In the spring of 2008, President Shoukri struck a University Safety Audit Committee to provide oversight to the audit, to help facilitate issues as they arise and to serve as a sounding board for observations and recommendations.
After conducting an open public bidding process, the University Safety Audit Committee has named the Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC) to conduct a third-party safety audit at York. The objective of the audit is to identify and improve York's environment, both physical and cultural, which strives for a climate of collaboration and support of personal safety needs for our community members.
METRAC conducted an independent third-party safety audit at York University. The goals of the York University Safety Audit were:
1. To facilitate a participatory and inclusive process in conducting a multi-disciplinary, integrated and holistic safety audit of its two main campuses and various satellite locations;
2. To recommend changes in the physical and cultural environment of York University, making it safer for users and leading to improvements in the short, medium and long term, while reducing the opportunities for multiple forms of violence and crime.
To meet the stated goals, METRAC conducted the York University Safety Audit project in phases:
- Background Research
- Collecting Personal Safety Data
- Final Comprehensive Report
For more than 25 years, METRAC has been a leader in facilitating safety for individuals and for institutions, university and college campuses, and workplaces across Canada. Their Campus Safety Audit Services provide assessments of various settings and make important recommendations to prevent and respond to multiple forms of violence. METRAC’s audit services examine all levels of an institution – the physical environment and features, policies and practices, services, and resources. The input of all users is integral to the audit process, incorporating the perspectives of those who are likely to feel more vulnerable to violence (e.g. women, children, seniors, people living with disabilities, faith communities, and people of diverse sexualities and genders).