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Security Incidents

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All Ryerson students, faculty, staff and alumni receive security incident notices directly via their Ryerson email address. Security incidents are one avenue that we utilize to inform the community about safety and security incidents that are of particular concern.

An informed community is a safer community 

By sharing security incidents, community members can stay informed and take the appropriate precautions to help protect themselves and their property. Moreover, this kind of information helps promote a shared responsibility for safety.

If something has happened to you, we encourage you to report it

If something has happened to you that is of concern, we encourage you to report it to us, regardless of severity of the incident or when it occurred.

Please contact a member of our team to report an incident:

External phones416-979-5040
Internal phones: 5040
Emailsecurity@ryerson.ca
Location: Victoria Building (VIC), 285 Victoria Street, 1st floor

Types of security incidents we share with the community

Not all reported incidents are shared with the community. The types of security incidents we share include those that are reported to us and meet the following criteria:

  • assaults, including sexual assault;
  • robbery;
  • incidents of indecency, mischief and voyeurism;
  • uttering of threats and criminal harassment;
  • notices of violent crimes from Toronto Police Services 51 and 52 division that are reported to have occurred within Ryerson’s boundaries.

Occasionally, we may also send you security incidents to update the community on arrests and case closures, or pertaining to incidents that occur near or adjacent to Ryerson.

What we don’t share with the community

Although certain incidents occur more frequently in a downtown environment (e.g. public intoxication, disorderly conduct, etc.), they do not meet the criteria to be included in security incidents and are therefore excluded. Additionally, we do not share incidents where individuals are known to one another, or issues like domestic violence disputes in order to protect the privacy of those involved.

Learn more about the terminology we use in security incidents.

Details included in security incidents

Security incidents include a link to a more detailed report of the incident. Embedding the link, rather than inserting text in the body of the email allows us to send them to over 100,000 recipients faster and without technical difficulty. This enables us to update the details of the incident in real-time, without having to distribute a revised email. The details include:

  • times and dates of incident;
  • general location of incidents;
  • details of the suspect; and
  • details on arrests in relation to a previous incident,

Opt-out of receiving security incidents

Follow these steps to opt-out of receiving security incidents by email.

Questions?

If you have any questions or concerns about security incidents, please contact us at 416-979-5040 or at security@ryerson.ca.