Message From the President
Greetings. Boozhou. Bonjour.
It is my pleasure to extend a warm welcome to each one of you on behalf of the entire University community as you begin your academic journey at Lakehead.
You have reached a significant milestone in your lives and we are very proud that you have decided to join other students, faculty, and staff from all over the world who have formed a community dedicated to high quality academic programming, excellence in research, scholarly and creative work, and a unique learning experience. Whether you are studying online or on-campus, we are very excited for you to experience this first-hand.
Thank you for choosing Lakehead University as your next step in realizing your unique potential and success. The resources you’ll find in this online orientation will introduce you to the numerous opportunities and supports available to you as a Lakehead student. Be sure to take a look at each section as you prepare for a successful and enjoyable year ahead.
We are thrilled that you have joined our community and look forward to the upcoming year.
Ph.D. President & Vice-Chancellor
|Where is Lakehead situated?|
Lakehead University respectfully acknowledges its campuses are located on the traditional lands of Indigenous peoples.
Lakehead Thunder Bay is located on the traditional lands of the Fort William First Nation, Signatory to the Robinson Superior Treaty of 1850. Lakehead Orillia is located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg. The Anishinaabeg include the Objibwe, Odawa, and Pottawatomi nations, collectively known as the Three Fires Fires Confederacy.
Connections to Regions
As a Lakehead University student it is important to understand the close connections that both campuses foster within the regions in which we are located, whether it be in Thunder Bay or Orillia.
As a part of the Northwestern Ontario region, Lakehead Thunder Bay offers a vast landscape of freshwater lakes and endless blankets of forest along the Canadian Shield in which students, like yourself, have the opportunity to learn, work, play, and live. In addition to the landscape, Lakehead Thunder Bay takes pride in our abundance of cultural areas that bring us all together as a community. Whether you are conducting research on the world-famous Gitchigami (Lake Superior) or participating in a traditional Powwow at the Fort William First Nation (FWFN) reserve, as a student of Lakehead Thunder Bay you will have the opportunity to benefit from the strong connection Lakehead University has made with its home region.
Nestled between two bodies of freshwater, Lakehead Orillia will redefine your typical Central Ontario experience. As a student here, you will immerse yourself in the diverse communities and rural landscapes, learning the importance of connecting to the City and Simcoe County beyond the classroom.
Lakehead Orillia will offer you a truly unique cultural experience as it is located near the Chippewas of Rama First Nation and hosts a variety of festivals for you to be involved in. Moreover, Lakehead Orillia offers you an abundance of opportunities within the community in the Arts, whether it be visiting the Orillia Opera House or the Orillia Museum of Art & History, you are sure to take your learning experience to the next level!
|What are the core beliefs that Lakehead is grounded in?|
We believe you make Lakehead University different. We believe that you want an innovative comprehensive university where you have the highest chance of success. We believe that you have the passion and drive to realize your dream and succeed. We believe that you want the intellectual freedom to pursue the unconventional. We believe in the diversity that comes from your many cultures and many nations. We believe that you are passionate about both your own individuality and your communities. We believe in you.
|What university lingo do I need to know?|
Glossary of University Lingo
Understanding university language may seem like an overwhelming task...we are here to help!
Lakehead University-Specific Lingo
Here are some important terms that you should familiarize yourself before beginning at Lakehead
ASZ - Academic Support Zone.
General University Lingo
General university language is important to know when discussing academics and opportunities with professors and advisors
Academic advisor - An advisor at Student Central can help you with selecting your courses, major and offering support and referrals in cases of academic difficulty.
|Why are the institutional values important to me?|
Figuring out how to align with our institutional values is very important as a new member of the University community
At Lakehead University, we cherish the unusual and the unexpected. You are here, seeking out an education at Lakehead, because you are eager for adventure, motivated by your own vision of success, and uninfluenced by your peers. We realize that you are unique and we value that, but you are also part of a community of people who share these same attributes. That’s what makes us "Exceptional. Unconventional." In order for us to achieve our mission as a University and stay true to who we are, Lakehead has some clearly defined institutional values. As a new Lakehead student, it is important to know what these values are, so you can align yourself with them as you become part of this wonderful community.
Commitment, Honesty, Respect, Acceptance, Effort, Scholarship, Innovation, Independence, Individuality & Community
As a new Lakehead student, it is important to know what these values are, so you can align yourself with them as you become part of this wonderful community. When you learn how to live these out values while studying here at Lakehead and put them into practice in your everyday life, it makes our community better for everyone and helps us stay true to who we are.
|How does Lakehead support diversity and inclusion?|
Equity Diversity and Inclusion Actions
Lakehead University has made a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion (“EDI”) under the pillar of Social Responsibility in its Strategic Plan (2018-2023) and Academic Plan (2019-2024).
