In the 90s, York’s Sexual Harassment Education and Complaint Centre realized the critical need for emergency support on campus for survivors of sexual assault. SASSL was founded in 1995, with the help of York University administration. For our first few years, SASSL received monetary support from the Campus Safety for Women grant, the Work Study program, and the Graduate Assistant program.
In 1999, SASSL became recognized as an important presence on campus when York students voted for SASSL to receive a $2.10 tuition levy. The levy is distributed across a full course load of 30 credits; for example, $0.21 is donated to the operation of SASSL for every three-credit course. That means that most undergraduate students pay 7 cents per credit with some exceptions. For more information check our Levy Opt-Out page.
SASSL continues to receive the same levy amount that we acquired in 1999. Because our staffing and services have expanded drastically since our inception in 1995, we hope to increase our levy amount for the first time in 18 years in the upcoming 2017-2018 referendum campaign. SASSL also continues to receive support from the Campus Women and Trans Safety Committee grant. With the Committees generous support SASSL is able to continuously host Wen-Do Self-Defense courses for York community members and host an annual open submission arts and poetry event for survivors (HeART).
Unfortunately, our funding model currently prevents us from accepting any monetary donations. We thank everyone who has sent us donation cheques over the years, we cannot however deposit them.