Walkhome Terms and Conditions
The Walkhome terms and conditions are in place to ensure all patrons are aware of the services Walkhome offers and the expectations we have as a service. If you would like more information on the Terms and Conditions of Walkhome, please email the Head Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walkhome is a free, confidential, discrete, and anonymous safe-walk service which promotes safety awareness to members of the Queen’s/Kingston community. Walkhome is not a security or emergency service organization and therefore its staff do not receive training in these areas nor does Walkhome provide these services.
Walkhome receives the majority of its funding through a mandatory AMS Student Activity Fee.
How We Work
Members of the Queen’s/Kingston community have access to use Walkhome during operating hours. Walks can be requested by visiting our kiosk on the first floor of the Queen’s Centre (ARC) at 284 Earl St, by calling our phone number at (613) 533-WALK (9255), or by using the NEW live chat button in the bottom right corner of the screen. The only information Walkhome collects is the patron’s pick-up and drop-off location. We require enough information about the location to effectively send our staff to pick up patrons. Using the names of campus buildings and residences (e.g. Victoria Hall, Theological Hall, etc.), exact addresses (e.g. 87 Union, etc.), and street intersections (e.g. University & Union) are all acceptable. If a street intersection is used, we must have the name of two streets that are intersecting.
If there are any special instructions with a pick-up/drop-off address (Unit #, back door, etc.) we do require that information to best arrive at your destination.
The patron must be at the pick-up location by the time the team arrives. Walkhome teams will wait up to 5 minutes for the patron and if the patron is not present at the location within 5 minutes of the team arriving, the team will be reassigned to a different walk, or they will return to the ARC.
Walkhome is aimed at providing an inclusive, enjoyable, and anti-oppressive environment for all patrons, and we expect all patrons to be respectful to the staff members walking them.
As of March 2023, Walkhome will be collecting and retaining (temporarily) the phone numbers of patrons requesting walks using livechat or over the phone. This amendment to our policy, which previously stated that “Walkhome does not collect or retain any identifying information of our patrons (ex: name, phone number, personal address, etc.)”, serves the purpose of accountability and providing protections for patrons and our staff. As per our previous policy, we will still not be collecting personal information easily tied to someone’s identity, such as names or personal addresses. Additionally, we will never seek out your identity using your phone number, except in extenuating circumstances (i.e. in the case of an emergency or to protect staff safety) and we will wipe all retained phone numbers from our records at the end of each month. As usual, our operations require that we collect the pick-up and drop-off locations provided by patrons requesting a walk. We retain this information for the sake of analysis and service performance, but they are never tied to an individual’s identity or disclosed outside of the Walkhome management team. Information will only be used to deliver and optimize the service and will only be retained as long as they are needed.
Walkhome is dedicated to student safety on campus, but there are limitations to Walkhome’s services to ensure the safety of our staff members.
1. Walkhome will not pick up from Bars/Nightclubs (excluding campus establishments such as Queen’s Pub, Clark Hall Pub, Grad Club, etc.). Instead the manager will recommend another pick-up location for the patron that is nearby the location originally requested.
2. Walkhome will not walk anyone who cannot walk themselves. All patrons must be able to walk themselves without the physical assistance of anyone. If a team arrives at a location and finds that the patron cannot walk themselves, the team will deny the walk.
3. Walkhome will not walk anyone who does not want a walk. All walk requests must come from the individual who intends to get the walk. If a team arrives to pick up a patron and the patron states they would not like a walk, the team will return to the ARC.
Walkhome also holds the right to refuse the service to any patrons who create an unwelcoming or dangerous environment for the staff members.
According to the Queen’s Student Code of Conduct, harassment is considered as “verbal or non-verbal behaviour or communication that is known or ought to be reasonably known to be hostile, intimidating, or threatening”. Harassment towards our staff or patrons is not welcome at Walkhome and will not be tolerated. Walkhome aims to foster a safe and welcoming campus community. In return, we ask that people approach our service with respect and kindness.
Walkhome staff members will not enter any residence buildings while on shift. Staff will only pick-up/drop-off patrons outside of Queen’s University residences and will not enter the building. Our expectation is all patrons will be waiting by the entrances of the residence when requesting a walk. If there is a specific address that the patron would like to be picked up from, this must be communicated when arranging for a walk.
Any patron may request what is called a “Silent Walk”. A silent walk is when the staff walk a few paces behind the patron, and do not have a conversation with the patron. The staff may have a quiet conversation between the two of them, but there is no conversation taking place between the patron and staff. To request a silent walk, simply tell the manager that you would like a silent walk and they will notify the staff.
Patrons can request for a specific staff member to walk them home. To do this, inform the Manager on Duty (MOD) that you would like to request a specific staff and wait for them to determine whether the staff is available for a walk.
Patrons may also request to not have certain staff members walk them home. To do this, the patron must email email@example.com and state which staff member they would not like to walk them. The management team will ensure that staff are not walking patrons who have requested not to be walked by them.
All patrons hold the right to cancel a walk at any point in the process of using Walkhome. If a patron decides to cancel the walk before the team has arrived at the pick-up location, we ask that the patron informs us of the cancellation. Walks may be cancelled by calling Walkhome or through the live chat button. Patrons may also cancel walks while with staff members; patrons can simply tell the staff members they would like to end the walk and the staff will return to the ARC, no questions asked.
Walkhome works within set boundaries within the university district in Kingston. Walkhome operates within the following borders:
· West: Mowat Avenue
· North: Railway Street
· East: Ontario Street
· South: Lake Ontario
Walkhome will not pick-up/drop-off patrons outside of the boundary lines. Staff will still walk patrons to where the boundary line ends, but will then inform the patron the walk must end there. In rare occasions the manager on duty may allow staff to walk patrons outside of the boundary line based on their judgement, but it is not something to be expected every time.
First Aid or Medical Assistance
Walkhome staff members are not given any sort of first aid or medical training, therefore they are not expected to assist in a first aid situation. If you ever find you are in a first aid or medical situation, we encourage you to call one of the following services:
· Queen’s First Aid: 613-533-6111
· Campus Security: 613-533-6733
· Emergency Medical Services: 911