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U of T Student Equity Census

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Equity, diversity and inclusion are fundamental values at the University of Toronto. Building on U of T’s Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Excellence, we are committed to advancing equity within our practices and processes. The U of T Student Equity Census launched in Fall 2020.

This Census is a tool that supports the University in better understanding the demographics of our student population. The data we collect will be used to develop, assess, and maintain programs and initiatives that respond to the needs of our students. Through connections with other student-related data, we’ll be able to more effectively understand and improve the holistic experience of our students. This data will also help us to strengthen student recruitment efforts, access, and strategies to address and eliminate barriers to success within our processes.

Your identity is complex and personal – we understand and respect that. Your responses will be kept strictly confidential. Through the participation of all students, we’ll be able to better understand and address the systemic barriers that our students face.

About the U of T Student Equity Census

The U of T Student Equity Census is a demographic data collection initiative with a set of seven questions, including questions on gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, Indigenous identity, race and/or ethnocultural identity, and education attainment of parents or guardians.

Who should participate

All undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at the University of Toronto on a part-time or full-time basis are required to complete the Census. However, students are in no way required to share any information that they do not wish to share. The “prefer not to answer” option is always there for students to use, and this option is available for each of the Census questions. 

How to participate

The Census is available on ACORN. Log in using your UTORid and fill out your responses – it should only take about five minutes to complete. You can find the Census in the “Profile & Settings” section of your ACORN account. 

Privacy & confidentiality

You determine the information you choose to share. All questions have a “prefer not to answer” option, should there be information you do not wish to share. You also have the option to change and update your responses at any time. Your responses aren’t anonymous, but the data collected will be kept strictly confidential. Only aggregate data will be used in reporting.

As always, your privacy is protected. Learn more about how we’re keeping your information safe. You can read more about how the University uses, collects and protects student information on the Student Data website.

Preview the U of T Student Equity Census

If you are interested in seeing the questions included on the 2022-2023 U of T Student Equity Census, you can view the U of T Student Equity Census -Questions & Format Resource (2022-2023).

Frequently Asked Questions