This past weekend a Toronto mosque received violent messages threatening community members. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated act of hate and Islamophobia toward the Muslim community in Toronto and the GTA. There has been an overall rise in xenophobia and racism. As an institution, we are taking steps to eliminate this form of hatred. Human rights, inclusion, and respect are fundamental values at the University of Toronto. The University has zero tolerance for hate speech, harassment, and discrimination. As expressed by President Gertler, we condemn, in the strongest possible terms, Islamophobia, and all other forms of hate and racial violence.
For those who need support, we encourage faculty, librarians, and staff to contact our Employee & Family Assistance Program and students to use U of T My SSP or the Navi wayfinder for campus resources and supports. The Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office, the Multi-Faith Centre, and our Equity Offices are also available for support. If you are feeling threatened or fear for your safety, please contact the University’s Community Safety Office right away.
If you notice anything suspicious, or are made aware of anything unusual or concerning, please notify Campus Police by calling 416.978.2222 (St. George and UTSC) and 905.569.4333 (UTM). For more campus safety information and services, the University of Toronto now has a U of T Campus Safety app that is available for free download via Google Play and the Apple Store.