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 Level 2, 51 McCaul St. (adjacent to the Health and Wellness department).

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

Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 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, 51 McCaul Street, 2nd Floor (Wheelchair accessible via elevator on south side of 1st 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.


OFFICE OF 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 Level 1, 51 McCaul St.
 
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:

205 Richmond Street West, Suite 501
416-977-6000, Ext. 341
Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

As the recognized representative of the graduate and undergraduate student body, the OCAD Student Union (SU), serves as liaison to OCAD U administration and faculty, other universities and colleges, all levels of government, and the Canadian Federation of Students. The SU is responsible for ensuring the proper representation and advocacy of the OCAD U student body at large.

The SU is a not-for-profit corporation funded by student fees. The Executive manages the business of the corporation on behalf of the student members, working hard to ensure that SU provides as much service to students as possible.

All students registered for a minimum of a half-credit course are members of the SU. Each student member has free access to SU services, has the right to get involved in SU governance, and is eligible to be elected to the SU Executive or Board of Directors. Students are welcome to participate in SU-run projects and the decision-making process at large. Throughout the year, the SU holds numerous meetings and strongly encourages all students to attend.

STUDENT ADVOCATE

The Student Advocate assists students in issues related to OCAD University. They are available to meet and discuss problems or conflicts that may arise out of academic or other university related matters. The Office of the Advocate is a confidential safe place to talk through problems if you feel you have been unfairly treated and are not sure what to do, or if you need more information and advice regarding OCAD U policies or procedures. They can work with you to strategize solutions, can assist with petitions and grade appeals, can mediate conflicts between instructors and/or staff and can help support and assist in other ways as your ally on campus.

All meetings with the Student Advocate are confidential unless the student involved gives consent for his/her name to be released.

Advocate drop-in hours:
Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Student Union Office (205 Richmond Street West, Suite 501).

To book an appointment,call the SU office at 416-977-6000, Ext. 341.

LAWYER SERVICES 

OCAD U Student Union Members (currently enrolled OCAD U Students) can obtain legal advice from the Student Union Lawyer. They are able to advise on a wide range of legal issues, including immigration, landlord and tenant disputes, family law, employment law, contract law, copyright law, intellectual property disputes, insurance claims, criminal charges, debt problems and more.

Lawyer office hours:
Fridays 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Please note, from May to August, the lawyer is on campus every other Friday).

To make an appointment, contact the SU Office at: 416-977-6000, Ext. 341.


FOOD PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

CAMPUS CUPBOARD 

Campus Cupboard is a student-run, not-for-profit bulk food store that provides minimally packaged, minimally processed, affordable, wholesome and organic food to students, faculty and staff. The Campus Cupboard opened for the first time in September 2010. Nearly all items are organic, fairly traded and whenever possible Canadian. We purchase bulk amounts and repackage into user friendly amounts. Most of our products are purchased from the Ontario Natural Food Co-op. We also purchase some of our items from local, ethical and sustainably minded companies.

Products sold include: grains and seeds, pasta, herbs, legumes, sauces and spreads, cereal, flour and sugar, snacks, beverages (coffee and tea and milk substitutes), household items, pads and tampons. Campus Cupboard is not for profit. All items are sold for close to cost with a slight increase to assist in covering store costs. The long term dream is to transition into a student-owned and operated food co-operative.

HOT LUNCH

The SU runs a weekly community drop-in vegan lunch. Hot Lunch is a Pay What You Can event with a suggested donation of $1.00 or a donation of a non-perishable food item that will help stock the Student Pantry. Hot Lunch is a great opportunity to connect with other students over a delicious and healthy meal. If you are interested in getting involved we are always looking for volunteers to help cook, set-up, clean-up and to have fun! If you would like to learn more about cooking healthy, cheap easy to prepare meals, this is a great way to learn.

Meals are usually served in room 187, which becomes a temporarily transformed into a café. To get involved contact: hotlunch@ocadsu.org.

GOOD FOOD BOX PROGRAM WITH FOODSHARE TORONTO

The SU facilitates the order and delivery of a weekly fresh produce program, through FoodShare Toronto. Economical, local and organic options are delivered on campus on the second floor of 100 McCaul at That Place On The Second Floor. The Good Food Box program runs like a large buying club with centralized buying and co-ordination. Customers pay between $14 and $36 for their box, depending on the version that they choose. Each box contains the same mixture of food, though the contents change with each delivery, depending on what is in season and reasonable at the time. FoodShare drivers deliver the boxes to SU and our FoodShare coordinator ensures that customers pick up their boxes.
Food Share chooses Ontario-grown products for the box whenever possible because we want to know where and how our food is produced, to support local farmers and reduce the fossil fuels burned when we import food. Customers pay the cost of the food itself, while distribution overheads are subsidized.

To order a Good Food Box, simply drop by the Student Union Office between the ordering hours with your cash. You then return the following Thursday with your own bags and take home your delicious fresh produce.

STUDENT PANTRY (COMMUNITY FOODBANK) 

The Student Pantry is available to all OCAD U students. There is no needs assessment to access the food bank. You simply drop by the SU office, inform an employee that you would like to use the food bank and select up to 5 items at a time. This is an anonymous service. We do not record your personal details.

Items in the Student Pantry vary from instant meals to ingredients to make a meal. We also have a supply of sanitary items and baby food. Unfortunately, we do not provide TTC tokens or Metro Passes. If you require urgent assistance, please let us know and we will make sure you are referred to the right department to best assist you.

Location:
205 Richmond Street West, Suite 501

Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Contact: 416-977-6000, Ext. 341 

OCAD SU RADIO

The OCAD SU Radio is a Podcast Network created by students for students to showcase different voices of the OCAD U community. Listen in to hear your peers on all kinds of topics, such as audio art, musical creations, as well as interviews with artists and musicians. If you’d like to host a show of your own, share your musical discoveries or thoughts with others on campus, or help out around the station, email: radio@ocadsu.org.

STUDENT GROUP SUPPORT

The SU provides financial and administrative support to recognized student-run groups at OCAD U. To apply for funding, a recognized student group should submit a budget and the funding application by the second week of October. If approved by the Granting Committee, the funds will be distributed in early November.

THAT PLACE ON THE SECOND FLOOR

A student owned and operated coffee shop located on the 2nd level of 100 McCaul Street. That Place On The Second Floor has a mandate to provide healthy on-the-go options to students, selling a range of baked goods, beverages and pre-packaged salads and sandwiches with vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and nut-free options.


XPACE CULTURAL CENTRE

XPACE Cultural Centre is a non-profit organization dedicated to emerging art and design. Their goal is to bridge students with their established counterparts through experimental programming that cultivates public dialogue. This allows for a dynamic art space that questions and re-evaluates the cultural and artistic expectations of visual language. XPACE is a membership- driven organization supported by the OCAD University Student Union.

Location:
303 Lansdowne Ave. Unit 2, Toronto, ON M6K 2W5
(Main Floor between College and Dundas)

Contact:
416-849-2864, www.xpace.info

Director:
Amber Landgraff, amber@xpace.info

Programming Coordinators:
Cameron Lee, cameron@xpace.info
Alicia Nauta, alicia@xpace.info


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.