Flags on campus & their protocols

A flag is a piece of fabric used as the symbol or emblem of a country, community or institution.

There are three flags that are permanently displayed on Dalhousie’s Studley, Sexton and Agricultural campuses. These flags are representative of the land on which Dalhousie University stands. The flags are:

  • The Canadian flag
  • Nova Scotian flag
  • Mi’kmaq Grand Council flag

Dalhousie follows the Canadian Heritage Flag Etiquette. In some special cases, it is tradition for flags to be temporarily displayed (replacing the Canadian flag) during visits by the Sovereign or Canadian Government officials to campus.

For special occasions (African Heritage Month, Pride Week, etc.) additional flags or banners are often flown on campus using additional/temporary flagpoles.

Lowering Flags to Half Mast

It is tradition to honour the passing of an individual who fits the criteria below by flying all flags located on Dalhousie campuses at half mast. Flags are lowered as soon as possible after notice of death is published and are raised the morning following the funeral or memorial service, or after two days if no service is to be held.

  1. His Majesty, the King, and members of the Royal Family
  2. Governor-General of Canada and the Prime Minister (former and current)
  3. Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia (current)
  4. A registered member of the student body
  5. A member of the Board of Governors
  6. An active staff or faculty member
  7. A Professor Emeritus
  8. Holders of Honorary Degrees from Dalhousie University
  9. Other, at the discretion of the President

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In Memoriam

This section is updated when the flags have been lowered to half-mast.