Student Conduct

Student Conduct

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Types of Non-Academic Misconduct

The assessment of any offence depends on a series of factors described in the Code.

Alleged offences are reviewed by the NAM Intake Office and referred to the appropriate unit within the NAM System, with more serious allegations being referred directly to the Student Conduct Office.

The various types of non-academic misconduct are described below, but the examples for each type are not exhaustive.

Abuse of Process

Examples (a), (b), (c) and (d) would be directed to the Student Conduct Office

a) Failure to comply with a process or requirement under this Code.

b) Failure to comply with a non-academic misconduct sanction.

c) Knowingly making false report of misconduct against any member of the university community or assisting another person in making or pursuing same.

d) Interference with the administration of this Code, such as: 

i) a misrepresentation or false statement during an investigation or proceeding; 

ii) trying to discourage any individual's proper participation in, or use of, a misconduct process;

iii) any retaliation (e.g. through coercion, intimidation, threats or social pressure) against a complainant, a person who reports misconduct, or a potential witness in a misconduct case;

iv) disrupting, or otherwise interfering with, the orderly conduct of a misconduct proceeding;

v) electronically or digitally recording, in any format, a misconduct proceeding without the express permission of the Chair of the proceeding; or,

vi) harassing (physically, verbally, or in writing), intimidating or attempting to influence, the impartiality of any individual in a decision-making role in a misconduct process.

Aiding in the Commission of an Offence

a) Encouraging or aiding others, by words or by action, to engage in the commission of an act that is in violation of this Code, a university policy, rule, or procedure, or a municipal, provincial, or federal law.

Misuse of Alcohol and Illegal Drug Use

a) Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages on university property, except when properly in attendance at a licensed pub or event, or as permitted under the Residence Contract or the university policy.

b) Possession of narcotics or controlled substances, excluding medication prescribed to the student.

c) Contravention of provincial liquor laws or violation of university policies governing the possession, distribution or consumption of alcoholic beverages on university property.

d) Violation of a university policy, rule, or procedure or a municipal, provincial, or federal law that arises from, or that is related to, the consumption of alcohol or of a controlled substance.  This is distinct from, and is considered to be non-academic misconduct in addition to, prohibited consumption of alcohol or controlled drugs/substances.

Examples (e) and (f) would be directed to the Student Conduct Office

e) Furnishing alcohol to any person who is under the age of majority.

f) Possession of any narcotic or controlled substance, including medication prescribed to the student, for other than personal use. This includes administering, delivering, giving, selling, sending, transferring or transporting a narcotic or controlled substance, or attempting to do any of these things.

Contravention of Policy

a) Violation of a university policy, rule, or procedure published or posted by the university.

b) Violation of a policy, rule, or procedure of an organization that is an authorized agent of the university.

Disruption or Interference

a) Disruption or obstruction by action, threat or otherwise, of any university event or any sanctioned activity, including teaching, learning, research, administration, events, and any conduct that disrupts the normal operations of the university or that infringes on the rights of another member of the university community.

b) Interfering with, obstructing, disrupting, misleading, or failing to comply with the directions of any university official or any official of an authorized agent of the university who is acting within the scope of his/her duties.

Improper Use of Dangerous Objects and Substances

Example (a) would be directed to the Student Conduct Office

a) Possession or use of any weapon (as outlined in the Queen’s University Weapons Policy), explosive, chemical, biohazardous, radioactive, or controlled material or the like except by authorized personnel and in an area formally designated for that purpose.

Misconduct Against Persons and Dangerous Activity

a) Assault.

b) Harassment or discrimination.

c) Physical, verbal or written abuse.

d) Threatening behaviour, whether physical, verbal, or written.

e) Coercion or intimidation.

f) Use by an individual or group of information or other communication technology that is, or that should reasonably be known to be, harassing, hostile, intimidating or threatening, or that deliberately seeks to control, manipulate, falsely discredit, or otherwise harm another individual (e.g. cyberbullying, cyberstalking, internet trolling, etc.).

Examples (g) and (h) would be directed to the Student Conduct Office

g) Sexual violence.

h) Hazing. Hazing activities include, but are not limited to, pranks, jokes, public ridicule, and any activity that does not respect an individual’s rights, integrity, dignity, safety, or well-being.  Hazing includes conduct that is, or ought to be reasonably known to be:

i) abusive (physically or psychologically);
ii) demeaning;
iii) dangerous;
iv) humiliating;
v) ridiculing; or,
vi) contrary to this Code, to a university policy, rule or procedure, or to municipal, provincial, or federal law;

that is used as a means of coercing, compelling, forcing, or otherwise socially pressuring, a person to gain or maintain:(i) membership in, (ii) the acceptance of, or (iii) association with, any group or organization.

Express or implied consent from, or the acquiescence of, the affected person(s) shall not be an excuse or defense for such behaviour.

Misconduct Involving Property

a) Misappropriation, damage, unauthorized possession, defacement, vandalism, or destruction of university property.

b) Theft or possession of property belonging to any person or entity without the permission of the rightful owner, including in circumstances in which there was an intent to return the property.

c) Use of university facilities, equipment, supplies or resources contrary to express instruction or without proper authorization, or misuse or abuse of same.

d) Abuse or misuse of university documents, including without limitation identification cards, credit cards, meal cards, smart cards, or telephone calling cards, or misuse of fees collected and distributed by the university to any student group, either directly or indirectly (e.g. through the Alma Mater Society).

Examples (e), (f), and (g) would be directed to the Student Conduct Office

e) Altering or misuse of official university documents.

f) Interference with, obstruction of, or tampering with life safety or emergency equipment.

g) Setting unauthorized fires.

Misrepresentation or False Information

a) Furnishing false information to a university official or to an official of an authorized agent of the university.

b) Possessing, distributing, or using false or altered identification/credentials.

Misuse of University Information Technology

Examples (a), (b), (c) and (d) would be directed to the Student Conduct Office

a) Altering or removing university computer files or software without proper authorization.

b) Intentionally jeopardizing the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronically maintained Queen's University information or data.

c) Using Queen's information technology resources to do anything that is a violation of the rights of others, such as displaying or distributing obscene, harassing, defamatory, or discriminatory material or messages.

d) Using Queen's information technology resources for any illegal activities or purposes.

Unauthorized Entry and/or Presence

a) Unauthorized entry, attempted entry or presence in or on any university property;

b) Unauthorized entry, attempted entry or presence at any sanctioned activity.

c) Refusing to leave university property when instructed to do so by a university official, or by an official of an authorized agent of the university, acting within the scope of his/her duties.