Welcome from the Dean

Demond Pouyat, Dean of Student Affairs, attending U of T convocation

Welcome to the University of Toronto Scarborough!

August 31, 2017

Dear new and returning students,

I’m Desmond Pouyat, dean of student affairs. On behalf of the Office of Student Affairs & Services and the University of Toronto Scarborough, I want to wish you a warm welcome to our campus! You have made an excellent choice, and for our returning students we are happy to see you again.

Whether you have questions about your academic or career options, seeking disability support, looking for ways to stay active, need to see a doctor, interested in joining a club, or are exploring housing options—we have you covered.

Together, our departments—Academic Advising & Career Centre, AccessAbility Services, Athletics & Recreation, Health & Wellness Centre, Department of Student Life, International Student Centre, and Student Housing & Residence Life—are committed to supporting the academic and personal success of all students.

In addition to our student services, you will also find over 200 student clubs to choose from as well as departmental student associations to get involved with. The UTSC campus has a variety of additional resources and support services that offer exceptional programming and events throughout the year.

You have an opportunity to meet and learn more about many of these departments, groups and other resources during our orientation activities, including the Faculty Mix & Mingles (September 5 and 12) and our Welcome Day event on Thursday, September 7. Join us in the SW Plaza and ARC Quad from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a free BBQ, ice cream, prizes, games, and more. All students are welcome. For more information on all of UTSC’s orientation activities, please visit: uoft.me/utscorientation

You can also stay connected to programming, services and events on the UTSC Student Experience App. This student app gives you access to student services on the go, connects you with campus events and keeps you informed with important information. Download and register today: uoft.me/utscapp

I encourage you to take advantage of all the support and resources available. If you have a question, look out for ASKme Ambassadors wearing an orange button on campus. The ASKme program provides answers to students' frequently asked questions during orientation and the first few weeks of the semester. You can also drop by the Student Affairs office in the Student Centre (SL157) or use the hashtag #ASKmeUTSC. More information: uoft.me/askmeutsc

Your safety is our priority. Our campus is a safe, supportive and caring community, but even safe communities are not immune to poor choices and actions that may create risk for all. Please do your part to keep this campus safe by making wise choices, respecting boundaries and understanding acceptable behaviour. The University of Toronto is committed to the prevention, support and response to sexual violence. The Sexual Violence Prevention & Support Centre (Room 141, Environmental Science & Chemistry Building) has coordinators available to receive disclosures, take and provide options for formal reports to the University. The Centre offers services and supports related to incidents of sexual violence and offer education and training programs around the Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Policy. To learn more about all of the safety resources, please visit: safety.utoronto.ca

Our campus continues to evolve with ongoing construction of our newest building, Highland Hall, as well as upgrades to existing buildings. The exciting Highland Hall project is over 30% complete and will double the amount of dedicated study space on campus. Multiple smaller projects to upgrade existing campus buildings are already underway, and scheduled to continue until spring of 2018. All of these projects impact the way we travel across campus. Be sure to obey signs and personnel that provide directions, and use safe walking routes. For the latest updates, please visit: uoft.me/UTSCstatus

Enjoy your time at UTSC, explore and get involved on campus and seek support when you need it. Make the most of your student experience!

See you around campus,

Desmond Pouyat

Dean of Student Affairs
Office of Student Affairs & Services
University of Toronto Scarborough