By Lee Richardson
The concept of a fall reading week at Ryerson may still be a long way off yet.
“I think it will work out,” President Sheldon Levy said. “I just think it will take more time.”
Ryerson is one of the few universities in Ontario that does not have a reading week during the fall semester. A committee has been determining a reading week policy which they have to show the senate by the end of October.
In the latest Senate meeting, however, the issue was not brought up. A large part in determining how to introduce a reading week is understanding how to balance the needs of both students and the university.
“The challenge as I understand is how to ensure that you could accomplish what a student wanted and what the Senate wants, while at the same time not having a negative impact on the accreditation of the programs,” Levy said.
Some programs with heavy workloads may conflict with the idea of a reading week.
“It’s just a matter of structuring it so the amount of hours isn’t affected and the quality of work isn’t affected,” said Mohammad Ali Aumeer of CESAR. Other programs demand that students in internships or placements, to fulfill their course hours.
“That accreditation has to be protected, so if you start to reduce the number of hours the accreditation process is in jeopardy,” Levy said.
Photo: Marta Iwanek