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Queen’s approves updated Alcohol Policy

Queen’s University has approved an updated Alcohol Policy following an extensive review process that began in May 2018, as part of the regular policy review process.

“The updated policy reaffirms the university’s long-standing commitment to a harm reduction approach to addressing alcohol culture on campus, while also recognizing the value of an engaged social environment across the campus community,” says Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Mark Green. “I would like to thank everyone who participated in the process and helped guide us with their input.”

The updated policy reflects best practices related to alcohol advertising, service, and harm reduction strategies to support the overall wellness and safety of the Queen’s community and is guided by the national Postsecondary Education Partnership-Alcohol Harms (PEP-AH) Framework.

One key update is the role of alcohol at university-sanctioned events, and specifically events connected to Orientation activities.  While Orientation remains dry, the policy allows for exceptions to be approved in limited circumstances for graduate and second-entry program orientation events.   

Additional updates include:

  • Sanctioned events involving alcohol must adhere to applicable policies and procedures. In the sanctioning process, event organizers must consider options for events and venues that would be fully inclusive of those who choose not to consume alcohol;
  • Updates to the sale and service of alcohol within licensed facilities to support and encourage responsible consumption;
  • Greater clarity around the advertising, promotion and sponsorship of alcohol connected to Queen’s events, operations and activities. 

The policy review was led by the Alcohol Working Group’s Policy Sub-Committee. During the review process, the university held more than 20 meetings with campus stakeholders, including multiple meetings with Alma Mater Society (AMS) and Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) prior to the public consultation period that involved the wider community in September 2019. Input was also received from representatives of PEP-AH and the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health.

The policy was approved by the university’s Senior Leadership Team earlier this month and is now in effect. 

For any questions related to the policy, please refer to section 8 at the bottom of the webpage for the appropriate contact.