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AMS Non-Academic Discipline Agreement Finalized

September 20, 2012

KINGSTON, ON – The Alma Mater Society (AMS) has finalized an agreement with the University regarding improvements to the AMS’ Non-Academic Discipline system. This agreement, reached between the AMS Executive and Queen’s Principal Daniel Woolf, is the result of a comprehensive review of the peer-administered judicial system over the past 18 months. The AMS is pleased with the University’s statement of unequivocal support for the underlying philosophy of peer-administered discipline. The AMS maintains that the peer-administered judicial system is a key pillar of our University and is pleased that the University has reinforced its support in the system.

“The AMS is constantly looking to improve our internal systems and structures to better serve the students that we represent. The AMS non-academic discipline system is an integral aspect of student governance at Queen’s and we trust that the proposed changes will strengthen the system for many years to come.” – Doug Johnson, AMS President

A joint memo to Senate, slated for presentation on September 25th, outlines numerous changes that are already underway, as well as opportunities for future improvements. All of these work to strengthen the AMS non-academic discipline system. The AMS has already implemented a new 60-day deadline for the conclusion of cases, established minimum sanctions for certain offences, and implemented alcohol education workshops through Health, Counselling, and Disability Services as a sanction. In the future, the AMS and the University will work to create a jointly-administered database, review the Student Code of Conduct, and create a working group to review the Senate Committee on Non-Academic Discipline (SONAD), among other initiatives.

“This is a welcome conclusion to a very long and time-consuming process. I would like to thank past AMS leadership, volunteers, and partners in student government who have dedicated so much of their time and energy to protecting and strengthening the AMS’ unique non-academic discipline system. It is a true testament to the endurance and commitment of past and present student leaders that the core tenets of the system remain intact at the culmination of this process.” – Mira Dineen, Vice-President (University Affairs)

The joint memo has been submitted to the University Secretariat and will be presented to the Senate on Tuesday September 25th.

Please direct all media inquiries to Taylor Mann, AMS Communications Officer, atcomm@ams.queensu.ca or (613) 533-6000 x 75850.

BACKGROUNDER 

Alma Mater Society (AMS) - http://www.myAMS.org

The central undergraduate student government at Queen’s University, the AMS represents over 14,200 students and is the oldest student government in Canada. The constituency is represented through 12 faculty and residence societies. The AMS Council, which is made up of a three-person executive, six commissioners, and three directors, oversees all day-to-day activities within the Society, including 14 corporate services and various government committees that address virtually all matters of student life at Queen’s.

Non-Academic Discipline (NAD) - http://bit.ly/OIRrBx

An integral part of university life at Queen’s University, NAD is an important demonstration of the University’s rich, student-administered traditions. It serves both Queen’s and the Kingston community. Active for over a century, it is the only completely peer-administered non-academic discipline system in North America.  Its priorities are the safety and interests of students, the University, and the Kingston community, and it is founded upon the principle of restorative justice.