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Filing a Freedom of Information (FOI) Request

A $5.00 fee must accompany all requests for information. The fee may be paid by cheque (payable to McMaster University) or by cash.

To file a Freedom of Information (FOI) Request and submit the completed FOI form and the $5.00 fee to:

Privacy Office (University Secretariat)
McMaster University
Gilmour Hall, Room 210
1280 Main St. West
Hamilton ON L8S 4L8

A response is normally issued within 30 days.

About the Information you want to access

What information are you requesting?  Please be as specific as possible in describing the records.  The more specific your request, the quicker and more accurately it can be answered.

If you are requesting your own personal information, please be sure that you give:

  • your full name;
  • any other names that you have used on the records; and
  • any identifying number that relates to the records, such as your employee number, case number, or student identification number.

Time Period

Provide the specific time period of the requested records.  For example, if you are requesting records for the period January 1, 1993 to August 31, 1994, enter those dates.

Requesting General Information (FEES)

For access to general information, there are fees for photocopying, shipping, manually searching records or preparing them for disclosure. Other fees may be required by an institution in responding to your request.

Requesting Personal Information (FEES)

Although no fees are charged for the time required to manually search records of personal information, or to prepare such records for disclosure, you may be charged certain other fees, including photocopying fees.