IRIS sustainability survey asks: Are you an active bystander?

IRIS survey poster

Every year, graduate assistants working with the Institute for Research & Innovation in Sustainability (IRIS) do a campus survey on a sustainability theme. This year, IRIS, in collaboration with the Office of the Vice-President Finance & Administration, is exploring the theme of being an active bystander.

IRIS survey poster

All York students, staff and faculty are invited to participate. The survey is open until March 28. Fill it out for a chance to win a monthly TTC Metropass.

About the Survey

The purpose of this survey is to help inform the University about future safety initiatives, including ones built around the concept of being an active bystander, which is essentially intervening in situations when others need help.

The survey’s objectives are:

1.   To determine how and when York community members feel comfortable intervening.

2.   To determine current level of knowledge about existing safety initiative on campus.

3.   To gather data on York University community members’ safety concerns to inform future programming.

4.   To understand how community members feel broadly about the sense of community on campus.

Fill out the survey for a chance to win a monthly TTC Metropass! All York students, staff and faculty are invited to participate. The survey is open until March 28. Look for IRIS survey stations across the Keele and Glendon campuses from March 18 to 27. Complete the survey online at

To see past IRIS Campus Sustainability surveys, visit

About IRIS – The Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability:
IRIS is an interdisciplinary research centre at York University dedicated to pursuing multifaceted approaches to the contemporary challenges of sustainability. It is a focal point for sustainability-related research and action at all 10 York Faculties. Through collaborative and interdisciplinary research, IRIS strives to push beyond traditional research methods to tackle real-world challenges with unique solutions. It supports sustainability-related research of York faculty members and students, and is a leader in transdisciplinary, team-based research.