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York University (french: Université York), also known as YorkU or simply YU, is a
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, Canada. It is Canada's fourth-largest university, and it has approximately 55,700 students, 7,000 faculty and staff, and over 325,000 alumni worldwide. It has eleven faculties, including the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, Faculty of Science,
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Schulich School of Business
,
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,
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, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Health, Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, Faculty of Graduate Studies, School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design, and 28 research centres. York University was established in 1959 as a non-denominational institution by the ''York University Act'', which received royal assent in the
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on 26 March of that year. Its first class was held in September 1960 in Falconer Hall on the
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campus with a total of 76 students. In the fall of 1961, York moved to its first campus,
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, which was leased from U of T, and began to emphasize liberal arts and part-time adult education. In 1965, the university opened a second campus, the Keele Campus, in
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, within the neighbourhood community now called
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. Several of York's programs have gained notable recognition both nationally and internationally. York houses Canada's oldest
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, which has been ranked one of the best in Canada, with an acceptance rate comparable to that of
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. York's
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was ranked fourth best in Canada, behind U of T, McGill, and UBC. In ''
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''s 2011 full-time MBA rankings, York's
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Schulich School of Business
ranked ninth in the world, and first in Canada, and in ''
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''s ranking of MBA programs, Schulich ranked 18th in the world, placing first in Canada. York's School of Kinesiology and Health Science ranked fourth in Canada and 24th best in the world in 2018. Over the last twenty years, York has become a centre for labour strife with several faculty and other strikes occurring, including the longest university strike in Canadian history in 2018.


History

York University was established in 1959 as a non-denominational institution by the ''York University Act'', which received Royal Assent in the
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on 26 March of that year. Its first class was held in September 1960 in Falconer Hall on the
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campus with a total of 76 students. The policy of university education initiated in the 1960s responded to population pressure and the belief that
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was a key to social justice and economic productivity for individuals and for society. The governance was modelled on the provincial University of Toronto Act of 1906, which established a bicameral system of university government consisting of a senate (faculty), responsible for academic policy, and a board of governors (citizens) exercising exclusive control over financial policy and having formal authority in all other matters. The president, appointed by the board, was to provide a link between the two bodies and to perform institutional leadership. In the fall of 1961, York moved to its first campus,
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, and began to emphasize liberal arts and part-time adult education. York became independent in 1965, after an initial period of affiliation with the
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(U of T), under the ''York University Act'', 1965. Its main campus on the northern outskirts of Toronto opened in 1965. Murray Ross, who continues to be honoured today at the university in several ways – including the Murray G. Ross Award – was still vice-president of U of T when he was approached to become York University's new president. At the time, York University was envisaged as a feeder campus to U of T, until Ross's powerful vision led it to become a completely separate institution. In 1965, the university opened a second campus, the Keele Campus, in
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, in the Jane and Finch community. The Glendon campus became a
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led by
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, who envisaged it as a national institution to educate Canada's future leaders, a vision shared by Prime Minister
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, who formally opened Glendon College in 1966. The first Canadian undergraduate program in dance opened at York University in 1970. In 1972,
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featured the nascent institution on 8¢ stamps, entitled ''York University Campus, North York, Ont.'' The first Canadian PhD program in women's studies opened with five candidates in January 1992. Its bilingual mandate and focus on the liberal arts continue to shape Glendon's special status within York University. The new Keele Campus was regarded as somewhat isolated, in a generally industrialized part of the city. Petrol storage facilities are still across the street. Some of the early architecture was unpopular with many, not only for the
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designs, but the vast expanses between buildings, which was not viewed as suitable for the climate. In the last two decades, the campus has been intensified with new buildings, including a dedicated student centre and new fine arts, computer science and business administration buildings, a small shopping mall, and a hockey arena. The
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tennis stadium, built in 2004, is a perennial host of the
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tennis tournament. As Toronto has spread further out, York has found itself in a relatively central location within the built-up
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(GTA), and in particular, near the
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neighbourhood. Its master plan envisages a denser on-campus environment commensurate with that location. Students occupied the university's administration offices in March 1997, protesting escalating tuition hikes. In June 2014, the university announced that a new campus would be constructed in
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. The campus will be built near Highway 407, between Kennedy Road and Warden Avenue in partnership with
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. The new campus would house approximately 4,200 students and is anticipated to accommodate up to 10,000 students in future phases. On May 20, 2015, the provincial government announced it will provide financial contribution to this new project. On October 24, 2018, the provincial government announced it would pull its funding for the campus, along with funding for the planned satellite campuses of Laurier University and
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. After this cancellation of funding for the Markham project, York University and its partners planned to seek alternative funding. In July 2020, the provincial government allowed plans for the university to go through.


Academics

York's approximately 2,450 full-time faculty and academic librarians are represented by the York University Faculty Association. Contract faculty, teaching assistants, and graduate assistants are represented by CUPE Local 3903.


Admissions

York University has over 120 undergraduate programs with 17 degree types (BA, iBA, BHS, BSc, iBSc, BBA, iBBA, BEng, BES, BDes, BPA, BFA, BCom, BEd, BDEM, BHRM, BScN, BSW) and offers over 170 degree options. They admit to 30 international degrees offering international language study and opportunities to study abroad at more than 100 international universities. Its international students represent over 150 countries around the world. York University's Film Department houses Canada's oldest
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.


Reputation

York University has ranked in a number of post-secondary rankings. In the 2021 ''
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'' rankings, the university ranked 301–400 in the world and 13–18 in Canada. The 2022 ''
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'' ranked the university 494th in the world, and seventeenth in Canada. The 2022 ''
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'' ranked York 401–500 in the world, and 17th in Canada. York ranked 14th Globally and fourth in Canada in the ''Times Higher Education Impact Rankings for Climate Action''. In the 2022 '' U.S. News & World Report Best Global University Ranking'', the university ranked 456th in the world, and 17th in Canada. The Canadian-based ''
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'' magazine ranked York University sixth in their 2022 Canadian comprehensive university category. The university's research performance has been noted in several
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university rankings, which uses
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to evaluates the
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a university has on academic publications. The 2019
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ranked the university 488th in the world, and 19th in Canada, whereas the
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placed the university 488th in the world, and 19th in Canada. York University has also been featured in rankings that evaluates the employment prospects of its graduates. In ''QS's'' 2020 graduate employability ranking, the university ranked 301–500 in the world, and 10–16 in Canada.


Faculties

York University's Film Department houses Canada's oldest
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and has been ranked one of the best in Canada, with an acceptance rate comparable to that of
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and
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. York University is home to the oldest and largest
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faculty in Canada. From 1999 to 2018, York University offered the first and largest
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program in Ontario York/Sheridan Design (YSDN).YSDN York Sheridan Program in Design , York Master of Design
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It was a four-year University degree delivered jointly by the two leading educational institutions of design in Canada (York University and
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). The joint program has been discontinued and beginning with the class entering in 2019, four-year design students will enrol in a new Bachelor of Design offered by York University, one which is geared for the future of the profession. The
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moved from a downtown location to the York campus in 1969, following the requirement that every law school affiliate with a university. Osgoode Hall offers a number of joint and combined programs.


Research centres and institutes

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* Centre for Research on Biomolecular Interactions * Centre for Research in Earth and Space Science * Centre for Research in
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* Centre for Vision Research (CVR) * York Institute for Social Research * York Institute for Health Research * Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies * Canadian Centre for German and European Studies * Centre for Feminist Research * Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for
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* York Centre for Asian Research * York Centre for International and Security Studies * York Entrepreneurship Development Institute (YEDI) * Centre for Public Policy and Law * Centre for Refugee Studies * Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean * Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability * Institute for Research on
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* The Jack and Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security * LaMarsh Centre for Child and Youth Research * The City Institute at York University (CITY) * Global Labour Research Centre * The Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples * York Centre for Education and Community * Institute for Science and Technology Studies * Muscle Health Research Centre * Sensorium: The Centre for Digital Arts and Technology * Centre for Research on Language Contact * York Centre for Field Robotics * The Mariano A. Elia Chair in Italian Canadian Studies * Psychology Resource Centre The Art Gallery of York University houses the permanent art collections. The collection of 1500 objects includes Canadian, American, Inuit, and European mixed media, multimedia, installations, painting, photography, prints, drawings, sculpture, sketchbooks, film and video. The School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD, formerly the Faculty of Fine Arts),School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD)
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offers programmes such as design,
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,
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, visual arts, music, dance, and theatre. York's
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Department was once overseen by
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. York also has a joint Bachelor of Design program with
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. York's Departments of Film, Theatre and Creative Writing (which is not affiliated with the Faculty of Fine Arts) offers programmes in
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production/directing, acting, and writing respectively, producing many award-winning graduates.


Seneca@York

The Keele campus is host to a satellite facility of
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, and York University offers a number of joint programs with Seneca College


Libraries

The York University library has a number of branches. The Scott Library has materials in humanities, social sciences, fine arts, and environmental studies. The business library is the Peter F. Bronfman Business Library.


Study abroad programs

The university also offers the opportunity for students to earn credits towards their degree while studying abroad through international internships, the "Discover India" program operated between York and FLAME University, and
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programs. The university has student exchange agreements with over 120 institutions in 40 countries.


Campuses


Keele Campus

The Keele Campus is the main campus of York University and is located in northern
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bordering York Region. Most of the university's faculties reside here, including Liberal Arts, Fine Arts, Business, Law, Environmental Studies, Science and Engineering, Education, and Health. All together, nearly 50,000 students attend classes on the Keele campus.


Glendon Campus

Glendon College is a bilingual liberal arts faculty and separate campus of York University. Glendon College is home to the Leslie Frost library.


Markham Campus

In 2018, York University announced a proposal to construct a third campus in the city of Markham. The Government of Ontario supported to partially fund the construction and was announced by premier
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on July 23, 2020.


Other locations

While most of the Schulich School of Business and Osgoode Hall Law School programs are offered at the Keele Campus, both of them maintain satellite facilities in downtown Toronto. Schulich operates the Miles S. Nadal Management Centre at 222 Bay Street (Ernst & Young Tower within the
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), while Osgoode Hall has a Professional Development Centre at One Dundas West Tower within the
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. Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change The Lillian Meighen Wright Centre is billed as an eco campus next to Las Nubes Forest Reserve in
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.


Student life


Colleges and residences

York has nine undergraduate
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s:


Student unions and organizations

York University is home to over 350 student clubs. A number of larger student organizations are supported by student levy fees. These include the local chapters of the social justice group OPIRG, and
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, an environmental organization on campus that runs
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s at the Keele and Glendon campuses, a free store, a community bike centre and an borrowing centre.


The Village at York University

The Village at York University off-campus student housing area has become a popular area of accommodation for many upper-year and post-graduate students, and the area has had a large amount of attention particularly for large parties hosted by students, including the annual Battle of the Village kegger held in March. There have also been many reports of the level of noise pollution from late-night parties from students living in the area. Safety has also been a pressing issue.


Campus media

''
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'' has been the university's autonomous student newspaper since 1966. In 2008, the ''YU Free Press'' was formed as an alternative campus newspaper. ''YorkU Magazine'' (est. 2003) is the official magazine of York University. It is published 3 times a year in both a print and digital format.


Athletics

The university is represented in
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by the
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. Beginning in 1968 York's sporting teams were known as the "
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", after the Yeomen Warders, the guardians of the fortress and palace at the
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, otherwise known as Beefeaters. Later, the name "Yeowomen" was introduced to encourage women to participate in sports. Popular sentiment ran against this name scheme, however, as many students were fond of noting that a "Yeowoman" was fictitious, neither a real word nor having any historical merit. In 2003, after conducting an extensive internal study, the university replaced both names with the "Lions", as part of a larger renaming effort, and a new logo, now a white and red lion, was brought into line with the university's new visual scheme. The name change also brought York University in line with the 92% of other Canadian universities which use a single name for both sexes' sports teams. Ironically, students often refer to the female Lions teams as the "York Lionesses", even though the name "Lion" is intended to apply to both sexes. York offers 29 interuniversity sport teams, 12 sport clubs, 35 intramural sport leagues, special events and 10 pick-up sport activities offered daily. York University has several athletic facilities, some of which are used for major tournaments. These include a football stadium, 4 gymnasia, 5 sport playing fields, 4 softball fields, 9 outdoor tennis courts, 5 squash courts, 3 dance/aerobic studios, 6 ice arenas, a swimming pool, an expanding fitness centre and the new
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titles. York will be hosting the 2015 CIS Men's Soccer Championships at York Stadium November, 2015. In 2015 and 2016 York Lions Women's Tennis team won the Canadian University National Championships.


Fight song

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, and athletic games are: "York Song", sung to the tune "Harvard".


Fraternities and sororities

Fraternities and sororities are not recognized by York University.
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Campus safety

Many students at York University feel that York University does not do enough to notify students of security incidents on or near campus.


Incidents

In June 2008, the university announced it had commissioned an external safety audit after a string of rapes on the university campus. During frosh week 2007, two men entered a campus dormitory and raped two students. The victims were 17 and 18 years old at the time. A lawsuit filed claims that "the entrance door to the college and to the residential room areas of the college were virtually wide open to the public at large". The perpetrators were Daniel Katsnelson (aka Daniel Kaye or Daniel Katz) and Justin Connort. The next year, in January 2008, another student was sexually assaulted in the stairwell of a campus building. In May 2009, a contract security guard was shot at a York University campus pub, The Underground. In April 2010, a 20-year-old student was sexually assaulted while walking to her apartment, minutes away from the main campus. The incident, described by police as "particularly severe" and resulting in "very serious" injuries for the victim, was particularly notable as it occurred just a week after Daniel Katsnelson was sentenced for the 2007 rape on the university campus. In April 2011, campus security was temporarily increased following the murder of a 23-year-old
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overseas student in the off-campus housing neighbourhood The Village at York University. On August 26, 2011, York University announced that in response to recommendations in the METRAC Safety Audit, the university will be modifying the service delivery model for York Security Services (YSS) personnel. Members will be trained and issued with handcuffs and batons. Cruisers are to also be equipped with "silent partners" for transporting arrested persons. On March 6, 2014, local police and paramedics responded late at night to a shooting at the York University Student Centre. Two women were found at the scene; one had been shot and suffered non-life-threatening injuries and another received minor (non-gun-related) injuries from the suspect. A suspect was apprehended and subsequently charged. On April 10, 2014, two injured students and six others who witnessed the shooting filed a $20.5 million lawsuit against the university, alleging a pattern of negligence. According to the York University community safety reports, security incidents have been on the rise. Property crime has increased from 497 incidents in 2014/2015 to 670 in 2018/2019. Incidents affecting quality of life increased from 962 incidents in 2014/2015 to 1529 in 2018/2019. Crimes against persons increased from 145 in 2014/2015 to 187 in 2018/2019.


Notable people

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Distinguished research professors and university professors

The ranks of "distinguished research professor" and "university professor" are the highest rank a professor can achieve at York University. There are only ever up to a maximum of 25 each of active distinguished research professors and active university professors at any time. It is awarded to members of the faculty who have made outstanding contributions to the university through their work in research. * Pat Armstrong, 2010: Sociology, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies * Isabella C. Bakker, 2014: Political Science, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies * Norbert Bartel, 2006: Physics & Astronomy, Science * Dawn Bazely, 2017: Biology, Science * Ellen Bialystok, 2003: Psychology, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies * Deborah Britzman, 2006: Education * James Carley, 2000: English, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies * Jean-Gabriel Castel, 1986: Osgoode Hall Law School * Jerome Chen, Jerome Ch'en, 1984: History, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies * Lorraine Code, 1998: Philosophy, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies * Doug Crawford, J. Douglas Crawford, 2013: Psychology, Health * Kenneth Davey, 1984: Biology, Science * Sheila Embleton, 2009: Languages, Literatures & Linguistics, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies * Stephen Gill (political scientist), Stephen Gill, 2006: Political Science, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies * Jack Granatstein, 1994: History, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies * Leslie S. Greenberg, 2010: Psychology, Health * Philip Gulliver, 1985: Anthropology, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies * Henry S. Harris, 1984: Philosophy, Glendon * Robert Haynes, 1986: Biology, Science * Michael Herren, 1999: Humanities, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies * Eric Hessels, 2006: Physics & Astronomy, Science
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2015: Electrical Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering * Ian P. Howard, Ian Howard, 1988: Psychology, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies * Allan Hutchinson, 2006: Osgoode Hall Law School * Christopher Innes, 1997: English, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies * Ian Jarvie, 1993: Philosophy, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies * Michael Kater, 1992: History, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies * Gabriel Kolko, 1986: History, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies * A. B. P. Lever, 1998: Chemistry, Science * Clifford Leznoff, 2003: Chemistry, Science * Paul Lovejoy, 1997: History, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies * John C. McConnell, 2005: Earth & Space Science & Engineering, Science & Engineering * Gareth Morgan (business theorist), Gareth Morgan, 1992: Commerce, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies * H. V. Nelles, 2001: History, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies * Leo Panitch, 1999: Political Science, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies * Debra Pepler, 2008: Psychology, Health * Huw Pritchard, 1983: Chemistry, Science * David M. Regan, 1992: Psychology, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies * Marcia H. Rioux, 2013: Health Policy & Management, Health * Beryl Rowland, 1983: English, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies * Stuart Shanker, 2005: Psychology, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies * Gordon G. Shepherd, Gordon Shepherd, 1993: Earth & Space Science, Science * K.W. Michael Siu, 2008: Chemistry, Science * Brian Slattery, 2008: Osgoode Hall Law School * Martin Steinbach, 2000: Psychology, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies * Bridget Stutchbury, 2009: Biology, Science * James Tenney, 1995: Music, Fine Arts * John Tsotsos, 2008: Computer Science & Engineering, Science & Engineering *Leah Vosko, 2003: Political Science, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies * Jianhong Wu, 2011: Mathematics & Statistics, Science


