Information for students

The Office of Student Life supports you by:

  • providing a safe way to report on-campus misconduct;
  • supporting the informal resolution of misconduct allegations when appropriate;
  • protecting your rights in misconduct processes;
  • investigating and resolving student conduct matters in a fair, responsible and timely manner;
  • striving to promote a safe and inclusive community that supports student success;
  • treating each student with equal care, concern, and respect; and
  • encouraging appropriate standards of individual and group behaviour to help uphold university community standards.

Your responsibilities

As part of the university community, you are responsible for your personal conduct as it affects other university community members, and the university’s activities and property.

While you are on university property, participating in a university activity or representing the university you are expected to:

  • take responsibility for your actions;
  • ensure lawful behaviour and personal conduct;
  • respect the rights and safety of others; and
  • abide by university policies, procedures and regulations.

In addition to the non-academic misconduct policy, students are also responsible for their conduct as set out in the academic calendar and other university policies including:

Discrimination and Harassment policy (GV0205)
Violence and Threatening Behaviour policy (SS9105)
Human Rights, Equity and Fairness policy (GV0200)
Sexualized Violence Prevention and Response Policy (GV0245)

Your rights

Under the university Human Rights, Equity and Fairness policy (GV0200), the university commits to implementing the principles of justice and procedural fairness when resolving concerns and complaints.

If you are accused of non-academic misconduct, you have the right to:

  1. receive timely notice and information about the allegations made against you;
  2. be presumed to have not committed misconduct until a fair investigation is completed;
  3. participate fully in the misconduct resolution process including having the opportunity share your perspective and provide your version of the event(s) that led to the allegation;
  4. respond to allegations of misconduct both in writing and through an interview;
  5. provide supporting information and/or names of witnesses;
  6. have a support person with you at any part of the resolution process;
  7. receive a clearly written notice about the outcome of an investigation and any applicable sanctions; and
  8. appeal decisions made under the policy.

Common student questions

Why does the university have a non-academic misconduct policy?

The purpose of this policy is to clarify what constitutes non‐academic student misconduct at the university and to set out transparent processes for submitting, investigating, and responding to misconduct allegations and providing appeal processes. The policy includes processes that will ensure fair and consistent decisions for resolving misconduct allegations.

Does the policy address my off-campus conduct?

The policy addresses your conduct on university property. The policy only applies to off-campus conduct when the conduct is directly connected to the university.

Who may submit an allegation of non-academic misconduct? How are allegations submitted?

Any university community member may submit a formal allegation of non-academic misconduct using the incident reporting form. Completed forms must be signed and directly forwarded to the Student Affairs office in hard copy or submitted electronically from a university email account.

Will I have an opportunity to respond to an allegation of misconduct?

Yes, under the policy, if you are accused of non-academic misconduct you will be provided with opportunities to provide your version of the event(s) and additional relevant information.

Can I have a support person during the non-academic misconduct process?

Yes, you may bring a support person to any non-academic misconduct proceeding or obtain independent advice and support during the proceedings at your discretion. Generally, the role of this person is to support and advise you during the process but not to speak for or represent you. You are expected to speak for yourself throughout the process.

What happens if I do not cooperate with the investigation?

If you have been accused of misconduct and do not provide information or cooperate with a notice related to an investigation, meeting, or review, the case may be adjudicated without your involvement. A sanction may be applied against you.

What happens if I am being investigated by the university and the police?

Normally the police and the university’s processes will operate independently of each other. The university’s student conduct process will attempt to determine whether a student violated the non-academic misconduct policy not the law. The university may apply sanctions against a student when there is a confirmed case of misconduct regardless of the outcome of any external review or judgment of the incident.

How will a sanction against me be determined?

If an investigation confirms misconduct, sanctions will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Determining an appropriate sanction will be made based on a number of considerations including:

  • the nature of the incident and your role in the incident;
  • whether the incident was deliberate;
  • the impact of the incident on the university community, university property, university activities and other individuals;
  • your needs;
  • any financial costs related to the incident; and
  • any mitigating circumstances.

What types of sanctions can be assigned if I have been found to have committed non-academic misconduct?

Can I appeal a decision made under the policy?