King’s is committed to creating a safe, supportive, and academically rich residence life experience driven by the goal of helping you fulfil your potential—whatever that looks like for you! We all need to work together to achieve this goal: students are responsible for supporting one another in upholding our residence guidelines, and the Residence Leadership Team is responsible for responding if our community expectations outlined in these guidelines are disrespected. King’s Code of Conduct and College Regulations applies to all members of the College community. All students are responsible for understanding these rules and policies. Everything is listed in the Yellow Book. The following Residence Guidelines are an essential part of the Code of Conduct and the College Regulations, which provide a foundation for living on campus at King’s.
The Residence Guidelines [PDF] apply to all residents and their guests, and students are responsible for knowing and understanding these standards. These guidelines include descriptions of particular actions and activities; however, this is not an exhaustive list. Residents are expected to abide by the overall spirit of these guidelines. Students will be held responsible for any activity which endangers or shows disregard for another member of the University or the University community.
The Residence Guidelines apply to all residents and their guests, and students are responsible for knowing and understanding these standards. These guidelines include descriptions of particular actions and activities; however, this is not an exhaustive list. Residents are expected to abide by the overall spirit of these guidelines.
Students will be held responsible for any activity which endangers or shows disregard for another member of the University or the University community. Conduct within our community is managed by the Assistant Dean of Residence and supported by the Dean of Students. Conduct processes are meant to be developmental and educational while helping students be accountable for their choices. It is helpful to remember that when living in residence at King’s, your peers are living across, on either side, and above and below you and everyone is entitled to a respectful experience.
Conduct within our community is managed by the Assistant Dean of Residence and supported by the Dean of Students. Conduct processes are meant to be developmental and educational while helping students be accountable for their choices. It is helpful to remember that when living in residence at King’s, your peers are living across, on either side, and above and below you and everyone is entitled to a respectful experience.
The Assistant Dean of Residence, reviews information about disciplinary matters from Residence Life Staff, Facilities, Security, and other members of the University community. The Assistant Dean may approach discipline using their discretion with the support of the Dean of Students.
Residence Life Staff team members may give students verbal warnings. If necessary, repeated warnings from Residence Life Staff may be elevated through documentation to the Assistant Dean of Residence, and a meeting with the Assistant may be required. Further warnings from the Assistant Dean may be an outcome of that meeting.
Students are not entitled to receive warnings before receiving extended conduct sanctions.
Written warnings will come to the student after meeting with the Assistant Dean of Residence. Failure to attend this meeting may result in further disciplinary action being taken. Written warnings will explain the reason and may request the destructive or inappropriate behaviour stop. Residence Life Staff will be aware when written warnings are issued, and all documentation will be kept on file within the student’s residence portal account. Failure to comply with a written warning will result in further disciplinary action. Students are not entitled to receive written warnings before extended discipline.
Monetary fines are imposed for various violations of residence policy as noted in the Code of Conduct, the General Regulations, and the Residence Guidelines. For repeated offences, fines are progressively increased until more serious disciplinary action is deemed necessary.
For most policy violations, fines will be issued according to the following structure:
The above structure is subject to the Assistant Dean’s discretion in conjunction with the Dean of Students and does not include charges for damage, floor or bay fines, extended fines, or fines levied by the Halifax Regional Municipality.
Charges for the repair of damaged or missing University property may also be levied. Fines may be paid via the Student Accounts Office or online. Visit the payments guide page and follow the instructions for paying residence fees. Fines are usually due within two weeks of being issued, at which time the fine amount will double.
Behavioural agreements may be instituted in place of, or in addition to, other disciplinary measures. Behavioural agreements are usually instructive, requesting that the student cease specific destructive behaviour to remain in residence. These agreements will be discussed in a meeting between the Assistant Dean and the resident. The student will be issued a copy of the agreement in a letter from the Assistant Dean.
Such letters outline the need for complying with residence guidelines, may indicate that future non-compliance may result in a restriction of privileges (i.e. alcohol consumption on campus), or additional sanctions such as termination of the residence agreement.
Educational sanctions provide a student with the opportunity to reflect on the incident that may include a written assignment, a seminar, an online workshop or community service hours. As a rule, educational sanctions are chosen over fines to give the resident the chance to consider the impact of their actions and how they can work to restore the community. In the event that a resident fails to perform the assigned task, further sanctions may be imposed.
The Assistant Dean reserve the right to remove a resident from a particular area of residence if it is deemed necessary and in the best interests of the student and community. The intent of the relocation is to allow the student a fresh start in a new environment. A resident may be relocated temporarily until an investigation is closed.
There may be costs associated with being relocated, typically if there is a change in room type.
The Assistant Dean and the Dean of Students reserves the right to suspend students from residence immediately for behaviour that violates previous warnings or agreements, which is destructive, which endangers the safety of others, or which disrupts the residence community. A behavioural contract usually accompanies a residence suspension.
The duration of a residence suspension is at the discretion of the Assistant Dean and Dean. Students who are suspended from residence risk losing all residence privileges for the suspension period, including food services, and must find alternate living arrangements and accommodations and are responsible for all costs that they incur due to a residence suspension.
The Dean of Students office reserves the right to terminate a student’s residence contract immediately for violations that endanger the safety of other students, that contravene residence policies or which seriously disrupt the College community.
Examples include, but are not limited to, criminal activity, physical or sexual assault, harassment (including electronically), threats of violence or any other willful or negligent conduct that endangers the health, safety, or well-being of others, trafficking, possession or use of illegal drugs, theft of or damage to King’s property or others, misuse or tampering with fire or safety equipment, and the possession or use of weapons.
Students who are evicted from residence forfeit all residence fees.
Students who wish to appeal a disciplinary sanction should address the appeal in the first instance to the Dean of Students, then to the President, and then to the College’s Board of Appeal and Discipline. Further information about appeals can be found in the Yellow Book.
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