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The registrar’s ofce at RyersonUniversity could have violated On-tario’s privacy legislation when itreleased the name and program o student Alaa Hejazi last November.Hejazi, whose lawyer had notyet confrmed his enrolment status,had turned himsel in to TorontoPolice on Nov. 14 in connectionwith two sexual assaults in the city.In an email to
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confrmed thata reporter called the Ryerson regis-trar’s ofce later that day to inves-tigate Hejazi’s student status. The
also learned that Hejazi wasenrolled as a second-year in theuniversity’s business technologymanagement program.But according to Tony Conte,director o the ofce o the viceprovost, students, the registrar’srelease o such inormation wouldviolate the university’s privacypolicy.“That’s a problem. That actu-ally does not happen, should nothappen and I don’t believe it hap-pened,” Conte said in a Nov. 15conversation with
“We cannot disclose any inorma-tion about whether or not a personattends Ryerson at all […] Privacylegislation orbids that and I sup-port that one hundred per cent.”According to privacy ofcialsat Ryerson and the provincial pri-vacy commissioner’s ofce, a stu-dent’s name and enrolment statusat a post-secondary institutionshould be categorized as personalinormation, which the Freedom o Inormation and Protection o Pri-vacy Act is bound to protect.Ryerson became subject to theAct on June 10, 2006.Under section 21. (3), FIPPAoutlines a presumed invasion o privacy where the disclosed per-sonal inormation “relates to em-ployment or educational history.”Brian Beamish, assistant com-missioner o access at Ontario’sofce o inormation and privacy,said universities have a responsibil-ity to determine whether releasingpersonal inormation without theindividual’s consent is in accor-dance with exceptions outlined inFIPPA.“In a case like this where it’s ageneral member o the public call-ing up and saying, ‘is so-and-so astudent there?’ the school wouldthen have to ask itsel — i it weregoing to disclose that inorma-tion — is that justifed or not?”Beamish said.According to section 11 o theAct, circumstances that obligateinstitutions to release these recordscan include police investigationsand other “reasonable and prob-able grounds to believe that it isin the public interest to do so, andthat the record reveals a grave envi-ronmental, health or saety hazardto the public.”“I would say generally speakingas a general rule, an inquiry rom amember o the public would not besufcient grounds [to release a stu-dent’s inormation],” Beamish said.The policy at Ryerson “is to erron the side o privacy,” said Heath-er Driscoll, the school’s inorma-tion and privacy ofcer.Driscoll admitted that confrm-ing whether a student attends Ry-erson is a “grey area” o policy.“Though to be quite rank, [therelease o a student’s name] is pret-ty low-risk in almost every case,”she said.Although Beamish warned suchdisclosures can also be high risk,Driscoll said Ryerson is more con-cerned with breaches involving stu-dent email addresses, phone num-bers and social insurance numbers.The university has not con-frmed whether the release o He-jazi’s name was deemed to be a pri-vacy breach, or i an investigationwill be taking place.
That does not happen,should not happenand I don’t believe ithappened
Registrar gave student info to national paper
Globe and Mail
confrmed Alaa Hejazi was a Ryerson student with a phone call to the registrar,
The registrar’s ofce at Ryerson University is responsible or student fnancial records,, recruiting and enrolment.
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Ater being denied an FM license,Radio Ryerson is now looking tofnd a new home on the AM air-waves.In October 2011, 85 per cent o students who voted said yes to a re-distribution o $10.35 rom their tu-ition to help und and support a newradio station. Despite an attemptto reclaim the 88.1 FM requency,which included what Ryerson Presi-dent Sheldon Levy called “a hugeamount o work,” Radio Ryersonlost the bid.Meanwhile, on the second oor o the Student Campus Centre (SCC),the ofce o the ormer CKLN,which was stripped o its license inAug. 2011 by the CRTC, is now un-dergoing a complete renovation.The space is now also being repur-posed or student campus groups.Much o the space is being convertedinto a common area, and a smaller,separate chunk will be used as ofcespace or Radio Ryerson.This space will help with thegroup’s next application and hostmedia workshops, according to Jacky Tuinstra Harrison, who man-aged Radio Ryerson’s application.“Right now there’s no workingspace,” Harrison said. “We usuallyjust meet in a common area that wecan fnd at [the SCC] or elsewhereon campus.”Harrison added that though thegroup has access to approximately$240,000 obtained through thereerendum (o which almost 25per cent was spent on the FM ap-plication), the cost o the renova-tions would be paid or by the PalinFoundation.Rodney Diverlus, president o theRyeron Students’ Union (RSU), saidthat although the Palin Foundationwould cover the costs o the com-mon space, Radio Ryerson was ex-pected to cover the costs associatedwith its ofce.“Radio Ryerson is covering thecost o their [space] and the stu-dent centre is covering the cost o the bookable room,” Diverlus said.
Jacy Tuinstra Harrison, manager o Radio Ryerson’s RT application, at wor during a 2011 reerendum.
“They have access to unds.”Harrison said adding an ofcespace with equipment to producecontent is important to the CRTCapplication process, which requiresa preemptive inspection o site loca-tion by Industry Canada.Currently the group’s volunteersare at work producing content —such as documentaries, artist in-terviews and event listings — butHarrison said it will not be madeavailable until the launch o an on-line portal. The group will eaturethe content on its website.Though the group was unsuccess-ul in its frst attempt to nab a re-quency, Levy says the students havehis ull support.“I think the university deserves itbut more importantly the studentsdeserve it,” Levy said. “And i theyneeded help, needed some money,needed support, I would be 100 percent behind them.”Though there is not a hard andast deadline, Radio Ryerson hopesto apply to Industry Canada or ap-proval sometime this winter.
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Radio Ryerson nds foothold in SCC
By Colleen Marasigan