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Important Notice:

In keeping with the recommendations from Health Canada regarding social distancing, Office of Vice-Provost, Students (VPS) will continue to provide services to students through email: vpstudents@yorku.ca.

The Division of Students Statement regarding civility, diversity, equity & respect

York University is committed to creating an atmosphere of civility, diversity, equity and respect in our interactions with others, on or off campus.

There have been a number of concerns raised regarding the culture of varsity sport in our Athletics & Recreation department. We take these matters seriously, and in response, we are announcing the launch of an independent third-party review to explore the culture within York's athletic programs through the lens of our student-athletes’ experiences and make recommendations for improvement.

We have asked the Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion (CHREI) to select an independent third-party to conduct the review and offer an opportunity for any athlete, current or past, to share their experiences in a confidential and safe environment. CHREI has made their recommendation and are in the process of finalizing the arrangement. The selected firm provides professionals experienced in investigations which assist institutions when addressing complex issues from a variety of lenses, including equity, diversity and inclusion. The two leads who will be working with us are human rights lawyers, and each brings a unique background through their experience as past athletes, as coaches and their work in the social justice public sector.

The process is expected to begin shortly. The investigators undertaking the review will determine the length of time needed to conduct the review and the best way to reach out to those interested in participating in the review. Shortly, once we finalize details, we will post more information regarding the firm selected and details about how to participate. I will receive the final report and make public the recommendations of the reviewers for implementation.

Sincerely,

Lucy Fromowitz
Vice Provost, Students