Campus Observation Room (COR)

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 staff.  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.

Location and Hours

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.

COR is open from 9:00pm-7:00am on most Friday & Saturday nights throughout the fall term and on select dates in the winter term.

Operation Dates 2021-22

September 2021

Orientation Week

  • Wed Sept 1
  • Thurs Sept 2
  • Fri Sept 3
  • Sat Sept 4
  • Sun Sept 5
  • Mon Sept 6

*classes start Tues Sept 7, 2021

Friday & Saturday nights

  • Sept 10 & 11
  • Sept 17 & 18
  • Sept 24 & 25


  • Oct 1 & 2

*closed for Thanksgiving weekend Oct 8/9

  • Oct 15 & 16
  • Oct 22 & 23   *extended hours Oct 23, open starting at 2pm
  • Oct 29 & 30


  • Nov 5 & 6
  • Nov 12 & 13
  • Nov 19 & 20
  • Nov 26 & 27
  • Dec 3 & 4

*closed for exams & holiday break



St. Patrick’s Day *special hours*
Open Thurs March 17 at 9am until Fri Mar 18 at 7am in addition to:

Fri Mar 18 from 9pm – 7am
Sat Mar 19 from 9pm – 7am

Who Can Come to COR?

All Queen’s students, alumni and guests to Queen’s are welcome at COR. We do not admit St. Lawrence, 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 on alcohol only, no other substances
  • 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)

What Happens at COR?

  • Intoxicated students are assessed and monitored by professional staff and trained student volunteers.
  • Students will be asked to provide information for the purposes of COVID-19 contact tracing. COR is always confidential, but our services are not anonymous.  
  • 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 COR 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.


For more information about COR services email

Call 613-533-6911 when COR is open for advice on how to help a friend who is intoxicated.

Interested in volunteering at COR?

If COR is Closed

  • Queen’s Campus Security 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

Assisting an Intoxicated Individual

There are several misconceptions over what to do when a friend or even someone you don’t know is really drunk. 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 drunk person
  • Laugh at or argue with someone who’s intoxicated or has been doing drugs
  • Try to physically restrain them
  • Give liquids 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

Picture of the recovery position

Assumes that the person is lying on their back, and that you approach them from the side of their body.  

  • Raise the arm closest to you so that it is lying on the ground, pointing over their head
  • Straighten the leg closest to you
  • Bend the other leg at the knee so that it forms a triangle with the knee in the air and the foot on the ground
  • Bring the other arm across and let it rest on their chest
  • Roll the person towards you using the knee pointing in the air as leverage
  • Guard the head to ensure it does not flop around too much. At this point, the head should be resting on the arm that you placed pointing over their head
  • Tilt the head back to maintain the airway
  • Tuck the hand of the arm you placed across the person's chest under their cheek to maintain the tilt

Get Help Now
Urgent, emergency, and 24/7 resources

Queen’s First Aid

Campus Security & Emergency Services

Other Supports and Resources
On- and off-campus options