University of Toronto

Office of the
President

President’s statement on the attacks in Paris

To members of the University of Toronto community:

The University of Toronto community shares the shock and sadness felt around the world in response to the deadly attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015. Our thoughts are with those whose loved ones were killed or injured, and with all the people of France. In particular, our thoughts are with U of T students, faculty, staff, and alumni who are from France or who have friends and loved ones there.

On learning of the attacks, we contacted all students and faculty members currently in France who are registered with the University of Toronto Safety Abroad Office. We also posted information on the U of T home page for students and faculty and their family and friends. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as new information is received. Members of the University community experiencing grief or distress are invited to access our Health and Wellness services or the Employee Assistance Program (links below).

The University of Toronto flag will be flown at half-mast in solidarity with the days of official mourning declared by French president François Hollande – and in sympathy with all those mourning the lives taken in these terrible incidents.

Links to campus Health and Wellness Services and the Employee Assistance Program:
UTSC: http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~wellness/
St. George Campus: https://www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/hwc
UTM: https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/health/
Employee and Family Assistance Program (tri-campus): http://www.hrandequity.utoronto.ca/about-hr-equity/family/efap.htm