Student Conduct and Accountability is a small office of two people:
Deborah Eerkes, Director
Chris Hackett, Student Conduct Officer
Our primary function is to carry out the role of Discipline Officer under the Code of Student Behaviour (“the Code”), for both academic and non-academic misconduct:
- We receive recommendations for charges and sanctions under the Code from University of Alberta Protective Services in the case of non-academic misconduct, including Inappropriate Behaviour towards Individual or Groups, Inappropriate Use of University Property and Resources and Other Offences.
- We receive recommendations from Faculty Deans in cases of academic misconduct, including Inappropriate Academic Behaviour and Inappropriate Behaviour in Professional Programs). In the case of academic misconduct, we only receive recommendations for Severe Sanctions, such as suspension or expulsion. All other cases are resolved at the Faculty level.
- We receive recommendations for charges and sanctions under the Code from Unit Directors, for incidents of Inappropriate Use of University Property and Resources.
Our task is to make decisions on two matters: first, whether the alleged activity was a violation of the Code, and second, if we find that it was, what the appropriate sanction(s) would be. In making any decision about sanctions, we must balance the rights of the student under allegation, fairness for the victim(s) of the alleged violation, and the safety and integrity of the community.
In addition to making decisions under the Code, we are key members of the Restorative Justice (RJ) in Residence team. In RJ, misconduct is viewed as harm to the community, and the resolution is the opportunity to work collaboratively to identify and repair the harm caused by the misconduct and build trust in the community. It allows students to be involved in the process from beginning to end, and gives them skills for life to deal with conflict.
Student Conduct Officer
1-04 Triffo Hall
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2E1
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