This page is where we will post all information about how Lakehead-Georgian is responding to COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to act on the advice of our public health authorities and the Government of Ontario as the situation evolves. Please check this page often as we regularly add new information.
Dear returning students,
We wanted to provide you with an update as we look ahead to the start of the 2020-2021 academic year in September. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff remains our priority as is our commitment to providing you with a high-quality learning experience. Although we still face considerable uncertainty, we know that many of you have questions.
Looking towards the fall, we plan to deliver our best-case scenario and to move forward with primarily online delivery of courses for the fall semester. Where possible, in-person experiences such as labs and experiential learning opportunities will be provided but may be modified to ensure a safe learning experience.
It is our intent to confirm these details as program plans are determined to assist you in making informed decisions and course selections.
Restarting campus activity
Guided by the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the province has started to gradually ease certain restrictions in order to re-start the economy. In parallel, we’ve struck a steering committee and working group to establish the parameters for a return to on-campus activities. This will involve a phased approach and comprehensive safety measures to ensure a safe return, and all decisions will be informed by, and made in full compliance with, public health authorities and the Government of Ontario.
Support for students
We know that this is a challenging time and students in particular are facing many new pressures. We would like to remind you of the student services and supports that continue to be available to you remotely.
The COVID-19 Student Relief Fund is available to assist current students who are facing hardships and financial need during the pandemic. Students who are interested in applying for the Fund can find the application on Lakehead University’s website.
In addition to our own supports, the Government of Canada recently announced a $9 billion economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic that includes the Canada Emergency Student Benefit to be delivered by the Canada Revenue Agency.
Looking ahead, we must remain flexible and agile in our approach to returning to campus and we must be prepared to adapt to new information as it becomes available. We will continue to communicate with you as our plans develop.
Should you have any questions please reach out to LGPartnership@GeorgianCollege.ca.
Stay safe and be well,
Dr. David Barnett
Provost & Vice-President (Academic)
On March 19, Lakehead University transitioned to a required on-site services model that was to last until April 30, and on March 25 we announced that “until further notice, only those employees who need to be on site to sustain current operations will be able to continue to work on our campuses. All other employees, including faculty, should work remotely.”
As we continue to follow the latest information, advisories and recommendations from health and government authorities, and in light of the Province of Ontario’s recent announcement to extend its state of emergency until May 12, Lakehead University will remain in a required on-site services model until further notice.
As outlined in previous updates, until further notice:
Consistent with our update on March 25, and until further notice, only those employees who need to be on site to sustain current operations will be able to continue to work on our campuses. All other employees, including faculty, should work remotely.
All buildings on our Thunder Bay campus, except for the University Centre and ATAC, have been secured with access restricted to persons with cards, keys, or with assistance from Lakehead Security Services; and
At our Orillia campus, Heritage Place is secured; the Orillia Cafeteria is open for food service take-out only; Orillia Residence is only accessible with an access card; and Simcoe Hall is open, however limited to the first floor.
It is our responsibility to do as much as we can to minimize the risk of the spread of COVID-19. This means continuing to keep any necessary visits to our campus to a minimum unless otherwise authorized to do so.
Please refrain from gathering in groups, and exercise proper physical distancing and good hygiene practices as per health unit recommendations.
We wish all our students success in these final days of our examination period.
Thank you students, faculty, and staff for your commitment and willingness to do what is necessary for the health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognition of this, please be advised that effective May 1, 2020, the parking lot at the Orillia campus will be free (including metered parking spots) until further notice.
Temporary Suspension of Payments and Credits
For those of you who have parking fees deducted by payroll deduction, these deductions will automatically cease on May 1, 2020 and remain suspended until the free parking period has ended.
For those of you who purchased an annual parking permit, you will be credited a pro-rated amount from May 1 through to the end of the parking free period. This credit will be automatically processed after the parking-free period has ended and applied to your next annual parking permit purchase.
For more information, please contact Security Services.
