RESOURCES AND SERVICES


CENTRE FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

OCAD University’s Centre for Students with Disabilities (CSD) provides academic accommodation and support to students with the following temporary and permanent documented disabilities:

  • Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Medical, Sensory and Physical Disabilities
  • Mental Health Disabilities
  • Visual Disabilities

Students must provide formal medical/psychoeducational documentation from a registered psychologist or their primary medical practitioner(s). The CSD can assist students with obtaining new, updated or additional medical/psychoeducational documentation. All medical documentation includes specific formal learning/academic accommodations for each student. These academic accommodations may include: learning strategy and assistive technology training and support, audio recording of classes, note-taking support, sign language interpreters, advanced access to presented materials (e.g., overheads, PowerPoint slides, etc.), reserved seating, and test/exam accommodations (e.g. additional time, use of a computer, etc.). Other academic accommodations may be approved with the appropriate medical/psychoeducational documentation.

The Centre for Students with Disabilities is located at in room 316 at 100 McCaul Street.

The Centre for Students with Disabilities is wheelchair-accessible via the elevator on the south side of first the floor.

 

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.)
Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.)
Friday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (closed 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.) - See more at: http://www.ocadu.ca/services/disability-services/contact-info.htm#sthash.Z9b4qF6V.dpuf

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed 12 to 1 p.m.) 
Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.)
Friday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (closed 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.)

For more information, please contact The Centre for Students with Disabilities at 416-977-6000, Ext. 339.

STUDENT HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTRE 

The Health and Wellness Centre combines both health and counselling services to provide every student the opportunity to participate in a healthy and successful post-secondary experience. Their team consists of counsellors, nurses, physicians, psychiatrists, health promoters, student volunteers and administrative support.
  
Counselling intake appointments are available on a walk-in basis Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Scheduled appointments are available by request.

Medical appointments are available by appointment or walk-in on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Urgent medical concerns outside of these hours are referred to the Appletree Medical Centre located at 275 Dundas Street West.

For information, or to book an appointment, please call 416-977-6000, Ext. 260, or email hwc@ocadu.ca. 
 
Location:
The Student Centre, 230 Richmond Street West, 6th floor

Contact:
Phone: 416-977-6000 Ext. 260
Fax: 416-977-5465

Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

SAFETY AND RISK  MANAGEMENT

INSURANCE AND RISK 

Liability Insurance. OCAD U’s comprehensive insurance program protects you from third-party liability arising from your work which you conduct under the auspices and/or direction of OCAD U, as long as you are working in good faith within the scope of your duties.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

OCAD University is committed to providing a safe and healthy working and learning environment for all members of the university community. OCAD U follows a set of principles, expectations and requirements consistent with legislation and appropriate practices relating to health and safety. By following safe work practices and taking an active role in protecting the health and safety of all others, including students and visitors, you are an important role model when fulfilling this responsibility.

SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS 

Safety in the studios and shops requires the same kind of continuing attention and effort that is given to research and teaching. Both our employees and students must be aware of the potential hazards, and ask themselves if they are observing safety precautions and procedures, for instance:

