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August 13, 2018

Error in Digital Messaging Screens

Please be advised that an alert was posted today on the digital messaging screens in some buildings indicating that a lockdown was taking place at the new student centre.  This alert was due to an equipment malfunction.  There was no lockdown,  and repairs are underway to address the malfunction.


August 13, 2018

Power Restored at Keele Campus

Please be advised that electrical power has been restored to all buildings affected by the emergency switching earlier today.


August 13, 2018

Controlled Power Outage at Keele Campus

Controlled campus-wide power outages will take place today between noon -2:00pm. Some building may be affected for up to two hours.


August 8, 2018

Power Restored at Keele Campus

Power was restored to all buildings on Keele Campus at about 4:45 AM thanks to the efforts of staff from Campus Services and Business Operations (CSBO) and Toronto Hydro who worked through the night.


August 7, 2018

Power Outage at Keele Campus

Several parts of the Keele Campus are without power. Staff are working to restore power as quickly as possible.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.


 York Security Bulletin - Robbery

June 22, 2018

Toronto Police Service has advised York Security that they received a report of a robbery that took place at Keele campus on Thursday, June 21st at approximately 11:30 pm.

The victim is a non-community member who was robbed by a male suspect while walking eastbound through the Founders East parking lot. The victim sustained minor injuries. No weapons were involved.

The suspect was seen fleeing southbound.

York Security is assisting Toronto Police Service in their investigation, and is paying special attention to this area.

Any information that may prove useful in the apprehension of the suspect would be much appreciated.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Toronto Police Service directly at (416) 808-2222 or York Security at (416) 650-8000 or ext. 58000.

If you have any questions, always feel free to call us at 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.

URGENT INCIDENTS - KEELE & GLENDON CAMPUSES
(416) 736-5333 or ext. 33333
Toronto Police Services,
Ambulance or Toronto Fire Dept.
911

Security TTY (for hearing impaired)
(416) 736-5470 or ext. 55470

GENERAL SECURITY INFORMATION
KEELE & GLENDON CAMPUSES
(416) 650-8000 or ext. 58000

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

Investigations
(416) 736-5361 or ext. 55361

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

Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion TTY (for hearing impaired)
(416) 650-4823

Office of the Ombudsperson
ombuds@yorku.ca
Counselling & Disability Services
(416) 736-5297 or ext. 55297

Community Support and Services
(416) 736-5231 or ext. 55231

Crime Stoppers
(416) 222-8477
www.222tips.com

Toronto Police Services
(NON-EMERGENCY #)
(416) 808-2222




Flags at Half-Mast in Memory of Zabia Afzal

June 21, 2018

Message from the Office of the President

Please be advised that the flags on both the Keele and Glendon campuses will be flying at half-mast from 5:00pm on June 20 until 5:00pm on June 21 in memory of Zabia Afzal, a PhD student in our Faculty of Health and Faculty of Graduate Studies.

The York University community is deeply saddened to learn of Zabia’s passing, and we extend our heartfelt condolences to her family, friends & colleagues.

A number of services are available to support members of the York University community at this difficult time:

  • For faculty and staff in need of support, please call the Employee and Family Assistance Program toll-free 24 hours a day, seven days a week for immediate, confidential help at 1-800-268-5211; TTY Service is available at 1-800-363-6270.
  • The Student Counselling & Development office offers personal counselling services to all York students. Visit them in Room N110, Bennett Centre for Student Services, call 416-736-5297, or visit http://counselling.students.yorku.ca/for more information.
  • GradConnect Wellness Services offers a Wellness Consultation service for graduate students. To book an appointment, visit the online scheduler at http://wellnessconsultation.gradstudies.yorku.ca or email the Manager, Graduate Student Wellness Services at sirwinga@yorku.ca.
  • For support any time of day, please call the Good2Talk post-secondary student helpline, available 24/7, at 1-866-925-5454.

Community Safety Alert – Missing Person - York Community Member

May 12, 2018

York Regional Police is seeking public assistance in locating a 30-year-old woman missing from the City of Vaughan.

