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Be Safe

Together we make U of T a caring and supportive community, where everyone feels safe to learn, live and work. This means we look out for others who need help, and ask for help ourselves if we need it. You can learn more here about community safety.

 
Programs and Services
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two students talking
SafeTALK: Suicide Alertness for Everyone
The workshop is delivered by U of T staff and is part of a University-wide suicide prevention strategy.

The workshop is delivered by U of T staff and is part of a University-wide suicide prevention strategy. Through examples, discussion and practice, you will learn practical steps to help activate a suicide alert that connects people having thoughts of suicide with more specialized intervention care. All participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the training.

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Community Safety Office logo - line drawing of campus buildings in a sphere
Community Safety Office
Responding to students, staff, and faculty members of the University of Toronto community who have personal safety concerns.

The Community Safety Office offers support and assistance to the members of the university community on a short term basis.

  • The Community Safety Office is a tri-campus service
  • The Community Safety Office is a University of Toronto Equity Office
  • The Community Safety Office collects personal information in accordance with Ontario's Freedom of Information Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) and the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA)
The Student Experience
U of T guiding principles for sexual violence education and prevention
U of T guiding principles for sexual violence education and prevention

June 23, 2017: The University of Toronto releases its guiding principles for sexual violence education and prevention – and is taking steps to implement them. 

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Student sitting at a computer in a library
Online safety
Learn how and why to protect yourself online.

Get informed about how to safely use online resources, and where to go to get more information or find help if you feel that your safety or privacy is at risk.

safeTALK resource book
safeTALK resource book
safeTALK student training
Life @ U of T blogger Madelin reports on her experience at the "safeTALK: Suicide Alertness for Everyone" workshop.

"I want to know what to do if someone needs my help. In other words, if ever I encounter someone who is thinking or talking about harming themselves, I want to make sure I can respond appropriately and feel confident in doing so."

Healthy Habits
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students playing pool
Party Safely!
Drinking alcohol may be a common social activity, but you don’t have to drink to have fun!

Drinking alcohol may be a common social activity, but you don’t have to drink to have fun! In fact, many students choose drink moderately or not at all. If you do decide to drink, make sure to plan ahead, be aware of your surroundings, and know when and how to seek help if needed.

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i'll use your pronoun no big deal nbscampaign.ca
No Big Deal Campaign
What is the NBD Campaign?

The NBD Campaign is a positive and affirming response to the recent conflict around transgender peoples' pronouns, including gender-neutral ones like singular they/them and ze/hir (instead of she/her or he/him). 

Women doing self defence class
Women doing self defence class
Wen-Do women's self defense
Llearn simple, effective physical self-defence techniques

Wen-Do Women's Self Defence is a registered charity and the oldest women's self defence organization in Canada. 

In a Wen-Do course, you will:

  • learn simple, effective physical self-defence techniques
  • explore verbal self defence - reasoning, confronting, using surprise, and more...
  • discuss issues of violence against women and girls in a supportive setting
  • and share inspiring real-life stories of resistance!