The Division of Student Life offers a number of programs, services and resources to support students, staff and faculty during their time at the University of Toronto.
Responding to a student in distress
Embedded SL staff
Student Life departments have embedded their services in over 60 locations on campus. Services include Career Advising, International Transition Advising, Learning Strategists, Counselling Services and many more.
The Academic Success Centre provides support for students to develop skills, strategies and competencies to succeed. The Centre offers numerous events, workshops, appointment opportunities, resources and drop-in sessions where students can meet others and learn new strategies for success.
Accessibility Services provides academic accommodation and support for students who have a disability. The office also provides resources for faculty including general tips and information on accommodating students, the volunteer note taking program and information about test and exam accommodations.
Apart from referring students to register for note-taking accomodations, you can promote more accessible note-taking by following three best practices:
1. Provide lecture slides before class: Providing access follows universal design beneficial to all students in the course .
2. Post lecture slides before classes: This allows students to download slides prior to lectures, providing them with more complete notes.
3. Make in class announcements: Make an in-class announcement to refer students to note-taking accomodations to help recruit new volunteer note-takers (who will receive credit on their Co-Curricular Record)
Additional Questions regarding note-taking accomodations:
- Unable to accomodate? If instructors feel as though they cannot accommodate volunteer note-taking due to the structure of the class, they are to contact Accessibility Services to discuss what accommodations would be reasonable.
- Late Requests? While most students will request volunteer note-taking at the beginning of the year, there are always temporary disabilities and disability flares. As a result, there might be requests later in the term for note-taking.
Universal Instructional Design (UID) is a method of designing course material to make teaching more accessible for all students. The focus is on removing barriers in the curriculum so that students with different abilities are able to participate.
AccessAbility Services at the Scarborough campus has created a guide providing recommendations and ideas for incorporating UID into the classroom.
Students in distress
The University of Toronto Health and Wellness Centre offers a range of support services for students facing challenges during their time at university. Student mental wellness is a priority at the University of Toronto. The Mental Health Framework makes 22 recommendations in five key areas to help all members of the University community support student mental wellness.
Students seeking sexual assault information can find various resources and support both on and off campus. Please refer to safety.utoronto.ca for more information.
Child and elder care
The Family Care Office provides services to students, staff and faculty who need support with their family life during their time at the University of Toronto. Child care and eldercare information and resources are provided by the Office.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
ASIST is a two-day course, run by LivingWorks Education providing training to individuals who want to learn about suicide first aid. Participation in the full two days is required. Watch and discuss videos on suicide intervention, and participate in interactive workshops based on adult learning principles. ASIST is a pre-requisite for SafeTALK T4T. For more information, on ASIST and LivingWorks Education Training, please visit: http://www.livingworks.net/ or contact Lydia Li at email@example.com.
When: Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 & Friday June 24th, 2016 | 8:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost to Internal Participants: $140.00 via debit memo
Cost to External Participants: $160.00 via cash or certified cheque
Where: Hart House; Please visit http://map.utoronto.ca/ for complete directions to the space.
Registration for our fall session will open soon!
***Please note If you are no longer able to attend the training, please notify Meagan Lau at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, June 3rd, 2016. Participants who do not withdraw by the deadline will be responsible for the cost of the session.
SafeTALK Training for Trainers
SafeTALK training for Trainers (T4T) is a two-day course that prepares attendees to facilitate SafeTALK workshops. The T4T course is necessary in order to become a registered safeTALK trainer. In the course, attendees learn the content and process of safeTALk and the skills needed to conduct it. Participation in the full two days is required. For more information on the SafeTALK T4T program and LivingWorks Education Training, please visit: http://www.livingworks.net/.
When: Wednesday October 14th, 2015 & Thursday October 15th, 2015 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Hart House (TBA); Please visit http://map.utoronto.ca/ for complete directions to the space.
- ASIST is a pre-requisite for SafeTALK Training for Trainers Certification and must be completed within 5 years before and 90 days following undergoing SafeTALK Training for Trainers.
- If you are no longer able to make the training, please withdraw by Friday September 25th, 2015 by emailing Meagan Lau at email@example.com.Otherwise you will be responsible for the cost of the session
Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre
Conflict can make us feel uneasy or alone. Conflict can also push us to think creatively and challenge our assumptions. The Conflict Resolution Centre (CRC) supports the University of Toronto graduate community in taking steps to prevent, manage or resolve conflict.
Faculty and staff can refer graduate students to the G2G Peer Advisors (an amazing and diverse group of Masters and PhD students) and/or contact the CRC directly to discuss early and effective conflict resolution strategies and opportunities for skills development and training for your department.
Resource Referral Guide
The University of Toronto’s Resource Referral Guide for the St. George campus is intended to help campus community members make appropriate and meaningful referrals to resources and supports available on campus.