How to be a good student: ‘If you don’t like your peers, you won’t like this one’
Students are expected to be social and to learn from each other.
But some are afraid of the unknown.
“If you’re a new student, you don-t know what to expect,” said Olivia Juhasz, a 21-year-old sophomore at U of T’s Dufferin campus.
“You don’t know if you’re going to like it.
You don’t have a clue what’s going to happen.”
A recent report from the U of S Centre for Education Equity found that U ofT’s campuses were ranked worse than comparable institutions across Canada, and among the worst in the world.
The U of A has the worst graduation rate among Canada’s most elite schools, and has the highest poverty rate.
But it’s not just a matter of the cost of tuition.
The university’s reputation has been on the line for years, as a result of the university’s mishandling of sexual assaults and the ongoing scandal over the handling of former student Jian Ghomeshi’s alleged rape.
Students are also afraid that they will be ostracized for speaking out, said Sarah Bader, a U of Toronto student and one of the authors of the report.
The report recommends that all students and staff be required to sign a statement that states that they are willing to be accountable for their actions and to be open about what they do and don’t do.
U of C’s campus has a reputation for its free-spiritedness, and the university has the most female students on campus.
But many students feel unsafe at U.C., said Sarah.
“We feel unsafe here,” she said.
“When you’re in a fraternity, you’re probably not going to be comfortable being around people that don’t think like you do.”
A university spokesperson said it would not comment on individual students.
“U of T and its faculty have taken action to address the concerns raised by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ Office of Institutional Equity and Human Rights,” the spokesperson said.
The Faculty of Humanities, Women and Gender Studies has also received complaints from students and faculty about the university.
“I am very disappointed in the lack of transparency and accountability at U T and U of O,” said Sarah Krieger, the university student who co-authored the report and has spoken to more than 300 students.
She said the university needs to be more transparent and has a duty to investigate complaints of discrimination and harassment.
UofT’s president, Mark Millar, said in an email that the university would investigate the allegations against U of P. “The university’s commitment to equity, inclusion and respect for all of our students and their rights remains strong,” he said.
A spokesperson for UofP said the organization would not be commenting on individual complaints.
“While we cannot comment on specific students’ experiences, our values and practices include diversity and inclusion,” the university said in a statement.
“These values are important to us as a university and are reflected in all of the policies and programs we are pursuing.”
Story continues below advertisement A recent investigation by the University of Toronto found that the administration of U of W was negligent in its response to sexual assault allegations against two students who had graduated in 2010.
“At the time, the school was under the direction of its dean and in a position of leadership with an established culture of respect and trust,” the report said.
Students were told that there was no criminal investigation and that allegations of sexual misconduct were a “distraction.”
But the U.T. Office of the Vice-Chancellor said it was aware of a complaint from a student about the handling by the school of allegations of misconduct made by another student who graduated in 2012.
The vice-chancellor, David Fergus, said at the time that the school “made significant changes in response to these complaints.”
The U.W. investigation said that, from 2013 to 2016, U ofW suspended seven students, and suspended two others in 2016 and 2017, after they were accused of sexual assault.
“A number of students at the UW have been suspended, expelled or are currently suspended for misconduct and/or misconduct of another nature, including sexual assault and//or domestic violence,” the investigation found.
Students told the investigation that they were instructed to lie about their sexual assaults to get rid of unwanted attention, and that they should never bring the sexual assault to their own campus.
In 2016, students at UofW said they were told to take the blame for their sexual assault by the university, and were told by the student’s mother that she should be “scared to bring this up to anybody,” the Uof W investigation said.
Story remains below advertisement “We were told it was a distraction,” said Uof T student, who asked not to be identified.
“They were telling us it was going to have to do with a ‘distraction’ but it didn’t.”