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.


October 30, 2017

York University readies its opioid action plan

Fentanyl action poster

Startling blue and white posters highlighting what to do if you suspect someone is experiencing an opioid overdose or exposure to the drugs are being posted this week in communal areas of York University’s Keele and Glendon campuses.

The posters are part of a comprehensive effort by York University’s Health Education & Promotion team and the Community Safety Department to raise awareness on campus about the dangers associated with fentanyl and other opioids. More than 100 university staff members have received training to date on opioid and fentanyl awareness, including Residence Life staff and dons.

As part of this pan-University effort, Community Safety security staff have received training from Toronto Public Health on how to administer Naloxone in a nasal spray called Narcan. Naloxone is a temporary, quick-acting antidote that can be administered if an opioid overdose is suspected. Community Safety security staff have also been trained on how to supply supportive medical care to affected individuals by administering oxygen and emergency first aid.

Samina Sami

“We take the safety and well being of our community with the utmost priority,” said Samina Sami, executive director, Community Safety. “Responding to public health concerns such as opioids is an example of our commitment to the York community.”

The University has purchased 10 Narcan kits that will be stored in emergency first-aid bags. In addition to one Narcan intranasal single dose application, each first-aid bag contains oxygen, an automated external defibrillator (AED) and medical supplies to support mitigating emergency needs. All Community Safety security staff have been trained to a health-care provider level that is equal to a fire fighter’s level of medical response. The first-aid bags are stored at key locations across the University’s campuses.

Sami notes that York University has not recorded any cases of an opioid overdose and the actions are part of a national effort of readiness and best practice.

In the case of a report of a suspected opioid overdose, call 911 and then call York University’s Security Services at 416-736-5333. Then start rescue breathing or CPR. York’s Community Safety security staff may be the first responders available to administer Narcan. They are trained to administer supportive medical aid until emergency personnel arrive for transport to the hospital. Sami notes that administering Narcan is only the first step in counteracting the deadly effects of the drug as it has a threshold of effectiveness, which means emergency hospital care is required.

“Narcan is much more than just simple application,” said Sami. “It is recognizing the signs, symptoms and supportive evidence with superior quality of care during application and after.”

The fentanyl crisis, which has an impact on many Canadians every day, continues to escalate worldwide and is a major public health concern. Now, with greater frequency, the deadly opioid known as fentanyl is being discovered in a variety of street drugs, including ecstasy (MDMA), cocaine and heroin. It is also being found in bootleg prescription drugs, such as counterfeit Percocet. Accidental death from fentanyl overdose was declared a public health crisis in Canada in September 2015.

For information on the Government of Canada’s national strategy to address the opioid crisis, visit canada.ca/en/services/health/campaigns/drug-prevention.html.

October 23, 2017

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

On Monday, October 23, 2017, the Community Safety department responded to a report of hate based graffiti containing threatening messaging.  This was found in a washroom at York Hall, Glendon College.   Upon receipt of this report, the Community Safety department responded immediately and a focused evacuation order was issued. An investigation was commenced and an all clear was issued by Toronto Police Service a short time later. We will be working with the Toronto Police Service in their ongoing investigation into this criminal matter.  Expressions of hate are taken very seriously and will not be tolerated. Community members are asked to immediately contact the Community Safety department at any time that they become aware of graffiti, threatening messages or any other types of occurrences that condone or promote hate on campus.  Anyone who may have information about this occurrence is asked to contact the Community Safety department at 416-650-8000 or extension 58000, or contact the Toronto Police Service at 416-808-2222.

October 22, 2017

Toronto Police Service News Release

Public Safety Alert,
Street Robberies,
Finch Avenue West and Sentinel Road area,
Update, two men arrested

Broadcast time: 10:04
Sunday, October 22, 2017

31 Division

Case #: 2017-1851732

The Toronto Police would like to make the public aware of two arrests made in an investigation into a series of Street Robberies, in the Finch Avenue West and Sentinel Road area.

