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Queen's community invited to UCARE meeting on Student Code of Conduct amendments

The University Council on Anti-Racism and Equity (UCARE) welcomes all faculty, students, and staff to its next public meeting to discuss the proposed amendments to the Student Code of Conduct.

The meeting, which takes place March 11 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm, will allow for public feedback on proposed revisions to the code.  The purpose of the proposed revisions is to align the Student Code of Conduct’s definitions of harassment and discrimination to those in the draft Harassment and Discrimination Prevention and Response Policy, which was released for public comment in December 2020. The proposed amendments to the draft Harassment and Discrimination Prevention and Response Policy and the Student Code of Conduct are designed to promote a respectful and inclusive living, learning, and working environment.

 The proposed amendments to the Student Code of Conduct include:

  •  Aligning the definitions of “harassment” and “discrimination” with those in the draft Harassment and Discrimination Prevention and Response Policy.
  • The addition of educational commentary on discrimination and protected grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code. This educational commentary is aligned with that being proposed in the Harassment and Discrimination Prevention and Response Policy.
  • Additional language to make clear that violating protected grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code, such as gender identity, gender expression, disability, race, etc., is considered as a factor in the sanctioning process.

Please email provost@queensu.ca for the March 11 meeting link.

Additional information on the amendments to the Student Code of Conduct is available on the University Secretariat website. Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to provide feedback on the proposed revisions to the Student Code of Conduct until March 18, 2021. Feedback can be submitted through an anonymous feedback form, by email to provost@queensu.ca, or through requesting a direct conversation through the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic).