Welcome to York University Safer Together.

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.



December 2, 2016

YorkU Draft Sexual Violence Policy for Community Review

To members of the York Community:

The Sexual Violence Policy Working Group has continued to develop the draft Sexual Violence Policy since communicating with the York community on November 21st.   Throughout November, representatives of the Working Group have held direct consultations with 35 campus groups, including two public consultations – one at Keele and  one at Glendon (the complete list of the consultations is available here), representing over 60 hours of consultations.  We have incorporated many of our community’s suggestions and recommendations into our current draft policy, which we are pleased to share with you today.  It is our hope that you will take the time to read the draft policy and provide feedback December 9, 2016.  The draft Policy is available at the following link:

Draft Sexual Violence Policy - December 2 2016

There are two modes are available for you to provide feedback on this important issue. First, for those who would like to make a confidential submission, you can do so by going to one of the following links:

For English: http://tinyurl.com/grqe7a3

For French: http://tinyurl.com/zg6ls68

For those who would like to engage directly with members of the Working Group, we will be hosting a drop-in consultation next Wednesday, December 7, 2016 between 1:00 and 5:00pm in Founders College Senior Common Room (305 Founders College).   ASL interpreters will be available throughout the afternoon.

While the Working Group is widely representative of the community, with over 20 members, half of whom represent student organizations, it is still important that as many people as possible take the chance to voice their comments, questions, and suggestions. Your recommendations and comments will help form the final draft of the policy which will be presented to the Board of Governors for approval in two weeks.  In January, the formal release of York’s new Sexual Violence Policy will be accompanied by a number of key commitments to ensure effective implementation of the policy.

To ensure we meet community expectations shared during our consultations, a key commitment the University is making today concerns the Sexual Violence Response Office, which is currently a part of Office for Student Community Relations (OSCR). Over the next several months the University will be transitioning the Response Office to a stand alone office, with increased staff to meet the needs of our community. While the Response Office will maintain operational connections with OSCR, it will have its own location and governance structure.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Rob Castle, Chair

On behalf of the Sexual Violence Policy Working Group

November 21, 2016

Public Consultations on YorkU Sexual Violence Policy

Throughout the fall term, the Sexual Violence Policy Working Group at York University is consulting with constituent groups across the University community to obtain their input on the draft policy and related processes and supports.

Two open forums are planned for this week to receive feedback from the Keele and Glendon campus communities. The dates are:

  • Keele Open Consultation – Wednesday, November 23 @ 12 pm in Founders Assembly Hall, 152 Founders College
  • Glendon Open Consultation – Thursday,  November 24 @ 1pm in BMO Conference Centre, Glendon Hall.

In December, the working group will consolidate the community input and revise the draft Sexual Violence Policy for approval by the Board of Governors. Once approved, training for the University community will follow in 2017.

For those who cannot attend or for those who would like to make a confidential submission, they can do so by going to:

English Machform - https://machform.apps01.yorku.ca/machform/view.php?id=217866

French Machform - https://machform.apps01.yorku.ca/machform/view.php?id=222718

For more information, see the September 20 issue of YFile.

We look forward to seeing you at the consultations.


Sexual Violence Policy Working Group

November 18, 2016

Message forwarded on behalf of Samina Sami, Executive Director, Community Safety.

Recent reports of increased acts of intolerance and hate across North America can serve as a reminder to our community to continue to practice respect and tolerance. Our core values stand in stark contrast to statements or acts that malign individuals or groups or attempt to marginalize members of our community.

York University is committed to upholding and promoting the values of respect, equity, diversity and inclusion across our campuses. Hate propaganda causes harm to individuals and to society as a whole.

We therefore are deeply disturbed by reports that posters promoting intolerance have been sighted on our campus. The University has strict policies regarding posting of materials on campus and these policies are being enforced. The offensive posters have been removed where found. The Community Safety Department has reached out to the Toronto Police Service and has made them aware of this occurrence. Community Safety is also contacting the organizations responsible for the posters to require that they cease and desist their use of University property.

York University expects all community members to actively engage in our shared responsibility to protect the dignity and human rights of all individuals. We have zero tolerance for hate – and there is no place for it in our community.

Please report any instances of hate to the Community Safety team at 416-650-8000 or for urgent matters at 416 -736-5333.

Safer Together

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 safety@yorku.ca.

Gary Brewer
Vice-President Finance and Administration

Samina Sami
Executive Director, Community Safety