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News Release - Statement on St. Patrick's Day activities

Monday, March 19, 2018

On Saturday, March 17, 2018, large numbers of young people, many students at Queen’s, gathered in the streets of the near-campus neighbourhood. According to police, the number of people peaked at between 3000-4000, which forced officials to close Aberdeen St. for several hours. Many people witnessed a garage on University Avenue collapse under the weight of roughly 40 people and it was extremely fortunate no one was seriously injured. Throughout the day, emergency services also dispatched a number of ambulances to help intoxicated people in the area.

University officials worked very closely with our student governments and many municipal partner organizations in the community to educate students on safe drinking and to encourage them to demonstrate safe and respectful behaviours. Those staff and partners all did amazing jobs, and made every effort to ensure students had options, as well as ample food and water. The trend towards large street parties is something universities and municipalities across the country are struggling to address. We will continue to work together as a community to curb these unfortunate and potentially dangerous behaviours.

- Benoit-Antoine Bacon, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)