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Strategic Priorities

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A safe, inclusive and healthy educational environment

Unsure if Welcome Week is for you? McMaster is committed to creating a welcoming, inclusive, safe and healthy educational environment which supports personal and academic success. We achieve this through our three strategic themes: mental health and wellness, sexual and gender-based violence prevention, and responsible drinking.

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Mental Health and Wellness

Student well-being and good mental health are critical foundations for student success. We are committed to creating a culture of caring and support, and recognize that improving the health of our campus is a collective effort and shared commitment. Our community of staff members, faculty, and students are equipped with information about how to identify, respond and refer a student in distress. Through our messaging, programming, and policies, we model the importance of wellness, self-care, resilience and social responsibility. Ways to Wellness is a campaign with some of the tried and true ways to support overall mental health and well-being. It teaches resilience strategies, educates peers on supporting others with mental illness and aims to shape a campus culture that supports mental health and wellness.

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Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Prevention

At McMaster University, we are committed to taking action to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence through training delivery, active programming and critical messaging. We place the highest priority on survivor safety and ensuring that the campus is a welcoming, safe, and inclusive environment for all members of our community. Together, we make certain all students, faculty and staff know where to go for support, ensure the main tenants of what constitutes healthy and positive relationships are understood, and reassure the campus community of University policies that are in place to respond in a timely and sensitive manner to sexual violence or the threat of sexual violence.

Picture of a sign that says: What's in your cup? 42% of McMaster students had between 0 - 2 alcoholic drinks the last time they partied.

Responsible Drinking

All events sanctioned by McMaster University during Welcome Week are alcohol-free to promote the safety and well-being of our students. Students who choose to drink alcohol during Welcome Week and orientation are encouraged to do so responsibly, set limits and should be aware of supports and resources for addressing overconsumption. Making new friends and socializing is a priority for many students during orientation events, including Welcome Week. It is our priority to ensure students are safe, know what to do if they find a peer in need of assistance and know that there are services available in case assistance is required.