The AMS NAM system is guided by five fundamental pillars:
- Restorative: While the system is concerned with deterrence as well, the process primarily aims to repair any damage done to Queen’s, including but not limited to its members, property, reputation, and relationship with the Kingston community
- Peer-Administered: Students are responsible for making decisions on non-academic misconduct in both the Judicial Affairs Office (JAO) and Judicial Committee (JCOMM)
- Complaint-Driven: Cases are opened and investigated only after a complaint has been filed; NAM is not designed as a means of policing students.
- Non-Adversarial: AMS NAM does not pit the complainant against the respondent, but instead works to achieve the most holistic and comprehensive understanding of an issue, along with a resolution which allows all parties to move forward in a positive manner
- Natural Justice: Adherence to the principles of natural justice means that all students who go through the system are afforded the right to a fair and unbiased process
Students may be held accountable for their actions both on- and off-campus wherever there is a connection to the University or its interests (including off-campus events, scenarios where students are representing Queen’s, and issues of reputational damage to the University, amongst others). With NAM being independent of the Canadian legal system, Queen’s students are subject to two separate judicial systems – and are thereby held more accountable for their actions than ordinary citizens.
The most recent version of the Code of Conduct was published in 2016 after an extensive review of the system, and covers misconduct ranging from theft to perjury to assault, amongst other things. The latest version of the Code of Conduct, along with more information about NAM at a University level, may be viewed on the University Ombudsman’s website here.
Statistics are available on NAM cases, complaints, sanctions, and more:
- 2011-2012 NAD Statistics (as of Nov. 2011)
- 2011-2012 NAD Statistics (as of Dec. 2011)
- 2011-2012 NAD Statistics (as of May 2012)
- 2012-2013 NAD Annual Statistics
- 2013-2014 NAD Annual Report
- 2014-2015 NAD Annual Report
- 2015-2016 NAD Annual Report
- 2016-2017 NAM Annual Report
More information is also made available each year through the AMS Annual General Meeting. Contact the AMS Secretariat for questions about when, where, and how to attend the AGM.
General types of offences which may be dealt with under the NAM system include, but are not limited to:
- Public disturbances
- Illegal possession and/or consumption of alcohol
Except where such cases are delegated to the AMS by the NAM Intake Office, the AMS NAM system would not handle cases of blatant discrimination (sexual, racial, or otherwise), harassment, sexual assault, serious assault of a non-sexual nature, or murder, as there are more appropriate bodies which would be better able to address these matters.
Click here to file a complaint against an individual student
Click here to file a complaint against a student group (e.g. club, Faculty Society, etc.)
If you are having trouble with the online form, or if you would like more information before you submit your complaint, please contact the Judicial Affairs Manager.
If you do not know the student, or you are not comfortable filing a complaint, you can contact Campus Security’s Off-Campus Response Program at 613-533-2922 or through the Queen’s SeQure app (open the app, select “Personal Safety Toolbox”, and then “Report Suspicious Activity”).
In cases of Group Non-Academic Misconduct, there is a slightly modified procedure which is detailed in AMS Policy Manual 4, Chapter VIII. Similarly, the policy and process for AMS Policy violations change slightly, as outlined in Policy Manual 4
- The right to representation: Respondents may bring any counsel they choose, and are eligible for free consultation with Queen’s Legal Aid (613-533-2102) or the University Ombudsman (613-533-6495).
- The right to end a meeting with the JAO at any time.
- The right to refuse to be recorded by the JAO.
- The right to a translator.
- The right to the disclosure of evidence to be relied upon by the JAO or JCOMM relevant to the matter: Sensitive information such as the names of witnesses or other parties may be removed from the evidence. Care shall be taken to ensure that evidence will not be disclosed or withheld in a manner which would damage the integrity of the investigation or hearing.
- The right to a full and open hearing by the Judicial Committee.
- The right to be notified of a hearing before the Judicial Committee.
- The right to request that an open hearing be closed to the public: This request will be considered by the Judicial Committee.
- The right to choose to waive the right to an open hearing: Respondents may opt to reach a settlement with the JAO instead and the Judicial Committee hearing will be closed.
- The right to make a statement to the Judicial Committee in a closed hearing.
- The right to call and examine witnesses, and to present arguments and/or submissions, at the hearing: Respondents may conduct cross-examination of witnesses as is reasonably required for a full and fair disclosure of the facts relevant to the matter before the Judicial Committee.
- The right to appeal a decision made by the Judicial Committee: Respondents must be informed of all the relevant appeal procedures upon receipt of a Judicial Committee decision.
- The right to express concern over a member of NAM whose judgement may be biased due to a prior relationship with the respondent and/or complainant: If the respondent or complainant is a friend, classmate, neighbour, housemate, sibling, romantic partner, etc. of a member of the JAO or the Judicial Committee, and the concern expressed is reasonable, the party may be removed from the disciplinary process.
The first thing to do if you are contacted by the Student Conduct Office is stay calm. The University may be concerned about what they view as a potential threat to student health and safety – perhaps even your own health or safety – and are also trying to find the most positive way forward for all parties.
The Student Conduct Office also recognizes the right of a respondent to bring any advisor or counsel they choose. This could be a lawyer (including Queen’s Legal Aid), a friend, the University Rector, the University Ombudsman, or any other person you choose. This also means that the Judicial Affairs Office is here to help, and that the Manager can act as an advisor to any respondents in the Student Conduct Office. If you would like assistance or advice from the Judicial Affairs Office, contact the Manager using the information below.
For more information, to submit a complaint, or for help with a NAM case, contact:
Judicial Affairs Manager
(613) 533-6000 x 77944
For more information about the Judicial Committee or AMS Policy, contact:
(613) 533-6000 x 77671