February 3rd, 2020

Kingston, ON – It is important to understand and remember that there are members of our Queen’s community who have been personally impacted by the coronavirus outbreak and spreading misinformation or making light of it is not what we should be doing.  

Our community needs to do better and to be better, particularly when engaging in discourse surrounding issues that affect our world. We need to rise above resorting to ignorance and hatred. Belittling or invalidating a person’s feelings and opinions only serves to fuel the discriminatory rhetoric that we should all work to eliminate from our campus.

Recent events and subsequent posts have directly contradicted the values of our community and we do not condone them. However, it is important that when we are calling out actions, we are giving members of our community the space to learn from their failures. 

We need to treat others with dignity and approach all situations with empathy and unfaltering respect. As the leaders of tomorrow, we need to set the example by considering how our words and actions have meaning. 

If you have been impacted by this, we encourage you to reach out to the following resources: 

Peer Support Centre: 
https://amspeersupport.com/ 
Hours: 10:00am – 10:00 pm – 7 days a week 
Location: John Deutsch University Centre – Room 034 

AMS Social Issues Commission: 
Email: sic@ams.queensu.ca 
Location: AMS offices in the John Deutsch University Centre 

Empower Me: 
https://ear.powerflexweb.com/1545/login_SC.html Hours: 24/7 
To Access: Call the 24/7 helpline at 1-844-741-6389 from anywhere in North America to be directly connected to a trained counsellor. 

Student Wellness Services:
https://www.queensu.ca/studentwellness/ 
To schedule an initial in-person same day appointment, call 613-533-2506 Monday–Friday between 8:00am – 4:30pm. 

Queen’s University International Centre:
https://quic.queensu.ca 
Mitchell Hall 208, 2nd floor 
Phone: +1-613-533-2604 
Hours: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday. 

Please direct all media inquiries to Ananya Chakraborty, AMS Director of Communications, at communications@ams.queensu.ca or (613) 533-6000 x 75850 

BACKGROUNDER 

Alma Mater Society (AMS) – //www.myams.org 

The central undergraduate student government at Queen’s University, the AMS represents over 18,000 students and is the oldest student government in Canada. There are over 1,000 student volunteers and 700 paid staff. 

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Queen’s University sits on the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee & Anishinaabe peoples.
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