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Books of Condolence for Virginia Tech

The University of Toronto community extends its deepest sympathies to all those associated with Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia. In the wake of the terrible tragedy at Virginia Tech and recognizing the impact such an event inevitably has on every university community including our own, two identical Books of condolence have been made available to faculty, staff and students.  one book is located at the circulation desk in the library; the other book is located at the front desk of the SCSU in the Student Centre.

The U of T Scarborough community is encouraged to express support, solidarity and feelings in the Books of Condolence.  They will be sent to Virginia Tech along with similar expressions from U of T's other campuses.

Campus safety a key priority

The Virginia Tech tragedy has prompted many members of our own community, and their families, to want to know more about U of T's own approach to campus safety.

The University is dedicated to providing a safe environment for students, staff, faculty, and visitors. In particular, to take full advantage of the opportunities for learning, discovery, and personal growth that are integral to a university education, our students need both security and freedom. To that end, our community must remain safe and open. We work hard to strike that balance each day. And we are continually refining our own crisis procedures based on simulations and on recent events.

Below, you will find links to the some of the teams who lead our security and crisis response activities as well as to materials on how to manage critical events on campus and links to counselling resources:  Faculty and staff are reminded that there is support available to them though the university's employee and family assistance plan,

Each member of the U of T community is part of this collective effort. Your alertness to threats to our collective security, and your familiarity with these resources, are among the most powerful assets U of T has to ensure that our three campuses remain safe and vibrant.

Members of the media: Please call U of T's media line at 416.978.0100.

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