AMS Executive’s Statement on Judicial Committee Procedural Policy

February 4, 2016

KINGSTON, ON – Today, Kanivanan Chinniah, President, Kyle Beaudry, Vice President (Operations), and Sarah Letersky, Vice President (University Affairs) released the following statement:

“It is with regret that we found that the AMS Judicial Committee, which operates at arm’s length from the Executive, failed to notify the Queen’s Journal about a public hearing, in direct contravention of policy.

“AMS Policy Manual 1, Section 5A, Subsection 4(1) assigns the responsibility for notifying the Queen’s Journal to the Judicial Clerk. However, Colin Zarzour of Team CSG submitted a complaint directly to George Collister, Chair of the Judicial Committee, and thus it was not filtered through the Judicial Clerk as is regular practice in other cases.

“We take any and all procedural lapses very seriously. In the coming days, together with Jon Wiseman, Commissioner of Internal Affairs, we will engage in a thorough review of our processes to ensure that policy is adhered to at all times.”

Please direct all media inquiries to Jessamine Luck, AMS Marketing & Communications Officer, at  or (613) 533-6000 x 75850.


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