The overall goal of the Action Plan is to promote an environment that is equitable and inclusive for all students, including students from under-represented groups (“URGs”) such as Indigenous students, racialized students, students with disabilities, and students from sexual and gender minorities. Over the next five years, Lakehead will improve human rights-related policies and practices, enhance scholarship and work opportunities, promote EDI in teaching and research, and incorporate EDI in all aspects of student life, such as residence, food services, and safe spaces.
|What is expected of me as a Lakehead community member?|
Expectations of Community Members
Being a part of the Lakehead community means that you will abide by Lakehead policies, procedures and provincial and federal legislation, such as the Student Code of Conduct and the Ontario Human Rights Code.
We expect all of our students to:
1) Ensure they act and communicate with dignity and respect towards everyone
Student Code of Conduct - Your responsibilities
1) Ensuring any academic work you submit is your own original work
1) Upholding the diversity of our community by valuing equity and respect for others
If you need help understanding these expectations, are being investigated for violating the Code or would like to file a complaint under the Non-Academic Code, contact the Manager, Student Conduct & Case Management at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ontario Human Rights Code
Human Rights and Discrimination:
|What customs and traditions can I expect?|
Now that you're a member of the Lakehead community, here are some of the symbols that help bring us together.
You can wear our colours and tout our motto with a shared sense of pride!
Our school colours at Lakehead University are royal blue and gold.
Representative of our students, staff and faculty, the gold represents ambition and royal blue represents strength and loyalty.
The Lakehead Motto
Ad augusta per angusta
Achievement through effort.
The Lakehead Logo
You have probably noticed the Lakehead logo - but where did it come from and what does it mean to you?
The Lakehead logo was designed based on our Coat-of-Arms. The Coat-of-Arms represents all the aspects of university life that Lakehead will provide you! The fire and candles are symbols of enlightenment. The books symbolize wisdom and knowledge, something you will gain much of here at Lakehead University.
The helmet is a symbol of bravery, as you are SO brave to take on the task of beginning postsecondary education. Lastly, the canoe, pine tree, and water symbolize the breathtaking landscape you will experience while at our Lakehead campuses.
The Lakehead Thunderwolves
The Lakehead University Thunderwolves are our university's varsity athletic teams that proudly represent us.
You will spot all our Thunderwolf athletes training on any given day or sweating on game day. Be sure to show your support and cheer them on!
We would like to introduce you to our second most valued member of the Lakehead community (besides you), Wolfie! It’s likely you'll bump into Wolfie a few times during your university career - he'll be sure to put a smile on your face and make you proud to be a Thunderwolf. Don't forget to give Wolfie a high five when you see him at a Saturday night Thunderwolves hockey game or hanging out with students around campus.
Rituals and Ceremonies
In order to feel a true sense of community here at Lakehead, attend our most anticipated events.
Celebrate your arrival at Lakehead!
Lakehead University hosts an annual procession to celebrate the beginning of your studies with us. A pipe and drum band lead the way with the President and Executive team, dressed in traditional ceremonial robes. Students, parents and staff follow behind, creating one big procession that ends with a welcome ceremony. This marks the beginning of your academic journey leading to graduation!
BSc Nursing Pinning Ceremony
A special tradition within the Lakehead School of Nursing to celebrate and honour our graduates.
This tradition dates back to 1975, the first Pinning Ceremony at Lakehead University. For our hard-working students, the pinning ceremony signifies the completion of the BScN degree. Additionally, this highly anticipated event among the Nursing students is a nice way to welcome our Lakehead students to the nursing profession.
The Iron Ring Ceremony
The Iron Ring Ceremony is dedicated to our graduates of engineering.
Our Bachelor of Engineering graduates obtain their ring during the "Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer". During this, our graduates individually devote themselves to high standards of integrity that the profession has established. The Iron Ring itself reminds our graduates that they must carefully make decisions and have consideration for others safety.
The Silver Ring Ceremony
The Silver Ring Ceremony is conducted in recognition of our Honours Bachelor of Science in Forestry.
The ceremony began in 1975, our first graduating class. The ceremony welcomes our graduates to the profession of forestry and honours their hard work and dedication. As well, it symbolizes their becoming of 'The Practitioners of the Forest'.
Here at Lakehead we want to celebrate all that you achieve during your time here.
Each year Lakehead University hosts a convocation for graduating students - a special time to recognize your accomplishments with the friends you have made along the way and your biggest supporters. At convocation you get the chance to hear from your fellow graduates, commemorating the memories and wisdom gained throughout your time at Lakehead. This is truly something to look forward to and marks the completion of your academic journey at Lakehead!
|How do I meet people before I begin school?|
Here are some important social media channels to follow where you will be able to interact with other new students.
