Division of the President

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The Division of the President is made up of four units:

Office of the President

The President and Vice-Chancellor is the chief executive officer of the University. The President has ultimate responsibility for the academic work and general administration of the University, the members of faculty, officers, other employees and students, and such additional powers and duties as from time to time may be conferred upon or assigned to the President by the Board. The President is expected to bring educational leadership and a visionary approach to defining the academic and administrative focus of the University. The office works to support the President in fulfilling this mandate.


University Secretary and General Counsel

The University Secretariat administers the governance of the University by supporting the Senate and Board of Governors. The Secretariat also maintains the corporate records of the University and administers the licensing of the University's names and marks.

The Office of the Counsel supports York University's mission and priorities by handling all legal matters generated by the activities of the University and its faculties, schools, departments and administrative units.

The Information and Privacy Office (IPO) provides public access to university records and information and protects the personal privacy of the university community in compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA).


Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion

The Centre for Human Rights assists individuals and groups to address and resolve allegations of discrimination and harassment as defined by the Ontario Human Rights Code (Code). Our mandate covers all grounds of the Code, as well as York's human rights policies and provisions.

The Centre will play a significant role in human rights education promoting a culture of equity and mutual respect. As part of its educational role, the Centre will continue to liaise with human rights groups/committees/associations both within the University and in the broader community as resources permit.


Communications and Public Affairs

The role of Communications and Public Affairs is to bring clarity to what York stands for among its many target audiences and to enhance the reputation of York by communicating York in a strategic and consistent way. The unit ensures that all communications, throughout the university, consistently meet high standards, reflect our mission and are in line with our brand strategy.