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We are no longer accepting applications for COR volunteers for the 2013-2014 academic year.

If you are interested in volunteering with COR in 2014-2015, please check back here in January.  Applications will be due before Reading Week, interviews are held in March. 

Why Students Volunteer at COR

  • to help their fellow students
  • to gain experience, sometimes related to a future career path
  • to learn about safe alcohol consumption
  • to get involved at Queen's and give back to the Queen's Community
  • they believe in the service
  • to meet new people

Volunteer Role

The Campus Observation Room (COR) is an integral part of the Queen’s University initiative to reduce the negative outcomes associated with excessive alcohol use. Its primary goal is to reduce the risk of alcohol related injury or death through observation of intoxicated individuals using established protocols.  COR could not operate without the participation of its student volunteers!

The greatest risks to an intoxicated individual’s safety and well-being are choking on vomit, falling and sustaining an injury or, in extreme circumstances, going into respiratory arrest. COR volunteers help prevent tragic events by monitoring intoxicated students, providing support and getting additional medical assistance when the situation warrants it.

Under the direction of a trained detox worker, volunteers assess and monitor intoxicated individuals to ensure their safety. Training is provided and volunteers are encouraged to assist the detox workers or take the lead as they feel comfortable.

Volunteer Shifts

COR is open every night during Orientation week, Friday and Saturday nights throughout the fall term, and occasional nights in the winter term. Volunteers sign up for shifts monthly as fits with their schedules. The usual shift times are:


  • 8pm - midnight
  • 10pm - 2am
  • midnight - 4am
  • 2am - 7am
  • 9pm - 2am
  • 11pm - 3am
  • 2am - 7am
November, Dec (1 week) & Jan (1 week):
  • 10pm - 2am
  • midnight - 4am 
  • 2am - 7am
Note: there will be additional daytime shifts on Fauxcoming weekend and St. Patrick's Day. Being a COR volunteer requires making a commitment to work for a minimum of 6 shifts including 3 regular shifts (the remainder may be on-call shifts) throughout the year. You will have an opportunity to sign up for shifts in August, and then on a monthly basis. If for some reason you have to cancel one of your shifts, you can contact the coordinator who will find an alternate volunteer for your shift and ask you to sign up for another shift at a later date.


The COR is a friendly, supportive and safe environment for students who may have had too much to drink.  COR staff and volunteers provide care and support to intoxicated students in order to prevent further harm, and take a non-judgemental approach; they don’t preach the virtues of abstinence or low risk drinking to those who need observation.   All information about student visits to COR is kept strictly confidential. 

Volunteer Training

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Time:   New Volunteers:
9am - 4pm
              Returning Volunteers: 1pm - 4pm

Victoria Hall A011

Click here for the 2014-2015 Volunteer Manual


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