U of T delays decision on mandated-leave policy

The University of Toronto (U of T) recently withdrew a proposal for a policy that would allow the university to put students with mental health issues on a mandatory leave of absence, according to a news release. Sandy Welsh, vice-provost (students), said in the release the mandated leave would be considered for extremely rare cases where the student is experiencing a mental health crisis so severe that it is in their best interest to put their studies on hold and focus on their recovery. However, following a letter and request from the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) for the university to take more time to review the policy, it was withdrawn, according to the release. “The OHRC is concerned that the […]

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U of T releases sexual violence education and prevention tool online

The University of Toronto (U of T) has launched an online sexual violence education and prevention training module for students, faculty and staff, according to a news release. The training tool is part of the university’s “commitment that all of its community members should be able to study, work and live in a campus environment that is free from sexual violence.” According to the Varsity, the U of T’s student paper, the module consists of a 40-minute video. The  video includes definitions of sexual violence, information on how to respond to someone who has disclosed an incident of sexual violence, as well as the types of support that the university offers. The module is only accessible to U of T students. While the […]

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U of T implements gender neutral identification system for employees

In December 2017, the University of Toronto (U of T) introduced the Gender Inclusivity Initiative, where all employees are provided the option of entering ‘X’ into the university’s Human Resources information system, along with the traditional ‘M’ (male) or ‘F’ (female). Kelly Hannah-Moffat, vice-president of human resources and equity at the U of T, said the introduction of ‘X’ “will also ensure that employees have access to the health and well-being resources they need, both within the university and with externally-provided services such as health benefit coverage.” Additionally, the initiative allows employees to change their ‘display name’ to the name they wish to go by at work, as well as their form of address, including options such as Mr., Ms., […]

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Letter: Peterson protests violate free speech

On March 9, the National Gallery of Canada is holding a public seminar on the psychology of creativity. Protests have erupted against keynote speaker Jordan Peterson, not for any particularly controversial view on creativity, but rather for his views about political correctness. Peterson is a psychology professor at the University of Toronto, who has objected to the enforcement of gender-neutral and other politically correct language in academia. Protesters, organizing on Facebook and other social media, have claimed his alleged transphobia and bigotry are grounds enough for his removal as a public speaker. The attempt to deny Peterson his right to speak, aside from proving his point, shifts the conversation from one about political correctness and the use of preferred language […]

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Canadian universities see rise in applications from Americans

Universities across Ontario and Canada have seen a spike in applications from the U.S. following Donald Trump’s election victory. The University of Toronto (U of T) has seen a 70 per cent increase in applications from prospective U.S. students since November compared to this time last year, while McMaster University saw a 34 per cent increase, according to CBC. Andrew Johnston, a Carleton University American history professor, said there are a few potential reasons why Americans would suddenly find Canada a more attractive place to study. “Canadian universities have been doing a lot of international recruiting, and with the cost of American education and the value of the Canadian dollar, it makes a lot of economic sense for Americans to […]

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