With over 3,000 employees and 20,000 full and part-time students, Queen's University is a vital, diverse community. In order that this community remains healthy and positive, we are committed to equity in education and daily experiences. It is important to realize that education does not begin and end at the classroom door; instead, every person and experience in our Queen's and broader Kingston community offers an opportunity for learning.
The attitude and interactions of all members of the Queen's community can have the effect of either helping or disrupting the learning experience. Awareness and engagement with those around you and understanding that each person brings different life experiences is essential to ensuring that you have a positive experience. Not only does our home life shape who we become, but our environments, prior to Queen's, may also involve cultural, racial, or other social factors that have constructed us as individuals. Worldviews will also differ. A university experience offers an opportunity to learn from the academic programming, but more importantly, it also allows us a window into the different worldviews held by the members of our Queen's community. The Queen's environment offers each of us occasions to share difference and similarities of views. This will not always be a comfortable experience; however, what is important is how each person deals with difference and how their openness to diversity of ethnicity, culture, gender, disability, and sexuality translates into the Queen's environment. Fear or lack of awareness of difference can lead to an inappropriate response. Learning to engage in a dialogue of difference and diversity has the possibility of bringing deeper inquiry and growth to educational experiences.
Faculty and staff at Queen's University are governed by collective agreements and approved staff policies. Included in these policies and agreements are mechanisms to ensure an equitable workplace with a system of best practices for a workplace free of harassment and discrimination.
Queen's University has established a Student Code of Conduct that will help identify minimum expectations for our students. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to read and understand the full code of conduct and its implications, but some of the keys points are:
Violation of the aforementioned terms of conduct is an offence under the Code, subject to disciplinary sanction. The above terms apply with equal force to individual students and student groups or organizations. Being under the influence of alcohol and/or other substances does not diminish or excuse a violation of the Code.
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