Personal Safety & Property

When working alone, on weekends, evenings or nights, keep your office or lab door closed and locked. It is a good idea to let someone know that you intend to work late, alone. You should also let UofT Campus Police know what building and room you plan to work in.

WALKsmart offers a reliable and safe alternative to walking along on campus at night, from 7:30pm to 1:30am. WALKsmart provides escorts to walk you from one campus building to another, or to the nearest TTC stop or subway. You can contact WALKsmart by calling 416-978-SAFE (416-978-7233). If no one is available at this number, call UofT Campus Police at 416-978-2323.

The Workalone Program is available to all members of the community who work on campus during the quiet, and often scarce hours of the evening, weekends, and statutory holidays. University Campus Police will visit or telephone you during the period you plan on working for, to make sure you are safe. You can take advantage of this program by calling 416-978-2323. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday: 10:00pm to 7:00am; 24 hours during weekends and statutory holidays.

To take advantage of the Workalone Program, call the UofT Campus Police at 416-978-2323 to register and to provide them with necessary details. Services provided to registered participants include:

  • Having UofT Campus Police visit or telephone you during the after-hour period you request;
  • In the event of an emergency in your area, having UofT Campus Police contact you and advise you on the appropriate procedures to follow;
  • Having UofT Campus Police arrange for an escort to take you to your vehicle or the nearest TTC stop.

Traveling Abroad?
Does your research ever require you to travel abroad? UofT has a Safety in Field Research Policy that you should be aware of.

In addition, please draw your attention to the University of Toronto Guidelines for Safety in Field Research, developed by the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, which compliments the policy and contains various forms to be completed prior to departure.

There is also a safety abroad website and an advisor who can provide information on any travel advisories that may be in effect at the time of your departure.

Emergency - Police/Fire/Medical emergency
Call 9-1-1 from an internal telephone line for immediate police, fire or medical response to preserve life or property. Report urgent matters (suspicious persons/trespassers) to UofT Campus Police by calling 416-978-2222. To contact UofT Campus Police on any non-urgent matter, call 416-978-2323 or visit their website.

Emergency Telephones are located throughout campus to keep you safe. A blue flashing light indicates the location of an emergency telephone. When the button is pressed, it dials directly into the UofT Campus Police dispatcher and the caller's location is displayed to the operator. There are several emergency telephone locations on campus. The nearest location to the Earth Sciences Building is opposite the Forestry doors at Willcocks Street in the courtyard.

Fire Evacuation
In the event of a fire, or when the alarm sounds, evacuate the building. Walk quickly to the nearest exit and alert others to do the same. If necessary, assist disabled persons in exiting the building. NEVER use the elevators. Be familiar with the stairwells nearest to your work location.

There are five (5) stairwells in the Earth Sciences Building. They are:

  1. North Huron Block stairwell at 25 Willcocks Street (Huron/Willcocks).
  2. North stairwell at 33 Willcocks Street (near the Faculty Club).
  3. South stairwell at 22 Russell Avenue (at the Department of Earth Sciences).
  4. Central stairwell at Bancroft Street (between EEB and Earth Sciences).
  5. Southwest stairwell at Bancroft Street on the Forestry side (near the GSU pub).

DO NOT return to an evacuated building unless directed to do so by the UofT Campus Police or Department staff.

Personal Property is not covered by UofT insurance. The University is not responsible for any damage or loss to your personal items.

Personal Information is for EEB employees, students and teaching assistants is available on our website. If you would prefer to limit the information available to others, please contact EEB reception.