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Personal Safety

Safety requires the participation of everyone on campus. There are many simple steps that you can take that can enhance your personal security and lead to a safer on-campus experience. Here are some examples of extra things that you can do to protect yourself:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Learn to trust your intuition. If you feel uncomfortable in a situation, leave.
  • If you are working on your own after hours, be sure that someone knows where you are, or if in residence, make sure your doors and windows are locked.
  • Keep a record of obscene phone calls or harassing behaviour, and report it to Security Services Immediately.  Do not delete harassing e-mails.
  • Take advantage of goSAFE to get you where you need to be safely - visit for more information about the program.
  • Report homophobic or racist behaviour, as well as any suspicious activity, crimes in progress and property damage to Security Services immediately.
  • Consider enrolling in a self defense class

What to Do in Case of a Robbery

  • Remain calm and obey the robbers commands
  • Hand over anything they ask for – your life is worth more than whatever you are carrying.
  • Take note of weapons and consider all firearms to be loaded
  • Do not try to set off any alarms, make any sudden moves, or otherwise anger the robber. Wait until they have left the area to call for help.
  • As soon as you can, call police, and then Security Services.
  • Wait to speak to a police officer or security personnel about the incident, and try to write down as much as you can recall about it.
  • If the robber touched anything, it may be useful for the investigation, so avoid touching or moving anything until you have informed police.

Robbery Prevention Tips:

  • Avoid counting cash where others can see you. Avoid making large withdrawals from the cash machine.
  • Avoid keeping large amounts of money on your person at any given time.
  • Call Security Services immediately if you feel threatened or unsafe, or to report any suspicious behaviour.
  • Find more information on the Toronto Police Services “Streetwise Fact Sheet”.

What to Do In Case of a Sexual Assault

  • In case of a sexual assault or physical attack, dial 911 immediately, and then contact Security Services.
  • Get to a safe place. This could be your room, a friend’s house, or any familiar, comfortable place. You may also want to consider calling the police.
  • Consider seeking support. Contact a relative, friend, faculty/staff member, peer advocate, or counselor. They can provide you with the support and care you may need. York’s Sexual Assault Survivors Support Line and Leadership (SASSL) is available 24 hrs/day (416-863-0511). The Assaulted Women’s Helpline also has a 24hrs/day crisis line. You can also find more information online at
  • Consider getting medical care. You may need to treat injuries that occurred during the assault. Even if you do not feel hurt, you may have experienced internal injuries (e.g. bruising, lacerations)
  • You can also find more resources at York's Sexual Assault Awareness and Resources page

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