Despite a series of warnings against mass gatherings during homecoming weekend, crowds gathered Saturday night in the Queen College District.
Fines were issued and charges were filed. Kingston police also said one of their own was sent to the hospital after being assaulted during an arrest.
When asked about the uproar of events, Queen’s University Principal and Chancellor Patrick Deane said the school would use the student code of conduct to discipline students whose names are passed on to them by the city and the police. .
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“A very disturbing turn of events and, of course, very challenging for all parties to control such a thing because it involves private individuals behaving as they see fit, or as they wish, and we have limited tools to deal with it.” Deane said Monday.
He applauded Kingston police efforts to maintain order as partygoers filled the streets.
While the university does not have the authority to prosecute students for their conduct as private citizens, it said they do have the authority to impose sanctions.
“Those sanctions can range from restorative justice to requisitions and expulsion, depending on the extent of the behavior in question,” he explained.
“We mainly used the education tool before this, to send a message to students that getting vaccinated is not a license to break the law.”
While Deane said the school is deeply sympathetic to community concerns, he said the crowd that gathers only constitutes one part of the student body.
He added that even though the school has its own disciplinary tools at its disposal, they require due process and students have the right to defend themselves.
“Many of the people who were in an advanced stage of intoxication were extremely young and dangerously intoxicated,” he told Global News. “So we have to get the message across to them that this is self-destructive behavior.”
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