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UPDATE FROM THE UNIVERSITY SECRETARIAT

The call from public health officials to increase social distancing together with the constantly changing circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic means additional measures are being taken by McMaster to scale back some operations at the university. These decisions will be in place until at least April 5th but could change based on any developments.

Staff will be working remotely and may be contacted via email.  Staff will be responding to email on a priority basis between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, and will reply to emails as soon as possible.

If you sent any mail on or after March 13, 2020, or any courier packages on or after March 16, 2020, we may not have received them yet and as such they may not be received for some time. Mail will be received intermittently by the office during this time.

Governance meetings will be moving to teleconference or video conference as appropriate in the circumstances.  Details will be sent to members.

Judicial matters will still be processed however, no new hearing dates will be scheduled at this time.

The IT Continuity Tools & Services page provides an overview of IT tools and services that allow you to work from home.

Privacy and information security for the McMaster community are of paramount importance. With the recent addition and availability of the Zoom video conferencing service, some privacy concerns have been raised by the campus community.  This article addresses some of these concerns and provides Zoom users with some best practices to protect their privacy and the privacy of others.