Zabia AFZAL was last seen on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at approximately 9:40 a.m. in the area of Highway 400 and Major Mackenzie Drive West. Please follow the link below to access the York Regional Police media website for a description and further information.

If you have any information that may assist please contact local police 1-866-876-5423 ext. 7441 or York University Security at 416-736-5333.

https://www.yrp.ca/en/Modules/News/index.aspx?newsId=3bc861ea-906d-4801-9dc7-d26529a46197


April 15, 2018

RESUMPTION OF UNIVERSITY OPERATIONS

The freezing rain of earlier today has transitioned to rain showers. The University will resume normal operations as of 11:00pm tonight, Sunday, 15 April 2018. Staff scheduled to work tonight should report for duty as normal.All exams scheduled for tomorrow, Monday, 16 April 2018 will proceed as scheduled.

The University would like to thank the entire community for its patience and understanding during this weather emergency, especially our students who had exams scheduled this weekend. Students will be notified as soon as possible with respect to the timing of rescheduled exams.

While normal operations are resuming, members of the community are reminded to continue to take safety into consideration, allowing extra time to travel to and from campus.


April 15, 2018

Continued Suspension of University Operations

The Environment Canada weather alert warning of freezing rain and ice pellets continues into Sunday, warning of more significant freezing rain throughout the day, followed by intense rain storms.

Due to the ongoing higher than acceptable risk of slips and falls due to road and walkway conditions, the suspension of University operations continues today, Sunday, 15 April 2018.  Exams scheduled for this afternoon at 2:00pm and tonight at 7:00pm will be postponed.  Students will be advised accordingly.

As the storm progresses, the University encourages all members of the community to be safe as possible.


April 14, 2018

University Operations Suspended -Weather Emergency

Environment Canada has issued a weather alert warning of freezing rain and rain pellets throughout Saturday.  Due to the higher than acceptable possibility of slips and falls due to road and walkway conditions that are likely to materialize through the course of this morning, the University is enacting Weather Emergency Procedures and suspending normal University operations today, effective immediately.  Any exams affected by the suspension will be rescheduled.  Students will be advised of accordingly.


April 14, 2018

Weather Watch

The University has initiated a Weather Watch. All currently scheduled exams and activities are proceeding, but the University continues to monitor the weather closely. If the University decides to suspend operations, we will endeavor to give as much lead time as possible before a scheduled exam. Community members are advised when traveling to and from campus to do so as safely as possible.


April 13, 2018

Weather Watch

Please be advised that as of 04:00pm. Friday April 13, 2018, the University has initiated a Weather Watch.  The weather will be monitored through the afternoon and early evening. Should University Weather Emergency Procedures be adopted, this message will be updated immediately.


April 3, 2018

A Message from President Lenton and Principal Ipperciel on Recent Acts of Vandalism at Glendon

We strongly condemn the recent acts of vandalism on the picket line equipment at our Glendon Campus, and are particularly troubled by disturbing fascist graffiti and personal threats against CUPE colleagues. Upon learning of the incidents, York’s Security Services immediately notified the Toronto Police Service and are monitoring the area and assisting TPS in their investigation.

These are acts of hatred and divisiveness that have no place on our Glendon Campus or anywhere in a civilized society. CUPE colleagues have the right to picket and express their views, as others have the right to express opposing opinions in a civil manner consistent with the rules of justice, respect and decency. We would like to take this opportunity to reaffirm our values of inclusion, diversity and equity, and we urge all community members to be vigilant and to continue to make our campuses and our University a welcoming and supportive environment for all, regardless of views and backgrounds.

Rhonda L. Lenton
President & Vice-Chancellor

Donald Ipperciel
Principal, Glendon Campus

Un message de la présidente Lenton et du principal Ipperciel sur les actes récents de vandalisme au Campus Glendon

Un message de la présidente Lenton et du principal Ippercielsur les actes récents de vandalisme au Campus GlendonNous condamnons fermement les actes de vandalisme perpétrés récemment contre le matériel de piquetage à Glendon et sommes particulièrement troublés par les graffitis fascistes et les menaces personnelles à l’endroit de collègues du SCFP. Après avoir pris connaissance des incidents, les services de sécurité de York ont immédiatement avisé le service de police de Toronto. Les services de sécurité surveillent la zone et appuient la police de Toronto dans son enquête.

