Sign the Petition to

Mamdouh Shoukri, President, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON, CANADA

Week after week, students fall victim to crimes such as sexual assault, robberies, assault causing injuries and theft, in just the last week alone, 4 crimes were committed. We urge you to stop this violence by taking important steps to protect the safety of university students and visitors. As the leader of our University, we are very disappointed that your efforts to improve safety on campus have been ineffective and violent crimes are on an increase. Any improvements in the past have been short lived. Our campus used to be dangerous only at night, but we are now experiencing crimes during the day. We are tired of emails asking us to be vigilant and we have had enough "discussions" about the worsening situation. We believe that the presence of security officers is inadequate to cover such a large campus and that unarmed guards cannot act as an effective deterrent to armed criminals. The addition of police officers should be a permanent rather than a temporary solution. We demand that you take the following steps to protect individuals and property at York University:

1) Concrete 6 month, 1 year, 2 year and 3 year plans monitored by the Community Safety Council

2) To replace private security with Toronto Police Officers, paid for by re-allocating security budget

3) A satellite Police Station on campus, by re-allocating budget that is currently spent on private security, which is obviously not working as a deterrent to crime

Signed,

Kevin Cheung

This petition closed over 1 year ago

How this will help

Sexual assault, 2 armed robberies, 1 assault causing injury, all in 7 days.

Imagine someone studying in the basement of one of the school buildings late into the night until 4am during exam time...

Sexual assault, 2 armed robberies, 1 assault causing injury, all in 7 days.

Imagine someone studying in the basement of one of the school buildings late into the night until 4am during exam time alone without seeing a security guard for hours. One cannot help but wonder: If someone came and shot me for a cell phone and I ended up helpless and bleeding out on the ground, how long would it take for anyone to notice?

Whether you are a student, parent, faculty member, administrator, or someone who cares about York University, this matters because it is about your safety and the safety of your friends and the people you love. We need your involvement to change our community. Please sign the petition to be a part of this movement to make York University safer for you and your fellow community members.

Here is a snippet of major crimes reported in recent years:

Sept 2007 - 2 men enter dormitory, rapes 2 women aged 17 and 18 (Cnews.canoe.ca)

Jan 2008 - Student sexually assaulted in stairwell of academic building (CityNews)

May 2009 - Security Guard was shot outside The Underground pub at York (Toronto Star)

April 2010 - Student sexually assaulted walking back to her apartment off campus resulting in very serious injuries (CP24)

April 2011 - International student murdered at York University Village (CBC)

Nov 19 2012, 10AM, Student robbed with a knife in academic building (York U Security Bulletin)

Nov 20 2012, 8 PM, Student robbed by two suspects wielding knife (York U Security Bulletin)

Nov 23 2012, 4 PM, Female student sexually assaulted in Vari Hall, the school's most iconic building where visitors are greeted (York U Security Bulletin)

Nov 23 2012, 7 PM, Two students assaulted, unprovoked with lead pipe, hospitalizing one of them (York U Security Bulletin)

Nov 29 2012, 12:30 PM, Student sexually assaulted at Stong College basement (York U Security Bulletin)

These are only the major crimes that I can find reported on news sources, references to crimes that occurred at earlier dates are not easily available. Plus, statistics show that some crimes from theft to sexual assaults go unreported.

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