Queen's University

Police comment on student death investigation

 
2010-09-15

The Chief of the Kingston Police Service says investigators believe first year student Cameron Bruce died as a result of a fall from his residence room window and that alcohol may have been a factor.

“This is very sad and troubling,” says Associate Vice-Principal and Dean of Student Affairs John Pierce. “We continue to work with police and await the official results of their investigation to get a clearer sense of what happened. In the meantime, we are moving from the immediate first-48-hours emergency response that focuses on student support and safety to gathering information about the hours before Cameron’s death. We are going to determine what we can do to prevent something like this from happening again.”

Dr Pierce is leading a “critical incident review,” which is part of the University’s student death protocol.

“The process will include investigation, assessment and recommendations and will take into account the results of the police investigation as they become available,” he says.

“We’ll be consulting over the next few weeks with those involved in running residences, orientation and student services to ensure that everything that can be in place is in place to prevent something like this from happening again.”

The university continues to encourage students who need support to contact Health, Counselling and Disability Services at 613-533-6000 ext. 78264 or come to the LaSalle Building at 146 Stuart Street.

The Peer Support Centre is also available for students seeking a safe and confidential listening space to talk with trained peer counsellors. The Centre is temporarily operating out of room 215 in the JDUC in the AMS Club Space. Appointments can be booked by emailing peersupport@ams.queensu.ca or students can drop in between 3 pm and 1 am.

Students can also call Campus Security 24/7 at 613-533-6080.

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