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Human Rights Program


The Human Rights Program is a confidential program that deals with discrimination, sexual harassment and general harassment complaints. Our processes are complainant driven, confidential and available to all members of the McMaster community. As a neutral office, EIO maintains a duty of fairness to all parties involved in the complaint process. 


The SHRO will listen to your concerns in confidence and discuss your options with you. Your concerns will not be discussed outside of our office unless we have your express consent to do so. The policy sets out the following exceptions:

a) if the health and/or safety of an individual or group may be at risk; or

b) if the University is subject to legal proceedings that in the opinion of the Provost and VicePresident (Academic) or the Vice-President (Administration), (in consultation with the President) require the disclosure of information; or 

c) if disclosure of information is required at law, e.g. as required by the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

As a neutral office at McMaster University, EIO is available to:

  • Discuss concerns relating to discrimination, sexual harassment, harassment and bullying; and
  • Provide you with options for informal and formal resolution.

Our Senior Human Rights Officers are available by appointment to meet in person.  Appointments may be booked by
phone, email or in person here.


Types of Complaints 

EIO administers the University's Policy on Policy on Discrimination and Harassment: Prevention & Response (PODH), and Accessibility policies. 

A resource is available for raising a concern and providing assistance to someone raising a concern under the PODH Policy:

To discuss options under these policies, .



While it is possible to raise a concern without giving us your name, these are very difficult to act upon since there is no identifiable complainant.

Initiating a Complaint

Students, staff, faculty and visitors to campus may initiate complaints within 12 months of the last incident.

What to do if you are named in a Complaint under the DHSH Policy

If you are named as a Respondent in a complaint, you should know that a complaint contains allegations, and is not itself a finding of fault or wrongdoing on your part. A complaint is the initial step in a process for determining both perspectives on the matter and working towards a resolution that is suitable to all parties. A complaint is a view of events from the perspective of the Complainant, and as a Respondent, you have an opportunity to provide your own version of events. 

University as Complainant

In some cases, the Office receives repeated allegations against the same person but none of the persons is willing to be named as a complainant. In such cases, EIO may recommend that the University proceed with a complaint against the respondent.


For further information about any human rights related matter, please do not hesitate to Contact Us.