General Regulations on Student Non-Academic Conduct
The following general regulations have been approved by the Board of Governors of the University and are now in effect until such time as they may be revised by the Board.
A. The University of New Brunswick is a community of faculty, staff, students and administrators involved in teaching, learning, research and related activities. The University assumes that students come to the University for a serious purpose and accept responsibilities as members of the University community.
B. In accordance with the commitment set out in the University's Mission Statement to provide an environment conducive to the development of the whole person, all members of the University community - staff, faculty, students and administrators - have the right to work and/or study in an environment which affords them respect and dignity, and is free from danger, discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and behaviour which is destructive, disruptive, or unlawful.
C. The University recognizes students' freedom to manage their personal lives, behaviour and interpersonal relations in a manner consistent with the above principles, with the laws of Canada and New Brunswick, and with University regulations. In exercising their entitlement to participate in University programs and activities, students are expected to:
- Abide by University regulations;
- respect the integrity of University programs and activities;
- acknowledge the diversity of the University community and freedom of all members to participate in University programs and activities;
- promote the peaceful and safe enjoyment of the University facilities by other members of the University and public;
- conduct themselves at all times in a manner that will reflect credit on themselves and the University.
D. The University has defined standards of student behaviour and made provisions for student discipline when they engage in conduct that is inconsistent with the foregoing principles. It shall be deemed, and the Board considers, that each of the following types of conduct is a breach of University regulations, and is grounds for consideration of discipline up to and including suspension or expulsion. As the types of misconduct are stated in general terms, students are advised to familiarize themselves in greater depth with University regulations, and to consult with University officials where they have any doubt about the propriety of an intended action or behaviour.
Unacceptable types of behaviour include, but are not limited to:
- violence, harm or threat of harm to any person or the person's property;
- unnecessarily endangering the health or safety of other persons;
- possession of a firearm or other weapon on University premises without specific University permission;
- acting or speaking in a disruptive, disorderly, indecent or offensive manner, or in a way that might reasonably cause fear;
- unauthorized infringement or prevention of access by others to University classes, services, events, facilities, and property;
- disruption or obstruction of any authorized activity, event, class or service of the University, or interference with any person's rights to carry out legitimate activities, speak or associate with others;
- refusal to comply with a reasonable request by authorized University officials including Security and the Student Campus Police;
- failure to provide identification to authorized University officials when asked, or providing false identification or information;
- obstruction of Security or Student Campus Police in the performance of their duties;
- unauthorized use or occupation of any University property;
- conduct that results directly or indirectly in damage, misuse, defacing, or theft of University property;
- improper use or consumption of alcoholic beverages, restricted drugs, or intoxication or impairment in a public place;
- other conduct that is prohibited or proscribed by University rule, regulation or policy;
- contravention of any provision of any federal, provincial or municipal statute on University premises or while engaged in University authorized events or activities.
E. The University of New Brunswick Act provides broad authority for dealing with non-academic student conduct. For example:
- the President has broad discretionary disciplinary powers including suspension for dealing with academic and non-academic disciplinary matters;
- the Board of Deans has jurisdiction for matters of student discipline;
- the Board of Governors may approve the expulsion of a student from the University;
- the Board of Governors may make rules and regulations for the discipline of students and the imposition of fines and other penalties and sanctions; the Student Disciplinary Code and the Internal Residence Discipline Policy are examples.
F. As a general principle, the various authorities for dealing with student discipline shall be exercised so as to avoid the imposition of punishment by more than one authority for the same or an included offence.
This principle shall not preclude University authority being exercised to suspend a student from the University, or to suspend or evict a student from a University residence, pending or following the imposition of discipline, where such action is deemed to be in the best interests of the University community.
This principle is not intended to preclude a student organization from taking action against a student in accordance with its constitution and bylaws on the same facts giving rise to disciplinary action under University authority.
G. Information regarding University disciplinary regulations and procedures is available from the offices of the Director of Student Affairs and Services, the Director of Security and Traffic, the Chief of Student Campus Police, and the Commissioner of Student Discipline on the UNBF campus and from the Director of Student Services and the Manager of Safety and Security on the UNBSJ campus.
When students believe that a member of the University community has violated the principles stated in B above in relation to them, or where students are uncertain about whether behaviour they are contemplating may violate University regulations, they should consult the Chair of their Department, or the Dean of their Faculty, or the Director of Student Affairs and Services (UNBF), or the Director of Student Services (UNBSJ), or the Director of Security and Traffic (UNBF) or the Manager of Safety and Security (UNBSJ), or the Chief of Student Campus Police, or the Commissioner of Student Discipline, as appropriate.