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Code of Conduct & Disciplinary Procedures

Code of Conduct & Disciplinary Process

Understanding McGill's Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures

McGill's disciplinary procedures include an extensive series of checks, balances and opportunities for appeal. These measures ensure due process and fair treatment to all parties involved. For a detailed breakdown of the process, including the specific steps taken at each stage, please refer to the Student Rights and Responsibilities website.

We encourage all students to get to know what constitutes a violation of the Code of Conduct and how these violations are dealt with by reading through the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures.

Who makes disciplinary decisions?

The majority of disciplinary decisions are made by Disciplinary Officers who represent a diverse group at McGill — from Associate Deans (Student Affairs) in Faculties, to Residence Directors, to Managers in Athletics.

In instances where a case cannot be decided by a Disciplinary Officer, it is referred to the Committee on Student Discipline (CSD), which is overseen by the Office of the Dean of Students.

Quick Guide to the Code

Read the full code here.

Articles 1-4 provide general provisions including the definition of terms, the communication of notices, and jurisdiction. An allegation of a violation of the code can be made for non-academic offenses (Articles 5-14) or academic offenses (Articles 15-19). Allegations are reported (Articles 37-44) and evidence is submitted to the appropriate Disciplinary Officer (Article 20).

If the Disciplinary Officer decides that further action is required, the student is invited to either a Disciplinary Interview (Articles 45-49), a Summary Hearing (Articles 23, 54-56), or the case is ceded to the Committee on Student Discipline (Article 22).

In an interview, the Disciplinary Officer explains the alleged offense and evidence, invites the student to present his/her interpretation of the event, and decides whether or not the allegation is founded. The disposition (Article 50) is sent to both the student and the Dean of Students in writing. Possible sanctions or penalties fall under Articles 27-36 and 51-53. Article 21 covers orders to cease and desist communication and orders to exclude the student from any or all parts of the University premises.

If the student wishes to contest the finding and/or sanction, the student must write to the deanofstudents [at] mcgill.ca (Dean of Students) to request a full hearing by the Committee on Student Discipline (Articles 57-80). The Office of the Dean of Students coordinates the hearing and the Dean of Students meets with the student (Article 59). Evidence and witness lists are exchanged. As a result of the hearing, the Committee on Student Discipline determines whether the allegation is founded or not. If the Committee determines the allegation is founded, sanctions are applied.

If either the student or Disciplinary Officer contest the decision, the contester then appeals on specific grounds in writing (Articles 24-26, 81-87). If the request to appeal is granted, the Appeal Committee then re-hears the case and the decision at the conclusion of the re-hearing is final. Disciplinary records, confidentiality and reporting fall under Articles 88-89.

Accessing Past Data

If you wish to access data regarding disciplinary cases formally addressed in recent years at McGill University, please consult the Annual Report of the Committee on Student Discipline.

The Code of Conduct & Allegations of Sexual Violence

In an effort to clarify the ways the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures relates to allegations of sexual violence, the document available here provides some answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

For resources and support for survivors of sexual violence, click here or visit the Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support and Education website.