Simulated Critical Incident Training Exercise at OCAD

Tuesday, October 2, 2007 - 4:00am to Friday, October 5, 2007 - 4:00am

The Ontario College of Art & Design Campus Security in collaboration with the University of Toronto will be hosting a simulated critical incident training exercise at 100 McCaul in Rooms 187,284 and 287.
Along with other Canadian Campus Police Services and the Toronto police this simulation will be as real as it gets from a training perspective. Toronto Police will have an Emergency Command Vehicle parked outside of OCAD on Friday, October 5, 2007 to assist with the last day of intense training.
This exercise will be only the second time that this type of training has been offered in Canada the first took place just last year at the University of Toronto campus.

Venue & Address: 
Ontario College of Art & Design Rooms 187,284 and 287100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
general@ocad.ca
Cost: 
Free

Missing Student Found

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 4:00am

We are happy to report that an OCAD U student who went missing Monday evening has been located. Thank you to all who have helped spread the message. 

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O-DAYS! 2nd Annual Safety & Wellness Day

Safety and Wellness team 2015
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 2:00pm to 8:00pm

NEW and RETURNING students, faculty, staff and members of the OCAD U community are invited to come and meet the Safety & Security Services and the Health & Wellness teams and enjoy some awesome activities and prizes.

Highlights include:

  • Free barber shop haircuts by The Mad One Barber Shop
  • DJ playing music
  • Food Trucks with discounted menus
  • Free giveaways
  • Enter-to-win prizes
  • Free pizza, popcorn and ice cream

 

Venue & Address: 
Lambert Lounge (Room 187) and Butterfield Park, 100 McCaul Street
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/orientation
Email: 
ocadcampuslife@ocadu.ca

Talk & Tea - Talking Circle for OCAD U Students

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 9:00pm to 10:30pm

Talk & Tea is a talking circle for OCAD University students.

This is a safe space to gather as a community, drink tea and share stories on Indigineous culture, traditional medicines, wholistic health and balance.

Snacks and laughs will be provided. 

If you are interested in attending or have any questions, please contact Shawna at showe@ocadu.ca

Venue & Address: 
113 McCaul Street, room 410
Talk & tea poster with event info and illustration of tea cup surrounded by medicine

Update 100 McCaul St. - Classes resume as of 3 p.m.

Monday, October 5, 2015 - 4:00am

The gas leak in the parking lot has been resolved. 100 McCaul and the Sharp Centre will reopen at 1 p.m. and classes throughout all buildings of the campus will resume as of 3 p.m.

Safety & Wellness Day

Black poster with white text
Friday, September 11, 2015 - 3:30pm to 10:00pm

All students, faculty & staff are welcome!

This event will offer food, an opportunity to do yoga, a chance to WIN a free bike, download a free safety app or get a free hair cut!

Come to Butterfield Park, meet the Safety and Security team and hear about the health and wellness programs and services available to you.

This event is being supported by local businesses including YOGA, Pizzaiola, Canadian Tire, Mad1 Barber Shop, Rescue 7, ACTechnical, Guardly, Primary Response and many more. The event is organized by the new Safety & Security Services Department, led by Director Louis Toromoreno, with Manager Kirstie Joseph and Health and Safety Officer Katie Browning. This event is one of the many efforts being planned  to promote safety and security for the OCAD University community.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Butterfield Park 100 McCaul St.
Phone: 
<p>416-977-6000 ext. 622</p>

1D3NT1TY CR1515: Digital Security Student Competition

logo for Identity Crisis contest
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 5:00am

OCAD U has launched the first-ever student competition to raise awareness of digital security in an increasingly digital world. Students were challenged to create a campaign centered on any form of cybersecurity, ranging from hacking and malware prevention to data back-up and privacy. 

Students’ submissions will be on display for two weeks beginning March 6 at 4 p.m., in the North end of the sixth floor hallway at 100 McCaul. OCAD U students will be given the opportunity to vote for the Students’ Choice Award by joining the 1D3NT1TY CR1515 Canvas course.  Students wishing to vote will need to submit their ballot by March 9 at 1:00 p.m.

The Awards:

  • First Place: $2000
  • Second Place: $1000
  • Student Choice: $100

The Jury:

  • Nora Young, host of CBC’s radio show Spark, which reflects life steeped in technology and culture
  • Brian Lesser, the Director of Computing and Communications Services at Ryerson University 
  • Jim Babbage, Solutions Consultant for Adobe Systems and professional photographer, web designer and teacher
  • Richard Hunt, Assistant Professor of Design at OCAD U, with an expertise in typography, information design and research methods.
  • Simone Jones, a multidisciplinary artist working in film, video, sculpture and electronics as well as a faculty member at OCAD U.

Winners will be announced at 4 p.m. Monday, March 9 at 49 McCaul St. at an event hosted by Andrew McAllister, Manager, Academic Computing. Submissions will be displayed on digital screens. All are invited to attend, refreshments provided. This event is sponsored by OCAD U Copy & Print Services.

For more information please contact:

Alea Drain, Assistant, IT Services

OCAD University, 416-977-6000 ext. 212

Statement from President Diamond on Prevention and Response to Sexual Violence

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 5:00am

Recent media reports have brought attention to the issue of sexual violence, particularly on college and university campuses. I want to take this opportunity to assure our community that I take this issue very seriously and that we have well-developed policies and procedures in place to respond to incidents of sexual assault, as well as resources to support survivors.

We have three policies that provide options and recourse to those who have experienced sexual violence:

  • The Response to Violent and Threatening Behaviour Policy outlines OCAD University’s obligations with respect to any situation involving violence or threat of violence and applies to all students, faculty, staff, volunteers and visitors.  Through that policy, OCAD U has a highly trained team of professionals who assess risk of violence expediently and take appropriate action.  All situations involving violence or risk of violence should be reported to Security & Emergency Services.
  • The Non-academic Misconduct Policy defines sexual assault as an offence and applies to situations involving students. Complaints under this policy are directed to our Associate Vice-President, Students.
  • The Respectful Work & Learning Environment Policy is inclusive of sexual assault and applies to students, staff and faculty. Complaints under this policy are directed to the Office of Diversity, Equity and Sustainability Initiatives.I want to ensure that our students, staff and faculty understand the range of options and resources available to them should they require support following an assault or have safety needs while on campus.

Information & Resources

  • Security & Emergency Services
    Our Security & Emergency Services team is responsible for the safety of all members of the community and will work with students, staff and faculty to develop safety plans for anyone who feels they may be at risk. Specific services include:
    • Guardly Safe Campus™
      The Guardly Safe Campus program puts a personal duress button onto the smartphones of OCAD U students, staff and faculty for free, providing the fastest way to connect to campus security when reporting an emergency. Register for this free service.
    • WalkSafe Program
      The WalkSafe Program provides students, faculty and staff with a personal security escort. Please contact Campus Security at least 10 minutes prior to your departure and Security personnel will escort you to the Grange underground parking facility or a nearby bus stop/subway station.
    • Emergency and Non-emergency Service
      To reach Security & Emergency Services in an emergency, phone 416-977-6000 Ext. 511 (or use any of the red phones on campus, or simply dial 511 from any office or hallway phone).
      For non-emergency service, please dial 416-977-6000 Ext. 366.
    • Sexual Assault Reporting
      OCAD U Security & Emergency Services works in partnership with the relevant municipal police services to assist members of our community who would like to report an incident to the police for investigation.
       
  • Health and Wellness Centre
    Confidential counselling for students who are or know someone who is a survivor of sexual violence or who have experienced abusive relationships is available through our Health & Wellness Centre. To see a counsellor, please walk-in during business hours Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or call the Centre at 416-977-6000 Ext. 260 to book an appointment. For more information visit the Sexual Assault Support web page.
     
  • Office of Diversity, Equity and Sustainability Initiatives (ODESI)
    The role of ODESI is to foster an educational and employment environment that respects, supports and values all students, staff, and faculty.  ODESI administers the university's human rights complaint process (see the OCAD U Respectful Work & Learning Environment Policy) to address discrimination, harassment and bullying, including sexual and gender-based harassment on campus and online.  Sexual harassment means unwelcome sexual attention directed at an individual by someone whose conduct or comments are, or should reasonably be known to be, offensive, inappropriate, intimidating, hostile, and unwelcome. At any time, individuals can contact ODESI to confidentially ask a question, raise a concern or seek assistance on how to address an issue.

Office Location: 115 McCaul St., Level 2

For more information please contact Amanda Hotrum, Director, Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives at 416-977-6000 Ext. 4860.

In an emergency on campus the OCAD University community is encouraged to call Campus Security at 511 first to help efficiently direct emergency response teams to the emergency location. Always call 911 in an emergency off campus. To reach Toronto Police Services in a non-emergency or to report a crime, call   416-808-2222.

Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice Chancellor, OCAD University

OCAD University partners with Guardly to put code blue emergency phones directly into students’ pockets

Friday, February 22, 2013 - 5:00am

Guardly Safe Campus Program infrastructure developed
within OCAD U's own mobile incubator, MEIC

(Toronto—February 22, 2012) OCAD University has teamed up with mobile start-up Guardly to launch a revolutionary new service aimed to improve the safety of students, faculty and staff both on and off campus.

The Guardly Safe Campus Program transforms personal smartphones into code blue emergency phones, the type of emergency consoles typically found installed on campuses across the country. Instead of needing to find one of these devices to signal distress, students can now activate a personal safety network, including campus security, simply by activating the Guardly application on their personal phones. 

During an active emergency incident on campus, Guardly uses a combination of GPS, WiFi and cell tower triangulation to track location and provides this information to a campus security dispatcher. For privacy purposes, location tracking is only enabled once a student triggers an alert. A caller's extended safety network can provide input to campus security to aid in response efforts.

