February 3, 2021  

KINGSTON, ON – Upon learning about the zoom hack that occurred yesterday, the AMS wishes to offer support to students who have been impacted. The AMS acknowledges that this event has affected many of our Jewish students on our campus. We condemn all acts of violence, hate, and discrimination and are angered by this display of anti-Semitism, especially in an academic and learning environment. 

Steps Forward:  

  • We have offered our support to Queen’s Hillel and will follow up to ensure we offer whatever support or resources they need. 
  • We have discussed this act of violence with the Principal’s office and were told that they are contacting Kingston police to begin an investigation into the matter.  
  • We will continue the conversation with Queen’s University to ensure they uphold promises they have made to facilitate a proper investigation occurs. 

The AMS acknowledges that Jewish students are typically burdened by being the sole advocates against anti-Semitic acts at Queen’s University. We encourage our student body to stand up and speak out against these acts of violence and discrimination. 

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please reach out to the Society’s President, Jared den Otter at president@ams.queensu.ca

Resources:  
Hillel Queen’s Resources Page
Queen’s Faith and Spiritual Life
Empower Me is a 24/7 phone service for crisis situations and scheduled sessions that allows students to connect with qualified counselors, consultants, and life coaches for a variety of issues. The password required to access the service is  studentcare.  
Good2Talk
Queen’s University Equity Services
Student Wellness Services
Telephone Aid Line Kingston
Peer Support Centre

Please direct all media inquiries to Patrice Oliveira, AMS Director of Communications, at communications@ams.queensu.ca.  

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 

Alma Mater Society Footer Logo

Alma Mater Society of Queen's University

Queen’s University sits on the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee & Anishinaabe peoples.
L’Université Queen’s est située sur les terres traditionnelles des peuples Haudenosaunee et Anishinaabe.
Alma Mater Society Footer Logo