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Resources, Programs & Services

General Programs & Resources

+ Campus Police

U of T St. George Police:  416-978-2222
U of T Mississauga Police:  905-569-4333
U of T Scarborough Police:  416-287-7333

Working in partnership with the community, the University Police are dedicated to creating a safe and secure environment. They provide programs on personal safety, protection of property, conflict resolution, maintenance of public order, community service and referral, emergency response assistance, crime prevention and detection, enforcement of the criminal code and selected provincial and municipal statutes and University policies.

+ Community Safety Office

Community Safety Office: 416-978-1485

Working in partnership with other university resources, the Community Safety Office responds to the personal safety concerns of members of the University of Toronto community. It is a tri-campus service, providing:

  • Support and assistance in cases of stalking, harassment, bullying, intimidation, threats, family or intimate-partner violence, sexual assault, workplace conflict and volatile behaviour or thoughts of suicide
  • Workplace safety consultations and support
  • Co-ordination of women’s self-defence programming
+ WalkSafer Programs

Students who feel uncomfortable walking alone between University buildings, parking lots and transit stops near campus, should contact the university police to organize a Walksafer escort. The service is free.

U of T St. George WalkSmart: 416-978-SAFE (7233)
U of T Mississauga WalkSafer: 905-607-SAFE (7233)
U of T Scarborough UTSC Patrol: 416-287-7022

+ 24-hour Crisis Resources Off Campus
In an emergency - call 911
  • Assaulted Women's Help line: 416-863-0511
  • Hostel Services, Central Intake: 416-397-5637
  • Ontario Victim Support Line: 416-314-2447
  • Peel Rape Crisis Centre: 905-273-9442
  • Toronto Rape Crisis line (also Multicultural Women Against Rape): 416-597-8808

Hospital Care

  • Downtown Women's College Hospital: 416-323-6040
  • Scarborough Grace Hospital: 416-494-2555
  • Mississauga Trillium Hospital: 905-848-7493
+ Mental Health

On Campus Health and Wellness Counselling

+ Environmental Health & Safety

Environmental Health & Safety: 416-978-4467

EHS ensures an environmentally responsible, safe and healthy work, research and study environment at the University of Toronto. EHS develops and implements innovative, practical and sustainable processes to manage hazards, including training and awareness, teaching, provision of expert advice, emergency response and assurance. Contact EHS if you have any questions or concerns relating to identifying risks.

+ Self Defence Programs

Community Safety Office: 416-978-1485

Attackers often avoid people who look secure, confident and strong. Students should plan to take a protective skills or self defence course where they can learn how to assert themselves in ways that will intimidate a would-be attacker. Workshops in women’s self-defence, including basic Wendo, Urban Defensive Tactics (for men and women) and Rape Aggression Defence, are offered on campus throughout the year.

+ Safety Abroad Program

The Safety Abroad Program offers advice and assistance to members of the University community travelling outside of Canada on University sponsored activities.  The Go Global Guide provides online information for international travel as well as information on travel aptitude, budgeting, passports, visas and other documents, packing, emergency contacts, culture shock, issues of diversity and re-entry.

+ Emergency Housing

Housing Services: 416-978-8045 ext. 0

The Student Housing Service is available to assist students who are experiencing a temporary housing crisis. If you do not have a place to stay for the night, and it is after hours, please contact Campus Police.

+ U of T Alert

The UTAlert service allows the University to quickly send important messages via telephone, email, and text. Alert complements other University communication channels such as websites and social media.

To learn more about this service and to update your contact information visit alert.utoronto.ca.

Do you need help with Sexual Assault & Harassment?

Use the menu below to find the resources and supports to help you.
+ The 'Understand Consent' Campaign

'Understand Consent' is a positive and pro-active sexual violence prevention campaign from the University of Toronto that educates students about the need for consent before sexual activity. This campaign starts the conversation about consent, and directs individuals to support, resources and more information at the University of Toronto. Note: Previously called the 'Ask First' Campaign.Demo Content

+ Assault Counselling

U of T Health Services

Health care professionals with specialized trauma informed training meet with students who have experienced physical assault, sexual violence and/or sexual harassment to understand their needs and offer appropriate care and/or referrals.