Il s’agit d’actes de haine et de division qui n'ont pas leur place sur le campus de Glendon ou ailleurs dans une société civilisée. Les collègues du SCFP ont le droit de manifester et d'exprimer leur point de vue, tout comme d'autres ont le droit d'exprimer des opinions contraires d'une manière civile et conforme aux règles de justice, de respect et de décence. Nous aimerions profiter de cette occasion pour réaffirmer nos valeurs d'inclusion, de diversité et d'équité, et nous exhortons tous les membres de la communauté à être vigilants et à continuer à faire de nos campus et de notre université un environnement accueillant et convivial pour tous.

Rhonda L. Lenton
Président et vice-chancelière

Donald Ipperciel
Principal, Campus Glendon


March 26, 2018

Strike Update: York University does not condone any form of violence

York University does not condone any form of violence. Our Campus Safety personnel are well trained in handling all types of situations on a non-physical basis. Their first and foremost responsibility is to ensure the safety of all members of the York community.

At York’s Senate meeting last Thursday security officials were on hand to manage crowds due to Fire Code regulations and to ensure safe entry of all Senators to the Senate Chamber. The entrance area is small and was extremely over crowded in clear violation of the Code, with much pushing and shoving as non-Senators tried to force their way into the Chamber. We are aware of CUPE 3903's allegation that a Senator was physically restrained as he tried to enter. We take this allegation very seriously and will investigate fully.

It is important to note that seven of York's security officials sustained injuries as a result of the crowds pushing them, as they were facilitating safe entry of all Senators and preventing non-Senators from pushing. These officials are members of  CUPE 1356-1 and respect their relationship with CUPE 3903.

We are deeply troubled by this event and the University has begun a full investigation of the incident, which will include reviewing video footage and interviews. Anyone with information is requested to contact 416-736-5361.


March 21, 2018

Please See Safety Alert Issued By York University Via Twitter

.@TPSOperations have issued a bulletin abt a sexual assault near York’s Keele campus. Security surveillance & patrols have been increased. Anyone w info should contact TPS: 416-808-7474 or 416-222-TIPS. http://bit.ly/2puzRwY


March 13, 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.

URGENT INCIDENTS - KEELE & GLENDON CAMPUSES
(416) 736-5333 or ext. 33333
Toronto Police Services,
Ambulance or Toronto Fire Dept.
911

Security TTY(for hearing impaired)
(416) 736-5470 or ext. 55470

GENERAL SECURITY INFORMATION
KEELE & GLENDON CAMPUSES
(416) 650-8000 or ext. 58000

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

Investigations
(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) 650-4823

Office of the Ombudsperson
ombuds@yorku.ca
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
www.222tips.com

Toronto Police Services
(NON-EMERGENCY #)
(416) 808-2222



February 12, 2018

York Security Bulletin - Individual Trespassed

York University always strives to foster a culture of safety on our campuses.

A cornerstone of our efforts has been a commitment to a variety of transparent communications with respect to incidents that occur on our campuses.

As a safety measure, we have recently had to impose a trespass ban for a non-community member who poses a safety risk to our Keele campus community. This was in response to concerns received from individuals and businesses about harassing behaviour and actions.

Since, this individual has repeatedly come to our Keele Campus requiring Toronto Police Service to attend campus to safely enforce the trespass ban. This action was not taken lightly; however, it was required to enforce the university's trespass policy and building codes.

The individual is described as: male, 38 years of age, 6' tall, medium build, usually wears all black clothing and carries a knapsack. He has been known to carry small, self-made, edged weapons and frequents the Student Centre and York Lanes. If you see this individual, we encourage you to contact York Security.

Some recent social media posts claim the individual was removed “for being homeless”. This is not the case. Individuals are only removed from campus when the safety of our community is compromised.

York Security continues to monitor the situation closely and appreciates community members who report safety incidents to us.

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.

