm

The Request Forms are available for pick-up at the Student Housing Office Pit-100.

The form is simply a request for permission to stay in the residence past the day of your last exam. SHS staff will review your request and respond within 5 business days of the submission of the form.

All Requests are due by 5pm on Tuesday, April 7th, 2009.

Good Luck with your studies!

Scheduled Fire Alarm Tests - Monday April 06

Please note that Classic Fire Protection Inc. will be testing the fire alarm system on Monday, April 6th, 2009, between the hours of 8am and 4pm.

This is to advise you that during this test, the fire alarm bell/speaker will be ringing intermittently.

In case of a real alarm during the test, the bell/speaker will ring continuously. In this scenario, please follow the occupant procedures as noted in building safety plan.

Thank you.


Maintenance Requests

Reminder to all residents!

With the year end approaching fast, so is your move out date. It is important that you leave your room in the same condition as you have found it to avoid any damages charges.

If you have any concerns about the condition of your room, please fill out the maintenance requests which can be found at the Front Desk of your building.

For more information on the move out process, refer to the Residence Contract.


Thursday, April 2, 2009

Survey Reminder - Residents, Check Your Ryerson Email!


Submit your form by the end of today, Thursday, April 2 and you'll have a chance to win a $100 gift certificate!

Two $25 gift certificates will be drawn from everyone that has submitted a completion form by these dates as well:

April 2
April 6
April 9

Complete the survey early for more chances to win!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Cancer Research Benefit Event- Mr. Ryerson 2009

WHO WILL BE Mr. Ryerson 2009?

Come out, watch a great show and vote for your Favorite pick!


WHEN: The event is happening on April 4th, 2009, at the Ram.
Wrist Band Policy in effect!

COST: $5 dollars in advance and include 1 free raffle

**TICKETS ON SALE NOW*** - get them in the RCC and HUB 11-3pm ALL WEEK LONG


-Tickets are: $2 for 1 & $3 for 2

Draw prizes include:
- Electronic photo frame
- Motorola bluetooth headset
- Ipod nano
- tons of gift certificates
- cash

Raptors tickets!!! (2 Courtside tickets worth 600$ each; free parking passes & food combo coupons)

-Bachelors will compete for the vote of Mr. Ryerson 2009 (the winner will be chosen by you!)...They will compete in 4 categories: Q&A, Evening Wear, Pick up and Talent!


Or e-mail: alexandra.russell@ryerson.ca - RA Floor 9, ILLC