Human Resources deluged with requests for PIN numbers


McMaster's human resources office has been deluged with requests for personal identification numbers (PIN) as faculty and staff prepare for their first on-line vote for new members of the Board of Governors.

In January, Board secretary Bruce Frank announced that McMaster faculty and staff will be voting on-line for their next representatives to the Board of Governors. Based on the rush of requests to human resources for individual personal identification numbers (PIN), faculty and staff have responded positively to an electronic ballot.

However, in their eagerness to have the appropriate means by which to cast their votes, many have not completed all the steps required.

“There has been some confusion over getting a PIN,” Frank acknowledges. “HR has been deluged for PINs.” Unfortunately, Frank adds, University staff and faculty have not been supplying all the necessary information.

It's not enough to e-mail HR and ask for a number. Four additional pieces of information are required: McMaster ID number, surname, given name and birth date (month/day/year). If in doubt, check out the HR Web site under “Human Resources Self-Update.”

To obtain the number, send an e-mail to or apply in person to the Office of Human Resources, Room 304, Gilmour Hall. Remember to have the four pieces of information handy.

Dates for the elections of teaching and non-teaching staff representatives to the Board have not yet been established.