The Campus Observation Room (COR) is our on-site non-medical detox service overseen by Student Wellness Services with the support of trained student volunteers and Kingston Health Sciences Centre professional staff (ASWs). It is a voluntary, confidential and a non-judgmental place where students who have had too much to drink can come to sleep.
If someone is intoxicated and unresponsive, call 9-1-1 immediately.
COR is in Chez Lenny, across from the Leonard Dining Hall in Leonard Hall. Street address is 128 Queen’s Crescent, but it is accessed through the South East entrance of the building near the corner of Albert Street and Queen’s Crescent.
Students can travel to COR via Amey’s Taxi and receive a taxi chit to pay for the ride. Please ask the taxi to wait and come into COR to ask volunteers to provide you with a chit.
Open 9:00pm-7:00am on September 3 – 5 and September 9 – 10.
Open 9:00pm-7:00am Friday & Saturday nights in September, October, November, and January.
We are open for extended hours for:
- Homecoming (October 29 from 9:00am – 7:00am)
- St. Patrick’s Day (March 17)
COR is closed during:
- Thanksgiving Weekend (October 8 – 9)
- December Exam Period (December 5 – 22)
All Queen’s students, alumni and guests to Queen’s are welcome at COR. We do not admit St. Lawrence, Royal Military College (RMC) or local high school students, unless they are identified as a guest of a Queen’s student.
Beyond that, the criteria to be admitted include:
- Intoxicated by alcohol
- Able to walk (with support) and talk (mutters are OK)
- Willingness to stay
- No major injuries (i.e., if someone has hit their head or is bleeding heavily, they will need to be medically cleared by a physician first)
- Students who are intoxicated are assessed and monitored by professional Addictions Support Workers (ASWs) from Kingston Health Sciences Centre (our local hospital) and trained student volunteers.
- COR is always confidential, but our services are not anonymous. We collect only the information we need to help keep you safe.
- If their condition warrants it, COR staff will send students for medical help at Kingston General Hospital.
- Visitors to COR usually sleep and are monitored by staff so they can be helped immediately if their condition worsens.
- All visitors are awakened at 6:30 am and are almost always sent home at this time. If a visitor is still heavily intoxicated and unsafe to leave, alternate arrangements will be made to ensure their safety.
Additional resources students can access include:
- Queen’s Campus Security & Emergency Services (CSES) and/or Queen’s First Aid – call 613-533-6111
- Hotel Dieu Hospital Detox at 240 Brock Street – call 613-544-3310
- Kingston General Hospital (KGH) emergency room at 76 Stuart Street
There are several misconceptions over what to do when a friend or even someone you don’t know is really intoxicated. Here are some suggestions:
- Prioritize your own safety and well-being
- Remain calm; try to be friendly and non-judgmental
- Keep your distance; ensure the person knows what you are going to do before you approach or touch them
- Stand to the side of them when you speak to ensure the person feels less threatened
- If possible, try to find a quiet area to talk to the person to avoid embarrassment
- Tell the person you are concerned about their safety
- Try to find a friend of the person who is relatively sober; sometimes people will listen more to a familiar voice
- If the person starts to become a danger to themselves or other people, and you can’t calm the person down, don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1 for help
- Walk, exercise, or shower a person who is intoxicated
- Laugh at or argue with someone who’s intoxicated or has been doing drugs
- Try to physically restrain them
- Give beverages or drugs to sober someone up; only time can do that
Be Aware of Dangers
- Choking either on their own vomit, on food, liquid, or medication. To help avoid this danger, place someone in the recovery position. (See below)
- Injury due to impaired coordination and judgement, a person may fall or take risks that they would not when sober
- Unconsciousness or respiratory problems as blood alcohol levels rise, heart rate and breathing may become depressed resulting in cardiac or respiratory arrest. To help avoid this danger, Get Help Now
The recovery position is used when an individual is unconscious but still breathing to prevent choking on vomit and other fluid. Assume that the individual is lying on their back, and that you approach them from the side of their body.
- Raise the arm closest to you above their head and bring their other arm across their chest.
- Straighten the leg closest to you and bend the other leg at the knee
- Gently roll the person towards you, holding their shoulder and hip
- Tilt their head slightly back
- Tuck their nearest hand under their cheek