At the School of Religion, the following fundamental values have been affirmed:
The Code of Conduct describes, in general terms and with specific examples, what constitutes unacceptable behaviour in the Queen's community. It also explains the University's disciplinary and grievance systems for both academic and non-academic offences. It can be found on the University’s website at http://www.queensu.ca/registrar/aboutus/policies/codeofconduct.html.
Students in a theology degree or certificate program, or enrolled in courses that could be credited towards such degrees or certificates, are expected to abide by the stated purpose and core values, policies, and codes of conduct (standards) established by the School of Religionand other relevant bodies, including Queen's University and, where applicable, codes of conduct, ethical standards and policies established by the student’s faith community. Students have an obligation to inform themselves of all relevant standards. A student who is found to have engaged in behavior which violates these standards may be required to withdraw.
Queen’s University has also established a Computer User Code of Ethics. Before receiving your "NetID" which allows you to use the Queen's systems, you must indicate that you have read this document and agree to comply with it. This document is available on-line at http://www.queensu.ca/secretariat/senate/policies/codes.html.
The following is an extract of the Senate’s policy on use of computers. Students are responsible for making themselves fully aware of the complete policy.
The University has also created a webpage to define and address Email Harassment, found at http://www.queensu.ca/its/email/harassment.html.
Fairness or objectivity may be compromised if academic evaluation is conducted, even in part, by someone to whom there is a close personal tie (for example, family member, partner in an amorous relationship, or housemate). Where such a tie does exist between student and instructor, the parties involved have the responsibility to declare a potential conflict of interest, normally to the Chair of Theology or the Principal, who may assist, without prejudice, in arranging evaluation by alternative means. For the purposes of this regulation, instructors are understood to include professors and lecturers, tutors, markers, teaching assistants, and supervisors.
The School of Religion, Queen’s University requires all M.Div. and B.Th. students to participate in educational components in the curriculum that explore issues of power, boundaries, and sexual ethics in the practice of ministry and spiritual care. This exploration will include the discussion and examination of denominational documents from a student’s own tradition that address these issues. [For example, United Church students would discuss the policy of The United Church of Canada found in the document Sexual Abuse (Sexual Harassment, Pastoral Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Assault) and Child Abuse. Find this on their website at http://www.united-church.ca/minstaff/pastoral/guidelines/sap.] These educational components are included in THEO 707, “Introduction to Spiritual Care & Counselling”.
The School of Religion follows the terms of the Harassment/Discrimination Policy set out by Queen’s University provided on the website http://www.queensu.ca/secretariat/senate/policies/harass/index.html . Queen’s University will not tolerate harassment or discrimination based on race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status or handicap. If you feel that you have been harassed or discriminated against it is important that you talk to one of the University Harassment Advisors.
If you want more information on this policy or want a confidential and supportive environment to talk about an incident you were involved in contact Queen’s Human Rights Office at 533-6886, email firstname.lastname@example.org , website http://www.queensu.ca/humanrights/ .
The students and faculty at the School of Religion come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Our social histories, economic situations, gender, sexual orientations, races and ages are very diverse. The School of Religion wishes to respect and uphold all of its members’ life histories and current situations. Accordingly, the School has adopted a policy whereby all faculty and students are asked to use inclusive language in their presentations (both oral and written). Inclusive language does not mean that you cannot use either male or female imagery for God; rather, it means that presentations should include both female and male imagery for God. It does not mean, for example, that either the rich or the poor are excluded, but rather that both are included. There is often much discussion about what inclusive language is and whether the inclusive language policy is appropriate or not. As you are preparing your written and oral presentations, please remember that the policy was adopted in an attempt to include the whole people of God. It is not intended to exclude.
If inclusive language is a concept that is new to you or you have concerns please talk to either your faculty advisor or the Chair of Theology.
Queen's University is committed to the protection of the privacy of those who work and study here; therefore student numbers and files are confidential. It is university policy not to release personal information without consent of the student except in the case of compelling circumstances affecting the health or safety of an individual. Queen’s University has an Access & Privacy Coordinator who is responsible for the administration of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The Coordinator also acts as a resource for members of the University community who encounter privacy issues in the course of their work or study at the University. Please see the Access and Privacy website at http://www.queensu.ca/accessandprivacy/index.html for more information.