With the fall term now well underway, Queen’s asks its students to remain committed to their personal safety, and to the health and wellness of the campus and Kingston communities.

While acknowledging that socializing is an important part of the university experience, Queen’s is urging students to keep their gatherings small, in line with guidelines from the Ontario government. Remember that indoor gatherings of over 25 people can be met with steep fines mandated by the province and city of Kingston—up to $10,000 for hosting and $2,000 for attendees. Visitors from out of town are also subject to these guidelines and can be fined for attending large gatherings.

Even at smaller gatherings, it’s also important to be aware of alcohol and substance use, particularly overconsumption. If you or someone you know does drink too much, the Campus Observation Room (COR) is a voluntary, confidential, and non-judgemental place where intoxicated students and guests can safely sleep and be monitored overnight. Professional detox staff and trained student volunteers operate COR every Friday and Saturday night, all term. Call 613-533-6911 for advice or just drop-in. Learn more on the COR website.

By socializing in small groups, you are helping keep our community safe and your efforts will keep us together, in-class and in-person. The university offers continued gratitude to all students doing their part to care for the Queen’s community and each other.

Keep it small. Keep it safe.