McMaster places the highest priority on ensuring that our campus is welcoming, safe and inclusive for all members of our community. Sexual assault and sexual harassment are not and will not be tolerated. We want to ensure that our students, faculty, and staff know where to go for help and are reassured that University policies are in place to help deal with sexual assault or any other type of assault or harassment on campus.
Sexual violence is a most serious issue and needs to be addressed on an ongoing basis. We encourage any member of the University community who has experienced sexual violence of any kind to access the support resources that are available to them on campus and in the Hamilton community. McMaster has counsellors and trained staff who are available to help support survivors. We also offer educational programs in which experts work with students and other groups to find new ways to promote prevention. In addition to ongoing initiatives, McMaster University is undertaking several coordinated strategies designed to improve practices and policies that address sexual assault and sexual harassment. They include the introduction of the Sexual Violence Response Protocol and hiring of a Sexual Violence Response Coordinator in August, 2015. The University is also currently drafting a Sexual Assault Policy which we anticipate will be adopted and fully implemented by January 2017.
In order to make sure students and others can find the assistance they need, please refer to the links below.
Provost and Vice-President, Academic
Sexual Violence Response Protocol: http://svrp.mcmaster.ca
Student Wellness Centre
On-campus medical care; counselling services; wellness education resources
McMaster University Student Centre room B101 & MUSC B118, 905-525-9140 ext. 27700
Emergency support & consultation on issues of safety on campus
Clark Centre room 201, dial “88” from on-campus phone; if off-campus, call 905-522-4135
McMaster Children's hospital, or FHS library, dial "5555" from on-campus phone; if off-campus, call 905-522-4135
Human Rights and Equity Services
Confidential support and advocacy for issues related to sexual assault, harassment, discrimination or stalking for students, staff and faculty.
McMaster University Student Centre room 212, 905-525-9140 ext. 27581
SACHA - Sexual Assault Centre (Hamilton and Area)
Provides confidential, anonymous 24-hour nonjudgmental telephone support for adults who have experienced sexual violence at any point in their lives; will provide accompaniment to hospital or police station for survivors wishing to seek medical attention or report; counselling services & public education
24-hour Support Line - 905-525-4162
Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Care Centre (SA/DVCC)
Provides specialized healthcare for children, adolescents, women, trangender persons, and men who have experienced sexual assault, and/or domestic violence.
If you have been sexually assaulted, and you wish to access medical attention, go to the emergency department at Hamilton General or Juravinski Hospitals to access care from SA/DVCC.
McMaster provides training and resources on violence and harassment prevention in the workplace. A list of resources is available at http://www.workingatmcmaster.ca/eohss/prevention/workplace-violence/
Student Code of Conduct
Sexual Harassment Policy
Code of Conduct for Student Athletes