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Community Standards

Our Community Standards are standards that we live by and are directly linked to our values

Our Values






Fire Safety

Residents shall not tamper with fire safety equipment such as hoses, extinguishers or alarms, or in and other way jeopardize the safety of fellow community members. This includes the unauthorized disconnection, dismantling or covering of smoke detectors. Corridors, stairwells and suite halls must be kept clear of obstructions, and residents must leave the building in the event of a fire alarm.

Alcohol & Drugs

The laws of the Province of Ontario regarding alcoholic beverages apply to the University. Under the Narcotics Control Act of Canada, possession of, use of and tracking illegal drugs is prohibited. Consumption of alcohol within Graduate House is limited to the Residents own suite, unless the Resident is participating in a University licensed event held in the Common Room. Cultivation of cannabis and brewing alcohol is prohibited.

Community Health

Residents are expected to follow guidelines regarding social distancing, gathering limits, and use of masks etc. as directed by the provincial government, public health authorities, or by the University of Toronto. Up-to-date protocols in effect at Graduate House regarding COVID-19 can be found here.


It is important that we respect our community and its members by providing a space that is quiet and free of excessive noise which includes directly outside the building on Graduate House property. Except for official Graduate House or Graduate House Council events, designated quite hours are:

  • Sun – Thurs: 11:00am – 8:00am
  • Fri – Sat: 12:30am* – 8:00am

*12:30am on Saturday and Sunday mornings respectively


Animals are not permitted in Graduate House except for fish, which must be maintained in a safe and hygienic manner. Owning a fish and its responsibilities should be discussed in your Suitemate Agreement.


Bicycles should be stored in the bicycle storage rooms provided, or locked and stored outdoors. To respect the building, and the space of it’s community members, we do not allow bicycles to be stored in suites or bedrooms at Graduate House.


The University of Toronto is a smoke-free campus. We do not allow smoking anywhere in or near our building including the courtyard. This includes smoking of any substance, vaporizing, and e-cigarettes. Residents who choose to smoke must do so off campus property.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, guests are currently not permitted in Graduate House. Updates on the guest policy will be sent via email to residents and posted on the Graduate House website.


For the safety of the community and its members, loaning and/or duplicating your keys/fobs is not allowed. Doing so puts our community and your safety at risk


Residents are responsible for cleaning their own rooms and are equally responsible with their suitemates for keeping the common areas. particularly the shared kitchens and bathrooms, clean and tidy in accordance with Graduate House standards. Vacuum cleaners are available in each suite. The cost of purchasing cleaning supplies should be shared equally among suite residents.

Residents who do not maintain their rooms/suites in accordance with Graduate House standards may be billed the costs of cleaning charges to bring suites up to an acceptable level of cleanliness.


For the safety of our residents, possession of firearms, ammunition, explosives (including fireworks) or other dangerous weapons are not permitted in Graduate House.

Unauthorized Entry

As safety is paramount, no unauthorized entry into another’s room or into any restricted are of the building is permitted.

Unacceptable Behaviour

Graduate House is a place of collegial and co-operative interaction. Residents must respect the rights of others by conducting themselves in a courteous and considerate manner, The following kinds of behaviour are examples of those considered to be unacceptable:

  • Profanity, insulting, abusive language to a Resident, a Resident’s guest, or any Graduate House staff member;
  • Any act of violence, whether physical or otherwise, to a Resident, a Resident’s guest or any Graduate House staff;
  • Creating a hostile environment and/or bullying, regardless of the medium;
  • Dropping or throwing objects, such as bottles or food, from, at or within Graduate House;
  • Vandalism or negligent damage to, or removal of Graduate House or a resident’s property from or within its assigned location;
  • Sexist, racist, or homophobic behaviour which may promote or produce an atmosphere of hostility or intolerance in Graduate House. Discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, colour, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity or ability will not be tolerated.