Residence Community Standards

Residence Community Standards outlines 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 choice warrants individual effects.  A reasonable effort is made to investigate all Residence Community Standards infractions in a timely and effective manner.  Full cooperation with staff is expected.

Level 1

Actions by an individual(s) which interfere with the rights of other individual(s) to the enjoyment of his/her space or time in residence.  Any and all items deemed inappropriate will be confiscated and/or disposed of and the appropriate authorities will be contacted. 

Click here for Level 1 infractions

Level 2

Actions by an individual(s), which creates a significant disturbance to an individual or community in Residence.  Any and all items deemed inappropriate will be confiscated and/or disposed of and the appropriate authorities will be contacted.

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Level 3

Actions by an individual(s) which endanger the safety and security of themselves or other individual(s); and/or compromise personal or university property; compromise the integrity of an individual(s) and/or contravene the laws of the land.  Any and all items deemed inappropriate will be confiscated and/or disposed of and the appropriate authorities will be contacted.

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Consequences for Accumulated Demerit Points
 Demerit PointsAction 
1 - 2Letter of Warning
3-5Meeting with a Residence Life Member
6-8Probation and/or Behavioural Contract
+9Eviction

 

 

 

 Community Standards and Appeals

Rights and Responsibilities

The issue of rights and responsibilities is particularly important in Residence. Being placed in a House or, for that matter, in a room with a complete stranger can be a very difficult adjustment in some cases. The establishment of a residence community also involves the question of rights and responsibilities. Uppermost in your mind should be respect for, and responsibility to, the community and its members. You are offered a unique experience in Residence. Take advantage of it.

Your Rights         

You have the right to:

  • A safe and secure residence environment
  • A reasonable peaceful and quiet place in which to study and sleep
  • Reasonable privacy and the proportionate use of your room/living space, both in terms of space and time
  • Choose your means of recreation and relaxation
  • Have the assistance of your Resident Assistant (RA) and other Residence and University Staff when you require help
  • Know what is OK and NOT OK in Residence

Your Responsibilities

You have the responsibility to:

  • Respect the rights of others
  • Keep your room/bedroom door and apartment doors locked, and to:
    • Not give out your long distance authorization code
    • Not prop doors open or let strangers in
  • Keep your stereo and your voice at a reasonable volume, and to remind others that you expect the same from them
  • Let your roommate(s) and others know of your wishes and preferences for hours of sleep, study and visitation
  • Work through any disagreements you may have in a peaceful manner as established by the Guidelines of the Department of Residence and Conference Services
  • Know and abide by the laws of Ontario and Canada, including those pertaining to alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs
  • Notify a staff member of any problem(s) you experience in a timely manner, and to cooperate with him or her as he or she works with you to solve the issue(s)
  • Read the information sent to you by the Department of Residence, especially your:
    • Residence Contract (which you sign) and,
    • The information posted on the Residence website
Definitions

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.

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.

Eviction
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.
Fine

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.
Probation
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.
Restitution
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

 

The Community Standards Process
1.  Incident Occurs
2.  Documentation by member of Residence Community
3.  Documentation evaluated by a member of the Residence Life Management team (including meeting with witnesses and offenders if required)
4.  Determination of Offence and Sanction by a member of the Residence Life Management team
5.  Communicate Decision to resident by email (sent to Lakehead University email account)
6.  Resident may appeal to Director of Residence Services within 3 business days
Residence Appeals Process

A student has three (3) business days from the time they are officially informed of their sanction (via email) to submit an appeal.  Please ensure that you outline your grounds for appeal.


The Residence Appeals will only be heard on the following grounds:

  • there is proven lack of procedural fairness, bias, unfair treatment, discrimination or improper investigation, etc.
  • the sanction does not suit the violation or behaviour
  • new information has been discovered which renders the original decision to be unreasonable in light of evidence presented


Reasonable example of reasons for Appeal:

  • A Resident Assistant hears noise coming from the third floor, and does not come up to investigate, but documents random people from the third floor instead.