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Alert - Scam Alert: Toronto Police News Release - Scam Targeting Chinese students
Alert - Terror Attacks Alert: Recent Terror Attacks
Alert - Travel to the US Alert: Travel to the US - updated June 26, 2017

Alert: Toronto Police News Release - Scam Targeting Chinese students

The Toronto Police Service is investigating a scam that is targeting Chinese nationals studying in Canada.

It is reported that:

  • unknown person(s) are contacting Chinese students
  • the students are told to go into hiding or their family in China will be hurt
  • the students are also told not to use social media or cell phones

It is further reported that:

  • these unknown person(s) then contact the students' families in China
  • they tell the family that their son or daughter has been kidnapped
  • a demand for large ransom is made

If you believe that you may be a target of this scam please contact Campus Police (416-978-2222) and / or Toronto Police (911) (or your municipal police service). 

As always, in an emergency such as a life threatening situation,  please call 911 and then Campus police.

For more information:

Toronto Police Service New Release

U of T Campus Police News

Alert posted November 11, 2017.

Alert: Recent Terror Attacks

The Centre for International Experience would like to extend our condolences to those of you in our community who have been affected by recent terror attacks; especially when those attacks have happened in your home country or in places where you have family, friends or other connections living close by. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

During times like these we are reminded how easily our academic and professional endeavours can be disrupted by events beyond our control. If you feel that you would like a bit of support or simply want to talk about the impact of these events, there are many options open to you including the following:

CIE's transition advising team is available by appointment or drop-in.

U of T's Health & Wellness Centre offers many types of services.  Contact Health & Wellness to make an appointment.

Multi-Faith Centre offers grief support and can connect you with spiritual care

If you are planning to travel abroad on University of Toronto activities, you should consider your travel plans carefully. Please contact the Safety Abroad Office for advice. If you are currently abroad, you are encouraged to reach out to the Safety Abroad Office should you require support.

Alert: Travel to the US

On June 26, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the revised Immigration Executive Order that was to take effect March 16, 2017 will be upheld with the exception of foreigners holding “a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” These individuals are exempt from the 90-day ban on travellers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

For more information on the decision, please see the U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Nos. 16-1436 and 16-1540 (PDF, 111 kB).

At this stage, students should confirm eligibility to travel before departing to the US. Students that have immediate travel plans which cannot be postponed should contact their local consulate and their airlines. All students should expect delays in the clearance process.  

If you are travelling on university activity and have not registered with the Safety Abroad Office, please do so as soon as possible.

Learn how to register with the Safety Abroad Office and attend a US-specific pre-departure orientation.

We will be monitoring developments regarding this ruling to assess its impact on students. Please let us know if your travels were interrupted due to the Executive Order.

For more information, please contact Safety Abroad at 416-946-3929 or safety.abroad@utoronto.ca