44 Tsunami Disaster

PDAD&C # 44


Professional and Managerial Staff
Decentralized HR Offices
From: David H. Farrar, Deputy Provost and Vice-Provost, Students
Angela Hildyard, Vice-President Human Resources and Equity
Date: January 7, 2005
Re:  Tsunami Disaster


Following the earthquake and tsunami disasters, it is probable that there will be U of T students, faculty and staff affected. We believe it is important that, as an institution, we work together to offer
consistent support and accommodation to those faculty, staff and students who need it.

For Students:

  1. Financial concerns: All requests for financial aid resulting from the crisis - which could range from immediate short-term needs to longer lasting problems - should be forwarded to Admissions and Awards, to the attention of David Sidebottom, Manager of Financial Aid Services. The
    University is committed to providing support as required. Students may use whatever bursary/grant application they would normally access.
  2. Academic concerns: Undergraduate students who are experiencing difficulties with their coursework should be directed to the Registrar's Office of their faculty or college (A&S, UTM, UTSC.) Individual instructors who are dealing with issues should refer students to their

    It is recommended that graduate students deal with the graduate co-ordinators of their departments. SGS and OISE-UT will work with the graduate co-ordinators.
  3. Emotional / spiritual issues: Please see the attached material.
  4. Students planning on travelling to or currently in affected areas should be encouraged to contact the Safety Abroad Advisor at safety.abroad@utoronto.ca The Safety Abroad Program provides support to students living overseas and will offer a re-entry session to help students cope with the stress associated with this trauma. If you have concerns or questions related to students not addressed in this message, please speak with Karel Swift (kj.swift@utoronto.ca; 978-7965.)

For Staff and Faculty

For those University of Toronto members involved in field research in affected areas, please consult the Policy for Safety in Field Research at the following link: http://www.utoronto.ca/safety/Policies/fieldres.htm .

If you require immediate assistance please contact the Office of the Vice-President, Research and the Associate Provost at vp.research@utoronto.ca .

Family Service Employee Assistance Program is available to employees and family members who have personal concerns as a result of the tsunami disaster and can be reached anytime at 1-800-668-9920 for support and referral. In addition the Family Service Association is very involved in providing support to Tamil community members in the Greater Toronto area and information is available at the above number.

The Family Care Office (kaye.francis@utoronto.caor 416-978-0951) and Health and Well-being Programs and Services (myra.lefkowitz@utoronto.ca or 416-946-5873), and the Quality of Worklife Advisor (rosie.parnass@utoronto.ca or 416-978-4419) are also available for referral to community resources.

The Family Care Office has compiled a list of resources to help parents communicate with children about the recent tragedy in Asia. Information on talking to your child after a natural disaster can be found at

Human Resource Generalists in your division may also be contacted to respond to work-related issues that may emerge as a result of the tsunami disaster.