URGENT INCIDENTS - KEELE & GLENDON CAMPUSES
(416) 736-5333 or ext. 33333
Toronto Police Services,
Ambulance,or Toronto Fire Dept. 911Security TTY (for hearing impaired)
(416) 736-5470 or ext. 55470GENERAL SECURITY INFORMATION
KEELE & GLENDON CAMPUSES
(416) 650-8000 or ext. 58000Crime Prevention
(416) 736-5931 or ext. 55931Investigations
(416) 736-5361 or ext. 55361Centre 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
ombuds@yorku.caCounselling & Disability Services
(416) 736-5297 or ext. 55297Office of Student Community Relations
(416) 736-5231 or ext. 55231Crime Stoppers
(416) 222-8477
www.222tips.comToronto Police Services
(NON-EMERGENCY #)
(416) 808-2222
http://www.yorku.ca/security

 


January 22, 2018

Safety Update

In light of the recent internet “Tide PODS challenge”, the University would like to emphasize that laundry pacs are not made to be eaten. All detergent can be toxic; ingesting even a small amount can lead to serious health implications. If detergent makes its way into the bloodstream and organs, the effects could be fatal.

For your safety and the safety of others, we urge you to not participate or condone this activity.

If you or someone you know ingests Tide PODS, call 911 and then call York University’s Security Services at 416-736-5333.


January 12, 2018

Weather Watch

As of 4:30pm the weather watch is cancelled.


January 12, 2018

Weather Watch

Please be advised that as of 11:00am. Friday January 12, 2018, the University has initiated a Weather Watch.  The weather will be monitored through the afternoon and early evening. Should University Weather Emergency Procedures be adopted, this message will be updated immediately.


December 22, 2017

Weather Watch Update

As of 5 pm the weather watch is cancelled.


December 22, 2017

Weather Watch Update

As of 5:30am. Friday December 22, 2017 the university remains open. All exams will proceed as scheduled. All members of the community are advised to travel safely and to allow extra time for their commute this morning.


December 21, 2017

Weather Watch

Please be advised that as of 4:00pm. Thursday December 21, 2017, the University has initiated a Weather Watch.  The weather will be monitored through the evening and a decision will be made by 5:30am with respect to daytime operations. Should University Weather Emergency Procedures be adopted, this message will be updated immediately.


December 19, 2017

Power Outage at Keele Campus

Several parts of the Keele Campus are without power. Staff are working to restore power as quickly as possible.

The following buildings have been affected by the power outage:

  • Petrie Science and Engineering
  • West Office Building
  • Farquharson Life Sciences
  • Steacie Library
  • Stong College and Residence
  • Bethune College
  • Bethune Residence
  • Chemistry Building
  • Life Sciences Building
  • Tait Mckenzie Centre
  • Founders College and Residence
  • Vanier College and Residence
  • Kinsmen
  • Lumbers
  • Calumet College and Residence
  • Maclaughlin College and Residence
  • Tatham Residence
  • Lassonde
  • Sherman Health Science Research Centre
  • Physical Resources Building
  • CMIC
  • Central Utilities Building

More information will be provided as it becomes available.


December 12, 2017

Weather Watch Update

The University remains open. All exams will proceed as scheduled. The weather watch has been lifted.


December 11, 2017

Weather Watch

A Weather Watch has been initiated as of 5pm.  The weather will be monitored through the night.   A decision with respect to university operations on Tuesday, 12 December will be made by 5:30am.


December 7, 2017

Message from Community Safety Department 

On December 7th,  Toronto Police Service apprehended a non-community member at the Student Centre.  No injuries were reported. The individual had been previously issued trespass notice and is not permitted on York’s campuses. The circumstances at the Student Centre yesterday met a threshold for safety risk and this is why Toronto Police intervention was required.

Please be assured that trespass orders are not issued at any time on the basis of income status, race or other identities. York Security only intervenes in response to calls for service and safety incidents. We support inclusive, open and safe campuses for the public.  Members of the general public are welcomed and encouraged to visit and enjoy our campuses provided that they do not pose a threat to the safety of any members of the York community.


