In recent weeks, isolated incidents have taken place on the University of Ottawa campus that have threatened people’s safety and security. These incidents have targeted individuals who work in the areas of feminist and gender studies, race and antiracism, Indigenous identities, and the rights of all marginalized groups and identities.
We take these incidents very seriously and are committed to protecting the safety and well-being of everyone in the university community.
The events are not unique to this university but are part of a larger divisiveness in society and at other universities. We know that the impact of such aggressions can be devastating for students, professors and staff, who may feel vulnerable, anxious and insecure.
These are cowardly acts that we do not tolerate. The University of Ottawa denounces all forms of hate speech, racism and discrimination, including against Indigenous persons, LGBTQ2S+ persons and identities, persons with disabilities and any other marginalized individuals. Further, we stand up for the rights of all in the uOttawa community to have a safe environment and to the most fundamental value of academic freedom and the freedom of expression. These freedoms are cornerstones of this university, and we are determined to uphold their importance.
In recent weeks, the University has taken many actions to increase safety in our community:
- Protection Services has increased its presence in specific locations.
- Information on classroom locations has been removed from all public websites.
- And, the university’s Office of Emergency Management has developed scenarios to address any cases of violence on campus.
These are first steps, and we are working promptly to introduce additional measures.
We value the open nature of the uOttawa campus and the freedom to access all the buildings and facilities it has to offer. However, we also must value the right to privacy and security for all people in our university community. This is a time to come together to uphold our highest values. Together, we can make our campus a safer and more welcoming environment for all.
I encourage you to in your mobile phone to be quickly alerted to emergency situations or to reach out directly to uOttawa’s Protection Service when you need help. You can also report an emergency to the Protection Service at 613-562-5411.
Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs