Queen’s Students’ Union is closed to students today, Friday, and is currently under investigation by the police.
This morning, Queen’s security staff have been patrolling the front entrance of the Union, informing students of the building’s closure.
Ciarnan Helferty, President of the Students’ Union, was reluctant to say anything at this early stage in the investigation, but confirmed that a “fairly serious incident” occurred at the SU event last night.
Last night’s Fancy Dress Ball ended five minutes before 2am. The shutters to the cloakroom were closed, preventing students from collecting their coats at the end of the night. Students recalled that security staff told them to collect their belongings the next day. A police presence was spotted outside the Union by students as they left the building.
Ciarnan Helferty said that control of the Students’ Union has been handed over to the police for use in their investigation. He also commented that no SU staff have been allowed into the building so far today.
It is expected that the SU will re-open later this evening, and that Queen’s University will release a statement on these events later today.