November 22, 2017

Message from Samina Sami, Executive Director, Community Safety Department

Update - Graffiti at Keele Campus

Last month, the Community Safety Department received several reports of offensive graffiti at different locations on the Keele campus.

This graffiti was documented and immediately removed, and an investigation was launched by our security staff who worked with Toronto Police Service (TPS) to identify the perpetrator.

A suspect (non-community member) has been apprehended by TPS for similar incidents off campus, and our staff have positively identified this suspect as the person responsible for some of the Keele incidents.  As a result, the suspect has been trespassed from our university campuses. We continue to actively investigate other cases of graffiti and incidents on our campuses.

When public spaces are not respected, our sense of safety is undermined. We would therefore like to take this opportunity to thank the community members who promptly reported the graffiti to us.

Any incidents of vandalism can be reported to the Community Safety Department’s security staff by calling 416-736-5333 (or extension 33333 from a York phone).


October 30, 2017

York University readies its opioid action plan

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.

Fentanyl action poster

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

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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
416-808-3100

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 10, 2017

York U Fall Community Safety Message

As the fall semester gets underway, York’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 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'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 October 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. We have completed over 70 consultations across both 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 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 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.

Sincerely,

Carol McAulay

Vice-President, Finance & Administration

Samina Sami

Executive Director, Community Safety


August 2, 2017

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

York University 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.

Earlier today, we were notified that an individual was found in the Student Centre without vital signs. York Community Safety reported this to Toronto Ambulance and Toronto Police Service immediately, and both attended the scene.

We have received confirmation that the individual is deceased. At this time, we are able to confirm that the individual is not a York student and there is no risk to public safety.

If you are a York community member and you have concerns or need support, please find some helpful contacts below:

· York Security, 416-650-8000 or ext. 58000
· Good2Talk 24hr Student Crisis Line, 1-866-925-5454
· Full list of Safety Contacts for Students
· Link to Support Services for community members

We will share additional information with community members as it becomes available.


March 31, 2017

Security Bulletin Update - Arrest Made In Sexual Assault

Toronto Police Service (TPS) have made an arrest in the sexual assault investigation  reported in the Security Bulletin of 28 March 2017 at Accolade West Colonnade.

Through active ongoing co-operation between the Department of Community Safety and the Toronto Police Service, the accused has been charged with four counts of Sexual Assault.  Following the release of the 28 March Bulletin, other incidents were reported by community members, resulting in multiple charges.
The Community Safety Department wishes to thank the community for their significant assistance in this investigation.

For more information on this case, please see the Toronto Police News Release.

Should you have any information about this or any incident you are asked to contact Toronto Police Service directly at 416.808.2222 or York Security at 416-736-5333.

Please refer to the York Security Website for more information or further updates.

For safety related information, please see York Safety Website.


March 22, 2017

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

Toronto Police and York Security responded to a graffiti based bomb threat located in a Centre of Excellence washroom at Glendon. As a result York Hall and the Centre of Excellence were evacuated by Toronto Police as a precaution.

Please be advised that TPS have cleared the area and deemed it safe to repopulate.  All clear has been given.


March 21, 2017

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

Toronto Police and York Security responded to a graffiti based bomb threat located in a Centre of Excellence washroom at Glendon. As a result York Hall and the Centre of Excellence was evacuated by Toronto Police as a precaution.

Please be advised that TPS have cleared the area and deemed it safe to repopulate. All clear.


March 20, 2017

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

Toronto Police and York Security have responded to a graffiti based bomb threat located in a Centre of Excellence washroom at Glendon. As a result York Hall and the Centre of Excellence was evacuated by Toronto Police as a precaution.

Please be advised that the area has been cleared by TPS and all safe. The area is repopulated.


March 15, 2017

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

On March 15, 2017, the Community Safety department received a report that graffiti containing anti-Black and anti-Semitic threatening messages were again found on a washroom wall at York Hall, Glendon College. We take this incident very seriously and Toronto Police Service is investigating.

Hate graffiti and defacement of university property will not be tolerated and there is no place for it in our community. Additional security measures are being put into place. Anyone who may have information about this occurrence is asked to contact the Community Safety department at 416-650-8000 extension 58000 or contact Toronto Police Service.


