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Resources/Useful Information

for Faculty
and Staff

Information for Faculty and Staff

Download Faculty Guide to Addressing Disruptive Behaviour (PDF)
Download Staff Guide to Addressing Disruptive Behaviour (PDF)

Student Wellness Centre

The Student Wellness Centre provides workshops on stress management, Alcohol use, and drug use.

Alcohol Education

The Liquor Laws of Ontario apply on campus as they do everywhere else!
A brief overview of Liquor Laws of Ontario is available at the Alcohol Education section of the McMaster Security website.

Alcohol 101, an innovative program aimed at reducing the harm associated with the misuse of alcohol on college campuses.

Bacchus is a student life education company that promotes healthy decisions on the use or non-use of alcohol and other health issues.

Drug Education
Visit the joint drug education web page created by Security Services in partnership with the Student Wellness Centre.

Getting Angry?
Experiencing Conflict?

Getting Angry? Experiencing Conflict?

The following PowerPoint presentation has some helpful tips on how to manage yourself when you have become frustrated, or are experiencing conflict: PPT Presentation HTML Version

Personal Safety and Crime Prevention
McMaster Security Services has resources on many matters related to life on campus.

Fire Prevention and Protection
Learn what you need to know to protect yourself and others in case of fire.

Your Privacy
- Rules and

Your Privacy - Rules and Regulations

The Univesrity Secretariat has a wealth of information on privacy rights including a frequently asked questions section.


Online Social Networking

As technology continues to rapidly evolve, it presents many new and exciting opportunities for social interaction and communication with people from around the world. Popular online social networks, such as Facebook, Myspace and Xanga, allow users to meet new people, create new friendships, join new communities and connect with people who have similar interests.
However, as great and wonderful as these networks can be, Facebook and similar virtual communities can impact your life offline. While it might be fun to create a temporary on-line identity as a party girl/guy, this could possibly create a lasting impression that affects future job applications, scholarships or relationships. The information you post is vulnerable to context, circumstance and interpretation and comes with the same rights and responsibilities as your offline actions. It is also important to note that while the University does not regularly police Facebook, Myspace or other similar sites, you may still be held accountable for any online behaviour that contravenes the Student Code of Conduct (SCC) or the Residence Code of Conduct (RCC).

Points to Ponder

Rights and Responsibilities

You have rights and responsibilities associated with any form of communication or interaction, online or offline. Although cyberspace seems impersonal, you are still responsible for treating others with respect and decency. Facebook policy itself bars posting “harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, vulgar, obscene, hateful or racially, ethnically, or otherwise objectionable” material on the site. In general, if you wouldn’t do or say something in person, it might not be something to post online.


As open, international communities, Facebook and other networks expose you to many new and interesting people; however, not everyone’s intentions are positive. Detailed profiles may contain extensive personal information, such as phone numbers, addresses and class schedules, which can lead to incidents of stalking, identity theft and harassment. When posting, you should only post information that’s already available in the public domain and general information rather than specific details as well as limit the availability of your profile using the privacy settings.


While Facebook and Myspace are intended to create new social contacts, you should be careful about who can see your information. Most social utility networks come with adjustable privacy settings, allowing you to control who can search for your profile, what sections of your profile are viewable and who can post comments on your wall. As an open network, anyone may join and view your profile, which may include stalkers, people who intend you harm or potential employers. While it may seem humorous to post a picture or two of you at a questionable party or activity, is this the identity you want everyone to see, including family, professors, employers and references?
Although privacy settings help you control who sees your profile, they do not guarantee that you have complete control over the information you have posted. Even if you take down or change posted information, it is still available on the internet as cached information. Additionally, even secure sites can easily be hacked and private information made public. Posting photos or blogs that include drinking or suggestions of illegal activity can exist indefinitely online, having unanticipated consequences in the future. Before posting, ask yourself if this is the identity you want to resurface five years from now.

Healthy Relationships

There is a wonderful variety of interesting and unique people available online, particularly through social utility networks. While meeting people from around the world is a great way to learn about new cultures and interests, online social networking should be appropriately balanced with your offline life. Tangible offline relationships contain a wealth of depth and diversity that are often missing in online relationships where you are frequently interacting with an identity rather than a complete person.

Messages to Remember

  1. You can be held responsible for your online behaviour
  2. If you wouldn’t want it printed in a newspaper, don’t post it online
  3. The internet can create a false sense of safety and security
  4. Remember to maintain relationships offline

Download McMaster's Facebook Poster Series (PDF)

Links, Review these?

  1. McMaster’s computing policies and procedures website
  2. Read your rights and responsibilities under the Student Code of Conduct (SCC)
  3. Additional sources for more information regarding social utility networks
    1. When students open up -- a little too much (
    2. How to sniff out private information on Facebook (
    3. Thoughts on Facebook (Cornell University)


E-harassment violates McMaster University's Policies and may violate the Criminal Code of Canada. This applies to e-mail, text messages and instant messages. Violations could be turned over to Hamilton Police Services for investigation.


Harassment is defined as a course of vexatious comment or conduct that is known, or ought reasonably to be known, to be unwelcome.

Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Did the incident cause stress that affected your ability, or the ability of others, to work or study?
  2. Was it unwelcome behaviour?
  3. Would a reasonable person(s) subjected to this behaviour find it unacceptable?

Unsolicited advertising is a regular annoyance when using e-mail and generally is not treated as harassment.


If you feel threatened at any time, please call Security Services at (905) 525-9140, ext. 24281 or 88 (on any campus phone).

If you have received e-mail that you think is harassing, save a copy.

It will contain information that may help identify the sender.


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