A message regarding the incident in Chown Residence

Posted on October 15, 2019

To the Queen’s Engineering Community,

On behalf of the Faculty, I want to make it unequivocally clear that the racist, homophobic and threatening words aimed at our Indigenous and Queer students will not be tolerated. This behaviour is vile and disgusting, and there is no place on campus for this. As Dean, an alumnus, and an ally, I am horrified these types of actions have occurred in our community. We will not waiver in our pursuit to provide every member a safe space to live, learn and to succeed to each individual’s fullest potential. We will work in partnership with the entire University and local police to ensure there is a prompt and thorough investigation into these actions.

[Pride flag, Metis flag, and Queen's Alumni flag with a quote by Martin Luther King Jr.: I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.]

Any student who feels unsafe or is impacted in any way from this, or other incidences, is encouraged to contact the University support services available on campus or additional resources after hours and over the weekend through Empower Me, Good2Talk, and Hope for Wellness Helpline. Any student who needs additional support over this long weekend can contact me directly at engdean@queensu.ca.

Diversity is where we gain our strength. This will be a safe space for all.

Kevin J. Deluzio, PhD, PEng, FCAE
Professor and Dean
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Queen's University