Presidents

* Murray G. Ross, academic 1959–1970 * David W. Slater, David Slater, economist and civil servant 1970–1973 * H. Ian Macdonald, economist and civil servant 1973–1984 * Harry Arthurs, Harry W. Arthurs, lawyer and academic 1985–1992 * Susan Mann (Canadian historian), Susan Mann, historian and academic, 1993–1997 * Lorna Marsden, academic and politician 1997–2007 * Mamdouh Shoukri, academic, 2007–2017 * Rhonda Lenton, academic (sociologist), 2017–present


Labour disruptions

York University has a history of faculty and teaching assistant strikes. In 1997, there was a faculty strike by YUFA that lasted seven weeks. At the time, this was the second longest strike in Canadian University history. Key issues in the strike included retirement, funding, and institutional governance. In 2001, teaching assistants and contract faculty went on strike for 11 weeks, when the university broke its own record. The central issue in the 2001 disruption was the administration's proposed attempts to remove tuition indexation language. ;2008 CUPE 3903 Strike 2008–09 York University strike, A strike beginning on November 6, 2008 concerned a variety of institutional grievances, including job security for contract professors, elimination of the Non-Academic Student Code of Conduct, creation of whistleblower protection, and fund indexation. On January 20, 2009, CUPE 3903 defeated a forced ratification vote that would have ended the strike. On January 24, Ontario Premier of Ontario, premier Dalton McGuinty announced a rare Sunday recall of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, provincial legislature in order to pass back-to-work legislation mandating an immediate end to the strike. On January 29, the York University Labour Disputes Resolution Act was passed in the provincial parliament on a count of 42–8 ending the long 85-day strike and setting a precedent for future university strikes in Ontario. ;2015 CUPE 3903 Strike An additional strike by teaching assistants, contract faculty, and graduate assistants took place throughout March 2015. When the strike began, on March 2, the university cancelled nearly all classes because about 2/3 of York courses were taught by the striking contract faculty at the time. On March 10, the contract faculty ratified a new agreement, but the teaching assistants and graduate assistants rejected tentative agreements the bargaining team had reached with the university. The teaching assistants and graduate assistants, continued their strike until the end of the month. Contract faculty did not go back to work in support of the union and classes remained cancelled. The union reached a tentative agreement with the university on March 29, 2015, which was ratified on March 31, 2015, thus putting an immediate end to the 29-day strike. ;2018 CUPE 3903 Strike Units 1, 2, and 3 of CUPE Local 3903, the union represented by teaching assistants, contract faculty, and graduate assistants, began striking on Monday, March 5, 2018; several months after their previous collective agreement expired on August 31, 2017. The union's aim was to, in their words, "secure a fair collective agreement that, among other things, protected quality education and creates a less precarious working environment in Ontario's university sector." The main issues of the strike revolved around job security and the path to permanent tenured employment for contract faculty. A forced ratification vote was held between April 6–9 and was rejected by an overwhelming majority by all three units. On June 13, a ratification vote was held for Unit 2 members, where the union executives recommended voting against the university's offer. The results of the vote were thrown out due to the fact that there were more ballots cast than signatures of eligible voters. A re-vote was held on June 14 and 15, where Unit 2 ratified the university's offer, with 239 members voting in favour, and 122 opposed. Units 1 and 3 remained on strike until July 25, when the newly formed 42nd Parliament of Ontario led by Doug Ford, Premier Doug Ford passed back-to-work legislation via the ''Urgent Priorities Act'', ending the strike after 143 days, making it the longest strike in the post-secondary sector in Canada, Canadian history.


See also

* York University station * York University Observatory * Canadian university scientific research organizations * Higher education in Ontario * Ontario Student Assistance Program * List of Ontario Universities


References


Bibliography


Histories

* * * * * * * UPACE (1963) ''Master Plan for the York University Campus''. * York University (1998). ''York Campus Master Plan''.


External links

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