Queen's has a number of resources and services designed to help you study, learn, grow and live. In fact, Queen's is known for its high quality student experience available through campus life activities.
There are many departments on campus that are here to promote a safe and welcoming environment that recognizes and is respectful of the diverse nature of the Queen's University Community. From providing a safety App for your mobile phone (SeQURE), to various support groups on campus and tips on living in Kingston, we are here for you.
The department of Student Affairs has provided information on all the resources and groups available to you, to keep you safe both on and off campus. It would be worthwhile to take a look and bookmark this section - http://www.queensu.ca/studentaffairs/safety.html
SeQure is a mobile safety app for Queen's students. It provides quick access to campus security resources, including the campus security emergency line, and student government services such as AMS Walkhome.
SeQure also provides tips, information and tools to help students further enhance their security. The app currently works on iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry devices
The Queen's University International Centre (QUIC) is a support service for all members of the Queen's community. Our mission is to promote "an internationally informed and cross-culturally sensitive university community," while providing extended services for international students, staff and their families, to aid their cultural and social transitions to Queen's and the Kingston Community. QUIC has a complete library of information about various countries and offers training and support for Queen's students interested in adding an international element to their studies. QUIC also provides support to international students who attend Queen's on exchange or as degree-seeking students. QUIC is located in the John Deutsch University Centre in the heart of Main Campus at the corner of Union Street and University Avenue.
Taken from Scottish Gaelic words meaning elite woman or educated woman, the Ban Righ Centre is a supportive, welcoming space run by women for women — especially mature students. It is located on Bader Lane near the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. Facilities include a drop-in centre, quiet study areas, a computer lab, a lounge, kitchen facilities, a lending library and space to nurse and change your baby. Services include advocacy, academic support, bursary assistance and special event programming. These services are available free of charge to all women at Queen's.
According to Aboriginal teachings, the elements of a complete education come from four directions: Academic Spiritual Physical Emotional These teachings are the inspiration behind the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, a place where members of the Queen's Aboriginal community can come to deepen their appreciation for their heritage. The Graduate Admissions officer will connect you with special scholarships, awards and bursaries. They can help you access funds to attend conferences, advise on academic matters and even put you in touch with an Elder.
Queen's has a number of faith based organizations, many with links to community organizations and groups. Spaces and events are open across campus. The Chaplain's Office provides a confidante and advisor to students, staff and faculty. This peaceful and safe space is ideal for bringing problems, concerns or crisis with the assurance of a personal, confidential and hopefully helpful relationship. We are part of Student Affairs at Queen's University and serve the entire community.
The Society of Graduate and Professional Students represents approximately 2500 Queen's students who are registered in the School of Graduate Studies, the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Education and the Queen's Theological College. Your student organization represents and advocates for you on all levels of University administration and lobbies the federal, provincial and municipal governments on issues crucial to the well-being and success of graduate and professional students. To keep you informed about their initiatives, SGPS has a news section on its website; publishes the antiThesis;and sends out regular emails
The Queen's community encourages tolerance and inclusivity and we embrace the Positive Space program as a means of promoting acceptance for all students. Departments, offices, living spaces and services across campus sport the Positive Space sticker to show their appreciation for sexual and gender diversity and their support for and acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and staff members. Positive Space participants can answer questions, provide assistance, suggest resources and refer you to appropriate services on campus and around Kingston. ·
The Alma Mater Society's Walkhome Service provides safe passage home, both on and off-campus, after dark to members of the Queen's community.
Student Affairs believes that a healthy mind, body and spirit are foundations for student success. Student Affairs provides a range of programs and services to help you establish healthy habits to succeed academically and personally.
Finding a doctor in a new city can be a challenge. Queen’s Health, Counselling and Disability Services makes it easy for you to access the care you need with family physicians, nurses, counselling services and dedicated services for students with disabilities all in one convenient, on-campus location. Health, Counselling and Disability Services is located in the Lasalle Building on Stuart Street near the base of University Avenue.
Queen's graduate students like to exercise their minds, stretch their imaginations and build up their intellectual muscles. However, graduate students are also fit, active people by nature, which explains why athletics and recreation play such a vital role in campus life. Located in the heart of the Main Campus, the Queen's Centre is a new 45,000-square-metre sports, recreation and student life facility with enough amenities to satisfy an active student population, including gyms, cardio and weight-training spaces, dance studios, an aquatic centre, eight international squash courts, racquetball courts and much more. Other on-campus athletic venues include the recently renovated Tindall Field, a multi-season playing field with artificial turf and three-lane rubberized jogging track and Richardson Stadium, home to Queen's varsity football, soccer and lacrosse teams. Many graduate students broaden their social circles by joining intramural leagues.
From men's and women's basketball leagues and co-ed volleyball, indoor soccer, water polo and curling during the fall and winter term to outdoor soccer and softball in the summer, the Graduate Division intramural leagues are guaranteed to be good for your social life and health.
If you prefer to get your fitness fix in a completely social environment, the SGPS organizes grad-student-only ski trips, white-water rafting trips and other events throughout the year.
"The SGPS hosts sports nights even Friday for graduate students, and regular non-athletics social events throughout the year. This is a great way to meet your fellow graduate students! For information on our activities join the SGPS Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/2310661892/ , check out the events page of the SGPS website at www.sgps.ca/events/social.html , and read the monthly SGPS Newsletter available at www.sgps.ca "s.
If you haven't already heard, Queen's has a new Accessibility Hub website with all you need to know to make your time at Queen's an enjoyable one. From accessible buildings to accommodations, this is the one stop shop for all things accessible.
SGS on site Counsellor
The SGS is pleased to announce that we have a counsellor specifically for graduate students who will be housed right here in the office. Temporarily in room 306, Gordon Hall, Ashley Vanstone, will be our Counsellor. More details of the role and how to book appointments will be available soon.
Ever thought about when and what you are going to eat? Queen's Food Services can help you out. If you live at Jean Royce Hall, Harkness International Hall, Graduate Residence or in off-campus housing, you have an opportunity to enjoy the benefits of campus dining by participating in an Optional Meal Plan at reasonable prices.
Worry Free Plans provide you with the security of knowing that you have meals for the entire school year and the flexibility to use Flex Dollars in our retail locations. Like our Resident Dining Plans, these meal plans are exempt from P.S.T. and G.S.T. You may choose the Worry Free Plan that best meets your schedule and budget. You may choose to supplement your Worry Free Plan by purchasing additional Flex Dollars or Convenience Cash. These funds can be used in the same locations as Flex Dollars and select vending machines.
If you require more flexibility, participate in a Commuter Plan. These plans are subject to G.S.T. The "5 Meal Plan" is perfect if your schedule has you on campus over lunch. One of the other "Commuter Plans" is a wise choice if your schedule is variable — rather than a weekly meal allocation, you choose the rate at which you redeem your meals.