Students demand immediate action from York University Administration over rising gender violence

TORONTO, April 21 /CNW/ - Concerned students held an emergency campus meeting today at York University's Keele campus to develop a strategy to pressure the University Administration to take concrete steps to address the ongoing sexual assaults and acts of violence at York University.

"Students are concerned with the York University administration's inaction on addressing issues of violence in and around our campus," says Vanessa Hunt President-elect York Federation of Students. "It is the responsibility of the York administration to act immediately to ensure students and the community are safe."

At the meeting students developed the following demands of the York University Administration:

  1. Mandatory anti-oppression training and equity course for all students, staff and faculty.
  2. Immediate and permanent expansion of the Go Safe and Walk Safe programs, and the creation of a Community Watch program, with specific emphasis on the York village and Shoreham Drive Community,
  3. Restructuring of the METRAC Audit Implementation Committee to include representation York's students' unions, Sexual Assault Survivor Support Line, Centre for Women and Trans People and YFS Community Service Groups
  4. Immediate acknowledgment from the York administration that they have a responsibility to ensure student safety in adjacent communities such as the York Village.
  5. Full implementation of the METRAC audit report.

"The community is outraged by the lack of action on the part of the York University administration in addressing these concerns," concludes Hunt. "Students believe that these demands will result in a safer campus for all community members.

The York Federation of Students represents all 52,000 undergraduate students of York University and is Local 68 of the Canadian Federation of Students, Canada's national students' union.

SOURCE York Federation of Students

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or to arrange an interview please contact:

Vanessa Hunt, York Federation of Students Vice President Campus Life: 416-434-4251, vpcampuslife@yfs.ca

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