Laurentian and Huntington reach agreement

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Laurentian and Huntington have agreed to a plan that will see the former acquire the gerontology program, and the latter retain its facilities, following a decision last week to dissolve the federation between the universities.

Each university has signed a term sheet “outlining the negotiated terms that will be implemented by the parties following the disclaimer of the federation agreement by Laurentian on April 1 as part of Laurentian’s Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act process, with an effective date of May 1,” according to a release.

The term sheet was authorized by Laurentian’s board of governors and Huntington University’s board of regents.

As part of the agreement, the gerontology program has been acquired by Laurentian from Huntington and will be housed within the Faculty of Arts at LU beginning in the fall. The program will continue to be delivered through online learning.

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“Existing gerontology students can remain in the same program, and new students will be admitted in the ordinary course,” Laurentian said.

No programs and courses will be taught at Huntington for credit towards a Laurentian degree after the conclusion of this existing term. All students currently enrolled in programs at Huntington will be offered a path to graduate through programs and courses offered directly by Laurentian.

“An analysis of each student’s existing program and the options available to them has already been undertaken by Laurentian,” according to the university.

Huntington will continue as an independent university and own and operate its buildings on the Laurentian campus, including its residence.

“A transition agreement providing for the transfer of certain utilities and services is being negotiated between the parties, to ensure a smooth and cooperative transition, which may include the continued provision of certain services that the parties determine is beneficial,” the release states.

Huntington University says it has a “proud” 60-year history, opening in 1960 as one of the first post-secondary establishments in Northern Ontario.

Over the course of its impressive history, the school has “partnered with many organizations both national and international, creating affiliations and affinities, including a long-standing and respected partnership with the United Church of Canada,” the release acknowledges.

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Both Laurentian and Huntington are taking steps to work together to ensure that students are assisted through the process.

Students in programs affected by Laurentian’s restructuring are encouraged to reach out to Joel Dickinson, dean of arts, at jdickinson@laurentian.ca to discuss the next steps in their academic path forward.

Laurentian applicants who may be applying in programs administered by the federated universities can reach out to Liaison Services by emailing info@laurentian.ca.

For all the latest information about the CCAA proceedings, visit laurentianu.info.

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