During University business hours, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

St. George Sexual Assault Helpline: 416-978-7800
UTM Health & Counselling Centre: 905-828-5255
UTSC Health & Wellness Centre: 416-287-7065

24-hour Crisis Resources Off Campus

  • Assaulted Women’s Help line: 416-863-0511
  • Hostel Services, Central Intake: 416-397-5637
  • Ontario Victim Support Line: 416-314-2447
  • Peel Rape Crisis Centre: 905-273-9442
  • Toronto Rape Crisis line (also Multicultural Women Against Rape): 416-597-8808

Hospital Care

  • Downtown Women’s College Hospital: 416-323-6040
  • Mississauga Trillium Hospital: 905-848-7493
  • The Scarborough Hospital (Birchmount Campus): 416-495-2400
+ Sexual Harassment

For information/assistance related to Sexual Harassment call: 416.978.3908

The Sexual Harassment Policy (PDF) covers all members of the University community – staff, students, and faculty. Sexual harassment is unwanted sexual attention or unwanted emphasis on your sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. It includes any unwelcome pressure for sexual favours, any comments, gestures or other conduct which places an offensive focus on the sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression of another person, and any gender-based conduct that is directed at you and that creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or learning environment for you.

+ Sexual Violence - Help for Students

Safety Needs

If you live in residence, the residence staff (dons and residence life staff, or dean) are available to assist.

If you do not live in residence or if you prefer not to disclose to residence staff you can seek assistance from:

Campus Police (24 hours)

  • St. George 416-978-2222
  • UTM 905-569-4333
  • UTSC 416-287-7333

Community Safety Office (Business hours)

  • All campuses 416-978-1485

If you would like to explore options regarding formal reports please see: Making a formal report and other available options

U of T Health Services

(during regular business hours)

St. George: 416-978-8030
UTM: 905-828-5255
UTSC: 416-287-7065

Medical Needs

You have the option of obtaining medical care after a sexual assault and can choose to have a Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit examination to preserve evidence from an assault, even if you are unsure if you want to contact the police or pursue an investigation. It is advised to obtain the examination as soon as possible following the incident.

Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres are located within a hospital and provide a team of nurses and doctors who are specially trained to care for people who have been sexually assaulted. There is a doctor and a nurse on call 24 hours a day to help individuals following a sexual assault. The Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres provide: medical treatment; documentation should you consider now or in the future to inform the police; safety planning and risk assessment; social work/counselling services; referrals to services in the community; cultural interpretation services; and, follow-up services.

Click here to find treatment centres in Ontario cities/towns

Downtown Toronto (St. George)

University of Toronto Sexual Assault Helpline:416-978-7800
Access to health care, counselling support and resources in the context of a sexual assault. Speak to a trained, registered clinician from the Health & Wellness Centre or leave a confidential voicemail and receive a response within the same business day.

Women's College Hospital: 76 Grenville Street, Toronto ON. The clinic is located on the first floor in the Acute Ambulatory Care Unit Room 1256.
Phone: 416-323-6040

All services are provided by registered nurses. The services include, but are not limited to:
Crisis support; Assessment and documentation and of injuries/ assault history; Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections; Emergency contraceptive options; Testing for drugs that may have been used to commit the assault; Assessment of risk and safety planning ; Referral to community resources. If the victim chooses to involve the police: the hospital will carefully collect and document the necessary evidence for release and analysis.

Mississauga (UTM)
The Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Services located at Trillium Health Centre:
100 Queensway West, Mississauga ON
Phone: 905-848-7493

Clients may access this 24-hour, 7-day a week service through the Emergency Department. A specially trained nurse provides one-on-one care including assessment, treatment, documentation of injuries (may include photographing), safety planning, emotional support and information concerning medical, legal and counselling options. This process takes place in the safety and security of a private unit separate from the Emergency Department.

Scarborough (UTSC)
The Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Care Centre (SA/DVCC) at The Scarborough Hospital (TSH):
3030 Birchmount Road, Scarborough, ON
Phone: 416-495-2555
TTY: 416-498-6739

Provides care that is offered 24 hours a day to men, women and transgendered individuals who have been sexually assaulted or experienced intimate partner violence.

+ Sexual Violence - Help for Staff & Faculty

Safety Needs

Staff and Faculty can seek assistance from:

Campus Police (24 hours)

  • St. George 416-978-2222
  • UTM 905-569-4333
  • UTSC 416-287-7333

 Community Safety Office (Business hours)

  • All Campuses 416-978-1485

Your HR office

If you would like to explore options regarding formal reports please see: Making a formal report and other available options

Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP)

The Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP) is available to employees of the University of Toronto who are eligible to participate in the University's group benefits program, and their dependents: spouses, partners (including same sex partners), and dependent children. The EFAP is available 24 hours, seven days a week, 365 days a year and offers confidential short-term counselling and online resources. 

