JComm rules on AAA case

An underage student who failed to retrieve his student card from bar staff when leaving Alfie’s was sanctioned by the AMS Judicial Committee (JComm) last week for breaking All Ages Access (AAA) policy.

According to a release, JComm met on Oct. 13 to rule on Andrew Y.C. Kong’s case. Kong had been charged with an alleged violation under Section 9 “AMS Access Sticker Policy” of the AMS Policy Manual, which stipulates that underage students who fail to retrieve their student cards from bar staff when leaving AAA events will have their privileges immediately revoked.

Student cards must be retrieved from bar staff in order to ensure the underage student didn’t consume, purchase or possess alcohol of any form while at the AAA event.

On the night of Oct. 1, Kong didn’t retrieve his student card from Alfie’s.

“Mr. Kong appeared to have no malicious intent and was not seen drinking; however, his failure to retrieve his student card was inexcusably negligent,” the release said. “It must be stressed that the All Ages Access Program is a privilege for those who choose to participate and therefore its terms must be respected by all participants and upheld diligently.”

Penalties incurred by Kong for the infraction included ejection from the venue or event, a Queen’s Tri-Pub ban for one year starting from the respondent’s nineteenth birthday, the levying of administrative costs—which in this case was $0—and a permanent loss of sticker privileges.

The decision was made by a seven-member committee including JComm Chair Steve Dickie.

“All Ages Access penalties are the only instances where there is a mandatory minimum penalty that the Judicial Committee must assign,” Dickie said. “This case is very similar to a lot of AAA cases. [Kong] failed to live up to his responsibility as a participant in the program.”

Dickie said although Kong had no malicious intent, his forgetfulness harms the system.

“AMS goes to great lengths to provide this program, but it’s dependent upon [the participants],” he said.

The All Ages Access program allows all underage students at the University to gain access to AMS venues and events on certain nights.

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