Court summons now permanent for students ticketed during street parties

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City Council voted Tuesday night to make the University District Safety Initiative (UDSI) permanent. The vote passed 11-1 in favour, with Councilor Peter Stroud, Sydenham District, casting the only dissenting vote.

During Orientation Week, Homecoming weekend and St. Patrick’s Day weekend, individuals, whether students or not, who are ticketed by police are required to appear in front of a judge.

Under the initiative, fines can’t be paid online or by mail.

One year ago, the City of Kingston, in partnership with Queen’s University, introduced the UDSI as a pilot project in an attempt to combat unsanctioned street parties.

For the 2018-19 academic year, a total of 429 matters were heard at court, and more than $70,000 in fines were issued.

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