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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

Starting your program in the winter term means that some of your items on your incoming student checklist need to be done in a different way. Here’s the information you need to help you start your program in January, including your comprehensive incoming student checklist.

If you are a LEAF program student, please email for your next steps.

Winter 2022 Term Dates

  • Week of Dec. 6: Winter invoice available on LORIS.
  • Jan. 4, 2022: Classes start remotely.
  • Jan. 4, 2022: Winter term tuition and fees due.
  • Jan. 17, 2022: Last day to add winter term courses.
  • Jan. 31, 2022: In person classes scheduled to resume, provided public health direction allows. 

Vaccine Requirement for Winter 2022

Congratulations on your offer of admission to Laurier! We’re excited to welcome you to campus on Jan. 4 to start your winter term courses. To attend campus this winter, you must be fully vaccinated, which means receiving your second vaccination dose no later than Dec. 21 – two weeks before the first day of classes. Your vaccine must be approved by Health Canada.

By Dec. 21, you must upload proof of your second dose through our SAFEHawk app (Laurier’s safety application) and receive a green badge containing a unique QR code. Following that, you will be permitted to register for in-person courses and attend our Brantford or Waterloo campuses.

If you cannot be vaccinated due to medical reasons or other grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code, you can request an exemption. You must submit your exemption form and supporting documentation by 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 21, 2021. Please note that exemptions are not guaranteed and are only granted in exceptional circumstances. If you submit your exemption request after this date, you are not guaranteed to receive a response in time to attend in-person courses on Jan. 4.

International Students

The Safe Travel, Arrival and Quarantine (STAQ) program was created to support incoming international students as they navigate Canada’s COVID-19 protocols for entry.

This program is required for all incoming international students who are not fully vaccinated with a Health Canada-approved vaccine. Learn more and register for our quarantine program.


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Incoming Student Checklist

Quick Checklist:

  1. Accept your offer and submit final documents.
  2. Obtain your vaccine badge to attend campus and register in on-campus courses.
  3. Register for courses.
  4. Complete your student registration and pay your fees.
  5. Arrange your accommodations.
  6. Access incoming student support.
  7. Get to know the current students' website.

1. Accept Your Offer and Submit Final Documents

You must accept your offer of admission by December 12, 2021, unless another deadline is stated on your offer of admission.

Submit Your Final, Official Documents

If your offer of admission is conditional, make sure you send in your final official documents before the deadline:

  • If you were not enrolled in academic studies in the fall term, you must submit your final official documents by Dec. 16, 2021.
  • If you were enrolled in academic studies at the time of your application, you must submit your final unofficial transcripts by Dec. 20, 2021, and you must submit your final official documents by Jan. 10, 2022.

Read instructions for how to submit your final documents and what we consider to be an official document.

Learn about your alternate offer of admission, if applicable, by going to the “My Admissions Info” tab in your applicant portal.

2. Obtain Your Vaccine Badge to Attend Campus and Register in On-Campus Courses

To keep everyone safe and healthy, Wilfrid Laurier University requires all students, staff and faculty to be fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine before participating in in-person courses or activities on our campuses. (The vaccine requirement does not apply to online courses or online programs.)

You will not be permitted to register for in-person courses without a green vaccine badge in the SAFEHawk application.

To attend campus, you must also complete the daily self-assessment form in SAFEHawk.

Ensure you read our full vaccine requirements and instructions for the daily self-assessment.

Important Dates:

  • Dec. 1: If you missed the Dec. 1 deadline, upload your vaccination status to SAFEHawk as fully or partially vaccinated as soon as possible so that you can register in classes.
  • Dec. 21: Deadline to receive and upload proof of second vaccination dose.
  • Dec. 22: Students who fail to meet our vaccination requirements will be deregistered from their in-person classes.

How to Upload Your Vaccination Status

Note: You must accept your offer of admission before you can upload your vaccination status.

  1. Obtain your proof of vaccination receipts at
    • You will need your health card number to download your receipt.
    • Out-of-province or international students can access their government websites for vaccine receipts.
  2. Take a picture of your document or save a screenshot to your phone.
  3. Download the SAFEHawk Application to your smart phone. Web-based access is available for those without access to a mobile phone.
  4. Using your Laurier username and password (the same login you used for your applicant portal), access the vaccine passport section of the SAFEHawk app. Enter the date of your vaccination(s) and, upload your proof of vaccination or complete the appropriate forms to apply for an exemption.
  5. If you have only entered your vaccine receipt for your first dose, you will need to upload proof of your second vaccination as soon as possible and by Dec. 21 at the latest.

