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Community feedback invited on housekeeping and appeal revisions to the Student Code of Conduct

Minor changes to the Student Code of Conduct have been developed to ensure it aligns with proposed changes to the non-academic misconduct appeals process.

Following a review of the university’s Senate policy on Student Appeals, Rights, and Discipline (SARD), it was recommended that non-academic misconduct (NAM) matters would be removed from the jurisdiction of University Student Appeal Board (USAB) under the SARD Policy.

This recommendation aligns with the oversight of non-academic misconduct shifting from the Senate to the Board of Trustees in 2015-16.  At that time, USAB, as the final level of appeal for NAM matters, was maintained due to the complexities associated with revising the Code and the establishment of new structures for initial decision-making.  With these structures now in place and working well, the changes to the appeal process can now be implemented, with USAB focusing solely on academic appeals going forward. This recommendation was also presented to, and endorsed by, the Non-Academic Misconduct Sub Committee (a sub-committee under the Board of Trustees) in October 2019.

To implement a panel process to hear non-academic appeals, minor changes are required to the Student Code of Conduct.  In addition, some minor editorial and housekeeping changes to the Code (e.g. description of the Office of the Ombudsperson role, alignment to other policies etc.) are also proposed.

Community members are invited to review the proposed revisions and read a memo from the Provost (link) and submit feedback to policies@queensu.ca by October 23. Feedback on the proposed changes to the Student Code of Conduct will be reviewed prior to final approval through the university’s governance structure. 

More changes are anticipated to the Code to more fully address issues of racism on campus.  There has been considerable discussion within the campus community on this topic, and further dialogue about the Code will be undertaken in the coming months.