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York University: Kinsmen Safety

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With the university taking a stance on student safety. The Social Work 
Student Association is proposing changes to the shuttle bus route 
through out the Keele campus. The Social Work program is one that is 
critical and based on social justice. It is a program that is attended 
by majority female students, having said this, all students regardless 
of gender should be taken care of. Students at the School of Social Work
 are required to walk a long and unlit walk back to the main campus from
 the Kinsmen Building. At times there are large numbers of students 
required to walk back to the main campus beyond 10PM. Furthermore, with 
fall starting and winter not far behind, it will begin to become darker 
earlier. The Kinsmen building is situated in an at-risk area where it is
 located across from a wooded area. As mentioned before, lighting is a 
problem as it is a poorly lit area, both around the building and the 
routes students can take to walk back to campus. In addition, at this 
time, there are no protocols or action plans put in place for when a 
student may need assistance while on their route back to the campus as 
there aren’t any emergency buttons or devices on any of the routes. 
There have been incidents at the co-op building beside Kinsmen building 
which also raises concerns and more questions as to why the safety of 
Social Work Students and others who come this way are not being placed 
as a priority. We, the students, pay tuition like any other student at 
York University; we would like our tuition money to be put towards 
ensuring optimal safety. Within the Kinsmen building, we also do not 
share the same benefits as other buildings (in terms of the TV screen 
which details events, weather warnings, and other important 
information). We are isolated at the Kinsmen building and York 
University should strive to create an inclusive atmosphere where 
everyone is ensured belonging as well as safety. We, the students and 
other supporters, are asking York University to continue its trend of 
focusing on campus safety and ensuring all students from across the 
campus feel safe and have equal access to safety. We would like the 
Kinsmen Shuttle bus stop to be put back into service as well as having 
appropriate response times in regards to walking patrol when needed (in 
between the shuttle bus service times).

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