Former Kingston mayor says more needs to be done to stop University District parties

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Thousands of people gathered on the Queen’s University campus in Kingston to celebrate the unannounced Homecoming celebrations.

The parties took place despite strict warnings from Patrick Deane, the principal of the university and Kingston police.

When asked about the university’s plans for students who participated, Deane said that there might be sanctions.

” We don’t have authority to do what they do as private citizens. Deane stated that sanctions can be imposed in certain situations under the code. “And those sanctions can run from restorative justice to expulsion.”

But that’s not good enough, according to Kingston and the Islands MP, Mark Gerretsen, who took to Facebook Sunday to call out the university.

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Queen’s graduates need to understand that they can only have a small impact on the outcome,” Gerretsen said.

” I’m very frustrated,” Gerretsen added.

Disturbing signs were seen which made fun of the sexual violence against women that was hanging from houses in the University District.

Sexual Assault Centre Kingston, (SACK), and Kingston Interval House issued a joint statement in response to the banners.

” Statements like these feed into rape culture, making it more dangerous for women and other marginalized people living in these communities,” said the statement.

“It is unacceptable, it’s antithetical to the university stands for. Those houses were visited and signs were taken down. The code will be used,” Deane stated. But Gerretsen claims that much of the university’s statements are merely ‘lip service’.

“What i’m calling for in a call-to-action is that the university listens to anyone who’s been charged or convicted during this time of special measures taken by the city during weekends like these, and you’ll be kicked out of the school,” Gerretsen stated.

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. Students returned to class Monday morning, but the university continues to work with the city to identify students who attended or hosted Homecoming weekend parties.

Queen’s University has not yet made it clear what sanctions, if any will be applied. Gerretsen hopes that they will use this opportunity to send a strong message to end this type of behavior.

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Thousands partake in unsanctioned street parties during Queen’s University Homecoming weekend

Thousands partake in unsanctioned street parties during Queen’s University Homecoming weekend

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