Student Conduct

Student Conduct

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Student Conduct at Queen's

June 11, 2018: The university has partnered with the City and the police on the University District Safety Initiative to help address safety concerns with large street parties in Kingston’s University District. The new University District Safety Initiative is a pilot program targeting high risk and disruptive behaviours. Learn more...

About students' rights and responsibilities

Queen’s is dedicated to learning, intellectual inquiry, the dissemination and advancement of knowledge, personal and professional development, and good citizenship.

Queen's students are expected, whether they are both on and off campus, to behave in a mature and responsible manner – which means taking responsibility for their own well-being and making responsible decisions about the physical and mental health, safety and wellness of themselves and others – and to adhere to and promote Queen's core values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and personal responsibility in all aspects of university life.

In becoming a member of the Queen’s community, every student accepts the university’s policies, rules and procedures and acknowledges the right of the university to set standards of conduct and impose sanctions for misconduct.

What is non-academic misconduct?

Non-academic misconduct includes identified activities and behaviours, as detailed in Section 6 of the Student Code of Conduct that violate standards of student conduct that have been established by students, staff, faculty and community members though an extensive consultative process. (See Types of Non-Academic Misconduct for examples.)

Nothing in the Student Code of Conduct prohibits student participation and lawful and peaceful public assemblies and demonstration or inhibits students' freedom of expression.

The non-academic misconduct system

Queen's Student Code of Conduct policy is the foundation for the university's non-academic misconduct system (NAM), which provides a process for identifying and addressing misconduct within the Queen's community, encouraging informal resolution of grievances while taking into account the well-being of each student and the safety and well-being of the community.

The university values integrity, inclusiveness and teamwork and is committed to providing developmental and educational opportunities in response to student conduct issues when appropriate. The principles of education, well-being of students, the safety and well-being of the university community, deterrence, restitution and, where appropriate, restorative justice, guides decision-makers within the system.

Reports of misconduct are initially managed by the NAM Intake Office, and cases are referred to one of four NAM units on campus:

Did you know? All students are required to agree to the Queen’s University Student Code of Conduct, by way of a notice in SOLUS, in order to begin the process of course selection.
Students at the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) in England are also bound by the BISC General Rules and Regulations (see p. 11 for the misconduct process)