Security services review committee releases interim document

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The document outlines emerging themes arising out of the community-driven review of security services at York University.

In February 2022, York announced that it was undertaking a community-driven review of its security services with an aim to develop an alternative security services model for the University.

A team made up of York students, faculty, staff and an external consultant, all with diverse expertise and lived experiences, is leading the security services review.

The review is a commitment and action identified in York University’s Action Plan on Black Inclusion, a document developed following a pan-University consultation process with members of the Black and racialized communities.  

Following extensive engagement and consultation with the community, the review team has prepared a document that highlights some of the emerging themes to date and summarizes topics and solutions that were identified during the consultations. The community consultations, which began in February, will continue until the early fall. Initiatives included written submissions, a dedicated session with York’s Community Safety Council, an online education session that was attended by York community members as well as other post-secondary institutions, two community online town halls, meetings and group discussions with York students, faculty, and staff.

The themes identified in the document are preliminary only and require further analysis prior to the creation of the final recommendations report, which is planned for release in early 2023. The solutions presented in the document are driven by the community and are anchored in best practice research and jurisdictional analysis. Accordingly, feedback will be received on these themes and topics, and an updated emerging themes document will be available to the community in early fall. Feedback on the updated document will be solicited and the input received will help to inform the final report.

You can find the themes document on the security services review webpage. Please share your feedback on the themes document by writing to

To learn more about how to participate, please see below or visit the Security Services Review website.

Written submissions

Feedback can be sent to the committee by email at Any personal information shared will be kept confidential; feedback will be aggregated in the final report. To learn more, please see the privacy statement.

Students, faculty and staff can write directly, in confidence, to Shaheen Azmi, the external consultant who is assisting the review, by email at . Please include Azmi’s name in the subject line of the email and your submission will be sent directly to him.

Feedback sessions

Please visit the Security Services Review webpage for updates regarding future sessions to be held in the fall.

Focus groups and small meetings

If you would like to participate in a focus group or interview, please contact the review team at to coordinate.

Confidentiality and privacy

To learn more about how input will be used, please see the privacy statement.

All personal information provided will be kept confidential to the internal expert panel and the external consultant. Results will be reported in aggregate and anonymized.

If you have administrative questions or require alternate formats of the consultation brief, please contact us at  

For more information and ongoing updates, visit the Security Services Review website.