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Updated principal's statement regarding reports of student party

Nov. 23, 2016: The following is a statement from Principal Woolf in response to reports of a party involving Queen's University students.

As the principal of Queen’s, I am upset and disappointed by this incident and want to learn more about it so that the university can take appropriate measures to address concerns that have arisen, including my own.

As I stated yesterday, any event that degrades, mocks, or marginalizes a group or groups of people is completely unacceptable at Queen’s.

That is why I have asked the provost to gather as much information as possible, and, based on what he learns, determine if this event falls within the scope of Queen’s Student Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct is applicable to students’ off-campus conduct in certain circumstances. 

I know that the vast majority of our students, staff, and faculty are kind, accepting, welcoming people who share my concern about what has happened.

As we work through this, I encourage Queen’s community members to be respectful of one another in both their conversations and their actions.

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Nov. 22, 2016: The following is a statement from Principal Woolf in response to reports of a party involving Queen's University students.

Queen’s strives to be a diverse and inclusive community free from discrimination or harassment of any kind. Any event that degrades, mocks, or marginalizes a group or groups of people is completely unacceptable.

As far as we can ascertain, this event did not occur on campus. No event of this kind would be sanctioned by the university’s senior administration. However, we are taking the matter very seriously, and continue to look into it. If we determine that this was a Queen’s sponsored or sanctioned event, we will take appropriate action.

Students or other community members who are in need of support as a result of these events should contact Student Wellness Services at 613-533-6000 ext. 78264 the Human Rights Office  ext. 36886 and/or University Chaplain Kate Johnson at 613-533-2186.