Queen's Gazette | Queen's University

The Magazine Of Queen's University

Search form

Campus and community: University District Safety Initiative

Campus and community: University District Safety Initiative

Over the last several years, Kingston has struggled with recurring unsanctioned street parties that have drawn thousands of people to the University District. Unsafe and disruptive behaviours often accompany these parties and put the community at risk by putting a significant strain on emergency services and creating dangerous situations when roads and traffic are blocked. In an effort to curb these behaviours and their effects, the City of Kingston, Kingston Police, and Queen’s have collaborated to introduce the University District Safety Initiative pilot program.

The pillars of this new initiative are changes in how people are charged for committing specific offences at certain times of the year and for any contravention of the Nuisance Party Bylaw occurring at any time; information sharing among the city, police and the university; and potential university-related non-academic consequences for any Queen’s University student issued a summons through the initiative.

Those charged for committing an identified offence during Orientation Week, Homecoming weekend, and St. Patrick's Day weekend, or for any offence under the Nuisance Party Bylaw will now be issued a summons to appear before a Justice of the Peace in Kingston, regardless of where they live. They will not have the option to settle the charge by mail, online, or by phone. The goal is to ensure that people charged with an offence
account for their actions in person.

Learn more about the University District Safety Initiative: bit.ly/QR2828.

[cover graphic of Queen's Alumni Review, issue 3-2018]