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.


March 28, 2018

York Security Bulletin - Robbery

Please be advised that York Security received a report of a robbery incident at the Keele campus on Sunday March 11, 2018.  A community member reported being robbed by a male suspect armed with a handgun while in the basement area of the Lassonde Building. The suspect was seen running from the area northbound. No injuries were reported. Toronto Police Service were called and are actively investigating this occurrence. York Security is assisting Toronto Police in their investigation. The suspect is described as male, very tall, slim build, 180lbs. wearing a mask over his face, black jacket, black pants, and a plaid backpack.

York Security is paying special attention to these areas and is appreciative of any information that may prove useful in the apprehension of the suspect(s) involved. If you have any questions, always feel free to call us at (416) 650-8000 or ext. 58000 or drop by the 24-7 Community Safety Office. We are here to serve our community and thank you for your support and shared commitment to safety.

Security Bulletins

Security Bulletins are issued with regard to incidents that occur on York University property when:

  • a serious incident has occurred and there is a risk of recurrence; and/or
  • there is a pattern of recurring, but less serious incidents (such as thefts or robberies); and/or
  • a Security or Police investigation will be assisted by bringing forward witnesses and information.

​When an incident represents an immediate threat to the physical safety of persons at the University, there would be an immediate communication to all or to the affected parts of the University following the protocols outlined in York’s Emergency Plan and related procedures, employing the push notification on the Mobile Safety App, the LCD screens, and the emergency PA system.

(416) 736-5333 or ext. 33333
Toronto Police Services,
Ambulance or Toronto Fire Dept.
911Security TTY (for hearing impaired)
(416) 736-5470 or ext. 55470

(416) 650-8000 or ext. 58000

Crime Prevention
(416) 736-5931 or ext. 55931

(416) 736-5361 or ext. 55361

Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion
(416) 736-5682 or ext. 55682

Centre for Human Rights TTY (for hearing impaired)
(416) 650-4823Office of the Ombudsperson

Counselling & Disability Services
(416) 736-5297 or ext. 55297

Office of Student Community Relations
(416) 736-5231 or ext. 55231

Crime Stoppers
(416) 222-8477

Toronto Police Services
(416) 808-2222

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.