We recognize the extraordinary challenges you, our students, are facing during these unprecedented times and the impact it has had on your learning and overall well-being.
In recognition of this, the Senate of Lakehead University has approved a Temporary Grading Scheme under Exceptional Academic Measures for Year-Long 2019/20 and Winter 2020 Courses. This grading scheme will provide you with flexibility to account for your unique academic and personal challenges faced as well as aid in mitigating additional stressors as you work towards completing this academic year.
For more information on the Grading Scheme and how it will work, please visit https://www.lakeheadu.ca/studentcentral/exams-grades/temporary-grading-scheme.
It is highly recommended that you reach out to Student Central (firstname.lastname@example.org) and your faculty advisor or program chair to learn more and discuss your individual circumstances and future goals.
Update: March 16, 2020, 7:45 p.m.
Dear students and colleagues:
Today our Prime Minister and Premier each made announcements regarding efforts to slow and prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus. With the health and safety of our students and employees foremost in my mind, all Georgian campuses will reduce operations to essential services effective tomorrow, Tuesday March 17. This means that for the remainder of this week, the campus is closed to students. Employees should only come to campus if you are asked to do so by your manager.
Critical student supports such as counselling services, registrar’s office, student advisors etc. will continue with remote access. More details to come shortly on georgiancollege.ca and the student portal.
Here’s what else you need to know.
The academic leadership team continues to review and prepare academic contingency plans. We are committed to ensuring these plans do not jeopardize your ability to complete your academic semester. Specific details regarding your course completion strategy will be communicated by your instructor or professor via myCourselink.
Contact Campus Safety Services at extension 5100 if campus access is required during this week.
Georgian employment services centres will be closed to walk-in traffic however will continue to serve clients remotely and move to a rotating staff schedule for activities that must be done onsite per ministry guidelines.
Stay up to date by using reliable sources of information such as georgiancollege.ca or the student and staff portals. Employees should remain in close contact with their managers to ensure a consistent approach that still fits the needs of each area. Access to the campus will be reviewed weekly.
I appreciate this rapidly evolving situation is stressful. The college is moving quickly, while adhering to the advice of our public health officials and trying to anticipate all that we can to meet the needs and expectations of our students and employees.
I will provide you as much information as I can, however, we may not immediately have all the answers to your questions. I ask for your continued patience as we work through the many details and I am certain that with your understanding and support we will work through this together. Please continue to look after yourselves and your loved ones and be kind and respectful of each other.
Update: March 14, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
In our message sent yesterday, Georgian College announced the suspension of all in-person classes from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20, to allow time to retool our programs and move to remote delivery where feasible beginning Monday, March 23.
Please note, this does not apply to students studying in a Lakehead-Georgian program at the Barrie campus.
Students registered in Lakehead-Georgian programs will transition to online learning effective Wednesday, March 18, to ensure content delivery completion and maintain the 12-week term delivery in alignment with programming at Lakehead University. There will be no classes held on Monday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 17, allowing your faculty to retool course content for remote delivery. The campus will remain open.
As you know, D2L is the learning management system used for all Lakehead-Georgian courses.
Please log into D2L on Wednesday, March 18, to review messages and course material posted by your relevant faculty member.
At this time, there is no additional information regarding the delivery of lab courses. Please continue to monitor your email and the relevant course D2L site for updates.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we move quickly to support the health and well-being of our students and work to ensure the successful completion of your semester. We are also grateful for the commitment, flexibility, and talent of our faculty and staff during this rapidly-changing situation. Your commitment to our campus community is exceptional.
To members of our community requiring accommodations to sustain their mental and physical health as the COVID-19 outbreak evolves, we are here to support you with our Health and Wellness Services.
As we continue to follow the advice of public health officials and keep you informed of issues affecting your Lakehead-Georgian experience, please continue to monitor your email and the COVID-19 update pages on Lakehead University’s and Georgian College’s websites.
Take care of yourselves and each other.
Update: March 13, 2020, 7:18 p.m.