Lakehead University Residence on Facebook
Lakehead University Used Textbooks
|How do I meet people after I begin school?|
We have loads of ways for you to get involved in student life and connect with other students at Lakehead!
You can join a LUSU club, participate in a leadership program, join a study group, become an orientation leader, take part in Campus Rec activities and so much more! Watch your Lakehead email and social media for opportunities to connect!
Ways to get Involved with your Student Union
Get involved in your union and your student community!
LUSU represents and is guided by you, the students of Lakehead. You can bring issues to LUSU and ask for our support anytime. Every Lakehead student has the right to vote in elections and referenda, to suggest new campaigns or actions, and to run for executive or the board of directors! LUSU also has different job opportunities for LU students and all are welcome to volunteer with our outreach centres.
Connecting With Your Lakehead Family Virtually
It is important that as a student you are given the chance to make unforgettable connections and meet new friends as you navigate through your first year of university. Doing this virtually may bring up many worries, however, Lakehead has you covered.
1. Social media platforms.
2. D2L Discussion posts.
3. Virtual events.
|What clubs and activities are available?|
LUSU Clubs & Activities
Clubs are the cornerstone of student life at Lakehead! Whether you're interested in sports, movies, academics, video games, politics, or more, a club will help you broaden your ways of thinking and doing, and give you experience leading and collaborating with an executive team. Anyone can join almost any club on campus, and it takes only a bit of effort to start one yourself! By running or joining a club, you're not only pursuing your interests and goals, but you're helping build and maintain an institution that will live on long after your time at Lakehead University.
LUSU Campaigns and Advocacy
Every year, Lakehead students take action to make our community a better, more just and sustainable place. When we stand together, we get results: fighting for students' rights on campus, protecting our environment, combatting racism and sexual violence, and more!
Academic Societies and Clubs
Meet people in your program through academically based clubs and societies!
Student societies are another great way to get involved. These societies are typically tied to your academic program. For instance, the Nursing Society or Engineering Student Society are are great ways to meet students from your program, plan events and socials and contribute towards great causes. Check out your program website to learn what is available to you!
|How can I get involved in a team?|
Athletics and Recreation
Lakehead Athletics offers a plethora of ways to become a Thunderwolf from our many varsity teams, club sports, campus rec, intramural activities to our services and supports in both Thunder Bay or Orillia.
Visit our corresponding websites for more details on specific teams, sports, and recreation available!
Follow Lakehead Athletics on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (all links posted on each campus website)
Lakehead Supports and Services
|Who are my Lakehead supports?|
Student Referral Guide
Your guide to supports! Click below to view the Student Referral Guide for your campus:
Who do I ask for help?
Lakehead offers many supports to students on campus and online. Check out some of the many supports available to you as you begin your Lakehead journey.
Your student union, Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU)
|Who is LUSU and how do they support me?|
LUSU’s mandate is to represent our members’ interests and ensure everyone has a fair and equitable university experience.
If you feel you've been treated unjustly, whether that be an unfair grade, violation of the student code of conduct, denied academic accommodations, accused of misconduct, or feel your rights haven’t been respected, we are here to fight for you!
|What is the official way Lakehead will communicate with me?|
Lakehead University Email
The official means of communication by the University is through your Lakehead University email account. All official correspondence will be sent here. It is also the email where your instructors may send you information about your courses. Be sure to check it often!
|How do I keep in contact with everything "Lakehead"?|
Stay connected with what is happening
Here are some social media channels to keep in the loop of what is happening on your campus.
Announcements in myInfo
Relevant announcements are shared in myInfo to help keep you on track with deadlines and supports. Take a look here!
Involving Family Members and Supports
|How can my family members or supports be a part of my journey?|
We recognize this is a big step -- for all of you -- and we want to provide your community of supporters with the information they need to make it easier on both of you! Please direct your supporters to visit this link . They can sign up for our mailing list to receive news about Lakehead University, information on upcoming campus events, and access to a digital toolkit with tips and tricks on how to support you.
|What do all family members or supports need to know about supporting a first year student?|
Perspectives from a student
We asked a first year student what advice would you give to family members and other supporters getting ready to support their student. Here's the top 8 "rules" they offered to help guide you on your way:
1. Don't ask if they are homesick.
|How can my family members or supports best help me?|
10 tips to helping your student succeed
There are many ways for your family members and other supporters to assist you with your transition to university studies.
Check out the 10 tips to succeed in the academic world. From encouraging your student to attend class regularly to seeking help before problems escalate, this guide will help your family better support you right from the start.