Campus Security and Emergency Services

Campus Security and Emergency Services

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Incidents Involving Weapons

Active Threat on Campus

  • Remain Calm.
  • If you are not at risk of injury during a hostile situation and communication is available, call 911.
  • Remove yourself from any open area and move to the closest safe location.
  • If unable to notify the Kingston Police or Campus Security, summon help discreetly by any means at your disposal.
  • Lock your office/classroom and barricade the door.
  • Close and stay away from windows, turn off the lights & audio equipment, ringers on cell phones and have occupants sit on the floor.
  • Do not sound the fire alarm!
  • Do not leave your secure area until notified by the Kingston Police or Campus Security. Avoid open areas and be as quiet as possible.
  • Once the Kingston Police or Campus Security arrive, follow all of their instructions quickly and quietly.
  • During a hostile situation, if the fire alarm sounds, do not evacuate unless you smell smoke or suspect fire.
  • Trust your intuition. Every situation is different and every person’s response is an individual decision.
  • Familiarize yourself with your surroundings.  Know the locations of phones (including campus emergency and assistance phones), designated emergency exits, and other possible avenues for help.
  • If you are suspicious of people hanging around or that look out of place, do not hesitate to contact Campus Security at 36111.

Armed Robbery / Armed Threats / Hostage Takings

If you are confronted by an armed individual, the University recommends that you co-operate fully with any demands. You should give up deposit bags or personal items, and should follow any requests that do not endanger the lives of others.

Primary Response

Call 911. Do not hang up the phone until the operator tells you to do so (unless it is no longer safe to stay on the line.)

Response Guidelines

These are general guidelines; there may be some situations that make them ineffective or even dangerous. Follow these guidelines only if it safe to do so.

Do not try to stop, hold, or trap an armed individual.

If you see an armed confrontation taking place but are not directly involved, try to get away and contact 911.

Try to memorize what the individual looks like and is wearing.

Follow all the instructions of Campus Security and/or the Kingston Police upon their arrival.

Civil Disorder / Riots

Kingston Police will take the first actions to deal with civil disorder and riots.

Queen’s faculty, staff and students are advised to:

  • Stay calm. Physical confrontations should be avoided, except in self defense.
  • Contact 911 and Campus Security at ext. 36111(external 613-533-6111), or have someone else do it, if confronted by unruly people.

Calm and reasonable reactions can often buy time for Police and Campus Security to take appropriate action.

If the situation gets worse and you feel in physical danger, move to an area where you can lock the door. Call 911. Remain there until it is safe to leave.