March 14, 2017

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

The Community Safety department received a report today that on March 7, 2017 graffiti containing an anti-Black threatening message was found on a washroom wall at York Hall, Glendon College. Upon receipt of this report, the Community Safety department responded immediately. Visible security patrols have been increased in the area and we will be working with the Toronto Police Service in their investigation. Expressions of hate and anti-Black racism are taken very seriously and will not be tolerated. Staff are reaching out to Black student organizations and others to offer support.

Community members are asked to immediately contact the Community Safety department at any time that they become aware of graffiti 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 extension 58000 or contact Toronto Police Service.


March 10, 2017

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

At approximately 9:00pm on March 9th, a threatening message was reported on a washroom wall at York Hall, Glendon. This is the same washroom stall as the incident of March 8th. Toronto Police Service was notified immediately and an investigation occurred. The area was searched and cleared. These incidents are taken seriously and the safety of our community is of the highest priority. Visible security patrols have been increased in the area. We are working closely with the police on the investigation.


March 9, 2017

Hate Graffiti Will Not Be Tolerated - Message on behalf of Samina Sami, Executive Director, Community Safety

There has been a report of anti-Semitic graffiti located in a washroom stall in York Hall, Glendon College. The graffiti is being removed. This hate graffiti and defacement of university property will not be tolerated - there is no place for it in our community. Hate graffiti causes harm to individuals and to society as a whole. It is contrary to our University's core values of respect, diversity. equity and inclusion. Staff are reaching out to Jewish student organizations and other groups on campus to offer support. The Community Safety Department has reached out to the Toronto Police Service and has made them aware of this occurrence. We are working closely with the police to ensure that our campus continues to be safe and welcoming for all.

Please report any instances of graffiti to the Community Safety team at 416 650-8000 or for urgent matters at 414 736-5333.


March 9, 2017

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

Late night of March 8, York Security responded to a report of a bomb threat message located in a Glendon College York Hall washroom. Toronto police were immediately notified and an evacuation of York Hall was ordered. A search was conducted with nothing found by early morning. The investigation into this incident continues.


March 1, 2017

We Stand Against All Forms of Hate - Message on behalf of Samina Sami, Executive Director, Community Safety

We stand against all forms of hate, and anti-Semitism is not tolerated on our campuses and does not reflect our value of inclusion.

On Monday, February 27, in the morning, swastika symbols and an anti-Semitic statement were found in a classroom, in the Liberal Arts and Professional Studies Faculty.

York Community Safety responded immediately to the report of the hate graffiti and reported it to the Toronto Police Service (TPS). The scene was secured and the areas that were defaced are being repaired. We will continue to work closely with TPS as the investigation unfolds.

We have been working proactively with Jewish students and other campus groups to support a safe and inclusive campus. The safety of our students, staff and faculty is taken seriously and we support a community where everyone can learn, work and live safely.

Anyone with information about this incident should please contact Toronto Police Services or York Security Services  416-650-8000.


December 14, 2016

York University Board Approves Sexual Violence Policy

At a Special Meeting this morning, the York University Board of Governors approved York’s new Sexual Violence Policy. The policy confirms the University’s longstanding commitment to foster a culture where attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate sexual violence are rejected, survivors are supported, and those who are found to have committed sexual violence are held accountable. Through this new policy, York commits to working collaboratively with our community to build effective training and education programs to address sexual violence and rape culture.

This policy, through its “Commitment and Statement of Principles,” recognizes the intersectional experiences of survivors and the barriers they face.  We are determined to break down those barriers wherever possible and we are committed to providing survivor-centric supports and services.

The policy is the culmination of many months of work undertaken by our Sexual Violence Policy Working Group. In the last several weeks, more than 35 consultations have been undertaken, with close to 600 members of our community participating, the vast majority of whom were our students. With candor and insights, members of our community helped to guide and shape the final document approved by the Board. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Working Group and all those members of our community who participated in this important process.

