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Things to know about the Non-Academic Misconduct Process
The Student Code of Conduct and other University policies fall under administrative law. These processes are separate and distinct from civil or criminal proceedings that take place outside of the University.
A student facing a Non-Academic Misconduct (NAM) process may be facing a civil or criminal proceeding at the same time. When this occurs, the University may suspend the NAM process until the civil or criminal process has ended. Once the external process has ended, the NAM process may resume if it is in the University’s interest to do so.
Queen’s University community members who submit a complaint to the NAM system may also choose to pursue legal action outside the University and that is their right to do so.
Many complaints processed through the Non-Academic Misconduct (NAM) system are straightforward and respondents feel confident in navigating the process without legal representation.
However, where a finding of responsibility could result in a serious sanction such as a Requirement to Withdraw from the University, or where the matter could result in a separate civil or criminal proceeding, you may wish to speak to a legal counsel to ensure that your rights are fully understood.
Respondents and complainants are permitted to bring advisors or support persons to any meetings held during the NAM process. Parents, peers, and the Rector are examples of support persons and advisors.
Findings of responsibility for violations of the Code are tracked in a student’s Non-Academic Misconduct (NAM) record. They do not appear on a student's academic transcript, except for in the most serious cases if the student is required to withdraw due to non-academic misconduct. A student’s NAM record may be considered as a factor for resolving any subsequent incidents. NAM records are maintained in accordance with the University's Records Management Policy and Records Retention Schedules.
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Students may appeal decisions made for lower-level violations (e.g. Level 1 & 2 under the Residence Community Standards, Minor Infractions under the Athletics & Recreation NAM Policy) through the relevant NAM Unit’s internal appeal procedures.
Decisions made under the Student Code of Conduct, Level 3 decisions under the Residence Community Standards, NAM decisions that impose the sanction of Removal from Residence, and Major Infractions under the Athletics & Recreation NAM Policy may be appealed to the NAM Appeal Panel.
A NAM Appeal Panel has no jurisdiction to hear appeals of decisions made under the Policy on Sexual Violence Involving Queen’s University Students.
In cases where the respondent accepted responsibility and agreed to an Informal Resolution, the respondent may not appeal. However, a respondent may request that the original case manager consider a revision to the resolution agreement.