See previous release.

During the late evening hours of Friday, October 20, 2017, Philip Okeugo, 20, of Toronto, was arrested. He has been charged with:

1) Robbery with violence

On the same evening, Betu Kalala, 21, of Toronto, was also arrested. He has been charged with:

1) two counts of Possession of Property Obtained by crime
2) two counts of Robbery with Violence
3) Robbery with a Weapon
4) Utter Threat

Both were scheduled to appear in court on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Old City Hall, at 10 a.m.

Investigators believe there are still outstanding person(s) involved in the Street Robberies.

Police are reminding the public to remain vigilant.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.


October 11, 2017

York U's Community Safety Department Issues a Fall Safety Message

Carol McAulay, Vice-President, Finance & Administration, and Samina Sami, Executive Director, Community Safety, issue the following message to the York University community:

As the fall semester gets underway, York University’s Community Safety Department would like to take this opportunity to extend greetings to all students, faculty, staff and other community members. Some of you are experiencing York University for the first time and many others are returning.

At the Community Safety Department, our mission is to ensure that York University continues to be a safe and welcoming place to live, work and study. We approach campus safety through a community-centric, holistic and intersectional lens, where everyone plays a role in safety and where your contributions and initiatives play a vital role in promoting safety.

When we promote a culture of safety, it means we are all partners in safety.

And we are here to help in both preventing and responding to safety incidents whenever and wherever we are needed.

The Community Safety Department provides 24 hours/365 day services. Our staff are extensively trained and are here to help community members with their safety needs. You may experience a health emergency or you may need safe escorts in the evening to get around campus by calling upon goSAFE. Perhaps you require safety planning for campus events or personal safety tips. Whatever your safety need, we are here to help.

Our services include diverse channels to communicate with you regarding safety incidents or events, including our website, emails and LCD screens. You can in turn reach us by contacting York Security Services by phone at 416-736-5333 (ext. 33333) for urgent matters and 416-650-8000 (ext. 58000) for general inquiries. There are also emergency phones located across our campuses which will connect you with security, in the event you have an immediate need.

We encourage everyone to download the York Safety App. It is a great tool to connect you to services, including York Security Services, goSAFE and safety notifications. We also encourage you to check out the Community Safety Department’s website www.yorku.ca/safety for more information about the full package of safety services available.

This year, we are looking forward excitedly to the opening of the new subway stations at York University’s Keele campus. There has been a lot of work done to prepare for the opening of the stations. We have been enhancing perimeter access control at the Keele campus and we have convened a working group with the TTC, Toronto Police and York Regional Police to ensure we are coordinated when responding to incidents and emergencies. In addition, the TTC will be leading a subway test emergency exercise on Oct. 25. As part of the exercise, there will be fire trucks ambulances, police, and emergency messages but please know that this is only a test. There will be alerts sent out in advance to advise the community.

The subway station openings are one of many initiatives taking place on our campuses this year. Last year, we undertook a pan-University consultation process to build a community-driven vision and strategy for safety at York University. We have completed more than 70 consultations across the Keele and Glendon campuses and the strategy will be launched this year. We will advise you of the date of the launch. This is your strategy and we hope to see you there.

We have also worked closely with the Glendon campus community to enhance safety investments and supports. We embarked on this process by joining with Glendon community members this spring on a safety walkabout to identify priorities. We have been actively working together on these priorities over the summer and they are being rolled out this year. You will receive further details of the progress from Glendon.

Our department approaches safety from an inclusive, social safety lens. We are united with the York University community in ensuring that our campuses are welcoming to all, and that the University’s core values of diversity, equity and inclusion are upheld. We are proud to join the York community in taking strong action in response to any issues of intolerance, harassment and hate. We also recognize that we have a great community where so many of you have played a role in contributing to safety. We continue to welcome your thoughts and suggestions so please feel free to send us an email at Safety@YorkU.ca.