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Student Non-Academic Misconduct Policy

Following a period of extensive consultation, Queen’s University Board of Trustees approved on May 6, 2016 a revised Student Code of Conduct, which forms the foundation for the non-academic misconduct system at Queen’s.

Student Code of Conduct
May 2016 (PDF 250 KB)


For an overview of the policy development and review process, please see below for communications to the campus community in the fall of 2015, as posted to the Queen's Gazette and distributed across other communications channels.


Non-academic misconduct advisory committee begins consultations

The committee, chaired by Principal Daniel Woolf, is reviewing the current non-academic misconduct system, with the aim of improving the system for student safety, health and wellness.

Advisory Committee on Non-Academic Misconduct consultation sessions December 2015 (PDF 100 KB)

Lewis Report - Executive Summary
May 15, 2015 (PDF 535 KB)

Lewis Report - Full Report
May 15, 2015 (PDF 3 MB)

Legal Opinion - M Bastarache
July 31, 2015 (PDF 753 KB)

October 28, 2015

The Advisory Committee on Non-Academic Misconduct (ACNAM) is now formed, and has begun an extensive consultation process with the Queen’s community.

The committee was announced following direction from the Board of Trustees for the university to review its current non-academic misconduct system with the aim of improving the system to support student safety, health and wellness.

“The committee includes representatives from a diverse range of bodies, including students, university senators, and administrators,” says Principal Daniel Woolf. “We are looking forward to receiving valuable input from a variety of stakeholders as the review is undertaken.”

The committee began its consultations last week at Alma Mater Society (AMS) Assembly. In the coming weeks the group will meet with several other stakeholder groups including Athletics and Recreation, Residences, the Senate Committee on Non-Academic Discipline (SONAD), Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) Council, Senate, and the Board of Trustees. The committee will also host consultation opportunities for several key external stakeholder groups. This is the initial round of consultations; more will be held in the winter term. 

“We recognize there are strongly held views on all sides of this topic, and all are concerned with student safety,” says Principal Woolf. “We want to consider all of those perspectives in a fair process that ultimately results in a better non-academic misconduct system.”

The members of the committee are as follows: 

Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor (Chair)
Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) (Vice-Chair)
Heather Black, University Council 
Chris Cochrane, SGPS President
Kanivanan Chinniah, AMS President
Caroline Davis, Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration)
Bill Flanagan, Dean, Faculty of Law
Deborah Knight, Associate Professor, Senate
Lon Knox, University Secretary
Palmer Lockridge, Student Senator
Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs

The committee also includes the following non-voting advisors: 

Michael Fraser, University Relations 
Dan Langham, Environmental Health and Safety 
Lisa Newton, University Counsel 
David Patterson, Campus Security and Emergency Services 
Stephanie Simpson, Human Rights Office 
Harry Smith, University Ombudsman 

The principal will bring forward the recommended student code of conduct for approval by the Board and subsequent receipt by the Senate in early May 2016. 


Review of Student Non-Academic Misconduct

Advisory committee to review student non-academic misconduct system

September 18, 2015

Review overseen by Principal Daniel Woolf will examine Queen’s non-academic misconduct system with an aim of improving the system for student safety, health and wellness.

Following a decision by its Board of Trustees, Queen’s University announced today that an advisory committee will review its student non-academic misconduct system with an aim of improving the system for student safety, health and wellness. The review will be overseen by Principal Daniel Woolf.

“First and foremost, Queen’s is committed to student health and safety,” says Barbara Palk, Chair, Board of Trustees. “The changed and increased societal expectations of the role and responsibilities of universities, as well as recommendations from several independent experts, are requiring the university to examine some of its long-standing practices in the interest of student safety and well-being.”

Last fall, external auditors from PricewaterhouseCoopers recommended that the Audit and Risk Committee of the Board initiate an independent review of the current policies and procedures in place with regards to student non-academic misconduct and related issues to identify any potential risks or exposures to the university.

The Board requested the review of the current system following an advisory report from independent expert Harriet Lewis, long-time general counsel and university secretary at York University. The Lewis Report identifies several areas for improvement and makes recommendations for reforms so that Queen’s has the best system possible to ensure student safety, rooted in the long-standing traditions of the university and up-to-date with contemporary standards and practices.

“The Board did not undertake this process lightly,” says Ms. Palk. “This is a serious matter for our university, and we have approached this thoughtfully and with purpose. The opinions of independent experts required us to take expeditious action. That said, we expect many of the current system’s core components, including student involvement and the principle of restorative justice, to remain.”

Recognizing the importance of this issue to the university, the review will include significant consultation with members of the Queen’s community, including governing bodies, the student body and others. The university is currently developing a plan for the consultation process.

“The review of current policies and procedures aims to maintain the Queen’s tradition of student involvement in non-academic discipline while at the same time recalibrating the system to meet contemporary realities,” says Principal Woolf. “We want to consider all perspectives to ensure we have the best system to address student non-academic misconduct.”

The advisory committee will include representatives from both the student body and the university administration.

While the review is completed, the university has instituted an interim protocol for the initial management and direction of cases of student non-academic misconduct. The interim protocol includes: a Central Intake Office for all cases of non-academic misconduct, reporting to the Office of the University Secretariat and Legal Counsel; a description of what constitutes university-level non-academic misconduct; and, a process within the Provost’s Office for dealing with university-level non-academic misconduct cases.

“Our goal is to ensure a conduct system that affirms student rights and responsibilities in a university environment and that promotes accountability as members of the Queen’s community,” says Principal Woolf. “Queen’s values an educational and developmental approach to student conduct matters that also ensures the safety and well-being of all members of our community.”

The review and interim protocol will not impede the work being done to finalize a sexual assault policy for the university.

The principal will bring forward recommended policies and procedures for approval by the Board and subsequent receipt by the Senate no later than May 31, 2016.