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Mission and Mandate of the University Secretariat

Our mission is to guide and facilitate the responsible and transparent decision-making processes for the governing bodies of McMaster University.  We achieve this mission through our expertise and breadth of knowledge in the following five areas of our mandate:

  • provision of professional support to the Board of Governors, Senate, University Planning Committee and their respective committees, councils and advising bodies;
  • facilitation of University policy development and renewal, including documentation and interpretation;
  • coordination of Senate & Board elections and executive searches for senior administration appointments;
  • supervision of the legal responsibilities for all tribunal hearings; and
  • oversight of information governance and compliance with privacy laws.

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Bulletins, Lists & Updates Learn More

Senate Bulletins, Policy Updates, and Lists for Honorary Degree Recipients, Board Chairs, Distinguished University Professors, and University Scholars

Elections Learn More

Elections for various governing bodies at McMaster, for students (graduate and undergraduate), teaching staff, and non-teaching staff

Hearings & Appeals Learn More

Student appeals; faculty discipline, grievances, tenure & promotion appeals; research integrity hearings

Policies, Procedures & Guidelines Learn More

University Policies, Procedures and Guidelines which have been approved by the Senate and/or the Board of Governors.

Privacy at McMaster Learn More

Advice, guidance, and policy direction to ensure McMaster’s compliance with the FIPPA, PHIPA, CASL, and other relevant legislation.

Senior Executive Officers Learn More

Senior Executive Officers of the University, and Selection Committees.

University Act & By-Laws Learn More

McMaster University Act, Board of Governors By-Laws, Senate By-Laws, and Faculty By-Laws