Policies, Directives & Procedures


It has been a value of McMaster University since Directions I (1995) to "consider the possibilities of alternative distributions of authority, the simlification of managerial structures, more effective decentralization, new administrative technologies, and the elimination of nonessential regulations".

The University seeks a culture of fewer and more focused policies and directives, and greater empowerment and accountability for individual employees and departments.  For Human Resources, policies are few and high-level, Board-approved, principles.  Directives are decisions communicated by the President and/or Vice Presidents (PVP). Procedures are meant only to advise and guide discretionary decision-making.

Role of Human Resources Services

The primary role of McMaster's Human Resources Services is to provide service and advice to University stakeholders.  The department also has a mandate to ensure compliance with applicable labour and employment legislation and regulations, collective agreements, and University policies, directives, and procedures respecting human resources.


The University's policies, directives and procedures respecting human resources apply to all University employees unless stated otherwise.  Please note that bargaining unit employees are also subject to their applicable collective agreements.  Where any policy, directive or procedure respecting human resources contradicts the term(s) of the applicable collective agreement, the collective agreement governs.

Human Resources Policies

University Policies, Procedures & Guidelines

McMaster University Policies, Procedures and Guidelines are divided into twelve broad subject categories.  Within each category there are titles which narrow the subject information.  From these titles the policy textual document can be selected.


Health and Safety

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