Campus Security and Emergency Services

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Weapons Policy

Queen’s University promotes the highest level of safety and security in all of its activities.

Accordingly, no person, while on property controlled or owned by Queen's University, shall store or carry a weapon. A weapon is defined as a manufactured device designed to injure or kill another being, or a device designed to look like a weapon. Examples of weapons include, but are not limited to, firearms, explosives (including fireworks), air guns, pellet guns, BB guns, crossbows, long bows, swords, martial arts weapons, prohibited blades, hunting or fishing knifes, brass knuckles, replica or imitation firearms or any prohibited device as defined by the Criminal Code of Canada, such as pipe bombs.

This policy is created in conjunction with the Queen’s University Policy Against Campus Violence and the Field Research Safety Policy.


  1. This policy does not apply to Police Officers, Peace Officers or Licensed Guards carrying issue weapons in the performance of their duties.
  2. Exceptions to the policy may be granted for a Queen’s-sanctioned event or activity (for example, Queen’s archery club, on-campus theatrical productions requiring props, and Queen’s martial arts club). Exceptions for such events or activities require written approval signed by a) the appropriate Dean, Director or Department Head, and b) the Director of Campus Security. The written approval will include a detailed list of what weapons are approved and for what purpose, who will be using them, how long they will be on campus and the provisions made for safe storage of the weapons when not in use. The Director of Campus Security will resolve any security concerns directly with the Dean, Director or Department Head in advance of the event taking place. Campus Security will be responsible for informing the relevant University departments/units (and, if appropriate, the Kingston Police) about any sanctioned activities taking place on-campus involving weapons or replica weapons. Any weapons that are required to be stored on Queen’s property must be stored safely and in accordance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies by the Department responsible for the event or activity. No weapons at all will be permitted to be stored in any Queen’s residence facility or in any Queen’s Apartment and Housing units.
  3. This policy exempts ceremonial knives carried or used to meet religious obligations and small folding or utility knives used for a lawful purpose that are not brandished or worn in such a manner as to cause concern or alarm.

Unauthorized weapons on campus

Campus Security will seize any unauthorized weapons found on campus for which there is not written authorization (see 2b). The weapons will be returned to the owner/user once either authorization has been received or the owner has arranged to have them stored permanently off campus. Firearms will be immediately turned over to the Kingston Police, as Campus Security has no secure firearms storage facility.

Individuals in possession of unauthorized weapons on campus may also be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the University or termination of employment, depending on the circumstances. In the case of prohibited or non-registered firearms and other illegal weapons, the individual may also be subject to criminal prosecution.

If you wish to apply for an exemption under paragraph 2.b. of this policy, please print out and complete the request form.

The form should then be passed to your dean, director or department head for their concurrence and then forwarded to the director of Campus Security for approval.