Defining Community Standards

Residence Community Standards outline the standards of appropriate conduct expected by those who reside in Lakehead University Residence. These standards complement municipal, provincial and federal legislation and university policies.

The objective of these standards is to enhance the academic experience. The accountability for behaviour is emphasized and individual choices warrant individual effects. A reasonable effort is made to investigate all community standards infractions in a timely and effective manner. Full cooperation with staff is expected.

Application of Community Standards

Learn the definitions and consequences of specific infractions. Infractions are categorized by severity of offense.

Unacceptable Behaviour

Unacceptable behaviour is defined as those which are inconsistent with the Residence Community Standards set forth.

Ignorance, anger, alcohol or substance abuse will not be accepted as an excuse, reason or rationale for such behaviour. Residents are responsible for all inappropriate behaviour and/or damages that occur in their residence space.

You must observe the terms of the Residence Community Standards at all times. It is expected that each student is to make every attempt to prevent a problem from occurring, from escalating or to remove themselves from any situation which contravenes the Residence Community Standards. Students should also make every attempt to inform Residence Life Staff that an infraction is taking place. Being present during any infraction could result in disciplinary action being taken against all parties present.

Enforcement of Community Standards 

These are examples of what might reasonably occur if a student is involved in an infraction. This does not limit the possibility of other actions.

All financial costs associated with a breach of the Residence Community Standards will be placed on the student's University Account expediently.

Behavioural Contract 

A formal document that requires a resident to meet specific behavioural standards.  The contract will outline consequences for failing to adhere to the conditions of the contract, and will accompany other sanctions such as fines or loss of privileges or room relocation.

Community and Educational Sanctions 

These sanctions include but are not limited to:  community restitution, community service, creating an educational program for the community and/or reflection paper describing what the student has learned from an incident or series of incidents.

Demerit Points

Demerit Points are assigned to all breaches of the Residence Community Standards.  Level 1 violations are assigned 1 demerit point for each breach, Level 2 violations 2 demerit points, and Level 3 violations 3 demerit points.

Any combination of demerit points or "severity" with Community Standards violations can/may go through the Code of Student Behaviour.


When warranted and in the best interest of the Residence Community, a student may be evicted from Residence.  A student who has been evicted, may be removed immediately from Residence.  It is up to the student to make arrangements to move any belongings, and to find alternate accommodations off campus.  Any student who has been evicted from Residence will be banned from all areas in and around Residence, or any Official Residence function for the duration of their studies.


Fines are charged to a student's account if there is a serious breach of the Residence Community Standards.  The amount will vary, but are usually in the sum of $25, $50 or $100.  These fines are placed directly and immediately on a student's University Account.

House/Building Fine

A fine assigned to an area or building when damage has occurred and the parties involved cannot be identified.  This includes but is not limited to vandalism of white boards, tampering with fire equipment, damages to University property, etc.

Letter of Warning 

A letter of warning may be issued to a student when there has been a breach in the Residence Community Standards.  This letter may also outline other sanctions received as a result of their behaviour.

Loss of Privileges

A temporary or permanent loss of residence privileges (e.g. guest privileges, building privileges, etc.) as a result of an incident.

Meeting With a Residence Life Staff Member 

A formal meeting that a resident is required to attend to discuss unacceptable behaviour.  Consequences for not attending this meeting are outlined in Level 1 Offenses.


A student will be placed on Probation if there is a serious breach of Residence Community Standards, or if their total demerit points reaches six.  If a student is placed on Probation, the student may be allowed to stay in Residence for the duration of the academic year.  Furthermore, their conduct will be monitored and immediate eviction may result if further violations occur.  A student on Probation must meet with the Director of Residence Services at the end of the academic year in order to decide whether or not he/she can come back into Residence the following year.

Residence Ban

A student may be banned from an individual House, Townhouse Unit, Apartment Building, floor, any area or all of Residence if it is deemed that it is in the best interest of the Residence Community.  Students who violate a ban, will have further action taken against them.


Any damage, clean-up or replacement charges resulting from any violation of community standards and policies of Lakehead University and residence will be assessed to the student's/students' account(s).  This may be in addition to fines or other sanctions.

Room Relocation

A permanent move from a room on one residence floor to another or from one building to another as a result of an incident or series of incidents that may have caused a serious disruption to the community and/or an individual.

Report Under Student Code of Conduct 

There are instances when actions go beyond the scope of Community Standards of Residence.  Students are reminded to be aware of the Code of Student Behaviour and its respective sanctions.  The Code of Student Behaviour can be used in place of the Residence Community Standards for any offense.  

Click here to view the Student Code of Conduct