New Safety Initiative Tackles University District Street Parties

The City and Queen's have announced a new pilot initiative to target dangerous and disruptive behaviour in the University District.

The joint pilot program between the City, Kingston Police, and Queen's University, is meant to address high risk and disruptive behaviours.

"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."

The new Nuisance Party Bylaw is just one step to help combat ongoing safety concerns in the University District.

People who are charged in the University District for certain offences during move-in week, Homecoming weekend and St. Patrick's Day, will be issued a summons to court, and be required to appear before a Justice of the Peace in Kingston, regardless of where they live.

Those given tickets will not have the option to pay their tickets online or by phone, and the goal is to ensure that accused persons have to account for their actions in person.

"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."

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.

"By working together, we were able to provide a viable solution," says Kingston Police 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."