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Privacy & Confidentiality

With self-identification, what’s important is how you choose to identify. The information you provide is voluntary. We ask all students to complete the Self-ID, however, there is a “prefer not to answer” option to each question. You may also view, update or change your responses at any time.

Your Diversity Self-ID responses are not anonymous, but will be kept strictly confidential.  If you provide permission to share information with one or more student service centres (e.g. Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services) your contact information, and in applicable situations, your self-identification as a member of the community being served (e.g. self-identification as an Aboriginal student) will be shared with the specified service centre(s). 

The information on the form is collected under the authority of the Ryerson University Act. The aggregate data is needed to identify what portion of Ryerson students are from equity groups, the representation of these groups in specific programs and Faculties, and to better understand the experiences of students from equity groups. With this information, we will explore ways to enhance access to programs for underrepresented groups and improve the opportunities for students to reach their potential. In addition, the aggregate data is used for government reporting, as required of the University.

The Privacy Office has been consulted  to ensure your personal information is collected, used, stored, and destroyed in accordance with the University’s Information Protection and Access Policy.


If you have questions about data collection, use and disclosure of this information by the  University, or you require the survey in an alternate format, please contact:

Office of the Vice President, Equity and Community Inclusion
Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3
416-979-5000 ext. 3243,