Committees and Reports

Committees

The Advisory Committee on Academic Accommodations supports the Queen's Student Accessibility Services (QSAS) in accommodating students with disabilities. It also supports Student Health Services, Counselling Services and Faculties and Schools in responding to students who require temporary accommodations for other issues and to those requesting deferrals for any reason. 

Terms of Reference:
The Committee will meet at least once per academic term. The Committee will:

  • Provide feedback and input on QSAS, Student Wellness Services and institutional administrative policies and procedures related to academic accommodations, deferrals and short term accommodations
  • Share best practices with respect to deferrals and short term accommodation requests
  • Advise QSAS and Student Wellness Services staff on matters related to essential academic requirements and standards, procedures and processes as they relate to the accommodation process
  • Where appropriate, provide academic-related advice to QSAS and Student Wellness Services related to complex accommodation requests for the purposes of maintaining essential academic requirements and standards

2020 - 2021 Membership:

Student Affairs    

  • Ann Tierney (co-chair)
  • Lindsay Winger
  • Ellie Sadinsky

Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning)    

  • John Pierce (co-chair)
  • Sue Blake

Student Wellness Services     

  • Cynthia Gibney
  • Alan Jeans
  • Rina Gupta

Faith and Spiritual Life    

  • Kate Johnson

Faculty of Arts and Science    

  • Bruce Griffiths
  • Jenn Stephenson    
  • Sarah Bunting
  • Lucy Mackrell
  • Melissa Marcucci Grant

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science    

  • Marianna Kontopoulou
  • Catherine Gurnsey

Faculty of Education

  • Stephanie Barnaby

Faculty of Law    

  • Helen Connop
  • Philip Drew

Faculty of Health Sciences    

  • Leslie Flynn
  • Cheryl Pulling
  • Angela Anthony
  • Christopher Ward

Smith School of Business    

  • Mandy Daniel
  • Angie Loyst

School of Graduate Studies

  • Betsy Donald

Office of the University Registrar 

  • Stuart Pinchin
  • Suzanne Arniel
  • Stuart McPherson

Human Rights/Equity Office    

  • Andrew Ashby

AMS

  • Jared den Otter    

SGPS

  • Justine Arman

Rector    

  • Sam Hiemstra

Reference documents:

The Alcohol Working Group (AWG) promotes the development of a campus culture in which students who choose to drink alcohol are most likely to do so in a safe manner and make responsible decisions about their use of alcohol to promote health and safety.

Mandate:

  • To establish an inventory of policies, programs, services and informational resources available to students at Queen’s
  • To review current alcohol-related policies, programs, services and relevant information available to students to ensure these reflect the best practices in mental health, are of high quality and are appropriate to students in the Queen’s environment
  • To recommend enhancements to existing programs and services or the creation of new programs and services where need arises or best practice suggests
  • To develop an outline of future initiatives related to the promotion of responsible alcohol use on campus
  • To oversee implementation of responsible alcohol use initiatives on campus.
  • The AWG shall meet at least once per term. Reports on existing programs and services shall be made to the Health and Wellness Steering Committee at least once per academic year or as requested

Queen's is a member of a national collaborative called Postsecondary Education Partnership – Alcohol Harms (PEP – AH), a partnership of Canadian post-secondary institutions, the Canadian Centre for Substance Use and Addiction, and Universities Canada, that aims to reduce alcohol related harms on campuses. Framework to identify initiatives across five strategic areas to inform next steps in the university's ongoing work to promote responsible drinking and student health and safety relating to alcohol use.

Membership:

  • Sam Hiemstra (Co-Chair), Rector
  • Lindsay Winger (Co-Chair), Assistant Dean, Support Services and Community Engagement
  • Mark Erdman, Manager, Community Relations and Issues, University Relations
  • Cathy Edwards, Safe and Sober Alliance Rep.
  • Kate Humphrys, Health Promotion Coordinator, Student Wellness Services
  • Joel Keenleyside, Manager, Security Operations, Campus Security and Emergency Services
  • Kate Murray, Director, Residence Life
  • Kim Murphy, Executive Director, Risk and Safety Services
  • Jennifer Pete, Associate Director, Event Services
  • Lana Unsworth, Associate Director, Marketing, Communications and Events, Athletics and Recreation
  • Leah Wales, Executive Director, Housing and Ancillary Services
  • Representative, Alumni Relations
  • Representative, AMS
  • Representative, SGPS

Reference documents
Queen's University Alcohol Policy, May 26, 2020
 

The Mental Health Working Group, established in 2007, is part of the Division of Student Affairs' Student Health and Wellness Framework, and a sub-group of the Health and Wellness Steering Committee. This group advises on the development of policies, programs, services and informational resources in the areas of health education and awareness, the quality and availability of mental health services, and effective crisis assessment and response.
 
Members of the Mental Health Working Group met with actress and advocate Glenn Close in June 2013 to talk about reducing stigma. Ms Close was on campus to receive an honorary degree from Queen's for her work in the field of mental health, most significantly as the co-founder of BringChange2Mind, an organization dedicated to eradicating the stigma and discrimination faced by those who struggle with mental illness.

