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March 17, 2020
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Student Illness and Missed Exams

Lakehead University is temporarily suspending the need for a student who is ill to provide a Certificate of Illness or Incapacitation completed by a Medical Professional as per University Regulation IV “Examinations – Missed Examinations Due to Illness or Other Extenuating Circumstances”.

If you are ill and need to defer an exam, please follow these steps:

1. Inform your instructor(s) directly by email from your email prior to the exam;

2. Within the email, you will be required to provide a self-declaration affirming your illness to be true. In order for your exam to be deferred and rescheduled, you will be required to include the following Self-Declaration:

Student Self-Declaration Email:

I am submitting this self-declaration as a request made in good faith for academic consideration due to illness that has temporarily impaired my physical health and ability to write my exam/test as scheduled.

By making this declaration I am affirming these statements to be true. Once I have returned to good health, I will contact my professor directly via email to arrange a new exam date.

I understand that providing any false or misleading information, or using this self-declaration to delay or avoid fulfilling academic requirements, constitutes a breach of academic integrity as outlined in the Lakehead University’s Academic Integrity and Policies.

3. Once you have returned to good health, immediately contact your instructor(s) to arrange a new exam date.

Note:  No additional documentation (e.g. Certificate of Illness, Medical Note) will be required from students.

If you have any questions or require any assistance related to this, please contact your instructor, directly, or Nikki Maronese, Scheduling & Exam Coordinator, at (807) 343-8498 or

Lakehead University transitioning to a required on-site services model

With the rapidly-changing COVID-19 pandemic and in support of both federal, provincial, and municipal advisories to help mitigate the spread of the virus, Lakehead University continues to do its part in this regard, with the health and safety of our community at the forefront. 

By Thursday, March 19, Lakehead University will transition to a required on-site services model. All other employees that are not required to be on-site, and are able to work remotely at home, should do so.

The units below have been identified as required on-site services at both our campuses:

  • Student Health & Wellness
  • Residence Services
  • Food Services
  • Student supports
  • Security Services
  • Animal Care Facility
  • Financial Services
  • Physical Plant
  • TSC
  • Executive Team


* This list is subject to change based on ongoing review and needs.


Supervisors of required on-site service areas will be identifying roles within these units that will need to continue working on campus.


All employees that are not required to be on-site, and are able to work remotely at home, should do so.


Supervisors will work with their respective teams on scheduling and other matters that arise. Guidelines for employees working at home will be provided by supervisors.


Unless otherwise communicated, this decision will be in effect until April 30, 2020.


Students are reminded that Residence Services, along with many other University services and facilities, remain open.

Lakehead University closes Library buildings and transitions to remote service delivery

Lakehead’s libraries are committed to ensuring the safety of our University community. We support students, faculty and staff as they work to complete the term.

All Lakehead libraries, including the Archives, Chancellor Paterson Library, Thunder Bay Education Library, Orillia Education Library, Law Library, and Harvie Legacy Library (Orillia) are transitioning to remote service delivery effective March 19, 2020 until further notice.

The Library will support users online and will deliver services through alternative ways.

During this period of remote service delivery, all online resources and services will be accessible, including:

  • All electronic journals/databases, and e-books
  • Omni search tool
  • Ask Us service
  • Subject guides

Remote supports are available through the Library support page and TSC Help Desk.

Liaison Librarians have been providing research and reference assistance for many years and will continue to provide this assistance online and through Zoom meetings. They will expedite course reserves processing and copyright clearance as possible.

In addition, all loaned materials will have their due dates extended automatically.

Benefit coverage while travelling

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared an international public health emergency in response to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

While all health claims related to Covid-19 (the novel coronavirus) will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, you are strongly encouraged to review the travel guidance from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Allianz Global Assistance is focused on providing emergency travel assistance to our customers who have been impacted by the developing novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak.

Please click here for more information.

COVID-19 updates

For COVID-19 updates, resources and more information, visit
Updates will be sent to your Lakehead University email address through the Communications Bulletin.

Gakina Nindinawemaaganag Lounge closure

Be advised that Gakina Nindinawemaaganag Lounge (UC1007) will be closed until April 30.

Contact the ACSS Coordinator at if you have questions or concerns.

Watch for Cancellation/Postponement of Events and Activities

Following the recent decision to postpone large public gatherings on both Lakehead University campuses until further notice per the Government of Canada’s risk-determining guide for proceeding with large gatherings, please check the Lakehead Events Calendar for changes to upcoming activities and events.

And, please email if you have an event that needs to be marked as cancelled or postponed on the calendar. 

Connecting: an online teaching community for Lakehead instructors

Have you looked for just the right resource to help you transition to online instruction, but you still have a few burning questions? 

Are you just looking to bounce some ideas off of colleagues about how to handle final presentations, assessment, or any number of topics? Consider joining the Lakehead-only Google Group called “Connecting” where instructors familiar with Lakehead resources, students, and other local factors are supporting each other during this time of transition. 

Simply visit this URL and join Connecting. 

If you have any challenges, email the Teaching Commons at and they will get you set up, and/or up and running.

Please note that the group’s focus is teaching, and right now the discussion is focused on the transition to online.  But this group is available year-round, year to year.