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Statement on Free Speech

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities requires every publicly-assisted college and university in Ontario to develop and publicly post a free speech policy by January 1, 2019, that meets a minimum standard specified by the Government of Ontario.

Given the formal affiliation that governs the relationship between the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), Lakehead University and Laurentian University (host institutions), all NOSM students, faculty, staff, management and guests will be subject to the free speech policies of the host institutions, in accordance with the following:

As undergraduate medical students at NOSM are registered/enrolled at either host institution, the students would be covered by the host institution’s free speech policy and would follow procedures established under the university’s policy specific to where they are registered.

As NOSM occupies space on the host institutions’ campuses, and serves as the Faculty of Medicine for both universities:

Guests of NOSM at Lakehead University or NOSM at Laurentian University would also be subject to the policy that governs the campus they are attending.

This Policy does not restrict Academic Freedom entitlement derived from Collective Agreements at NOSM or otherwise.

Complaints in relation to NOSM’s execution of these policies can be brought forward to:

Ray Hunt, NOSM’s Chief Operating Officer at or 705-662-7147.


Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA)

The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (the Act) has applied to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine since June 10, 2006.

The purposes of this Act are:

(a) to provide a right of access to information under the control of institutions in accordance with the principles that,

  1. information should be available to the public,
  2. necessary exemptions from the right of access should be limited and specific, and
  3. decisions on the disclosure of government information should be reviewed independently of government; and

(b) to protect the privacy of individuals with respect to personal information about themselves held by institutions and to provide individuals with a right of access to that information.

Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Office of the Chief Operating Officer

May 19, 2017

Access to Information

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine, through its administrative and academic units, routinely provides information to the public. An official access request for information which can be routinely released to the public is not required.

Informal Process
Begin the process for requesting information with an informal request to the Unit that you believe may hold the information required. Describe the records requested to the contact person in the Unit. You will be assisted in your request and told whether the information is readily available or if you will be required to submit a formal request under the Act.

Formal Process
When an informal request to access information is denied, a formal application can be made under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. A Request to Access Information form is available below.

  • Submit a formal application for the requested records to the Director of Planning and Risk in the Office of the Chief Operating Officer.
  • Provide enough detail to enable the School to identify the records.
  • Indicate whether you want a copy of the record or to examine the record.
  • Attach payment for the required fees.
  • The Director of Planning and Risk may contact you to clarify your request.
  • The School must make every reasonable effort to respond to a request no later than 30 calendar days after receiving it, unless specific exceptions apply that warrant an extended period of time for the School to respond.

An applicant may request that the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario review any decision made by the School that relates to a request. Information on the appeal process can be accessed at: Information and Privacy Commissioner Appeal Process

Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Office of the Chief Operating Officer

May 17, 2017

FIPPA Policies and Protocols


Guidelines and Resources:


Grace Vita
Director of Planning and Risk
Phone: 807-766-7396
Fax: 807-766-7371