The affiliation representing undergraduate college students at Queen’s University will conduct a assessment of the historical past of misogynistic indicators on the college’s homecoming events after a number of appeared at rowdy gatherings over the weekend, the group stated Wednesday.
The Alma Mater Society stated that it’s going to additionally assessment the dangerous results of such indicators and the way college students can report them.
“We condemn the misogynistic banners that hung from quite a few homes with offensive and inappropriate statements on them,” the coed affiliation stated.
“This behaviour straight contributes to a tradition of misogyny and gender-based and sexual violence in our neighborhood; a tradition that we repeatedly name on our administration, organizations, our friends, and our neighborhood members to actively work in opposition to.”
That comes after Queen’s stated earlier this week that it will take motion in opposition to those that displayed misogynistic indicators at events held over the varsity’s homecoming weekend in Kingston, Ont. The college has not specified what that motion would entail.
Police made 36 arrests and issued greater than 100 fines after the gatherings.
The unsanctioned events befell despite the fact that Queen’s opted in opposition to holding conventional in-person homecoming occasions for a second 12 months in a row because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Alma Mater Society stated whereas it’s dissatisfied by the massive events, it was involved by what it known as an “over-policing” of scholars on the gatherings.
“Whereas we perceive issues from neighborhood members, you will need to be aware that the police this weekend exacerbated the occasions of homecoming and the ways weren’t solely ineffective however extreme,” the affiliation stated, noting it was “dissatisfied” to see the college help these ways.
The scholar group stated it’s going to handle these issues straight with the Metropolis of Kingston and Queen’s administration and can “proceed to advertise respectful and protected practices and behavior in addition to hurt discount measures for our college students.”
Abby Goldstein, affiliate chair of utilized psychology and human improvement on the College of Toronto, stated college college students would profit from extra schooling and hurt discount measures to assist make sure that when these gatherings occur, college students take part safely.
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“I feel that there’s most likely a variety of missed alternatives when it comes to with the ability to assist develop methods for rising adults about making good and wholesome choices for their very own psychological well being, and to encourage other ways of building a way of neighborhood and getting collectively and socializing which might be according to safer practices,” she stated.
Goldstein stated there’s a duty on the a part of the college to teach college students on consent and have interaction in relationships on campus. She additionally confused that college students have to obtain “wholesome messaging round sexual behaviour” properly earlier than the time that they first set foot on a college campus.
Queen’s College spokeswoman Julie Brown stated retaining the neighborhood and college students protected is a “high precedence” for the varsity.
“We labored, and proceed to work onerous together with all of our neighborhood companions, to warning college students about giant unsanctioned gatherings and about protected behaviours,” she wrote in an electronic mail assertion.
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“Whereas we perceive the scholars’ issues and have spoken to the police about their method, we additionally respect the police have discovered from others’ experiences at a lot of these gatherings about critical dangers to individuals’s private security.”
Brown added that police are attempting to include “actual threats that may rapidly escalate with no important presence to include them.”
With rumours of extra gatherings being held close to Queen’s this weekend, Brown stated the college is hoping college students will “think twice about becoming a member of giant crowds and concerning the dangers they pose particularly when medicine and alcohol are concerned and they’re much less conscious of their environment and hazard posed by others.”
Kingston Police didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
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