In the interest of the health and safety of our visitors and campus community, we have decided to cancel the Lakehead-Georgian Applicant Reception scheduled to take place on Wednesday, April 1 at the Georgian Barrie Campus.
If you have questions about your program or Offer of Admission, we encourage you to contact Student Central at email@example.com or 1-800-465-3959.
We look forward to engaging with you later this spring, online, and seeing you in September!
Update: March 13, 2020, 2:00 p.m.
Dear members of our Lakehead University community,
Since December 2019, Lakehead University has been working through its emergency planning processes to assess and be prepared to respond to the emerging COVID-19 pandemic.
Following recent developments and our ongoing contingency planning at Lakehead, we have updated the next phase of our Institution’s action plan in response to COVID-19.
I am writing to provide an important update, and will focus on the most important elements as of March 13.
Lakehead University is cancelling classes on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 to provide instructors, faculty, and academic support staff the time to prepare to deliver course content in alternative ways. Any exams scheduled during this time period will be rescheduled. The University is preparing to provide workshops and specific support to assist instructors with preparations for other modes of course delivery.
Starting Wednesday, March 18 and for the remainder of the term, Lakehead University will be delivering all of its courses using online or alternative modes of delivery.
We recognize that specific academic programs may have unique requirements that need alternate solutions. These will be developed and communicated early next week.
Our University campuses (Thunder Bay and Orillia) remain open. Residences and all of our facilities, including but not limited to libraries, research facilities and laboratories, athletics facilities, food services, and Health and Wellness Services all remain open. Please direct any specific questions to your supervisor. All other Lakehead University events are to be considered on a case-by-case basis. Faculty and staff should continue to report to work as usual.
You are strongly encouraged to adhere to public advisories and recommendations, including washing hands frequently and avoiding touching one’s face. I remind everyone that you should stay home if you feel ill.
If you begin to exhibit COVID-19 symptoms — fever, cough and respiratory distress — contact your local health unit (see contact information at bottom of Lakehead’s COVID-19 information and updates page) and reduce contact with others by isolating yourself.
The health and safety of our University community is paramount as we continue to help ensure the continuity of our University’s operations. Please continue to monitor your Lakehead University email and this web page for updates.
While the measures outlined above are a reflection of extraordinary circumstances, I believe Lakehead University’s faculty, staff and students have the collective strength to come through this with resolve. Being part of Lakehead University means that we work together to create an inclusive, accessible and safe environment for all.
I am grateful to all members of our University community who are working together to help us during this rapidly-changing situation.
Dr. Moira McPherson
President and Vice-Chancellor, Lakehead University
Update: March 13, 2020, 1:36 p.m.
Dear students and colleagues,
The health and safety of our campus community is always my top priority. After careful consideration, all in-person classes at all Georgian College campuses are suspended from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20 to allow us the time to retool our programs to move to remote delivery where feasible. Existing online courses will continue as usual. Our campuses — including libraries, student services and counselling, food services, the athletic centre and others — will remain open. Georgian Employment Ontario offices will also remain open.
Beginning Monday, March 23, all programs will be delivered through remote means. Students are required to check Blackboard next week regarding their specific program delivery, as well as how we’ll address hands-on learning. Students are expected to attend their co-ops and placements unless otherwise notified.
We are focused on developing solutions that support the safety and wellbeing of staff and students and allow for the successful completion of their semester in a timely fashion.
The college will remain open. Employees are expected to report for work however, we will be encouraging and implementing flexible work arrangements where we are able. We will also be adopting measures that support social distancing and minimize personal contact to create a safer work and learning environment.
I’d also like to remind everyone it’s critical we all continue to be vigilant with illness-prevention practices – including effective hand-washing and staying away from the college if you are ill. I appreciate this is a challenging time for us at the college and would remind everyone the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available for employees and counselling services for students.
As this is a dynamic and evolving situation, we will be providing more information as it becomes available. Your patience at this time is appreciated as we work through the details of this plan.