Mandate:

  • To provide a forum for the improved communications and collaboration among campus stakeholders advancing student mental health initiatives and goals
  • To maintain an inventory of policies, programs, services and informational resources related to mental health available to students at Queen's
  • To review current mental health policies, programs, services and relevant information available to students to ensure these reflect the best practices in mental health, are of high quality and are appropriate to students in the Queen's environment
  • To recommend enhancements to existing programs and services or the creation of new programs and services where need arises or best practice suggests
  • To develop an outline of short-term and long-term initiatives related to the promotion of student mental health on campus
  • To collaborate on the development and implementation of student mental health initiatives on campus

Operations:

  • The group shall meet at least once per term
  • On an annual basis, the membership will identify priority issues for the group to work on through the academic year
  • Agenda items and issues for discussion may be proposed by any member to the Chair
  • The group will report to the Health and Wellness Steering Committee through the Chair once per academic year or as requested. Recommendations and reports on new initiatives shall be made to the Health and Wellness Steering Committee for approval

Membership:

  • Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs or designate - Chair
  • Alma Mater Society
    • Social Issues Commissioner
    • Director, Peer Support Centre
  • Human Resources
    • Manager, Return to Work Services
    • Learning and Development Specialist
  • Residence Life, Manager, Education and Conduct Programs
  • Queen's University International Centre, International Student Advisor 
  • Society of Graduate and Professional Students representative
  • Student Wellness Services
    • Director, Counselling Services
    • Health Promotion/Education Coordinator
    • Peer Health Outreach Coordinator
    • Psychiatrist
  • Undergraduate and graduate students-at-large

Queen’s University is committed to providing non-judgmental sexual violence support and response. Please visit the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response website for more information and for the Queen's Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Framework document.

The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Task Force was established in 2013 as the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Working Group. It is a network of students, faculty and staff convened to mobilize efforts to prevent and respond to sexual assault on campus. The task force is co-chaired by the Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs and the Associate Vice-Principal (Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion) and works collaboratively to effect change at the individual, institutional and cultural levels, to contribute to a safer campus environment for Queen’s students.

Task Force Objectives:

  • Provide a forum to discuss emerging issues and initiatives related to sexual assault
  • Collect local and nation-wide information to understand campus context and develop practices
  • Improve communication and information-sharing among campus partners and allies
  • Inventory and suggest enhancements to policies, programs, services and resources
  • Develop and implement campus-wide initiatives to support prevention and response

Membership 2021-2022:

  • Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs (Co-Chair)
  • Stephanie Simpson, AVP Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion (Co-Chair)
  • Barbara Lotan, Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Coordinator
  • Taylor Mackenzie Macpherson, Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Community Outreach and Student Support Worker 
  • Corinna Fitzgerald, Assistant Dean, Student Life and Learning
  • Lindsay Winger, Assistant Dean, Support Services and Community Engagement
  • Lisa Sansom, Executive Director, School of Graduate Studies
  • Lavonne Hood, University Ombudsperson
  • Melissa Seal, Legal Counsel
  • Kate Murray, Director, Residence Life
  • Cynthia Gibney, Executive Director, Student Wellness Services
  • Rina Gupta, Director, Counselling Services, Student Wellness Services
  • Kate Humphrys, Manager, Health Promotion, Student Wellness Services
  • Beth Blackett, Special Projects, Health Promotion, Student Wellness Services
  • Nadia Sawaya Fehr, Residence Outreach Counsellor, SWS
  • Lisa Doxtater, Cultural Counsellor, Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre
  • Meg Ferriman, Director, Student Experience Office
  • Murray Skeggs, Manager, Security Risk and Training, Campus Security & Emergency Services
  • Maryam Pandi, Executive Director, Sexual Assault Centre Kingston
  • Jayme Blondin, Indigenous Counsellor Sexual Assault Centre Kingston
  • Kim Graham, Director of Program Development, Sexual Assault Centre Kingston
  • Husna Ghanizada, Gender-Based Violence Awareness & Bystander Intervention Education Outreach and Operations Student Coordinator
  • Yara Hussein, Gender-Based Violence Awareness & Bystander Intervention Education Outreach and Operations Student Coordinator
  • Andrew Vukovic, Assistant Director, Sexual Health Resource Centre
  • Sreya Roy, Levana Gender Advocacy Centre
  • Ryan Sieg, Vice-President University Affairs, Alma Mater Society
  • Mariam Atnasious, Walkhome Head Manager
  • Jenna Huys, Equity Affairs Manager
  • Samara Lijiam, Social Issues Commissioner, Alma Mater Society
  • Christopher Yuen, Manager, Peer Support Centre, Alma Mater Society
  • Amaiya Walters, PSC x C.A.R.E.D. Project Coordinator
  • Anika Chowdhury, Campus Affairs Commissioner, Alma Mater Society
  • Jenifer Li, Vice-President Professional, Society of Graduate and Professional Students
  • Jacob Desrochers, PhD Student, Faculty of Education

Reports

NCHA 2019 Student Health and Wellness Survey

From January 28 to February 15, 2019 approximately 40% of Queen's students were randomly selected to complete the Student Health and Wellness Survey administered by the National College Health Association (NCHA). 
This slide deck (PDF, 1729 KB) provides a summary of the results.

NCHA 2016 Student Health and Wellness Survey  

Queen’s is committed to enhancing student health and wellness.
The university was one of more than 40 Canadian institutions that participated in the National College Health Assessment (NCHA) online survey in February 2016, giving us an up-to-date picture of student health and wellness at Queen’s and across the country. 
This slide deck (PDF, 2.7 MB) provides an overview of the 2016 results. 
The data is helping us further improve programs and services.

NCHA 2013

This slide deck (PDF, 8.8MB) provides an overview of Queen's 2013 results. 
       
For more information about the NCHA, contact Kate Humphrys, Health Promotion Coordinator, Student Wellness Services at humphrys@queensu.ca or ext. 36712.