Guide to the Revised Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures

Effective September 1, 2013

McGill's disciplinary procedures include an extensive series of checks, balances and opportunities for appeal.  These measures ensure due process and fair treatment for all parties involved.  A brief summary of the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures is presented below.

Articles 1-4 provide general provisions including the definition of terms, the communication of notices, and jurisdiction.  An allegation of a violation of the code can be made for non-academic offenses (Articles 5-14) or academic offenses (Articles 15-19).  Allegations are reported (Articles 37-44) and evidence is submitted to the appropriate Disciplinary Officer (Article 20).

If the Disciplinary Officer decides that further action is required, the student is invited to either a Disciplinary Interview (Articles 45-49), a Summary Hearing (Articles 23, 54-56), or the case is ceded to the Committee on Student Discipline (Article 22)

In an interview, the Disciplinary Officer explains the alleged offense and evidence, invites the student to present his/her interpretation of the event, and decides whether or not the allegation is founded.  The disposition (Article 50) is sent to both the student and the Dean of Students in writing.  Possible sanctions or penalties fall under Articles 27-36 and 51-53Article 21 covers orders to cease and desist communication and orders to exclude the student from any or all parts of the University premises.

If the student wishes to contest the finding and/or sanction, the student must write to the deanofstudents [at] (Dean of Students) to request a full hearing by the Committee on Student Discipline (Articles 57-80).  The Office of the Dean of Students coordinates the hearing and the Dean of Students meets with the student (Article 59).  Evidence and witness lists are exchanged.  As a result of the hearing, the Committee on Student Discipline determines whether the allegation is founded or not.  If the Committee determines the allegation is founded, sanctions are applied.

If either the student or Disciplinary Officer contest the decision, the contester then appeals on specific grounds in writing (Articles 24-26, 81-87).  If the request to appeal is granted, the Appeal Committee then re-hears the case and the decision at the conclusion of the re-hearing is final. Disciplinary records, confidentiality and reporting fall under Articles 88-89.

For questions regarding the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures, please contact:

Office of the Dean of Students - McGill University
Brown Student Services Building, Rm 4100  
3600 McTavish Street
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1Y2

Tel.: 514-398-4990
Email: deanofstudents [at]


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