Designed for York U students, faculty and staff, this site provides one-stop access to all of the University’s safety resources that will help you be more informed and take action about your safety.
You'll find information on the tools and services available to the York U community, as well as educational components to support the community as we aim to prioritize value and respect for all of our members.
September 20, 2016
Message from Gary Brewer, Vice-President Finance & Administration and Rhonda Lenton, Vice-President Academic & Provost
To all members of the York Community,
We are writing to provide the York Community with an Interim Guideline for Responding to Sexual Violence.
The Guideline outlines for students, faculty, and staff existing practices and services to address sexual violence and to introduce new measures based on consultations with the community. This is an important step towards the development and implementation of York’s new Sexual Violence Policy, in accordance with the Province’s new Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act. This new policy, which more broadly addresses the continuum of sexual violence, will replace York’s Sexual Assault Awareness, Education and Response Policy which was approved by the Board of Governors in February 2015.
An important measure in the Guideline is a change in reporting requirements for sexual assaults. Notifying police services will now only occur with the consent of the survivor, unless there is an imminent safety risk to the community.
As part of the Guideline, the University has established a Sexual Violence Response Office to coordinate support for all members of our community who have experienced sexual violence. This new office will be managed and supported during the interim period by the Office for Student Community Relations (OSCR), while we complete final arrangements in consultation with the community. Additional staff to support York’s commitments will be hired in the coming months.
All survivors of sexual violence are encouraged to contact the Sexual Violence Response Office (W128 Bennett Centre for Student Services, 416-736-5211, firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss the range of options available to them. The phone number will be staffed on a 24/7 basis.
During the fall, the Sexual Violence Policy Working Group will continue its work and will increase its consultations with constituent groups across the community:
- October to November – Community consultations with a wide range of student, staff, and faculty groups or associations, smaller group discussions with survivors, as well as town hall meetings
- December – consolidating community input and revising the draft Sexual Violence Policy
- Early 2017 – Submission to the Board of Governors for approval
- January – February – Training available to the community
This Interim Guideline is an important step forward to help how we, as a community, understand the issue of sexual violence and can respond to survivors in a supportive and meaningful way.
September 15, 2016
To Members of the York Community,
York University is a vibrant community of nearly 60,000 people - the size of a small city. We are committed to ensuring that York is a place where everyone feels safe to live, learn, teach and work.
At York we aim to take a holistic and intersectional approach to safety that reflects the diverse experiences of members of our community. We are committed to working proactively with the York community to build safer and more inclusive campuses. Each of us can – and should – play a role by actively contributing to a safe campus, as underscored in York’s message of “Safer Together”.
To support a greater connection to our community, we will be opening our new Community Safety Centre in October located in the William Small Building, designed to make our space more open, welcoming, and engaging for all members of our community.
Also, in keeping with a student and community-centered approach to safety, we will be launching a consultation process this year to shape the vision, mandate and strategic plan for the Community Safety Department. Information on how to participate in the consultations will be posted on our website in upcoming weeks. We look forward to your participation.
We encourage you to utilize our services to address your safety needs including goSAFE to assist you with safe travel in the evening, safety audits, and personal safety planning to support physical and personal safety needs. You can also download the York Mobile Safety App, which offers many helpful tools and resources. A complete list of Community Safety services is available on our website www.yorku.ca/safety
We are also working collaboratively on important issues for our community. Preventing and responding effectively to sexual violence is a key priority. We will be part of community consultations this fall to get input on ways to strengthen supports for survivors and to enhance training and prevention programming.
York continuously strives to foster a culture of safety on its campuses. A cornerstone of our efforts has been a commitment to transparent and effective communication with respect to safety-related incidents that occur on campus.
When a serious safety incident occurs and if there is an ongoing risk to the community, the University issues a Security Bulletin. All Bulletins that are issued are emailed directly to your York email account. This is to allow individuals and groups to exercise appropriate precautions with respect to personal safety and property. We also communicate safety information through the York U Mobile Safety App, LCD screens and PA Systems.
Building a safer community is an ongoing endeavour and a shared responsibility. We are continuously striving to update our practices and infrastructure to better respond to emerging safety and security concerns. We welcome your feedback at email@example.com.
Vice-President Finance and Administration
Executive Director, Community Safety