Statement on Iran

We are saddened to see the situation in Iran continue to escalate. We are closely watching what is happening at institutions like the Sharif University of Technology and are deeply concerned for the safety and wellbeing of students, staff and faculty at this university and others in Iran.

Many members of the UVic community have deep connections to Iran, including connections to family, friends and colleagues living in Iran today. You are all in our thoughts and we’re here to support you. We ask everyone in our UVic community to be kind, to listen and learn more about ways to help people who may be struggling. This can and should include demonstrating flexibility to create space for people to attend to their community needs, and to grieve and support others in their lives as news from and about Iran may have a profound effects on their mental and physical health.  

Here in Canada, we can often take freedom of speech and expression for granted and it’s important to remember that students and citizens of other countries are sometimes not afforded these same rights. For those impacted by this devastating situation in Iran, please know that you are not alone; the UVic community is here for you and we have on-campus supports for students, staff and faculty who may need them.

UVic supports for Students

International Centre for Students (ICS) 
We have International Advisers who can help with the transition to Canada, travel information, peer connections, community building, immigration and settlement. 

Contact us with all of your questions about being an international student at UVic.   


Phone: +1-250-721-6361

Student Wellness Centre 
We provide holistic care for your wellbeing—emotionally, physically and spiritually. You don’t need to be in Victoria to access care! Contact us for virtual and in-person appointments with counsellors, doctors, nurses, spiritual care providers and more.  

SupportConnect is a free, confidential mental health support for UVic students. Contact us from anywhere, 24 hours/day.  

+1-844-773-1427 (North America)  
+1-250-999-7621 (international) 

Academic Advising  
Contact us for help understanding and fulfilling your academic program requirements. 

Undergraduate | Graduate 

Academic Concessions
You may be eligible for an academic concession if you are unable to complete your course requirements as a result of trauma, personal or family affliction related to the situation in Iran. Please speak to your instructor if you are considering this option. 

Emergency financial support
We have financial bursaries available to assist if you’re in emergent need. You must be registered in a minimum of 4.5 units in the term in which you receive the bursary (3.0 units for students with a permanent disability). Contact Student Awards and Financial Aid to see if you’re eligible.

UVic support for Faculty and Staff

Employee and Family Assistance Program
This program is designed to provide information, advice and support for staff and faculty as they navigate many of life’s challenges and milestones.  

Community supports

UVic Iranian Student Association (IRSA)
The IRSA is a student club in the UVSS that provides an avenue for Iranian students to connect and support one another.


Instagram: @irsauvic

Victoria Iranian-Persian Cultural Society (VIPCS)
The VIPCS encourages and facilitates the cultural, social, philanthropic, sports and artistic activities of the Iranian and Persian-speaking community in Greater Victoria and Vancouver Island.