Updated: May 27, 2022
Broadcast Time: 08:00
Date: Friday, April 29, 2022
Type: Community Safety Alert
Occurrence #: UT22017274
The University of Toronto Campus Safety Service would like to make the U of T community aware of a sexual assault reported to University Special Constables and Toronto Police.
On Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 2pm, in the area of University College, 15 King's College Circle, a female student reported being approached and touched inappropriately by an unknown male. The suspect fled the area.
The student informed Campus Safety and Toronto Police were notified.
The suspect is described as a male, Caucasian, 30’s, 170cm, heavy build and wearing all black clothing.
If you are aware of any suspicious activity while on campus, please contact Special Constables immediately at 416-978-2222.
Students, Staff and Faculty are reminded of the various safety programs offered on campus, including those listed below.
Supports Available on Campus
Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Centre
If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence or sexual harassment, the University’s Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Centre can help you understand, access and navigate supports such as counselling, medical services, academic or workplace accommodations, financial aid and legal aid. This includes helping you understand your reporting options.
Hours: Mon-Fri from 9AM to 5PM
Community Safety Office
The Community Safety Office offers short-term support and assistance to U of T community members who have experienced personal safety concerns. They can work with you to develop a personal safety plan to address your on-campus safety concerns and explore a variety of other support resources that may be appropriate in the community and on-campus.
Hours: Mon-Fri from 9AM to 5PM
TravelSafer: This is a 24/7 service available to the U of T community and is available to and from all U of T buildings or abutting TTC stations. This service can be arranged by calling 416-978-SAFE (7233) or by using the U of T Safety App to arrange an escort.
Virtual TravelSafer and Mobile Bluelight: These features are available through the U of T Safety App and can be used to trigger a distress beacon, in the event of an emergency, to send your location to a Campus Safety dispatcher and summon help.
Campus Safety would also like to share these personal safety strategies to keep in mind when travelling around the city.
· Travel with a friend or in a group.
· Be alert and aware of your surroundings.
· Use well-lit, well-traveled routes.
· Avoid dark, deserted areas.
· Don’t show off valuables like iPhones & AirPods.
· Keep your ears alert. Do not use headphones after dark.
· While on campus contact 416-978-2222 or use an emergency phone if you need help.
If You Sense You Are In Trouble:
· Move away from the potential threat if possible.
· Join any group of people nearby; cross the street and increase your pace.
· If a threatening situation is imminent, and people are close by to help, yell, scream or make a commotion in any way you can to get their attention.
· Go to an open business and request help.
· Call 911 or Campus Safety if on campus.