Welcome from the Dean

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

Welcome to the University of Toronto Scarborough!

September 4, 2018

Dear new and returning students, 
 
Welcome to the University of Toronto Scarborough! I am Desmond Pouyat, Dean of Student Affairs, and I wish you a warm welcome to our campus and an exciting 2018-19 academic year. 
 
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—the Office of Student Affairs & Services has 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, there are many more campus resources to support you at UTSC – Registrar’s Office, Centre for Teaching & Learning and Scarborough Campus Students’ Union – to name a few as well as over 200 students clubs to choose from. I encourage you to take advantage of all the support and resources available. You can learn more about our services and ways to get involved by picking up a copy of the Student Experience Guide and stay connected with programming, services and events on the UTSC Student Experience App.
 
UTSC Orientation
 
Orientation is a great opportunity for you to connect with students, staff and faculty to familiarize yourself with the campus. Be sure to attend our Welcome Day event on Tuesday, September 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Terrace and ARC Quad as well as the Faculty Mix & Mingles and International Students Meet & Greet BBQ. For a list of all events, visit the orientation website: uoft.me/utscorientation
 
ASKme 
 
If you have a question, look out for students, staff and faculty wearing an orange ASKme button on campus. The ASKme program provides answers to students' frequently asked questions during the first few weeks of the semester. You can also drop by the Student Affairs office in the Student Centre (SL157) or visit us online: uoft.me/askmeutsc
 
Your Safety
 
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. Two safety resources include:
Campus Community Police provides 24/7 service and protection to the UTSC community.
Sexual Violence Prevention & Support Centre offers services and supports related to incidents of sexual violence.
To learn more about all of the safety resources, please visit: safety.utoronto.ca
 
I hope you enjoy your time here and make the most of your student experience. Look for ways to get involved on campus and seek support when you need it!
 
See you around campus, 
 
Desmond Pouyat
 
Dean of Student Affairs
Office of Student Affairs & Services
University of Toronto Scarborough