McMaster University

McMaster University

Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence

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 Sexual Violence Policy has been in effect since 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


Quick Links

Sexual Violence Response Protocol:


Campus Resources


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

Security Services

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

Equity and Inclusion Office

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


Community Resources

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

Relevant Policies

Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities

Sexual Violence Policy

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