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COVID-19 Human Resources Information

We continue to focus on the health and safety of our campus community and to prevent the risk and spread of COVID-19. This page provides information to support business continuity and workplace operations.

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The University is committed to providing and maintaining healthy and safe working and learning environments for all workers, students, volunteers and visitors. This is achieved by observing best practices which meet or exceed the standards to comply with legislative requirements. Our workers’ commitment to the University community is integral to the success of the institution. McMaster continues to take every reasonable precaution to ensure the health and safety of the campus community.

(as of August 19, 2020)

  • Essential and Required Services: Workers who are maintaining essential and required services on campus and who are supporting the reopening of campus or enabling others to continue working remotely.
  • Phase 1 and 2 Research Activity: Approved researchers who require campus-based equipment and facilities or whose inability to conduct fieldwork presents serious obstacles and consequences for researchers and graduate students completing their studies. Phase 2 allows for additional activities to take place on campus, including some training of research personnel, special requests involving human participants in research and some consultations with external research partners — all only if needed and approved.
  • Phase 1 Course Preparation: Instructors accessing their offices for the purpose of course preparation and recording.
  • Priority Access to Campus: Requests can be made for priority access to campus for occasional onsite work in extenuating circumstances:


Other than these specific groups, everyone should continue to work remotely. A number of committees and groups have been instrumental in developing the plans for increased activity on campus. Both the vice-president, Research and the vice-provost have been working with the associate deans to develop academic and research planning. Two committees with pan-university representation help guide this phased approach to increased on-campus and fieldwork research activity, in compliance with all government, public health and university guidelines.

Guides for working/learning in person include information regarding COVID-19 awareness training, self-assessment and screening prior to arriving onsite, and reporting via Mosaic for probable exposure and confirmed cases.

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