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Queen's University October 28th 2022

Fellow Alumni,

The Queen’s University Alumni Association (QUAA) Board of Directors, together with Queen’s University Council, is pleased to extend congratulations to all alumni celebrating a milestone reunion in 2022.

Since 1926, Homecoming at Queen’s has been an opportunity for alumni to reconnect on campus, to engage with students, staff, faculty, and friends, and to celebrate what it means to be part of an incredible community. However, this tradition is being overshadowed by unsanctioned street parties and alcohol misuse, which has led to serious concern for safety, overburdening of hospitals and emergency responders, and has strained the university’s relationship with the City of Kingston and wider community.

 

Earlier this year, Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane struck a task force on street parties to build on Queen’s existing partnerships with the City of Kingston and community partners and to provide a forum to develop new and innovative approaches to address this issue. The task force has consulted with Queen's students, community members, and other interested and affected members of the Queen's and Kingston communities and plans to report back to the public later this fall with recommendations and an implementation strategy.

 

By way of this letter, we are requesting your support – as members of the Queen’s community – in promoting a safe, respectful, and inclusive Homecoming. There are several ways you can help:

If you are returning to campus for Homecoming, plan your reunion events around official Queen’s events. Faculty, staff, volunteers, and student groups work tirelessly to organize these celebrations and coordinate the best reunion experience possible. Review the schedule of events.
Learn about the University District Safety Initiative between Kingston and Queen’s, which will require anyone issued a summons to provincial offences court to appear in person before a Justice of the Peace in Kingston to deal with the fine, regardless of where they live.
If you encounter the need for support services for student safety or for students in distress, please call Campus Security at 613-533-6111. The blue-light emergency posts around campus will also connect you to campus security. Download the Queen’s SeQure App, which provides quick access to Campus Security and Emergency Services resources, including the campus security emergency line, and student government services such as AMS Walkhome.
Enjoy the new Fall Harvest Alumni Gathering from 1-4 pm on Saturday, which will feature live music, street buskers, food trucks, lawn games, a pop-up vendor market, complimentary coffee and apple cider, and more. Traditional events, such as the Alumni Parade to Richardson Stadium and the Homecoming Football Game, are planned to keep alumni engaged all weekend long.
Inform and inspire fellow alumni to be active participants in a better Homecoming for everyone. Share this information across your networks.

 

On Oct. 28–30, we hope all alumni will stand together to protect the tradition of Homecoming. As your alumni volunteer organizations, we are proud of the accomplishments of our alumni community as individuals and as a network of more than 155,000 graduates in 155 countries around the world. These are the achievements that deserve to be celebrated, shared, and to define Queen’s.

 

We welcome your thoughts and feedback and hope to see you on campus.

 

Queen’s University Council and the Queen’s University Alumni Association Board of Directors

 

 

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