The Judicial Affairs Office (JAO) adjudicates matters of category 1 non-academic misconduct. The JAO is composed of the Judicial Affairs Manager (JAM) who oversees Judicial Affairs Deputies and the Judicial Clerk. The JAM receives cases that are referred from the NAM Intake Office (NAMIO), which are assigned to the Deputies and/or investigated by the JAM. Cases that are referred to the JAO are category 1 violations of the Student Code of Conduct. Category 1 violations are less serious violations of the Code; category 2 violations are grievous violations of the Code that are investigated by NAMIO. Category 1 violations typically include but are not limited to matters of trespassing, theft or misappropriation and vandalism.
Do you wish to become involved with the Judicial Affairs Office? Our office hires at a few points during the year; typically, at the beginning of the fall semester or the end of the winter semester. You can find information regarding openings in the Office on AMS Apply, on the Instagram pages @queens_ams or @amsgovernance, or by emailing the Judicial Affairs Manager ()!
The Judicial Committee (JCOMM) is composed of up to 6 undergraduate students who adjudicate on formal cases of category 1 non-academic misconduct violations of the Student Code of Conduct. Therefore, JCOMM acts as the judicial branch of the AMS that hears cases handled by the Judicial Affairs Office. The head of the Judicial Committee is the Judicial Committee Chair, who is the main point of contact for Committee members. Those applying for the role of a JCOMM member do not require any previous NAM experience, but we recommend that you do a little bit of research before filling out an application.
The pillars of NAM as illustrated above can be found beginning on page five of the policy as well. These pillars drive the NAM system, and their application is crucial in the day-to-day operations of the JAO.
The Office handles category 1 violations of the Student Code of Conduct. In cases that require a formal hearing before the Judicial Committee, members interpret the applicable policies to adjudicate the matter at hand. The NAM Policy and Procedures Manual and PIP Policy and Procedures Manual also fall under the purview of the JAO. Both protocols provide comprehensive outlines for practices and sanctioning measures.
The AMS NAM system aims to ensure that respondents receive fair and impartial treatment. Before meeting with a representative from the Judicial Affairs Office (JAO), all respondents are required to sign a “Form 1”, which outlines the rights that all respondents possess. Some of those rights are: