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Queen's University

Accessibility and safety


Queen's Homecoming 2013 is committed to an inclusive campus community that respects the dignity and independence of persons with disabilities though a continued effort to offer accessible services and facilities. As part of our commitment to an inclusive and accessible Homecoming, we have created volunteer roles dedicated to providing onsite direction/support to persons who self-identify as living with a disability at Homecoming.

Accessibility Champion volunteers will be present at the Welcome Home! Alumni Meet and Greet (Friday, I-4 pm and Saturday, 8-11 am, Grant Hall), so make sure to visit them if you have any accessibility-related questions or concern.

Alcohol awareness

Queen's Health, Counselling and Disability Services (HCDS)  encourages all Queen’s students and alumni to remember some basics about alcohol consumption.There are lots of reasons why people choose to drink or not to drink – a caring community respects the choices of others.

For those who do choose to drink, here are a few reminders that can help keep you safe:

  • Keep track of how much you are drinking – know your limit, and stick to it  
  • Eat before drinking
  • Alternate alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic beverages
  • Drink for quality not quantity
  • Space your drinks – your body can only metabolize one standard drink/hour
  • Plan a safe way home, stay with friends and have emergency phone numbers handy
  • Know the signs of alcohol poisoning
  • Keep the Campus Observation Room (COR), taxis and Walkhome services in mind.

Finally, HCDS would like to remind students to be sure to look out for each other, and to help keep the community safe during Homecoming.  This means being respectful of the near-campus neighbourhood, and following all laws and bylaws. 

It also means watching out for your friends and fellow Queen’s peers. Stay together while you are out and be sure everyone has a safe way home, and a safe place to stay at the end of the night.

Safety resources

Open after sundown
Call 613-533-9255 (WALK) or visit the kiosk on the first floor of the John Deutsch University Centre (87 Union Street) to request two partners who will walk you to your destination.

Campus Security
Emergency Report Centre: 613-533-6111
Operates 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. The ‘Blue Lights’ around campus will also connect you to the ERC.

Kingston Police
AC hours a day, F days a week
Call 911 for emergencies or 613-549-4660 for general inquiries.
Follow @kingstonpolice on Twitter for updates.

Campus Observation Room (COR) Victoria Hall (A010)

COR is a confidential, non-judgmental and voluntary service that helps keep intoxicated students safe. Professional detox staff and trained volunteers assess and observe intoxicated students overnight. COR will be open during Homecoming weekends:

Friday, October 4 & 18 from 9 pm -7 am
Saturday, October 5 & 19 from 2 pm – 7 am
Call for advice or drop in 613-533-6911

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000

For general inquiries about Office of Advancement events and programs, please call our Contact Centre at 1-800-267-7837 (toll free in Canada or the US), or 613-533-2060.