Together we make U of T a caring and supportive community, where everyone feels safe to learn, live and work. This means we look out for others who need help, and ask for help ourselves if we need it. You can learn more here about alcohol and drug safety, as well as safe sex based on mutual respect and consent.
SafeU is all about personal and community safety. SafeU is a network of campus partners working to raise awareness about consent for sexual activity, healthy relationship skills, how to support your friends, being an active bystander while staying safe, campus resources and more. Check out the SafeU website to explore the program.
Know your limit
Drinking alcohol may be a common social activity, but overdoing it can have very serious consequences. Remember, you don’t have to drink at all – in fact, many students choose not to drink, or to drink moderately. But if you do choose to drink, these tips can help you know your limit and stay on the safe side.
What you can do
Here’s what some U of T students do to minimize the risks related to alcohol:
Alternate non-alcoholic with alcoholic beverages.
Keep track of how many drinks you have.
Decide in advance not to exceed a set number of drinks.
Eat before and/or during drinking.
Have a friend let you know when they’ve had enough.
Pace drinks to one or fewer an hour.
Avoid drinking games.
What if someone needs help? Learn the signs of alcohol poisoning:
Cold, clammy, pale or bluish skin tone.
Slow (less than 8/minute) and/or irregular breathing.
Vomiting while passed out; not waking up after vomiting.
What you can do
Call 911 immediately for medical attention!
Alcohol & Drug Education (Webinar Series)
This webinar series includes strategies to support healthy lifestyle choices, discussion of social norms (including the gap between perceived use and actual use of substances), Canada’s Alcohol Guidelines, signs and symptoms of addiction, risk factors, consequences of substance abuse, and additional resources.
It's About Consent
From hugging and touching to sexual contact, understanding consent is an important part of any relationship.
- Consent must be given, not taken.
- It must be clear, verbal and voluntary.
- It's needed every time.
- It can only be given while lucid and alert.
Any form of intimacy with another person without their consent is assault.