RSJGuidelinesEssential Timetable And Curriculum Choices

You are responsible for ensuring that you take all the courses required in each year of study. This can get tricky. Be sure to run your Academic Advisement Report every term and compare it with the Undergraduate Calendar to make sure you are enrolled for the required number and combination of courses. If you’re in doubt, fill in the Student Advisement Form.

Attendance and Class Participation

Attendance in some journalism classes is mandatory and may be recorded because of the nature of the assignments. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to contact the instructor to ensure that you do not fail to complete all assigned work. In some courses, you will be graded for participation.

Students with prolonged illnesses are advised to inform Beverly Petrovic of the expected length of absence so that notice may be given to other instructors and arrangements for assistance, etc., may be made. A medical certificate or its equivalent is required upon the student’s return.

See the course outline for any attendance or participation expectations in a course. It is a good idea to maintain regular attendance to make the best of your academic performance. Some programs and/or some courses do have attendance regulations with which you will be expected to comply. In some courses you will be graded for participation. This usually includes regular attendance.

Curriculum Issues

The School of Journalism, like all schools and departments at Ryerson, has an internal body that handles academic policy and curriculum decisions that affect the program. Any changes to curriculum or policy must first be approved by this council before being put to Ryerson’s Senate for a final vote.

The school’s council is composed of faculty and students. Students who are interested in the council should speak with their Journalism Course Union representative or

Beverly Petrovic
Student Affairs Co-ordinator
416-979-500 ext. 6392

Students should also know that there are a number of governing bodies at the university level on which they may sit as representatives; see the Board of Governors and Senate pages for more information.

Undergraduate Internships

The undergraduate journalism program includes an optional internship, which normally takes place in the student’s final year. Internships in journalism and related industries take many forms and occur in many environments. These range from traditional daily newsrooms such as the CBC, CTV, The Globe and Mail and others, to newer players such as The Huffington Post, Bell Media,, TSN digital, Daily Xtra and many more. Students may find placements in areas such as digital media marketing, content creation, and publishing.

Internships may be paid or unpaid. They may take place in the fall or winter semesters, and some are available in the summer months as well. The minimum number of hours is 210.

Exchange Programs

Visit Ryerson’s exchange website.

Academic Problems

If you are having troubles at home or are finding yourself feeling swamped, don’t wait until you receive your marks to try to remedy the situation. As soon as you realize that your academic performance may be affected by external events, let your instructor or another staff member, such as Beverly Petrovic, know. The staff and faculty can consider an extended deadline, perhaps, or a make-up assignment in such situations. The Ryerson Students’ Union and Student Services also offer aid and academic counselling.

Remember: if you fail a journalism course, you can’t make it up over the summer, and you will have to repeat the course the following year.


The School of Journalism adheres to the University policies on appeals.

You may also wish to consult the Student Code of Academic Conduct, the Student Code of Non-Academic Conduct and the policy on Undergraduate Academic Consideration and Appeals.

You can find appeals forms here.

The process

The School of Journalism recommends strongly that you discuss your situation with your professor before beginning the formal appeals process.

You must submit your appeal to the Student Affairs Co-ordinator, Beverly Petrovic.

Your appeal will be adjudicated by the Journalism Chair, Janice Neil.

The deadline to submit an appeal can be found in the Ryerson Full-Time Undergraduate Calendar.

For the complete university policy on academic appeals please click here.

Grounds for Appeals:

You may appeal a grade based on one of the following grounds:

  • Course Management: You may appeal on this ground if you feel your professor failed to adhere to the course outline or to the University’s guidelines on course management, to the detriment of your academic performance. You should bring all course management issues to the attention of the instructor as early as possible.
  • Medical: If you have a medical condition that has affected your academic performance you may request an accommodation. You will require a Ryerson medical certificate, which you should present to the School’s administration or your instructor.
  • Compassionate: You may appeal on this ground if unforeseen personal or family circumstances beyond your control have affected your performance. You should be prepared to document your claims.
  • Prejudice: If you feel that you have been treated differently from other students, or if you feel that your grade was affected by prejudice (i.e., different treatment on the basis of a prohibited ground of discrimination as outlined in Ryerson’s Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Policy, e.g. sex, race, ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, etc.) you should first contact the Office of Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Services (JOR 254A, 416-979-5349).
    Appeals based on these grounds will automatically be referred to that office before proceeding.
  • Procedural Error: You may appeal on this ground if there has been an error in the application of this policy or of any other University policy.

Please follow these guidelines if you are launching an appeal:

  • Your first step is to consult with the instructor to try to resolve the conflict directly with him or her. If that fails, you should speak with the School’s chair or his/her designated delegate before filing a formal appeal with the appropriate School or Department.
  • You have the right to see all of your graded work, including final exams (under appropriate supervison.) You may not, however, take your graded exams away with you.
  • You must document all your claims.
  • If you are on probation, you must adhere to the conditions of your probationary contract. You may not change those conditions without consulting your adviser. Any deviations from the contract may have an adverse effect on your appeal.

You must meet all of the deadline dates for appeals. The School will not accept late or incomplete appeals.