Campus Assessment and Support Team

We’re here to support you!

At Durham College (DC), we recognize that life on campus can sometimes be stressful, and with more than 12,000 students at some point you may experience or witness challenging behaviour from others in our community.

The Campus Assessment and Support Team (CAST) takes a pro-active approach to supporting the well-being of our students when potentially exposed to an incident involving a person with mental illness, either directly or indirectly.

If you experience behaviours, communications or activities that could be deemed disturbing or distressing to others, we encourage you to connect with us right away. CAST is a multi-disciplinary team of professionals that is trained to review, discuss and develop a support plan to reasonably address inappropriate behaviour when it is reported. All students at DC have access to this resource to ensure everyone feels safe and secure on campus.

This support process is not designed as a disciplinary course of action, however the nature of the incident and risk to students will influence the involvement of community partners such as Emergency Medical Services (EMS), law enforcement and/or the use of DC’s emergency measures. In these cases, CAST processes will be used as a tool for meaningful intervention.

While it’s important to show compassion and understanding in any situation involving a person with a mental illness, we encourage you to maintain your safety and the safety of others by contacting the appropriate authorities. The focus of any discussion with CAST will address the issue while maintaining the dignity of the student and continuing to support his/her success.



Step into your potential!

We all remember that person in our lives who encouraged, challenged and supported us to do our very best. They made a difference in our lives because they saw our potential and didn’t give up.

At Durham College (DC), we recognize the importance of coaching and have developed a pilot project to connect students and coaches with the intention of fostering character strength, building resilience and cultivating empowerment and self-esteem.

Since September 2014, the coaching development team has supported a wide range of first-year students with a combination of methods geared specifically towards those in post-secondary education. The coaching element will expand in 2015 with the development of a website to promote coaching philosophies and provide access to a toolkit. The website will function as both a resource for students and a recruitment tool for future coaches.


Soup and Substance

Food for Thought!

There is something comforting about a nice chat over good food. That’s why the Diversity office and Aboriginal Student Centre at Durham College (DC) are proud to host Soup and Substance, a series of lunchtime moderated discussions on a wide range of topics. These lunchtime sessions run from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thought-provoking conversation around issues of inclusion and diversity is guided by a panel of subject-matter experts.

Topics include:

  • Creating safe space for our LGBTQ community
  • Discussing the AIDS epidemic
  • Mindful meditation
  • Race and Intersectionalities
  • Ramadan
  • Sexual Violence / Sexual Assault
  • Supporting students who are sex workers
  • Supporting students with exceptionalities

Register at to join us for good food and good conversation. Don’t forget to bring an open mind and an open heart.


Yes Means Yes

Share the love!

Exploring sex and sexuality can be beautiful, but also confusing at times. When is it okay to cross into a physically intimate relationship with someone? The Campus Health Centre, Student Life, Residence and the Diversity office at Durham College (DC) have partnered to launch Yes Means Yes. This campaign was developed to raise awareness about healthy sex, share resources and provide a safe platform for students to engage in dialogue about self-awareness, confidence and knowledge when making decisions about sex.

There are many layers to any sexual experience. Yes Means Yes focuses on consent and what that really means as well as how to safely explore healthy relationships, healthy sex and sexuality.

At DC we want our students to be aware that regardless of the choices they make in regard to their sex life, there are campus and community supports available to address any and all questions or concerns. Our goal is to create a respectful and non-judgmental culture where students can engage in honest and safe dialogue about all aspects of healthy sex. We want our students to be informed and own their behaviour, but most importantly, be safe.