McMaster places the highest priority on student safety and ensuring that our campus is welcoming, safe and inclusive for all members of our community. Sexual assault or harassment is 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. Our policies address both sexual assault and the threat of sexual assault.
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
This website is a place where survivors of all backgrounds and social identities can find support and information about sexual, intimate partnership or family violence. It's also a place where campus members can find tips on how to provide the best support possible to survivors who disclose experiences of violence.
Human Rights and Equity Services
Support and advocacy for issues related to sexual assault, harassment, discrimination or stalking
McMaster University Student Centre room 212, 905-525-9140 ext. 27581
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
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/