University Student Misconduct

A single misstep shouldn’t signal the end of your university career

University Student Misconduct

College and university is a time of learning, growth and exploration — and, sometimes, mistakes.If a student finds themselves facing a non-academic misconduct hearing the consequences can be extremely serious, and can even include expulsion. Knowledgeable representation throughout the process can help minimize those consequences and give you the second chance you need to secure the future you are working toward. We are well-versed in the Queen’s University student misconduct process in particular, and can easily translate this experience to other colleges and universities in Ontario.


When a non-academic misconduct complaint is lodged against a student, the intake office first determines if it can and should be resolved informally. If not, the formal hearing process commences, which ends with a hearing in front of an appointed adjudicator.  The student is entitled to, and should have, representation at the hearing and throughout the process, including the initial interview with the university.

Types of Non-Academic Misconduct

The types of misconduct are set out in the Student Code of Conduct. At Queen’s University, they include:

  • Abuse of Process
  • Aiding in the Commission of an Offence
  • Alcohol and Drug Use
    • Unauthorized Possession of Alcohol on Campus
    • Keg parties
    • Providing Alcohol to a Person Under 19 or Being a Person Under 19 in Possession of Alcohol
  • Contravention of Policy
  • Disruption or Interference with Any University Event or Sanctioned Activity (including classes and lectures)
  • Improper Use of Dangerous Objects and Substances
    • Weapons
    • Chemicals
    • Explosives
  • Misconduct Against Persons and Dangerous Activity
    • Assault or Sexual Assault
    • Harassment or Threats
    • Hazing
  • Misconduct Involving Property
    • Theft or Possession of Stolen Property
    • Vandalism, Defacement, or Destruction of Property
    • Setting Fires
  • Misrepresentation or False Information
  • Misuse of University Information Technology
    • Hacking
  • Unauthorized Entry and/or Presence
Possible Sanctions

The possible sanctions for non-academic misconduct are also set out in the Student Code of Conduct.  At Queen’s University, they include:

  • Written warning or reprimand
  • Letter of behavioural expectation
  • Educational assignments
  • Apology
  • University or community service
  • Restitution
  • Monetary fine
  • Behavioural bond
  • Loss of privileges
  • No contact
  • Notice of prohibition from campus, in part or in its entirety
  • Requirement to withdraw (expulsion)