1. Student Rights and Responsibilities at Carleton
    1. 7 Student Rights and Responsibilities
    2. Process
    3. Student Misconduct
    4. Sanctions
    5. Peer Conduct Board
    6. Resources

Student Rights and Responsibilities at Carleton

Carleton University strives to provide a safe environment conducive to personal and intellectual growth, free of injustice and characterized by understanding respect, peace, trust, and fairness.

The Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy governs the non-academic behaviour of students. Carleton University is committed to building a campus that promotes personal growth through the establishment and promotion of transparent and fair academic and non-academic responsibilities.

7 Student Rights and Responsibilities

The 7 student rights and responsibilities are listed below. For more details on the information outlined below consult the Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy.

Student Rights and Responsibilities: Participation in University and Students Associations, Freedom of Discussion, Assembly, Confidentiality, Right to Fair Process and Natural Justice, Individual responsibility and accountability, and the Right to Representation.


The Director of Student Affairs receives, reviews, and adjudicates allegations of misconduct under the Student Rights and Responsibilities (SRR) Policy, except in instances where allegations of misconduct are referred to the University’s Peer Conduct Board. The Decision Process flow chart shown below is followed when there is a potential violation of the Policy.

Step 1: Potential violation reported to the Director of Student Affairs. Step 2: Director determines category of violation. Step 3: Director or PCB will hear the case. Step 4: Student is informed in writing of sanction. Appeal: student has the right to appeal. Step 5: Director is notified of completed sanction.

Notice of Hearing

A Notice of Hearing is a letter stating that you have been involved in an incident and have to attend a hearing. This means an Incident Report has been filed by a member of the campus community alleging a violation of the SRR.

The Director determines if a hearing is necessary to gather more information.

Preparing for a Hearing

Hearings are scheduled at least five business days from the date of the letter. Students are typically asked to explain the situation, their involvement and what they learned from their involvement in the situation.

Students may also be asked what they feel an appropriate sanction might be for their situation.

Seeking Support

Students are provided with the names of trained peer helpers to act as Advisors and may be accompanied by the Ombudsperson or an Advisor to any hearing related to non-academic misconduct.

The University Ombudsperson is able to inform you about the Student Rights and Responsibility policy and the processes that are outlined within it.

The Ombudsperson can attend both PCB hearings and hearings with the Director of Student Affairs.


Peer Conduct Board decisions: Students may appeal in writing the decision of the Peer Conduct Board within ten working days of when the sanction first takes effect.

Decisions by the Director of Student Affairs: Students may appeal sanction decisions made by the Director of Student Affairs to the Carleton University Resolution Board (CURB).

For more information on Appeals please consult the Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy.

Student Misconduct

Under the Student Rights and Responsibility Policy, forms of non-academic student misconduct are divided into two major categories:

Category 1 offences

These are minor violations. It includes damage to property, facilities, and/or non-compliance with any university rule, regulation or policy. Repeated Category 1 Offences may become Category 2 Offences.

Some examples of Category 1 violations are listed below, for more information consult the SRR Policy.

  • Disruption.
  • Unauthorized Entry/Presence.
  • Damage and Destruction of Property (under $500).
  • Unauthorized Use or Misuse of Facilities, Equipment, Materials or Services.
  • Misuse of Library or Computer Resources.
  • Failure to Comply and/or Identify.
  • Mischief

Category 2 offences

These are major offences. This category includes offences that jeopardize the health safety and/or security of members of the University community.

Some examples of Category 2 violations are listed below, for more information consult the SRR Policy.

  • Verbal/Physical Abuse, Threatening Behaviour and/or Dangerous Activity.
  • Inciting Violence.
  • Harassment and/or Hazing.
  • Damage or Destruction of Property (over $500).
  • Possession, Use or Distribution of False ID.
  • Misconduct Related to the Use of Alcohol/Drugs.
  • Theft or Unauthorized Possession.
  • Abuse or Misuse of Copyright Materials.


A sanction is an outcome or consequence if a student is found in violation of a particular policy. The SRR Policy aims to address violations of misconduct with sanctions that are corrective, not punitive.

Examples of Sanctions

Below are some examples of sanctions that may be used independently or in combination depending on the details of the violation.

  • Community Service.
  • Educational Sanctions (workshops, essays, completion of an educational program/service, etc.).
  • Exclusion from University Facilities.
  • Restitution for Damages.
  • Verbal or Written Apologies.

Peer Conduct Board

The Peer Conduct Board (PCB), is made up of 16 Carleton University undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing from all years and faculties.

All Peer Conduct Board members receive training prior to serving on the Board. The PCB reviews incidents, hears cases, and recommends sanctions.

The PCB has a professional advisor to assist and guide them in their deliberations. The advisor is appointed by the Director of Student Affairs and is not a voting member.

Join the PCB

Are you looking for experience that will stand out on your resume? Are you interested in working with other students and make a positive contribution to the CU community? If yes, consider applying to become a member of the Peer Conduct Board!

How to apply

Drop off your PCB application in 430 Tory Building or apply online by sending it to studentaffairs@carleton.ca.


The documents below outline procedures for non-academic misconduct handled initially outside of the SRR.

For any additional questions about the Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy please contact the Director of Student Affairs, Shannon Clarke at (613) 520-2600 ext. 6664.