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Wilfrid Laurier University University Secretariat
April 17, 2014
Canadian Excellence

4.9 Flags

Approved By:
Original Approval Date:
January 15, 1999
Date of Most Recent Review/Revision:
December 12, 2007 (no changes)
Office of Accountability:
Office of the President
Administrative Responsibility:
University Secretariat

I. Flag Display

A. The university shall fly three flags daily from the flagpoles in front of the John Aird Centre, namely, the national flag of Canada, the provincial flag of Ontario, and the Wilfrid Laurier University flag. The national flag shall be flown on the centre pole and the provincial flag on the left pole (when facing the John Aird Centre).

B. The assistant vice-president: physical resources shall be responsible for the display of flags.

II. Half-masting for Mourning

A. The flags shall be flown at half-mast on the following occasions:
1. On the death of and up to and including the day of the funeral of:
  • the sovereign,
  • the governor-general, the prime minister,
  • the lieutenant-governor of Ontario, the premier of Ontario,
  • the chancellor, the chair of the Board of Governors, or the president.
  • a full-time faculty or staff member,
  • a member of the Board of Governors or Senate,
  • a student registered at the university,
  • the member of Parliament of Canada or the member of the provincial parliament representing the riding in which the university is situated,
  • a former chancellor, a former chair of the Board of Governors, a former president, a professor emeritus, or retired member of faculty or staff.
2. At such other times as directed by the president.

B. The President's Office shall be responsible for issuing instructions for flags to be flown at half-mast and will notify the university community the reason for flying the flags at half-mast.

C. A flag is brought to the half-mast position by first raising it to the top of the mast and then immediately lowering it slowly to the half-mast position.