Non-Academic Misconduct

 

Maintaining a respectful learning environment is a valued and unchanging expectation for all members of the MRU community. Differences of opinion, faith, language, appearance, traditions, orientations etc., create the rich diversity we so enjoy at MRU. The University's expectation is that all who learn, teach, work, or visit MRU, will consistently be treated respectfully, and likewise will treat others respectfully.

What is Non-Academic Misconduct?

Broadly, non-academic misconduct would include behaviours that:

  • Potentially threaten the safety or well-being of any member of the MRU community;
  • Violate criminal or civil laws; and/or
  • Adversely affect the University or its educational mission.

Examples of non-academic misconduct may include, but are not limited to:

  • Violations of Canadian criminal or civil laws;
  • Use of force or threat of force against any person or property;
  • Class disruption impeding other students' ability to learn and the instructor's ability to teach;
  • Disorderly conduct on university property or at university-sponsored activities;
  • Defamation, discrimination, retaliation, bullying and harassment in all forms, including in-person interaction, in writing, electronically, via email, text and all forms of social media;
  • Use, possession or storage of any weapon, instrument or device that a reasonable person would believe is a weapon;
  • Theft of, or intentional or careless damage to University property, or property owned by a member of the University community;
  • Distribution of malicious material, intending to create an environment that inhibits or prevents a person, or group, to comfortably participate in the University experience.
  • Intentional failure or refusal to meet or communicate with MRU staff or faculty when requested;
  • Knowingly violating the terms of any consequences assigned and agreed upon with SCS in accordance with the Code of Student Conduct.

 

What to expect during a meeting with SCS staff

  • You are welcome to bring a support person with you. This can be a friend or the Student Advocacy Coordinator from the Student Association. This person does not speak for you. However, your support person may ask questions or confirm the procedure. Usually, you will meet with only one member of the SCS team.
  • SCS staff will review the form submitted by your professor/security with you and address any questions you may have.
  • Depending on the severity of the offence, consequences can range from a warning to expulsion from Mount Royal University.
  • If you have had any other recorded non-academic incidents, or if it is determined that the incident was very serious, a panel hearing may be convened.
  • Misconduct may appear on your academic transcript for a prescribed period of time depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident.

 

Non-Academic Sanctions

Sanction/s agreed upon through an informal process, or enacted by the Non-Academic Review Panel or Non-Academic Appeal Panel, are at the discretion of SCS. SCS will frequently consult with professional colleagues on campus who have the expertise to provide useful contextual information, prior to decisions being made regarding appropriate sanction/s.

Participants are encouraged to contact SCS directly to discuss examples of sanctions that have been imposed in prior, similar cases. The following guidelines may be considered when choosing a sanction that is proportionate to the incident:

  • previous incident/s of non-academic misconduct;
  • the severity of the incident;
  • whether there is more than one allegation;
  • a disability that relates to the misconduct;
  • cultural factors;
  • language factors;
  • age factors;
  • personal circumstances of the student.

Additional considerations:
A less severe sanction may be most appropriate where there has been no previous reported misconduct.
A more severe sanction may be considered appropriate where there are multiple allegations of misconduct. 

The following are examples of consequences commonly used as a result of a finding of non-academic misconduct. Decision-makers may choose one or more of the following sanctions, and/or additional sanctions, based on the circumstances of the case, restorative when appropriate, and proportionate to the incident.

  • Warning: written notice advising that a recurrence of similar non-academic misconduct may result in additional and more severe consequences.
  • Community Service: arranged service to the MRU community proportionate with, and appropriate to, the misconduct.
  • Restitution: financial reimbursement for damage to University property or property of an MRU community member.
  • Restriction of privileges: limitations of specific MRU facilities (i.e. Recreation, computer labs, parking lots), and/or contact with a specific person/s.
  • Suspension: is the separation of a student from MRU for a set period of time. A notation on the transcript for the same period of time is common. This notation is often removed following the end of the suspension period. Suspension may include an opportunity for future re-admission.
  • Expulsion: is the permanent separation of a student from the University. The expulsion is noted on the transcript and will remain permanently.