Welcome to your safety services. Whatever the situation, we strive to assist, support, and ensure your well-being while you stay with us in Residence.

Please review each section summary below and click on the corresponding heading for details.

Safety Tips & Standard Safe Practices

General Safety Tips

General Safety Tips

Creating a safe environment starts with you! Here are some tips on how you can prevent becoming a victim of crime in Residence:

  • Ensure your room door is locked whenever you leave your room, even if you are just going down the hall.
  • Do not let anyone you do not know into your residence
  • Do not loan your keys to others
  • Close your curtains at night
  • Do not respond to obscene phone calls. Hang-up immediately
  • Do not leave your wallet, bank cards, or credit cards out in the open
  • Get to know your neighbours

In addition to the above tips, you can also help keep campus safe by becoming actively involved with the "Campus Watch Program".

Standard Safe Practices

 Standard Safe Practices

For your safety and the safety of others, the following protocols were created. Failure to comply with these and the Residence Community Standards will result in the appropriate disciplinary action.

Please note that the University does not carry insurance on the property of any student. View the "Residence Insurance and Liability" policy. You are strongly encouraged to arrange for coverage of your belongings with an insurance company.

The University is NOT RESPONSIBLE for lost, stolen, or damaged items, however caused.

  • Keep radiators and heaters free from furniture and other belongings, to ensure proper air circulation and to reduce the chance of fire.
  • Do not bring or use hot tubs in Residence. For the well being of all Residence students, hot tubs are not permitted to be used on Residence property.
  • Do not tamper with, remove, relocate or alter Residence property, structures or fixtures.
  • Be careful of how you store food in your room. Improper storage can attract insects and other pests. The storage of empty cans and bottles on window ledges is also not permitted as this can attract insects, create odours, and cause the need for extra cleaning.
  • Ensure that all electrical cords and equipment are CSA (Canadian Standards Association) approved. Frayed cords or defective appliances and equipment are not permitted in Residence.
  • Please exercise care when operating electrical equipment and avoid overloading power outlets by running multiple electric products at once. The use of power bars is strongly recommended.
  • Report all power outages to the Residence Front Desk.

    Fire Safety

    Fire Safety Protocols

    Fire Safety Protocols

    Please see a sample of the fire plan information that is located on the back of every Residence room door and at every elevator.

    Fire Safety Inspections

    Fire Safety Inspections

    As Residence is home to approximately 200 people during the academic year, the University strives to make Residence a safe place to live.  As such, Resident Assistants must make regular safety inspections of their respective floors.  At this time, any inappropriate items will be removed.

    Fire Safety and Evacuation

    Fire Safety and Evacuation

    Manual fire alarm stations are located throughout the Residence.  It is the responsibility of each resident to be familiar with the location of alarm pull stations and fire exits throughout Residence.

    The fire alarm is a continuous loud ringing of a bell.  Upon hearing the alarm, all residents are to leave the building via the nearest safe exit.

    Resident Assistants have received special fire safety training and will act as Fire Wardens.  All rooms will be checked in the area where the alarm has sounded.  Any person(s) found remaining within the Residence will be liable to a fine of up to $200.00.  Assisted by the University Security staff, the Orillia Fire Department will respond to all fire alarms and their personnel will be in charge of the situation.  Once the "all clear" is given, residents will be allowed to return to their rooms. 

    If you detect a fire, activate the nearest pull station, call out to persons around you and proceed to the closest emergency blue light or safe phone to call 3-911.  Provide Security Services with all the particulars about the emergency.

    Evaluate the area and take refuge in the designated safe area.  The safe area for the Residence during an evacuation is the field on the East side of the Academic building.

    Security & Health Services-Orillia Campus

    Familiarize yourself with the health and security services provided on-campus and how to access them.

    Medical Assistance 

    Medical Assistance

    (705) 330-4008, ext. 3911 OR 3911 from any Residence or Campus phone.

    Walking Safety

    Walking Safety

    (705) 330-4008, ext. 3911 OR from any Residence or Campus phone.

    All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to contact Campus Security at (705) 330-4008, ext. 2009 OR 2009 from any Residence or Campus phone for escorts at anytime to anywhere on campus.

    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety

    (705) 330-4008, ext. 2009 OR 2009 from any Residence or Campus phone.

    Lakehead University Security Services are located on the main floor of Orillia Academic building, directly behind the Information Hub.  Security operates twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week all year.  Your Security department patrols the grounds and responds to service calls and emergencies.

    Please contact Security if you have a security related question or are interested in helping with the development and delivery of crime prevention programs.

    Campus Watch Program

    Campus Watch Program

    Lakehead University is making a continuous effort to promote safety on campus.  Awareness is the key to helping stop crimes before they happen.  If you see anything suspicious please go to the nearest telephone and call Security Services at (705) 330-4008, ext. 2009 OR 2009 from any Residence or Campus phone.

    Wellness Services for Students 

    Wellness Services for Students Attending Lakehead, Orillia Campus

    (705) 330-4008, ext 2115

    The team of naturopathic medicine, chaplaincy services and counselling professionals at the Wellness Centre can support your physical and mental health needs while at University.  All services are confidential.  We encourage you to call or visit the Centre if you need to see a medical professional or counsellor or are just unsure where and how to access health care in our community.

    The Centre offers free counselling services that can address stressors you may face as you adjust to university life.  These stressors can range from minor workload stressors, to family and relationship concerns, to complex mental health issues.  Everyone is encouraged to talk to someone sooner rather than later.

    Throughout the academic year, the Centre also offer health education events.  All students are invited to attend or access information. If you are unable to attend, please visit the Centre website for health information, resources and services.