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Kingston house party hosts could face fines up to $100,000

Three Queen's University students will be in court in October.

Three Queen's University students face thousands of dollars worth of fines, potential jail time and possible expulsion from the school after a house party on Aberdeen Street in Kingston that police estimate hosted hundreds of party goers.

Investigators reviewed video footage of the event from the early morning hours of Sunday, July 4. They say images appear to show hundreds of young people, garbage littering the streets and what appears to be at least one fight. 

Three tenants of one property, between the ages of 20 and 21, all identified as Queen’s University students, were spoken to and informed that they were acting as hosts of a gathering in excess of 25 people, an offence under the Reopening Ontario Act (ROA).

A person who is convicted of a hosting offence under this section is liable to a fine of no less than $10,000, and up to $100,000. There is also the option of imprisonment up to one year.

The students were each issued a summons with an October court date.

Police say the identities of these students will be shared by Kingston Police with Queen’s University administration, which will determine if its Student Code of Conduct should be applied in these circumstances.

The investigation is ongoing for the tenants of other properties who appear to have hosted, organized or condoned the large gathering. 

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