Statement to the University College Community Regarding Recent Instances of Islamophobia

The University of Toronto has responded to both the recent restriction on travel to the United States from several predominantly Muslim countries, and to the terrorist attack on the mosque at the Centre Culturel Islamique Québec in Québec City.

As President Gertler says: “[O]utstanding scholarship, teaching, and learning can thrive only in an environment that embraces the broadest range of people and encourages the free expression of their perspectives.”

University College (UC) fully endorses the University’s response.  Indeed, the principles that ground it are also at the centre of the College’s identity, for UC was founded in 1853 as an institution of higher learning that was free from religious constraints.  We continue to welcome students, staff, alumni, and faculty of all faiths or none.

The College particularly would like to reach out to our students who might be affected by these events or the recent rise in Islamophobia.  The UC Registrar’s Office and the Office of the Dean of Students are available to support any student in need.

The University College Literary and Athletic Society (“the Lit”) is also committed to combatting Islamophobia on campus and off.


Donald Ainslie, Principal, on behalf of the Executive Committee of University College