Student Conduct at Queen's
About students' rights and responsibilities
Queen’s is dedicated to learning, intellectual inquiry, the dissemination and advancement of knowledge, personal and professional development, and good citizenship.
Queen's students are expected, whether they are both on and off campus, to behave in a mature and responsible manner – which means taking responsibility for their own well-being and making responsible decisions about the physical and mental health, safety and wellness of themselves and others – and to adhere to and promote Queen's core values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and personal responsibility in all aspects of university life.
In becoming a member of the Queen’s community, every student accepts the university’s policies, rules and procedures and acknowledges the right of the university to set standards of conduct and impose sanctions for misconduct.
What is non-academic misconduct?
Non-academic misconduct includes identified activities and behaviours, as detailed in Section 5 of the Student Code of Conduct that violate standards of student conduct that have been established by students, staff, faculty and community members though an extensive consultative process. (See Types of Non-Academic Misconduct for examples.)
Nothing in the Student Code of Conduct prohibits student participation and lawful and peaceful public assemblies and demonstration or inhibits students' freedom of expression.
The non-academic misconduct system
Queen's Student Code of Conduct policy is the foundation for the university's non-academic misconduct system (NAM), which provides a process for identifying and addressing misconduct within the Queen's community, encouraging informal resolution of grievances while taking into account the well-being of each student and the safety and well-being of the community.
The university is committed to a developmental and educational response to student misconduct. The principles of development, deterrence, restitution and, where appropriate, restorative justice, guides decision-makers within the system.
Reports of misconduct are initially managed by the NAM Intake Office, and cases are referred to one of five NAM units on campus:
- Alma Mater Society (AMS)
- Society for Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS)
- Athletics and Recreation
- Student Conduct Office