Looking Forward
to the Fall

A Guide to Your Fall 2021 Laurier Experience

Returning and new Golden Hawks, we're so excited to welcome you back to campus!

To prepare you for your fall campus experience, we've highlighted how your academics and on-campus services will be adapted for your safety and support.

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What's Happening on Campus this Fall?

We are planning to offer a number of student services in person within safety guidelines. This means that we may need to reevaluate how services are offered as public health guidelines evolve, but we'll always be ready to support you.

Throughout the fall semester, undergraduate students in all years can enjoy in-person student clubs and social activities, such as game nights, guest speakers, entertainment and opportunities to meet and connect with friends. You can choose from a mix of in-person and remote programming based on your interest and comfort level.

Here are some of the on-campus activities and amenities that will be available:

  • Health and wellness services, such as counselling and medical appointments.
  • Recreational services through the Athletic Centre in Waterloo and the Laurier-Brantford YMCA in Brantford.
  • Student residences. 
  • Food services.
  • Study spaces.
  • Academic materials at the Library. 

Your Residence Experience

Moving into your new home at Laurier this fall? We're planning to have full occupancy in September, including double occupancy dorm-style rooms. We're working hard to make your residence experience the best that it can be and making sure there are as many opportunities for you to connect as possible, while respecting public health guidelines.

Make the most out of your residence experience by getting involved in Laurier's residence communities. Find out all you need to know about residence, from move-in information to our cleaning procedures.

Living Off-Campus?

Check out resources about your off-campus living experience. We partnered with places4students.com to help you in your home search, and you can find events to connect with other off-campus students through LOCUS.

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Get Ready for O-Week 2021!

We're planning to welcome both our first- and our second-year undergraduate students setting foot on the Laurier campuses for the first time with a special orientation week. Whether in person or online, you'll have many opportunities to develop a sense of belonging and to become oriented to your campus.

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Your Dining Experience

You'll be able to dine on campus beginning fall 2021, with food services expanding as the term progresses. Visit Food Services to get the most up-to-date information about which dining areas are open on campus throughout the term.

Eating Off Campus?

If you choose to eat off campus, make sure you:

  • Follow public health and gathering guidelines.
  • Show our small business owners the Golden Hawk spirit by respecting their mask protocols.

Your Classroom Experience

We've determined that, in alignment with expected public health guidelines, in-person enrolment will be limited to 100 students and classrooms will be limited to 50% capacity. We've added additional time between classes for safe entry and exit. Physical distancing and mask protocols are also in place.

Remote Options

You will continue to have access to a number of remote courses, depending on your program requirements. Some of your courses will require you to learn in person, but you will receive direct communication about these requirements if they are applicable to your situation. You can complement your classes with in-person study spaces and engagement on our campuses.

Plan Ahead

Check out the timetables on LORIS so you know which courses are offered in person and which are being offered remotely. We plan to return to regular in-person operations with minimal restrictions by the start of the winter 2022 term.

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Keeping You and Our Community Safe

Enhanced Campus Safety

Measures such as cleaning protocols, signage and physical barriers have been put in place to make sure you have a safe experience on campus.

Get Familiar with the SafeHawk App

In order to access to buildings and on-campus resources, you'll need to complete the self-assessment using the SafeHawk app.

Off-Campus Safety

Whether you’re living on campus, in surrounding neighbourhoods, or are learning remotely, we all play a part in keeping our community safe.