York Theatre Department Review

Introduction and Purpose

Key Terms

Questions About the Survey

Additional Resources

General Information

 

Accessibility and Technical Support

If you have any accommodation requests or technical questions in relation to completing the survey, please contact us at yorktheatrereview@campusreviews.ca for assistance. Please note this email address is reviewed periodically during business hours. We will endeavour to respond to your email within 48 hours.


Filing a Complaint, Resource and Support

Note that no identifying information from this survey will be provided to York University. Please review the following contact information if you wish to file a formal complaint or access York or external resources and support. 

 

Introduction and Purpose

 

In order to hear from a wide range of voices during the shared narrative exercise, the survey is one way in which we are gathering information. The survey will encourage faculty, staff and students to reflect on their experiences within York Theatre and to identify specific challenges. The anonymized results will be compiled by Ethical Associates Inc. and added to the shared narrative exercise.

 

Key Terms

 

Following are some key terms used throughout the survey.

 

Anti-Black Racism

Includes policies and practices rooted in Canadian institutions such as, education, health care, and justice that mirror and reinforce beliefs, attitudes, prejudice, stereotyping and/or discrimination towards people of Black-African descent. The phenomenon of anti-Black racism seeks to highlight the unique nature of systemic racism on Black-Canadians and the history as well as experiences of slavery and colonization of people of Black-African descent in Canada.  

 

Black Health Alliance https://blackhealthalliance.ca/home/antiblack-racism


Discrimination

Includes unfair or differential treatment or harassment that results in harm because of a personal characteristic or perceived characteristic covered by the Ontario Human Rights Code (Code). The grounds under the Code include race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, citizenship, ethnic origin, creed, receipt of social assistance (housing only), sexual orientation, marital status, family status, record of offences (employment only, must have been pardoned), age, sex, gender identity, gender expression, disability and association with a person protected under the Code.


Harassment

Includes a course of vexatious comment or conduct that is known or ought reasonably to be known to be unwelcome based on Code grounds. A single, serious incident can also be considered harassment. 

 
Sexual Violence

Includes any sexual act or act targeting a person’s sexuality, gender identity or gender expression, whether the act is physical or psychological in nature, that is committed, threatened or attempted against a person without the person’s consent and includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, indecent exposure, voyeurism and sexual exploitation.

 

York University, Policy on Sexual Violence, https://secretariat-policies.info.yorku.ca/policies/sexual-violence-policy-on/

 

Questions About the Survey

 

Following are some questions and responses regarding the survey.

Is this a formal complaint to York?

No. If you want to talk to York about a complaint(s), please contact The Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education https://thecentre.yorku.ca/ or the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion https://rights.info.yorku.ca/

What am I being asked to do?

You are being asked to voluntarily complete the online survey. In order for all of your answers to be collected, you must go to the end of the survey and click the ‘Submit’ button. This will demonstrate your consent to participate. 

 

What is the purpose of the survey?

In order to hear from a wide range of voices during the shared narrative exercise, the survey is one way in which we are gathering information. The survey will encourage faculty, staff and students to reflect on their experiences within York Theatre and to identify specific challenges. The anonymized results will be compiled by Ethical Associates Inc. and added to the shared narrative exercise.

 

Will York see my survey response?

No.

 

 

Will my identity be anonymous?

Yes. The survey is anonymous and as such we will not be collecting information that will easily identify you, such as your name or other unique identifiers. Although your Internet Protocol (IP) address can be tracked through the survey platform, Ethical Associates will not be collecting this information. Your IP address may be observed only to ensure that one individual is not completing the survey multiple times.

 

 

How will Ethical Associates use the responses in my survey?

The survey responses will be used by Ethical Associates for the purpose of the Review only. The Final Report will identify themes and recommendations. The final report will not provide any identifying information.

 

 

What are the potential risks to me in completing the survey?

Some of the survey questions may make you uncomfortable or upset, or you may simply wish not to answer some questions. You are free to decline to answer any questions you do not wish to answer, or to stop participating at any time by closing your browser. If you close your browser before getting to the end of the survey, and do not confirm your consent to participate at the end of the survey by clicking the ‘Submit’ button, your information collected up to that point will not be captured.

 

 

What support services does York have for people who are impacted by the survey?

Please see the Additional Resources section on this page.

 

 

How is my information protected and stored? 
The survey uses Google Forms platform, which is an American (USA) company. Consequently, US authorities under the provisions of the USA Freedom Act (formerly known as the Patriot Act) may access the survey data. 

 

To further protect your information, data stored by Ethical Associates will be password protected and/or encrypted. Only Ethical Associates and their agents in this study will have access to the data collected. The Report will include collective information (i.e., themes and recommendations). Any individual responses which could reveal identifying information will not be shared with anyone outside Ethical Associates and their agents

 

At the time Ethical Associates provides its final report to York University, the data will be destroyed and deleted from all systems and servers.

 

What happens when I complete the survey by hard copy?

If you would rather participate through an email or paper-based survey, please email yorktheatrereview@campusreviews.ca​. Please note: email or paper-based surveys may allow your identity to be known to Ethical Associates, but if you select this option your information will be kept confidential.

What are my rights as a participant?

Participation in the survey is completely voluntary and you can withdraw your consent at any point up to clicking the ‘Submit’ button at the end of the survey. Because the survey is anonymous, once you click the ‘Submit’ button at the end of the survey, we will not be able to determine which survey answers belong to you, and so we cannot withdraw your information from our review once you click on the ‘Submit’ button.

 

Please note by clicking the ‘Submit’ button at the end of the survey you are providing your consent for participation.

 

Additional York Resources

Respondents may be interested in the following additional resources and supports:

 

 

External Resources

  • The Gerstein Centre 24/7 Distress Line (416-929-5200) https://gersteincentre.org/: a free, confidential support line for anyone experiencing an emotional crisis and needing immediate assistance.

  • Good 2 Talk (1-866-925-5454) https://good2talk.ca/ontario/: a free, confidential counselling support line for post-secondary school students.