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Other Safety-Related Services at York

The Centre for Aboriginal Student Services (CASS) Services strives to create a sense of belonging and to support the academic, spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being of a diverse Indigenous student population. We provide a safe community space that offers culturally appropriate support services and programs to facilitate students' success throughout their post-secondary studies.

Recognizing that our Indigenous students are from all corners of Turtle Island, we welcome and encourage all students who self-identify as Indigenous to register with CISS to access our services and programs.

York University’s Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion (REI) promotes and builds a respectful, equitable, diverse, and inclusive university community. We strive to be a leader in providing accessible, impartial, non-adversarial, and confidential programs and services that uphold human rights, facilitate equitable access to opportunities, and champion diversity and inclusion.

REI provides free services to current York students, faculty, and staff. To consult their team, call, leave them a message or e-mail. Leave your name, email, and/or phone number and they will respond within 3 business days.

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to all non-academic permanent employees. EAP is a confidential service that can help employees resolve work, health and life issues and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For any human-resource-related questions, please visit the Human Resources website.

The Health, Safety & Employee Well-Being team at York University provides a broad range of services to the University community. We promote prevention as a key driver in ensuring a safe and healthy workplace.

As part of Student Counselling, Health & Well-Being. The main goal is to of Health Education and Promotion is to create proactive approaches to well-being on campus. They offer a range of services including training programs, workshops, and peer-to-peer consulting. They educate in the areas of mental health and well-being, physical health, nutrition, sleep, sexual health, alcohol, cannabis and other drugs.

Community and Legal Aid Services Program (CLASP) provides free legal advice and representation to members of the community, and to  York students. We are funded by The Law Foundation of Ontario, Legal Aid Ontario, York students, and Osgoode Law Hall School. Students work in our clinic under the supervision of experienced lawyers.

Osgoode Mediation Clinic (OMC) provides free mediation and conflict resolution to the community within and surrounding York University in a manner that empowers individuals to play a critical role in the outcome of their conflicts and disputes, and encourages and promotes access to justice. Under the supervision of the Clinic Directors, Professor Martha Simmons and Jean-Paul Bevilacqua, Osgoode Hall Law School students work closely with local community organizations and groups to assist the community and provide a learning opportunity for students while meeting everyone’s interests

The Atkinson Centre for Mature and Part-Time Students (ACMAPS) was established to provide a pan-university physical and philosophical home for mature and part-time students. The mandate of ACMAPS includes raising awareness of issues that affect mature and part-time students across the university, leading and facilitating initiatives responding to the needs of these students, and advocating on their behalf.

In support of the University Academic Plan (UAP 2020-2025) priority of Living Well Together, York University is mobilizing resources to provide an inclusive and supportive environment that promotes positive well-being among all members of our community. 

These efforts will be bolstered with a holistic Well-being Strategy focused on understanding the current needs and priorities of the York community through a pan-university approach addressing well-being across all York campuses and sites. The goal of the strategy is that students, staff, faculty and instructors can flourish and be well in this shared environment.

Well-being at York

The York University Ombudsperson, appointed by the President, is a respected, credible and knowledgeable individual whose ethical standards are above reproach and whose experience with institutional process is both wide and long.

The role of the York University Ombudsperson is to provide an impartial and confidential service to assist current members of York University (students, faculty and staff) and in some instances non-community members who have been unable to resolve their concerns about University authorities' application of York University policies, procedures and/or practices.

York University's Student Counselling, Health & Well-being  is a student service department within the Division of Students at York University. SCHW’s dynamic team of health care professionals, peer health educators, and support staff collaborate to provide a range of health and well-being services that foster academic success, student development and an engaged community at York University. The primary aim of SCHW is to support students in realizing and developing their personal potential and manage the demands of university life. Achieving the aim requires that SCHW provides a safe and supportive space in which all students at York have equitable access to services that support their success and well-being.

Student Accessibility Services provides academic accommodation and support to York students in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s Policy on accessible education for students with disabilities and York University Senate Policy on Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities.

The Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education facilitates support, services and accommodations for those who have experienced sexual violence for all York students, staff and faculty.

The Office of Student Community Relations (OSCR), which is under the umbrella of Community Support & Services, takes a holistic approach to supporting all students by looking at not only who or what brought them to us but how their situation is impacting their overall learning experience. OSCR provides advice, referrals, training, alternate dispute resolution methods, judicial processes (local adjudication, tribunals), and critical incident support.  OSCR is also responsible for administering the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities (The Code).

The York Federation of Students (YFS) offers services for undergraduate students, including academic advocacy, a health and dental plan, and student clubs.

The York University Graduate Students' Association (YUGSA) is organized around principles of accessibility, social justice, and equity as it works to improve the learning, teaching, and working environments for all graduate students at York University. The YUGSA is dedicated to providing advocacy and support to all members across various graduate departments on this campus. As a student union, the YUGSA is committed to representing graduate students’ diverse interests and defending and advancing students’ and workers’ rights across and beyond York’s campuses.

Trans Bisexual Lesbian Gay Asexual at York (TBLGAY) provides services to York University's trans, bisexual, lesbian, asexual and gay communities and their friends. TBLGAY offers support, social, political and educational programming, a safe place, community referrals, and a small resource library. They can be reach at

The Access Centre strives to identify and take action around issues of concern for students with disabilities by providing advocacy, social networks, and education.


The YFS Food Support Centre helps students overcome difficult financial circumstances by providing free non-perishable food and basic need items.