• We are continually monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19. Please continue to check back here for new information. Please note that McMaster Divinity College is a separate entity from McMaster University and McMaster University procedures may differ from our own. We will update this page with new information as it comes available.

    All students, faculty, staff, and guests entering our building should review the following guidelines as we reopen our building safely. Due to the Omicron variant, McMaster Divinity College is currently closed except for faculty and staff access until at least January 31, 2022. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 6:00pm.

    If you have tested positive, are displaying potential symptoms, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 after having visited our building in the prior 2 weeks, please contact our COVID-19 Response Team immediately by emailing John Steadman and follow the steps outlined here.

    To protect the privacy of our personnel, no personal health information about faculty or staff members will be disclosed to any individual.


  • Entering the Building

    Each person entering the building will be required to show proof of vaccination (see Vaccination tab below), sign in, and complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment. Those experiencing even mild symptoms are asked to stay home.

    Signage posted throughout the building clearly communicates our requirement to self-identify and not enter the building if they, or someone they have been in close physical contact with, have travelled outside of Canada in the last 10 days, have been referred for testing or advised to self-isolate, are awaiting test results, have tested positive for COVID-19, believe they could have been exposed to someone with COVID-like symptoms, or are experiencing any of the following symptoms: cough, difficulty breathing, muscle aches, fatigue, headache, sore throat, or runny nose. When entering the building please adhere to the following guidelines:

    • Enter at the main entrance only. All other doors are exit only.
    • Each person entering the building should sign-in and declare that they have read and comply with the posted requirements for entry.
    • Use hand sanitizer upon entering the building.
    • In keeping with municipal bylaws, face masks must be worn at all times in the public areas of the building. Complimentary disposable masks are available at the main entrance.
  • While In the Building

    Hand sanitizer is located throughout the building and should be used regularly in addition to hand washing.

    Washrooms are restricted to single occupancy to facilitate social distancing when entering and exiting. Kindly knock before entering and wait outside in the designated spot until the washroom is available. Each level of the building has two sets of washrooms at either end of the hall.

    Food and Drink

    Cullen Hall is the designated eating area for the building. All meals should be consumed using the provided seating in Cullen Hall to maintain physical distancing. The refrigerator in the Student Kitchen remains accessible as well as microwaves in Cullen Hall.

    Occasional snacks and drinks will be allowed during classes or meetings in Camelford Hall and Hurlburt Hall. Masks are mandatory and must be replaced immediately after consumption. If students are observed not following these policies, they may be asked to refrain from bringing food or drink to the classroom.

    Food and drink is prohibited in all other areas of the building including study rooms, GA Office, and hallways.

    Please be aware of and obey all posted signage throughout the building:

    • Maintain 2m from others where possible while in the building
    • When walking in the hallways, please keep to the right to maintain social distancing
    • Staircases are ONE WAY and are clearly marked. To go UP, please use either the staircase in Cullen Hall or the hallway from the Archives. All other staircases are DOWN only
    • Where possible, doors will be propped open to reduce the use of common surfaces

    In the Classroom

    • Each classroom has a posted capacity limit based on the number of physically distanced desks available (1 per desk)
    • Occasional snacks and drinks are allowed during classes. Masks must be replaced immediately after consumption.
    • Instructor or speakers will use a plexiglass shield or face shield while teaching
    • While in the classroom, students are expected to follow all health and safety protocols including wearing a mask at all times
    • If you are feeling sick or unwell, do not come to the building. If symptoms or isolation requirements prevent you from attending class, an accommodation may be made to join through livestream. Please contact your professor as soon as possible to request this.


  • Physical Distancing and Masks

    Masks and physical distancing are required throughout all public spaces of our building, as required by bylaw.

    Surgical-grade masks are available for use at our main entrance and in locations throughout our building.

    Physical distancing of 2 metres should be maintained throughout all classrooms, hallways, eating areas, and other public spaces of the building.

  • Vaccination

    As of September 7, 2021, everyone who wishes to attend campus, including all faculty, staff, students, and visitors, are required to provide proof of double vaccination.