The decision to suspend classes was not taken lightly, but the health and well-being of our Georgian community, is our priority. The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented and evolving situation and we are making decisions as quickly as possible with the guidance of public health officials.
I want to thank our faculty, staff and administrators for their commitment to our students and their education. They are moving swiftly to retool their methods of delivery and their expertise and focus on this is deeply appreciated.
Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes
President and CEO, Georgian College
Update: March 13, 2020, 10:30 a.m.
After careful consideration, the Lakehead-Georgian Partnership has decided to cancel Student for a Day scheduled for Monday, March 16 at the Georgian Barrie Campus.
This decision has been made to ensure the health and safety of our visitors and campus community, using the Government of Canada’s risk assessment tool for planning events, in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
At this time, no decision has been made to reschedule our Student for a Day event.
While we are disappointed we will not get to meet you, your health and safety, and the health and safety of our campus community, is our top priority.
We look forward to engaging with you later this spring, and online.
Yes! We continue to accept applications to our undergraduate programs for fall 2020 entry. Apply today.
It is our intent to move forward with primarily online and alternative delivery of courses for the fall semester. Where possible, in-person experiences such as labs and experiential learning opportunities will be provided, but may be modified to ensure a safe learning experience. Our faculties are assessing individual programs and working to build an environment that continues to fulfill our academic mission. As these program plans are unveiled, more information will be shared to assist you in making informed decisions and course selections.
Yes, the deadline for students to accept their offer for fall 2020 semester is still June 1, 2020. If you receive your offer of admission after June 1, the deadline to accept will be included in your offer letter.
Yes, the deadline to pay your deposit for fall 2020 semester is still June 1, 2020. If you receive your offer of admission after June 1, the deadline to pay your deposit will be included in your offer letter.
At this time, in-person campus tours are no longer available at either campus. We encourage you to visit our website and sign up for a virtual tour.
We look forward to hearing from you! Book a one-on-one phone appointment with a recruiter to learn about our programs and campus life.
Yes. We continue to assess applications. You will first receive an acknowledgement email from us once we receive your application. Read this email carefully as it contains the login details for our student portal, myInfo. Once you gain access to myInfo, you can upload scanned copies of your transcripts and other required information. If you are admitted, you will receive an electronic offer of admission letter. You can access it through myInfo. We will send you an email to prompt you to check myInfo.
Under the recently announced travel restrictions for entry into Canada, the Government of Canada has announced that any international student who holds or has been approved for a study permit prior to March 18, 2020 will be exempt from the travel restrictions to Canada. If you haven’t received approval yet for your study permit, you should continue to follow the processes and steps as identified by the Government of Canada. At this time, the Government of Canada hasn’t provided any updates on the continued issuance of study permits. We continue to monitor this situation closely for any updates.
In the meantime, we encourage you to accept your letter of acceptance and pay any required deposit fees to secure your spot in your program and residence (if applicable). Given the changing and evolving nature of these times, if you’re unable to secure a study permit in time to begin your program, Lakehead-Georgian will work with you to look at a future start term or refund any deposits if you can’t ultimately attend.
Please note that you shouldn’t make any travel plans to come to Canada until you receive approval for your study permit from the Government of Canada. Upon entering Canada, you’ll be required to self-isolate for 14 days. You should take this self-isolation time into account when making your travel plans to ensure you’ll be able to attend your classes on time.
The Government of Canada has announced that international students who already held a valid study permit or had been approved for a study permit as of March 18, 2020 will be exempt from the recently announced travel restrictions to Canada. At this time, you should be allowed to enter Canada with a valid study permit that you held or had been approved for prior to March 18, 2020.
Please note that upon entry into Canada, you’ll be required to self-isolate for 14 days. You should take this self-isolation time into account when making your travel plans to ensure you’ll be able to attend your classes on time. Given the changing and evolving nature of these times, you are encouraged to review the latest travel advice and announcements from the Government of Canada prior to commencing any travel to Canada.
