Student Representation

acting in the best interest of students

As your student union we directly represent you in many different ways both within the university and across all levels of government.

Our membership is at the core of everything we do. Together we can help make positive change for all students, but we need your help.

What is Senate?

Senate is a group of decision-makers who govern the educational policy of the University. The composition of the Senate is huge. Imagine a large room with 80+ administrative staff, faculty, and students discussing and deciding on the educational policy of the institution. Members include; the Vice-President (Research & Innovation), the University Librarian, Registrar, Deans of all Faculties, heads or chairs of teaching departments or schools and many more. The Senate is chaired by the University President. Students hold up to nine seats on the Senate, and have membership on many of the Senate committees.

Being on Senate means you will have a vote on changes to course calendars, educational policies, honorary degree candidates, and more.

In addition there are plenty of committees to sit on that may interest you. For example, the Academic Appeals committee hears out the cases made by your fellow students who feel they have been wronged or unfairly treated regarding course marks or other academic decisions.

Lakehead University Board of Governors

The student governor is LUSU’s most important student representative position.  They are responsible for building an understanding of our perspectives amongst the other Governors and they work closely with our elected leaders to ensure our concerns are always brought forward for consideration.

The Board of Governors is responsible for the fiscal management of Lakehead University and for the appointment and evaluation of the President of Lakehead University. They exercises governance, oversight, and public accountability duties through leadership and delegation in strategic planning, financial stewardship, ethical integrity, and risk management regarding the University's objectives and purposes, assets, and affairs.

If you are interested in serving your fellow students or you have any questions about student representation at Lakehead, please contact our president.

Do you think you've been graded unfairly? Or that a professor or anyone employed by Lakehead has mistreated you? LUSU can help!

If you wish to file an appeal or simply discuss your problems with a professor, your elected representatives are here to assist you. They won't be able to file the appeal for you, but we can guide you through the university’s policies and procedures while working to protect your rights. We also co-fund an impartial 3rd party Ombudsperson to provides confidential guidance, assistance, and support services to all members of the University community.

    At LUSU, volunteering is a win-win

    Join an amazing community, gain valuable skills and experience, and have fun - all while helping out your fellow students and making positive change on campus and in the community.

    Sign up to volunteer with one of our student action centres or to help out with upcoming union campaigns and events.

    Provincial & Federal Representation

    Through our membership (local 32) in the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) we work with over eighty other students’ unions across the country to campaign for more accessible post-secondary education and lobby the government on student issues. 

    Join the student movement!

    Are you ready to take the next step? Consider nominating yourself for a seat on our Board of Directors or Executive Committee and become the next leader of the student union.

    Be a Part of the Decision Making Process at Lakehead 

    Serve the student body by Representing us on the Senate, Judicial Panel and Senate Standing Committees!

    (Nominations will be review every year in August.)



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