QUEBEC - Quebec's public security minister has named an independent three-person panel to look into last year's tumultuous student crisis.

Stephane Bergeron says the panel will study the actions of students and the police during the anti-tuition demonstrations that rocked the province in the spring of 2012.

He says he wants to ensure there is never again a repeat of the clashes that put Quebec on the international radar.

The so-called "Maple Spring" was highlighted by numerous skirmishes between police and protesters.

Bergeron says the panel will conduct its hearings in private to allow anyone wanting to testify to do so without fear of reprisals.

The group will deliver a report to the government by this coming December 20th.

He says the panel will not intervene in cases already filed before the province's police ethics committee or seek out people to face charges.

Bergeron says he encourages people who feel they've been treated unfairly to file a complaint with the committee.

The committee will be chaired by former Bloc Quebecois and Parti Quebecois cabinet minister Serge Menard.

The other two posts will be held by ex-union boss Claudette Carbonneau and former judge Bernard Grenier.