    Those who have not been vaccinated or received an exemption will no longer be allowed to access MDC’s campus. To apply for an exemption, contact John Steadman.

    To show proof of vaccination, follow these steps:

    1. Download the McMaster SafetyApp onto your smart phone or device from your App Store.
    2. In the McMaster SafetyApp, select “MacCheck: Your COVID-19 Digital Tool”
    3. Select “I am a Guest visiting McMaster” (do not use “I have McMaster credentials”). Once you register, it may send you back to the main menu, enter again and proceed with the application process.
    4. Select “Begin Application” and provide your name, email address, and phone number, then proceed to enter your vaccine information on the next menu. You will be asked to provide a photo of your vaccine receipt. From here, you can submit your information.
    5. Once you have submitted your vaccine information, you will receive a QR code. Show this QR code when entering MDC as your proof of vaccination.
    6. You will only need to register once. When revisiting the app, follow steps 2 & 3 above and then select “View Vaccine Passport” to access the QR code again.


    This policy has been established in conformity with the larger McMaster University campus. Read the announcement here.

    On-Campus Testing

    If you are unvaccinated you are required to submit a negative test result. A testing centre has been setup on campus, get more information on McMaster’s on-campus Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing Centre here. Do not attend the testing centre if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to COVID-19.  

  • Student Study Space

    Student study rooms will reopen on September 9, 2021. The following rooms are available for students to use during business hours only (Mon-Fri 8:30am- 6:00pm). A workspace may be reserved for the day on a first come, first served basis. All belongings must be removed daily after use.

    Study Room 151                     Max capacity: 11
    Study Room 150                     Max capacity: 13
    McNally Reading Room          Max capacity: 8

    To reserve your space, sign your name, date, and reserved desk number on the reservation sheet on the door of the study room. Students are asked to use one desk per day to ensure space is available to all students.

    Please do not re-shelf books after use. A book cart is available in McNally so books can be disinfected and returned to the shelf. Food and drink is prohibited in study rooms, please use Cullen Hall.

  • Hurlburt Family Bookstore

    The Hurlburt Family Bookstore will be open by appointment only. Textbooks can be ordered ahead of time by contacting Bernice at books@readon.ca.

    To make an appointment to visit the Bookstore, contact Bernice.

  • Library

    Mills Memorial Library reopened on September 7, 2021 for the Fall term. Masks are required. Find more information including operating hours on the library website.


  • Additional Cleaning and Ventilation

    Custodial staff are cleaning and sanitizing the entire building extensively each day, including classrooms, study rooms, and common touch surfaces.

    For additional peace of mind, students may clean their own workspace prior to use with the cleaning supplies provided in common areas (study rooms, GA office, Cullen Hall, etc.).

    We have improved our ventilation throughout the building to now introduce fresh air as well as adding high standard filters to the existing air circulation system.

  • International Students

    Travel restrictions due to COVID-19 affect how our international students must enter the country in order to study at McMaster Divinity College. If you plan to enrol for 2021-22, go to the following link for more information as you make plans and schedule travel arrangements. We are here to help! If you have questions please contact us at divreg@mcmaster.ca.

    MDC Travel Information for International Students

  • McMaster University

    Because we are located within a wider university campus, MDC students, staff, and faculty are reminded to limit visits and exercise caution when visiting other areas of campus and be vigilant in sanitizing and in their safety practices when returning to the MDC building or their own homes. For more information visit McMaster University’s COVID website.

  • Contact Us

    We are still available to answer your questions! Find contact information for all of our staff and faculty here.

    If you have questions with registration, student accounts, or any other course-related questions, email divreg@mcmaster.ca.

    If you have questions about our different programs or the application process, contact divadmit@mcmaster.ca.

    For course-related technology questions (Zoom, Avenue To Learn), email mdcit@mcmaster.ca.

    Questions for our COVID-19 Response Team can be directed to John Steadman at steadmanj@mcmaster.ca.