Don’t worry. If you can’t provide us with a recognized proficiency test at this time, we’ll still assess your application for admission. You may be required to complete our Academic English Program, or you may be asked to provide minimum required test scores prior to the first day of classes. Lastly, we continue to explore suitable alternatives to the IELTS and TOEFL. If we begin to accept new English language proficiency tests we’ll update our English Language Proficiency Requirements webpage.
We’re aware that some applicants are experiencing difficulty submitting their documents due to restrictions related to COVID-19. All applicants should continue to work with their schools about securing required documents needed for their admission assessment. Lakehead will be flexible with deadlines and document requirements – we will continue to work with applicants individually and make accommodations based on their circumstances. If applicants have questions, they should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lakehead University and Georgian College have established student relief funds to help ease the financial burden our students are experiencing as a result of the pandemic.
The Lakehead University COVID-19 Student Relief Fund will assist with travel and living costs based on available funds and students’ demonstrated financial need. Visit myInfo to apply.
The Georgian College COVID Hardship Bursary will be split equally among eligible domestic and international students who are enrolled in a regular, full-time postsecondary program for the summer semester and demonstrate an urgent financial need. Applications will be accepted between May 12 and June 3. Read the full story for eligibility criteria and how to apply. If you experience any difficulty with your application, please email email@example.com.
On April 22, the federal government announced a $9 billion aid package for eligible postsecondary students. It is called the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB). Visit the Government of Canada’s website to learn about the eligibility requirements for this fund and to apply for the CESB.
We will not be issuing refunds for tuition, as we have been able to adjust our delivery to ensure students can still meet learning outcomes. It may not look like how we expected, but we’re thankful our classes and student services are continuing remotely so all students have an opportunity finish their courses.
Students who have an active parking pass at the Barrie Campus will be refunded the portion of the unused parking fee. Students will receive an email transfer to their student email (firstname.lastname@example.org), and can then accept the e-transfer using their student number as the password. Once processed, students should see the notice of e-transfer in their emails within 72 business hours.
Students with an active parking pass at the Orillia Campus will be credited a pro-rated amount from May 1 through to the end of the parking free period. This credit will be automatically processed after the parking-free period has ended and applied to your next annual parking permit purchase.
If you lived in the on-campus residence at the Barrie Campus and left early due to the pandemic, you are eligible for a partial refund. You will receive your refund in the mail. It may take 12 to 16 weeks.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. They can cause diseases ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV). Some transmit easily from person to person while others do not. COVID-19 is a new disease that has not been previously identified in humans.
Source: Government of Canada
Human coronaviruses are common and are typically associated with mild illnesses, similar to the common cold.
Symptoms of human coronaviruses may be very mild or more serious, such as:
Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to the virus.
Coronaviruses are most commonly spread from an infected person through:
These viruses are not known to spread through ventilation systems or through water.
Source: Public Health Agency of Canada
Your hands play a major role in the spread of bacteria and viruses that can cause illness.
Handwashing or using a hand sanitizer is the best way to prevent illness. It’s not new, but it works because it removes or kills germs before they can find their way into our bodies. As more bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, proper hand hygiene is essential in protecting your health.
Proper handwashing: To make sure you’re washing your hands properly, use soap and water. Wet your hands. Add soap and rub your hands vigorously together for 15 seconds. Rinse hands and dry with a clean towel, then turn off the tap with the towel. It’s the soap combined with the scrubbing action that helps free and remove germs. Also remember to keep nails short and clean, wash wrists and remove watches and jewellery when you wash your hands.
Proper hand sanitizing: Alcohol-based sanitizers and gels (minimum 60 per cent alcohol) are also an option, but should only be used when your hands are not visibly soiled or dirty. This is because they do not remove visible dirt. You can find them in most supermarkets and drugstores. When using a gel or sanitizer, rub it on all surfaces of your hands until they’re dry. The gel doesn’t need water to work; the alcohol in the gel kills non-visible germs that cause colds and the flu.
Protect yourself and others from getting sick:
Everyday actions to maintain your immunity and prevent the spread of germs that cause illness:
If feeling unwell, you should: