Wellness & Safety

The University of Victoria offers programs and services that support conditions for student success. We encourage all students to take advantage of these services to help support their education, personal wellness and day-to-day activities.

Any concerns for personal safety can be directed to Campus Security Services who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Review our Wellness during COVID-19 brochure here.

Healthy Living

Safer Cannabis Use

The University is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all students, employees, and visitors. The Office of Student Life website provides details about cannabis use on campus, as well as safety and harm-reduction information, and provides answers to frequently asked questions. UVic's Occupational Health, Safety & Environment website provides information primarily for UVic employees on the expectations around cannabis and the workplace. 

The University of Victoria follows provincial and municipal legislation in regard to cannabis use, and has added designated cannabis smoking benches on campus. The designated cannabis smoking areas are shown on this map.

Student Services and Campus Departments

Student Wellness Centre (SWC)

The Student Wellness Centre (SWC) is made up of Counselling, Health and Multifaith. The SWC aims to provide holistic care to support UVic students’ wellbeing: emotionally, physically and spiritually. The SWC team includes counsellors, doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, administrative staff, chaplains and other practitioners.

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Campus Security

Campus Security promotes a safe and welcoming environment and oversees four main areas of responsibility:

  • Security services
  • Parking and transportation services
  • Motor pool services
  • Emergency planning

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Academic Advising

The Academic Advising Centre for the faculties of Humanities, Science and Social Science provides undergraduate academic advising at all stages of a degree to help students develop personal academic plans that ensure graduation requirements are met.

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Centre for Accessible Learning

CAL provides programs and services that support students in achieving their academic goals and acts as a resource for faculty and the larger university community to help create a more accessible learning environment.

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International Student Services

International Student Services supports international degree-seeking students, visiting students and exchange students at UVic. We celebrate diversity, advance intercultural competency and cultivate an inclusive and globally-minded campus.

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Office of Student Life

The Office of Student Life works with partners across the university to respond to critical and high-risk student incidents, develop and deliver student focused policies and create pro-active programs and services for students on key areas including student mental health and sexualized violence. The OSL also woks with the university community to help resolve non-academic student conduct concerns in a consistent and fair manner.

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