Medical Needs

You have the option of obtaining medical care after a sexual assault and can choose to have a Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit examination to preserve evidence from an assault, even if you are unsure if you want to contact the police or pursue an investigation. It is advised to obtain the examination as soon as possible following the incident.

Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres are located within a hospital and provide a team of nurses and doctors who are specially trained to care for people who have been sexually assaulted. There is a doctor and a nurse on call 24 hours a day to help individuals following a sexual assault. The Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres provide: medical treatment; documentation should you consider now or in the future to inform the police; safety planning and risk assessment; social work/counselling services; referrals to services in the community; cultural interpretation services; and, follow-up services.

Click here to find treatment centres in Ontario cities/towns

Downtown Toronto (St. George)

Women's College Hospital: 76 Grenville Street, Toronto ON
The clinic is located on the first floor in the Acute Ambulatory Care Unit Room 1256.
Phone: 416-323-6040

All services are provided by registered nurses. The services include, but are not limited to:
Crisis support; Assessment and documentation and of injuries/ assault history; Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections; Emergency contraceptive options; Testing for drugs that may have been used to commit the assault; Assessment of risk and safety planning ; Referral to community resources. If the victim chooses to involve the police: the hospital will carefully collect and document the necessary evidence for release and analysis.

Scarborough (UTSC)

The Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Care Centre (SA/DVCC) at The Scarborough Hospital (TSH)
3050 Lawrence Ave. E., Scarborough, ON
Phone: 416-495-2555

Provides care that is offered 24 hours a day to men, women and transgendered individuals who have been sexually assaulted or experienced intimate partner violence.

Mississauga (UTM)

The Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Services located at Trillium Health Centre
100 Queensway West, Mississauga ON
Phone: 905-848-7493

Clients may access this 24-hour, 7-day a week service through the Emergency Department. A specially trained nurse provides one-on-one care including assessment, treatment, documentation of injuries (may include photographing), safety planning, emotional support and information concerning medical, legal and counselling options. This process takes place in the safety and security of a private unit separate from the Emergency Department.

+ 24-hour Crisis Resources Off Campus

In an emergency - call 911

Crisis Lines

  • Assaulted Women's Help line: 416-863-0511
  • Hostel Services, Central Intake: 416-397-5637
  • Ontario Victim Support Line: 416-314-2447
  • Peel Rape Crisis Centre: 905-273-9442
  • Toronto Rape Crisis line (also Multicultural Women Against Rape): 416-597-8808

Hospital Care

  • Downtown Women's College Hospital: 416-323-6040
  • Scarborough Grace Hospital: 416-494-2555
  • Mississauga Trillium Hospital: 905-848-7493

 

+ Making a formal report and other available options

Reporting to Police

If you would like to make a formal report to the police you can visit campus police and let an officer know that you want to make a report of a sexual assault; the officer will liaise with the municipal police to address your needs. You can also make a report directly with the municipal police (Toronto Police Services or Peel Regional Police Services).

If you are not sure if you would like to pursue a formal report with the police you can contact the Community Safety Office. This tri-campus office provides confidential support and assistance and will identify and explain available options (i.e. criminal charges); assist with arranging for medical treatment and/or sexual assault evidence collection kit, co-create safety plans; make appropriate referrals (i.e. to counselling services); advocate for academic support; as well as offer options for safe housing.

If you are a student who has been sexually assaulted, you can access the University’s tri-campus Assault Counsellor/ Educator or your campus Counselling & Health Services. If you are a staff or faculty member who has been sexually assaulted, you can access the Employee Family Assistance Program.

Reporting to the University

+ How to support a disclosure of sexual violence

Understanding the complexities of sexual violence

  • Many people tend to think of sexual violence in narrow terms and focus exclusively on sexual assault. However, campus members can be affected by different forms of sexual violence.
  • There are many reasons why individuals may be reluctant to disclose or formally report. The University has services to support individuals even if they are choosing not to make a formal report.

Evaluate Safety Needs

  • Ask if the individual has seen the respondent again or is fearful for her/his safety.
  • Even if the complainant has broken up with the boyfriend/girlfriend/partner who is alleged to have committed the assault, there may be safety issues like harassment, threats or stalking.
  • Let the student know that there are people on campus to talk to about safety planning.
  • Consult with available resources on campus to determine next steps.

Make an appropriate referral

  • Refer the complainant to one of the offices to assist on campus