Equity & Judicial

Code of Conduct Office


In the event that you have found to have violated the Non-Academic Judicial Student Code of Conduct, the assignment of one or more sanctions may be appropriate. Designated employees in the Student Services unit are responsible for assigning and monitoring sanctions. Sanctions are intended to provide students with the opportunity to repair harms caused by their actions and should be rooted in growth and learning, whenever possible.

The purpose of this approach is to help a student understand why their behaviour was inappropriate, to appreciate the impact of that behaviour on others, and to effect positive change. In considering an appropriate sanction, the University’s primary focus is to ensure the safety and security of the University, its members and visitors. The University imposes sanctions that are proportionate to the type of misconduct. Instances of misconduct are assessed on a case-by-case basis and take into account the unique circumstances surrounding the incident. Factors that can affect the severity of a sanction include whether or not the student has been involved in previous misconduct incidents, and the student’s willingness to co-operate, admit wrongdoing, and modify their behaviour.

Collaborative Sanctioning

You will be notified of a complaint in writing to your student email account and/or residence room by a staff member within Student Services. You will be invited to participate in a Collaborative Sanctioning Meeting (CSM) to discuss potential violations and to take responsibility for your actions and to acknowledge harms these actions may have caused. The process is intended to result in sanctions that are agreed upon by both parties. Sanctions agreed upon as part of a CSM may not be appealed. In the event that you feel a sanction that has been agreed upon is no longer fair, you may request that a second meeting be scheduled to review the agreement.

Imposed Sanctions

Sanctions may be imposed in the event that a Collaborative Sanctioning Meeting (CSM) does not result in an agreement or is not appropriate. Sanctions that are imposed under the Non-Academic Judicial Student Code of Conduct may be appealed in writing to the appropriate person. See Appeals page for further information on who and how to appeal.

Interim Sanctions

The University reserves the right to impose an interim sanction on a student before or during an investigation. Interim sanctions will only be imposed in situations where they are necessary to protect the safety and security of the campus community (such as incidents involving threats, intimidation, and/or violence). Interim sanctions may include, but are not limited to, temporary removal from a program and/or class, temporary eviction from residence, and/or temporary ban on access to all or part of campus. Acadia University will continue to provide support to students if interim sanctions are imposed.

Sanctioning Measures

Violation(s) of the Non-Academic Judicial Student Code of Conduct could result but not limited to the following sanctioning measures:

  Student Code of Conduct


Olivia Lynch
Coordinator, Student Conduct and Community Support
Residence Life Office, Room 631
Student Union Building
Wolfville, NS
B4P 2R6