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 direct or indirect 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.

Alcohol and Drug Use

a) Consumption or possession of open alcohol on University Property except where it is specifically permitted (e.g. in a licensed campus pub, at a licensed event or as permitted under the Residence Contract or the University Alcohol Policy).

b) Consumption or possession of alcohol by a person under the age of 19, or furnishing alcohol to a person under the age of 19.

c) Consumption or possession of cannabis, except if permitted by law and University policy.

d) Consumption or possession of cannabis by a person under the age of 19, or furnishing cannabis to a person under the age of 19.

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

e) Manufacturing, cultivating or growing cannabis on University Property, except as may be related to University research.

f) Possession or consumption of any narcotic or controlled substance (except if permitted by law and University policy), including the possession or consumption of prescription medication for purposes other than that for which it was prescribed by a licensed medical professional.

g) The act(s) of selling, administering, giving, transferring, transporting, sending or delivering a narcotic or controlled substance, or the attempt or offer to do so, except as expressly permitted by law.

h) Any act that causes any person to consume a substance (e.g. alcohol, a narcotic or controlled substance including cannabis) without their consent. This includes but is not limited to by any means that involves hazing.

Contravention of Policy or Law

a) Violation of a University policy, rule, or procedure published or posted by the University, including without limitation the Athletics and Recreation Discipline policy and the Residence Community Standards.

b) Violation of a policy, rule or procedure published or posted by an Authorized Agent of the University or by a student government.

c) Violation of a municipal, provincial or federal law.

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, in the performance of their duties.

c) Any action, conduct, display or communication that causes disruption to, or an obstruction of, the freedom of movement of any person on University Property.

Improper Use of Dangerous Objects and Substances

Examples (a) and (b) 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.

b) Use of any object to injure, threaten or intimidate another person.

Misconduct Against Persons and Dangerous Activity

a) Assault.

b) Harassment: engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct that is known or ought reasonably to be known to be unwelcome.  This includes not merely direct and intentional acts of harassment against an individual, but also includes engaging in verbal or non-verbal behaviour or communication that is known or ought reasonably be known to be hostile, intimidating or threatening, or that deliberately seeks to control or manipulate or otherwise harm another person, and includes comment or conduct through any electronic media regardless of where it originates.

c) Discrimination by a Student Group:  An unjust or prejudicial form of unequal treatment that has the effect of imposing burdens, obligations, or disadvantages, or has the effect of withholding or limiting access to opportunities, benefits, or advantages, that would constitute a violation of the Ontario Human Rights Code

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

d) Sexual Violence against a member of the University community (e.g. staff, faculty, students, visitors, volunteers).

e) 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 property on University Property, and property associated with a Sanctioned Activity.

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, Failing to Provide, or Providing 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.

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

c) Failing to provide identification upon request to any University official or to any official of an Authorized Agent of the University. Arbitrary requests, i.e. profiling, are prohibited.

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.

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

d) Knowingly inviting or admitting into or on University Property, a person to whom a Notice of Prohibition has been issued.