Security beefed up at University of Toronto after online threats
Toronto/September 11, 2015
Campus security beefed up today at University of Toronto’s Toronto and Mississauga campuses in light of anonymous online threats against feminists and women. On Thursday an email was sent by U of T vice-president and provost Cheryl Regehr addressed to students, faculty and staff.
“The University is currently working with Toronto Police Service and Peel Regional Police Services to support an investigation into anonymous threats made on a public blog against the University of Toronto,” said the email quoted by different media groups.
“We take these threats very seriously and want to ensure that we have a safe campus community.”
According to the e-mail, police presence has been increased at all three U of T campuses. On Sept. 5, somel comments were posted to a blog urging others to shoot students and professors in women’s studies and sociology classrooms. The comments, made under the username “Kill Feminists,” have since been deleted.
CUPE 3902 also issued a notice to its members saying that the threats have been made specifically against women, feminists and members of the university’s sociology and women’s studies departments. Students, faculty and staff are being encouraged to report any suspicious activity.