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Human Rights and Dispute Resolution Learn More


The Human Rights and Dispute Resolution Program provides consultation on issues related to human rights; acts as an Intake Office for formal complaints of discrimination, harassment or sexual violence; oversees and investigates formal complaints lodged under the University’s Discrimination & Harassment Policy and/or the Sexual Violence Policy; when requested, facilitates resolution of concerns and complaints using alternate dispute resolution practices.

Additional sexual violence intake office*

Faculty of Health Sciences Professionalism Office Learn More

Phone (905) 525-9140 ext 22249 or 28639


The Faculty of Health Sciences professionalism office has a mandate to address issues including but not limited to harassment, intimidation and discrimination according to the University’s policies.

Additional sexual violence intake office*

Employee and Labour Relations Learn More


The Employee and Labour Relations Team leads in the provision of Human Resources Services in the areas of collective bargaining, collecting agreement administration, labour relations, employee relations and manager training. The team also services as an intake office for concerns raised under the Policy on Discrimination & Harassment as well as the Sexual Violence Policy.

Additional sexual violence intake office*

Domestic or Sexual Violence Leave Learn More

Domestic or sexual violence leave is a job-protected leave of absence. Employees who have been employed by their employer for at least 13 consecutive weeks are entitled to domestic or sexual violence leave if the employee or the employee’s child has experienced or been threatened with domestic or sexual violence

Employee Health Services Learn More

Employee Health Services manages the disability benefits, the return to work process and employment accommodation needs of employees.

Employment and Family Assistance Program Learn More

The Employment and Family Assistance Program offers extended benefits through Homewood Health. Their complete suite of services includes organizational wellness, employee and family assistance programs, assessments, outpatient and inpatient treatment, recovery management, return to work and family support services customized to meet the needs of individuals and organizations.

Security Services Learn More

Security Services is responsible for the protection of persons and property within the McMaster community.

Chaplaincy Centre Learn More

The Chaplaincy Centre helps students, faculty and staff with issues affected by academic, relational, spiritual and practical concerns. The personal support they seek to offer also can lead to a wide variety of programs ranging from prayer to social justice, community connections to self-care of mind, body and spirit, peace-making to awareness-raising.

Spiritual Care and Learning Centre (SCLC) Learn More

The SCLC is a multicultural network of community leaders and resource groups working in collaboration to provide spiritual care services.

Ombuds Office Learn More

The mandate of the Ombuds Office is to ensure that all students, staff, and faculty are treated in a fair and equitable manner within the institution. To this end, the Office provides independent, impartial and confidential dispute-resolution advice and assistance on University-related issues to all members of the McMaster community, promotes discussion of institution-wide concerns, and makes recommendations for systemic changes as appropriate.

President's Advisory Committee on Building an Inclusive Community Learn More

PACBIC’s mandate is to “identify and anticipate issues affecting equity-seeking communities…both within the University and relevant to those seeking access to the University, and advise the President on such issues

Steps to Justice Learn More

Steps to Justice gives reliable and practical information on common legal problems, including:

Pride at Work Canada Learn More

Through dialogue, education and thought leadership, Pride at Work Canada/Fierté au travail Canada empowers Canadian employers to build workplaces that celebrate all employees regardless of gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Their learning, networking and community events happen across the country, advising, celebrating and connecting the most inclusive Canadian employers.

* While staff and faculty who have experienced sexual violence are encouraged to contact the SVPRO for disclosure support, complaint intake and reporting options, they can alternatively choose to make a Complaint to an additional intake office.