GENERAL SAFETY
  • Do I have adequate training for this particular process/piece of equipment?
  • Am I wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (respirators must be fit tested)?
  • Do I know where the emergency stop button, exits and fire extinguishers are?
  • Have I tied back my hair and removed my jewellery before entering the studio?
  • How could I or others around me be injured if something goes wrong?
  • Is there a safer way of doing this, and still get the same result I want?
  • Do I know where the nearest emergency phone, emergency eye wash and shower equipment are?
CHEMICAL SAFETY
  • Have I read the Manufacturer’s Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for the chemical I am using?
  • Is the ventilation system working properly?
  • For indoor use of spray aerosols: am I spraying inside a spray booth?
  • Am I following the posted safe-operating procedures for handling this chemical?
  • Am I using the safest solvent available? Can I substitute to solvent-free?
HAND AND POWER TOOLS SAFETY
  • Have I inspected my tools and asked for them to be replaced or sharpened by the studio technician if needed?
  • Is my work held securely?
  • Am I wearing proper safety glasses?
  • Are all sharp or pointed objects pointed away from my body before using them?
  • Is my work set up so that I have proper balance and appropriate stance? 
  • For power tools: have I checked to see if the tool is off before plugging it in?
  • Have I returned all hand tools to the proper location after using them?
  • Is my area free of tripping hazards e.g., electrical cords?
WOODWORKING SAFETY
  • Am I adequately trained to use this equipment?
  • Have I inspected my piece of wood to see if it is free of nails, screws, etc., that could damage the saw blade?
  • Is the machine guard in place?
  • Am I wearing the proper personal protective equipment (respirators must be fit-tested)?
  • Have I made sure that the outfeed table and machine beds are clear of debris?
  • Is there anyone around me whom I should ask to move (or wear protective equipment) before I turn on the machine?
  • Am I using formaldehyde-free, water-based, instead of solvent- based glues?
  • Have I tied back my hair and removed jewellery before using equipment?
  • Is the floor clean and free of sawdust or other debris to ensure I have proper footing while using this equipment?
WELDING AND METALWORKING SAFETY
  • Am I adequately trained to use this equipment?
  • Have I inspected all electrical cables and gas hoses for damage/defects before turning on welding equipment?
  • Am I wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (respirators must be fit-tested)? 
  • Have I checked to see if equipment is off before plugging it in?
  • Is the welding shop clear of all flammable materials and substances before I start?
  • Is the welding floor clean and dry before turning on equipment?
  • Do I have a firewatcher for my welding project and are they trained to use a fire extinguisher?
CERAMICS SAFETY
  • Am I adequately trained to use this equipment?
  • Am I wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (respirators must be fit-tested)?
  • Have I read the MSDS for the chemicals and/or materials I am using?
  • Have I tied back my long hair and removed my jewellery?
  • Have I cleaned up the ceramics studio using wet methods, now that I am finished?
FOUNDRY PROCESS SAFETY
  • Am I wearing adequate personal protective equipment to be involved with or watch the pouring process?
  • Am I wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (respirators must be fit-tested)?
SCULPTURE AND MOULD-MAKING SAFETY
  • Have I received proper training in this process?
  • Have I supplied the studio technician and my instructor with an MSDS for the material I want to use?
  • Do I have the proper personal protective equipment needed for using this material or chemical?
  • Have I checked to see if the tool is off before plugging it in?
  • Is there anyone close around me whom I should ask to move or put on personal protective equipment before I start using this material or chemical?
  • Is there a safer substitute for the material/chemical I could use instead for the same effect or result?
  • Have I obtained permission to install temporary student artwork?
PAINTING SAFETY
  • Have I read the MSDS for the pigments and solvents I will using?
  • Am I following safe practices for disposal, storage and clean-up of my materials and painting supplies?
  • Am I practising solvent recycling?
  • Have I consulted with Risk Management on any new processes I am using?
  • Have I considered safer substitutes for the chemicals I am using?
  • Am I practising good personal hygiene to limit skin contact of pigment and solvents?
  • Do I have clean-up materials on hand before I begin painting?
  • Have I obtained permission to install temporary student artwork? 
  • Do I know the proper clean-up procedures for dry and liquid drawing media?
  • Have I washed my hands before leaving the studio after handling drawing media?

Consult the Temporary Installation of Student Art Work policy for more information.

PRINTMAKING SAFETY
  • Have I received proper training on how to use this chemical properly?
  • Do I have adequate personal protective equipment needed for using this chemical?
  • Have I washed my hands before leaving the studio to take a break or eat?
  • Is there anyone close around me whom I should ask to move or put on personal protective equipment before I start using this chemical?
  • Have I cleaned up the area I was using (making sure to clean glass slab of all ink) and any tools I was using before leaving?
PHOTOGRAPHY SAFETY
  • Am I wearing adequate personal protective equipment (respirator, gloves, apron and goggles)?
  • Do I know where the nearest eyewash fountain and emergency shower is located?
  • Is there adequate ventilation for mixing chemicals?
  • Are my acids stored on low shelves, not stored in glass containers, and labeled?

For more information please visit the OCAD U Safety and Risk Management web page.


INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES 

International Student Services offers individual and group support, services and referrals pertaining to immigration, health, employment and cultural adaptation for international students, mobility/exchange students and all students wishing to make meaningful global connections.

The International Student Services office is located in the Student Centre at 230 Richmond Street West, 5th Floor.
 
Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact International Student Services at 416-977-6000, Ext. 293, or by email at
international@ocadu.ca.

WRITING AND LEARNING SERVICES

The Writing and Learning Centre (WLC) is OCAD University’s primary academic resource and support centre in the areas of writing, critical thinking, critical reading, studio and study skills. The WLC provides a range of free programs to both OCAD U students and faculty.

The WLC has Writing and Learning Consultants available with graduate level education to work specifically with OCAD U graduate students. When making an appointment, please identify that you are a graduate student so that you are paired with an appropriate consultant.

The WLC works with students at all stages of the writing process to develop a variety of learning and academic skills—you can work on essays, artist statements and proposals, critical reading strategies, critique preparation, time management, organizing ideas, research methods, thesis writing and more. While the WLC does not edit student work, they will work with students so that they learn to edit their own work.
 
The WLC also offers the following specialized services for graduate students:

  • Workshop series on graduate-level academic skills
  • Thesis-writing consultations
  • Option for the tutor to pre-read a piece of work in advance of an appointment to allow for a more in-depth consultation of lengthier writing assignments
  • Studio visits

The Writing and Learning Centre is located at 113 McCaul St. Room 1510, Level 5.

For more information, please contact the Writing & Learning Centre at 416-977-6000, Ext. 229 or by email at wlc@ocadu.ca.


IMAGINATION CATALYST

The Imagination Catalyst is OCAD U’s entrepreneurship and commercialization hub.

Their mission is to help OCAD U entrepreneurs launch new enterprises or commercialize their designs, products and services, as well as play a strong supporting role in the creation of a deep, collaboratively oriented entrepreneurship culture across campus.
 
Their vision is to play a leadership role in the effort to unite, mobilize and focus the power of the cultural industries, creativity, scholarship and smart entrepreneurship in solving the most pressing social and environmental issues of our time. In so doing, they hope to unleash new basis for economic growth and development.

For more information about the Imagination Catalyst, please visit their website.

 

OCAD STUDENT UNION

Send an email to StudentU@ocad.ca or drop into their office:

230 Richmond Street West, 5th Floor
416-977-6000, Ext. 341
Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Find out more at www.ocadsu.org

The OCAD Student Union is an independent, democratically run student organization with approximately 5000 members, incorporated as a notforprofit corporation. The OCAD Student Union operates a variety of programs and services on campus at OCAD University including access to: legal services, student advocate, campus food bank, coffee shop and snack bar, produce delivery program, community drop­in lunch, student grants, social events, and workshops.

The OCAD Student Union is also a representative body, advocating for the best interests of the OCAD U Student body at large with OCAD U administration, governance bodies, and with all levels of government. The OCAD Student Union represents the OCAD University student population within the Canadian Federation of Students. Within the Toronto art and design community, the OCAD Student Union is represented by its subsidiary, Xpace Cultural Centre. Xpace Cultural Centre is a membership driven artistrun centre supported by the OCAD Student Union and dedicated to providing emerging and student artists with the opportunity to showcase their work in a professional setting.

The OCAD Student Union is committed to ensuring that the University campus and broader OCAD U community are inclusive spaces where all members are treated with respect and dignity. OCADSU encourages applications from everyone, including but not limited to women, Aboriginal peoples, visible minorities, people with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations or gender identity.

HOUSING

OCAD U does not have its own residences. OCAD U is located in the core of Toronto, Ontario and has close links with Ryerson University and the University of Toronto.

TRANSPORTATION

Did you know that as a student you are eligible for a discount on GO Transit?
Graduate students enrolled for seven months or more, and registered in a full-time course/program are eligible for a GO Transit student fare discount. Just visit the GO Transit Student ID website and fill out an online application request form for a GO Transit Student ID. Be sure to have your GO Student ID + PRESTO Card available when traveling on the GO Transit system while using a student fare – don’t get caught without it during a ticket check!

To learn more about student fares, please visit the GO Transit Ticket Types or GOing to school pages.