Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.05
Liaison Nicole Arsenault
Submission Date April 20, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

York University
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs to support underrepresented groups on campus?:

A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support underrepresented groups:

The Centre for Disability Services provides a range of services, including personal counselling, group development workshops, learning skills training, support and academic accommodation for students with learning, mental health, physical, sensory and medical disabilities.

York University supports and encourages First Nations, Inuit and Métis students and all who are interested in Aboriginal issues and services at the university. The Centre for Aboriginal Student Services supports provides culturally-appropriate support services to the Aboriginal student population, including information about educational assistance, funding procedures and guidelines, education and awareness regarding Aboriginal culture, issues and services to all students, faculty and staff, and liaising with First Nation communities and Aboriginal communities including the provision of referrals to on and off-campus resources.

The York Federation of Students (YFS) is an autonomous students union that provides cost saving services, events, campaigns and equity programming for students at York University. YFS works to empower and support students on campus to take action against discrimination and injustice both on campus and in society, through anti-oppression training, equity resources and social justice events throughout the year. YFS recognizes that groups among its membership are marginalized on campus and within society. In order to combat and eradicate inequities, the YFS has created five community service groups. These equity seeking organizations provide resources and services in the hopes of providing space for marginalized groups to organize on campus and work to combat marginalization on campus and in society. The community service groups are comprised of the YFS Access Center, The Aboriginal Students Association at York (ASAY), Trans Bisexual Lesbian Gay Allies at York (TBLGAY), York United Black Students' Alliance (YUBSA), and the United South Asians at York (USAY).

The Centre for Human Rights at York offers many services and programs which support underrepresented groups on campus. The York University Respect, Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity (REDI) Tutorial is developed to introduce the York community to institutional values and expectations, with the goal of fostering an Inclusive campus. SexGen York, Centre for Human Rights and Centre for the Support for Teachers host Positive Space Training Sessions. These sessions are open to faculty, staff and students. The Positive Space Program supports the growth, freedom, and expression of all members of the York community who embrace a diverse sexual orientation or gender identity. The Diversity Peer Education Team (DPET) is a volunteer based team run by York University's Centre for Human Rights. have the opportunity to engage critically with a wide variety of human rights, social justice, and diversity related topics, trainings and events.

The website URL where more information about the support programs for underrepresented groups is available:

Does the institution have a discrimination response policy and/or team (or the equivalent) to respond to and support those who have experienced or witnessed a bias incident, act of discrimination or hate crime?:

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response policy, program and/or team:

York University has approved multiple policies that define multiple forms of discrimination and harassment, and outlines possible sanctions. These policies encompass discrimination based on colour, race, religion, ethnic origin, gender, or sexual orientation. Policies can be found through this link: http://www.yorku.ca/secretariat/policies/index-policies.html

The Office of Student Conflict Resolution is responsible for upholding the behavioural expectations in the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities (http://www.yorku.ca/oscr/pdfs/CodeofRightsandResponsibilities.pdf)

The website URL where more information about the institution’s discrimination response policy, program and/or team is available:

Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:

Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender neutral bathrooms on campus?:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.