I want to know who I can talk to about a confidential situation

In its Statement of Institutional Purpose the University affirms its dedication “to fostering an academic community in which the learning and scholarship of every member may flourish, with vigilant protection for individual human rights, and a resolute commitment to the principle of equal opportunity, equity and justice.” 

You can contact the following people to have a confidential conversation about your situation. 

School of Graduate Studies – .  If you are experiencing conflict or challenges with your supervisor or department, you can talk to the Vice-Dean Students to get confidential advice on conflict, harassment, or other concerns. You can also discuss informal intervention and formal appeal processes. 

Office of the Ombudsperson – As part of the University’s commitment to ensuring that the rights of its individual members are protected, the University Ombudsperson is devoted to ensuring procedural fairness and just and reasonable outcomes. Matters are dealt with in strict confidence and will not be discussed with anyone without your written approval. However, please note that the Ombudsperson cannot start an investigation until all other University avenues have been exhausted.

Equity Offices – The University of Toronto has specialized Equity Offices that advance the University’s commitment to equity and excellence and meet the complex needs of our tri-campus community. If you need support, we encourage you to connect with our subject matter experts for guidance and advice. We can discuss specific situations and can assist you to prepare your concerns/complaints and support you through the process.