Instructors are usually expected to resolve academic discipline disputes with students informally.
When attending a meeting with an instructor, students may choose to be accompanied by a University Dispute Resolution Advisor. Dispute Resolution Advisors, appointed by Senate from the ranks of faculty, are available to students facing adverse academic decisions or other difficulties relating to their academic program. They provide information and advice about Queen’s policies and procedures, help students identify and evaluate options and promote informal resolution of academic and non-academic discipline related-concerns. When requested by any interested party, a Dispute Resolution Advisor may, as of right, be present at any meeting between the student and any decision-maker.
Faculties have jurisdiction over non-academic discipline of students when unacceptable behaviour occurs in the context of a specific component of the academic program in which the student is registered (i.e., field trips, laboratories, survey school, clinical settings) or in an academic or academic-related setting. In cases of discipline or behaviour not related to the academic work or program of the student, Faculty Boards will expect the Judicial Committee of the AMS and SGPS to serve as the initial disciplinary mechanism.
If you have questions about the most appropriate course of action to take in response to student issues or misconduct, please contact the Coordinator of Dispute Resolution Mechanisms.