Guardly Safe Campus also makes it easier for those with physical disabilities or sensory impairments to reach help. Since Guardly Safe Campus is built upon the Guardly infrastructure, if students or staff members have an emergency off-campus, the Guardly mobile application can still be used to notify up to 15 emergency contacts as well as 9-1-1 services, further extending the value of the service to OCAD U community members.

"Guardly's Safe Campus Program has been designed in tandem with campus security administrators and unlocks the capabilities for security managers to immediately identify callers, track location in real-time and communicate with emergency callers by voice or instant messaging," said Josh Sookman, CEO, Guardly Corp.

The subscription-based Guardly mobile personal safety system has been available to individuals since April 2011. A graduate of OCAD U's Mobile Experience Innovation Centre (MEIC) incubator program, Guardly developed its core infrastructure and its first mobile application for iPhone during its six month residency. It was also during this key period that Guardly, through discussions with key personnel at OCAD U's campus security and security teams at other universities, learned about how the technology could help higher educational institutions keep campuses safe. Guardly is currently available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Windows Phone 7 devices.

"The Guardly Safe Campus Program will undoubtedly revolutionize security services in higher education environments," said OCAD University President, Dr. Sara Diamond. "Guardly is a powerful communications tool for campus security teams, giving them the critical information they need to effectively respond to emergency incidents ever more quickly. We're even more proud that the infrastructure for the service was developed within OCAD U's mobile incubator at the Mobile Experience Innovation Centre. This is one of many research commercialization successes coming through OCAD U's research and innovation initiatives."

OCAD U is currently undergoing a rigorous testing period with a plan to roll out the app to the entire OCAD U community by September.

OCAD University (OCAD U): 135 Years of Imagination
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The university, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians. 

Guardly Corp.
Guardly (https://www.guardly.com/) is a platform for emergency communication that facilitates rapid social, mobile and location-aware responses to calls for assistance. Smartphone users who find themselves in an emergency situation can alert, connect and collaborate with local authorities, campus security as well as their own safety groups in a single tap. Guardly is based in Toronto and raised venture funding from Golden Venture Partners, Extreme Venture Partners and angel investors. Guardly is committed to dramatically decreasing the amount of time it takes responders to arrive at an emergency.

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For more information contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416-977-6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

OCAD U rolls out Guardly campus safety app as new school term begins

Images of the Guardly app
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 4:00am

(Toronto—August 28, 2012) Students, faculty and staff at OCAD University have an innovative new personal safety tool available to them for free this fall: the Guardly Safe CampusTM mobile application for smartphones.

The new service promises to dramatically impact the accessibility of campus security to students and staff. "Guardly puts our services directly into students' pockets, on a platform they are especially comfortable with," explained Vicki Brown, Director of OCAD U Campus Services & Security.

The rollout is the result of two years of collaboration between OCAD U and the makers of Guardly. The company is a graduate of OCAD U's Mobile Experience Innovation Centre incubator program, where a six-month residency led to the development of the technology's core infrastructure and Guardly's first iPhone app. The software was rigorously tested in a pilot program across campus by student and staff volunteers over the past six months.

The university's campus has expanded in recent years to include 12 buildings along the McCaul and Duncan Street corridor, stretching from Dundas Street in the north to Richmond Street in the south. "Our growth created a need for an innovative approach to campus safety that could transcend physical infrastructure," said Brown. "OCAD University is a leader in the mobile sphere, so it makes us very proud to be the first campus in Canada to offer this new service to our community."

The app works with Guardly CommandTM, a web-based incident management system that helps dispatch personnel to monitor, manage and respond to emergencies within campus boundaries, defined by a geofence. The system provides real-time caller location, identification and profile information, such as allergies, medical conditions, medications and other information specified by a caller in their profile. During an incident, dispatchers can speak with a caller by phone or engage in a conversation by secure instant messaging. For privacy purposes, location tracking is only enabled once a caller triggers an alert.

What's more is that the app isn't limited to use on campus. Outside the OCAD U geofence, the application can be used to notify 9-1-1 services and a caller's personal security network, further extending the value of the service to OCAD U community members. The app also makes it easier for anyone with physical disabilities or sensory impairments to reach help.

Students and employees can register and download Guardly Safe CampusTM for free through the OCAD U website.

About Guardly
Guardly is a platform for emergency communication that facilitates rapid social, mobile and location-aware responses to calls for assistance. An incubator company of OCAD University's Mobile Experience Innovation Centre (MEIC), Guardly developed its core infrastructure and its first mobile application for iPhone during its six-month incubation. It was also during this key period that Guardly, through discussions with key personnel at OCAD U's campus security and security teams at other universities, learned about how the technology could help higher educational institutions keep campuses safe. The Guardly app works on iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and Windows 7 phones.

About OCAD University (OCAD U)
OCAD University is Canada's "university of imagination." The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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Media are invited to attend. To RSVP or for more information, please contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416-977-6000 x327 (mobile x1327)

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