Preventing and responding to sexual violence

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.


David Wilkinson
Provost and Vice-President, Academic

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

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

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 Conduct

Sexual Harassment Policy

Code of Conduct for Student Athletes