Police and Queen's Alma Mater Promoting Safe, Responsible Homecoming
This weekend will mark another Queen’s Homecoming celebration. Alumni will join current Queen’s students in recognizing the University’s history, vibrant culture, and strong sense of community. The Alma Mater Society and Kingston Police are calling on all students to be leaders in demonstrating community responsibility, accountability, and safety to their peers.
Students should consider the impact of Homecoming on the surrounding community. Students are expected to be respectful of local Kingston residents, and encouraged to attend the various sanctioned activities made available to students, alumni, and local residents on Saturday. Students are encouraged to take in the football and rugby Homecoming matches, and enjoy the ReUnion Street Festival at night.
It is important to remember that any mass-gatherings present safety concerns. Injuries may become more serious if emergency services are impeded by blocked roadways. As a result those who organize and/or promote these gatherings may face criminal and/or civil liability consequences.
Homecoming will be treated as any other day by law enforcement. Kingston Police will be issuing fines to anyone blocking roads and sidewalks, carrying open liquor, displaying public intoxication, performing underage drinking, or providing alcohol to people who are underage. Consistent with past years, police will be laying charges on individuals and groups who defy orders to shut down any parties. The AMS wishes to make students aware of this reality in order to minimize the number of fines issued.
Homecoming is a day to celebrate Queen’s and the Kingston community. We hope that participants enjoy the day, and we urge everybody to celebrate in a respectful, safe, and sustainable manner.