3. Register for Courses

You will register for courses using LORIS: Laurier’s Online Registration and Information System. You cannot register for courses until you accept your offer of admission.

You will have a registration hold on your account until you meet our vaccine requirements and receive a green badge in your SAFEHawk app. You must read our vaccine requirements and course registration information to help you prepare for course registration. It takes two business days to remove a registration hold once you receive a green badge.

If you wish to enrol in online courses only, submit the Request to Add Online Courses with Vaccine Compliance Hold form to be registered in an online course. There is an online learning fee for students registered in all online courses.

The first day of classes is Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022. Classes will be delivered remotely starting on Jan. 4 and will resume in person on Monday, Jan. 31, provided public health direction allows. The university’s mandatory vaccination policy remains in effect.

Laurier's Transition and Learning Services team is offering one-to-one support with course selection.

Course Registration Deadline

You should always refer to the academic dates and deadlines section of the undergraduate academic calendar for course registration deadlines. You should register for courses as soon as you can.

The last day to add winter term courses is Jan. 17, 2022.

How to Register for Classes

Course registration is conducted through LORIS (Laurier's Online Registration and Information System). This is the same system you used to complete your application. This is the same website that you will use to pay your tuition and fee bill and check your student records.

Use the online course registration guide to assist you in your course selection and to help you navigate your way through course registration in LORIS. You’ll find important dates, course information, information on paying tuition and more in this guide. If you have questions or experience any issues with course registration, contact Service Laurier at

Important Notes for Winter Course Registration

  • Course availability for the winter term is likely more limited because the majority of course registration happens in June and the following months. If you aren’t able to register for a course or the course section you need, check LORIS every day because course availability changes daily.
  • Service Laurier is your one-stop shop for all Enrolment Services questions as a Laurier student, including tuition and fees, student awards and registration questions. Service Laurier staff are currently working from home and can be contacted at
  • We recommend that you meet with an academic advisor to help you plan your degree requirements.
  • Laurier International provides support for international students studying at Laurier. If you are an international student, it is recommended you contact Laurier International and introduce yourself.

4. Complete Your Student Registration and Pay Your Fees

  • Activate your Laurier email account. You should check your email regularly to make sure you don’t miss important updates from Laurier. Email is the official means of communication between the university and you.
  • Register with the Accessible Learning Centre (if applicable).
  • Enter your Social Insurance Number (SIN) in LORIS for tax purposes.
  • Watch your myLaurier email and LORIS account for your winter invoice, which will be issued week of December 6. For more information, please visit Tuition and Fees.
  • Pay your fees before the tuition fee deadline, which is the first day of classes: Jan. 4, 2022.
  • Explore the ways you can get financial assistance.
  • Get your OneCard. Your OneCard is your student identification card and bus pass, and you can put money or a meal plan on it to use at campus vendors.

5. Access Incoming Student Support

The Laurier 101 program is here to support you from the time you accept your offer until the first week of classes and beyond. Our team is ready to answer your questions and make sure you are prepared for your time at Laurier – both inside and outside of the classroom.

There is special Laurier 101 programming for students who are starting in the winter term, including:

  • virtual course registration appointments, and
  • a welcome webinar.

6. Arrange Your Accommodations

Residence is not guaranteed for the winter term; however, there may be space available. You must be fully vaccinated to live in residence.

Follow the online application instructions to apply to residence. You should accept your offer of admission before you apply for residence. You will need your Laurier username and password to log in to the residence application (this is the same login that you used for the applicant portal and LORIS).

The university is closed from Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021, until Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, for the winter holidays.

During this time, staff will not be available to assist students.

If you have any questions during the holiday closure, you are encouraged to explore the current students' website.

Waterloo campus residence department:
Brantford campus residence department:

Living Off Campus

Laurier has partnered with, an off-campus housing website that specializes in providing students, schools and landlords with a quality rental property listing service. Visit their website to view available rental property listings, roommate and sublet listings. 

7. Get to Know the Current Students' Website

Laurier has a website for current students, where the university provides resources and shares important updates with you. Find information about your program, program requirements, tuition and fees, campus services, parking and much more on this website.

The university is regularly updating this website with new information related to COVID-19 and resources to assist students.

University Holiday Closure

The university is closed from Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021, until Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, for the winter holidays. During this time, staff will not be available to assist students.

If you have any questions during the holiday closure, you are encouraged to explore the current students' website.

Contact Us:

Recruitment and Admissions

T: 519.884.0710 x3385
F: 519.884.0618


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