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New safety initiative tackles University District street parties
June 11, 2018 -
Today Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson and Queen's University Principal Daniel Woolf announced a joint initiative between the City, Kingston Police and Queen's to help address ongoing safety concerns in the University District.
The University District Safety Initiative is a pilot program targeting high risk and disruptive behaviours. People who are charged in the University District for certain offences during move-in week, Homecoming weekend and St. Patrick's Day and any offences under the Nuisance Party Bylaw will be issued a summons to court. Individuals charged will be required to appear before a Justice of the Peace in Kingston, regardless of where they live, and will not have the option to pay their tickets online or by phone. The goal is to ensure that accused persons have to account for their actions in person.
In addition to the court processes, cases involving Queen's students who receive tickets will be assessed as part of the university's student conduct system, which is context and case-specific. Consequences are based on the nature of the harm done and its impact, and may include loss of privileges, community projects, conversations with community members, formal warnings, restitution and/or peer education initiatives.
"We've heard the concerns of the community loud and clear," says Mayor Paterson. "Certain times of year have become problematic in the University District and this has a real impact on the safety of everyone who calls Kingston home. This important joint initiative is an effort to address some of the community challenges we've had during these times and to ensure people account for their actions."
"I'm very happy that we are now working in close partnership with the City and the Kingston Police in addressing this problem," says Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University. "Finding ways to encourage good citizenship, address these large parties, and promote student and public safety and community well-being is a high priority for me and the rest of my leadership team."
"By working together, we were able to provide a viable solution," stated Chief Gilles Larochelle. "This strategy is meant to deter inappropriate behaviour and poor choices. The process of having charged persons summoned to court will be consistent, fair, and adequate for offenders to be accountable. This approach will encourage individuals to exhibit greater self-control and take responsibility for their actions."
"We support any initiative that assists in curtailing disrespectful behaviour towards paramedics and all first responders. Paramedics help people and we should not be abused or assaulted when we do that," said Chief Paramedic Paul Charbonneau of Frontenac Paramedic Services.
"It is my hope that this University District Safety Initiative will contribute to supporting a safer Kingston for all concerned. Kingston Fire & Rescue values our important relationship with our University community and as such we care about their ongoing safety throughout the entire University experience," said Fire Chief Shawn Armstrong.
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For more information concerning student conduct policies at Queen's University, see http://www.queensu.ca/studentconduct/.
For more information call the City of Kingston communications and customer experience department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.
Amber Bryant-Peller, Special Assistant to the Mayor, City of Kingston, 613-546-4291 ext. 1405, Cell: 343-363-0714, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Erdman, Acting Director, Media Relations and Issues, Queen's University, 613-533-6000 ext. 79173, Cell: 613-453-3385, email@example.com