York University’s Commitment

York University affirms its ongoing commitment to foster a culture where sexual violence and its impacts are understood, survivors are supported, and those who commit incidents of sexual violence are held accountable.

Sexual violence is a serious and systemic issue that impacts the individual, community, and society. Sexual violence is a broad term that describes any sexual act or act targeting a person’s sexuality, gender identity or gender expression that is committed, threatened, or attempted against a person without the person’s consent.

Sexual violence is physical, verbal, and/or psychological in nature. This violence takes many forms including sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, cyber-harassment, indecent exposure, voyeurism and sexual exploitation.

Anyone can experience sexual violence. However, individuals may encounter increased vulnerabilities based on their identity or perceived identity including such factors as race, economic status, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, language, physical or mental ability, and/or immigration status. Everyone survivor reacts differently to their experience. Survivors experience many barriers to disclosing, reporting, and/or seeking support; barriers can differ based on the lived experience of the survivor.

The Sexual Violence Response Office (SVRO) is designated as the first point of contact for those who have experienced sexual violence and will support all members of the York Community – students, faculty and staff. Please find details about support in the Policy on responding to Sexual Violence.