Non-Academic Misconduct

Non-Academic Misconduct

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Non-Academic Misconduct Response to COVID-19

Non-Academic Misconduct (NAM) processes have moved online. Until further notice, we will proceed with the intake, referral, and resolution of NAM cases remotely. Students involved in a NAM process will be contacted by their Case Manager to discuss next steps. Students should continue to submit resolution requirements (outcomes/sanctions) to their respective Case Manager, or contact their Case Manager in advance of the deadline to request an extension or accommodation.

Non-Academic Misconduct

What is Non-Academic Misconduct?

As a Queen's student, you are expected to adhere to and promote the University's core values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and personal responsibility in all aspects of University life.  These core values are intended to inform and guide student behaviour with the goal of fostering mutual respect for the dignity, rights, and well-being of others and their property.





Personal Responsibility

Non-Academic Misconduct (NAM) refers to the behaviours that contradict these core values and that violate the behavioural expectations outlined in the Student Code of Conduct and supporting policies.

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How can you report Non-Academic Misconduct?

Non-Academic Misconduct (NAM) can be reported to multiple offices at Queen’s.  Where to report often depends on the nature of the incident. 

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How is Non-Academic Misconduct handled on campus?

The Non-Academic Misconduct (NAM) Units on campus respond to reports of misconduct that fall within their areas of responsibility. 

Who decides what counts at Non-Academic Misconduct?

The Non-Academic Misconduct Intake Office (NAMIO) receives reports of student non-academic misconduct and refers these cases to the appropriate NAM Unit.

The Student Code of Conduct divides non-academic misconduct into two categories. Category 2 incidents are generally more serious than Category 1 incidents. The NAMIO uses various factors to determine the category of the incident and the appropriate NAM Unit for referral:

  • What was the nature of the incident?
  • How serious were the impacts of the incident?
  • Has this happened before with the same student?
  • How complex is the situation?

Which offices investigate Non-Academic Misconduct cases?

For reports deemed Category 1, the NAMIO will assign the case to one of the following NAM Units:

  • AMS Judicial Affairs Office – if the responding party is an Undergraduate student
  • Athletics & Recreation Conduct Office – if the responding party is a student-athlete, or the incident occurred in a sport-related context
  • Residence Conduct Office – if the responding party lives in Residence
  • Student Conduct Office – if the responding party is a Graduate student

For reports deemed Category 2, the NAMIO will assign the case to the Student Conduct Office.

Some case are complex and involve students that belong to multiple communities on campus (i.e. student-athlete, resident, graduate student). The NAM Unit that first contacts you is the one assigned to manage the case and that is who you should follow up with if you have questions.

How long does the Non-Academic Process take? 

While the NAM Units strive to resolve matters efficiently, the length of the Non-Academic Misconduct process depends on the complexity of the case and the people involved.

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