We also wish to acknowledge the leadership of the Province of Ontario for bringing sexual violence to the forefront of their agenda by requiring all post-secondary institutions to address this issue and to work collaboratively with their student communities to strengthen supports and procedures for survivors of sexual violence.

As a university community, we know that sexual violence is prevalent in society. We also recognize the important role that we and other universities and colleges can and must play in ensuring that sexual violence is understood by all members of our society as unacceptable.

The approval of York’s Sexual Violence Policy is an important milestone for our community. In January, the University will be providing the community with more information about how we intend to implement the policy, along with key institutional commitments stemming from our community consultations.

For more information about York's new policy, please click here.

Sincerely,

Rhonda Lenton, Vice-President Academic and Provost

Gary Brewer, Vice-President Finance and Administration


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.


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.

Sincerely,

Sexual Violence Policy Working Group


October 3, 2016

You're invited to the Grand Opening of the York University Community Safety Centre

As part of York University's Community Safety Week celebrations, the Community Safety Department cordially invites you to join them in celebrating the Grand Opening of the new Community Safety Centre and the 10th Anniversary of the goSAFE program on Tuesday, October, 2016.

Noon to 12:30 pm - Grand Opening and Speeches
Noon to 4:00 pm - Community BBQ, Guided Tours and Displays
Location: 228 William Small Centre-Keele Campus

To RSVP for the free BBQ, please register here.

For more information, please contact:  April Nietzschmann at apriln@yorku.ca  or  416-889-2235.

The full list of Community Safety Week events are listed below.

safety-week-2016


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, svro@yorku.ca) 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

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


July 22, 2016

Off Campus Fire at Factory

For your information, please note that there is a fire off campus at a factory near Keele and the 407. There is some residual smoke blowing towards campus but there are no concerns for safety.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact York Security Services at 416-650-8000.


July 14, 2016

Pokemon Go App and Risks for Personal Safety

Please be advised that the popular Pokemon Go App has some risks for personal safety. Accordingly, the Department of Community Safety is offering the York  community some safety tips, if playing this game:

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Be alert  and mindful of traffic
  • Do not drive, ride or operate any machinery while monitoring the App.
  • Be mindful of trespassing on private property or going into areas you are not familiar with
  • Consider playing with a friend or as a group
  • Be aware of the potential to be lured for robbery or other purposes

Have fun and stay safe!


June 14, 2016

We are united in our efforts to combat homophobia, transphobia and all forms of hate

The tragic mass shooting in Orlando, Florida has deeply impacted LGBT2SQIA+ communities around the world and all of us collectively.

The Department of Community Safety would like to assure our community that we are mobilized, proactive and engaged in support of our campus communities. Please reach out to us if you have any concerns about your safety.

For urgent matters, please contact Security Services at 416-736-5333 or ext. 33333. For emergencies, please contact 911. For non-urgent matters where you would wish to discuss safety support services, please contact the Director of Security Services Aldo Altomare at 416-736-5418.

For additional resources and support services available, please visit: safety.yorku.ca/resources


June 13, 2016

Statement from President Shoukri, Provost Lenton & Vice-President Brewer: We Stand With Orlando

Dear Members of the York University Community,

On behalf of all of us at York University, we offer our heartfelt support and sympathy to all those affected by Sunday's mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, the worst in U.S. history. As a university community resolutely committed to, and guided by, our values of inclusivity, respect and diversity, we condemn unequivocally this act of hatred and intolerance, and any attempt to divide us or to threaten our freedoms or our right to live without fear of discrimination, harassment or harm.

We acknowledge the collective response of first responders and bystanders, whose actions saved countless lives early Sunday morning, and our thoughts are with all those who were injured or who lost loved ones. Should you need support or wish to speak with someone, please contact York’s Counselling Services

We stand with the LGBTQ community in Orlando, on our campuses, and around the globe. As an expression of our collective support for and solidarity with all those impacted, the flags at our Keele and Glendon campuses have been lowered to half-mast.

Mamdouh Shoukri, President & Vice-Chancellor Vice-President

Rhonda Lenton, Academic & Provost

Gary Brewer, Vice-President Finance & Administration