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How to be a Good Neighbor
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Off-Campus Living: Being a Good Neighbor
Tips on living peacefully with your neighbors and hosting successful parties
The neighborhood outside of Gallaudet includes a wide variety of people living in close proximity to each other, probably like your neighborhood at home – senior citizens, young families with children, professionals, and students like you. You may view the neighborhood as a temporary home, but many of your neighbors are permanent residents who take pride in their neighborhood.
Student conduct, especially behavior related to parties held off-campus, has become a major concern for your neighbors, D.C. Police and the University. Your behavior off campus influences your neighbor’s image of all Gallaudet students, and this is particularly true if you host a party.
Parties can be successful if you take the effort to:
No one says you can’t have a party and a good time. Don’t let a good party get out of hand and result in neighbors calling the police or sending a complaint to the University. We suggest that you:
District of Columbia statutes and regulations specifically prohibit unlawful assembly in any street, avenue, alley, road, or at the entrance of a private building and engaging in loud and boisterous behavior; blocking private property including driveways and other entrances to private buildings; disorderly conduct; and noise disturbances (the maximum noise level permitted after 9 p.m. is 55 decibels at the property line).
It is unlawful for anyone under the age of 21 to drink alcohol or for anyone to serve alcohol to anyone under the age of 21. It is also illegal to charge admission to a party, as it is deemed equivalent to selling alcohol without a license.
University Code of Conduct:
The University reserves the right to review and adjudicate any occurrence of off-campus student behavior in violation of the Student Code of Conduct that may directly impact or have a significant effect upon the University. Inappropriate behaviors in our surrounding neighborhood such as public urination, public intoxication, disruptive conduct to neighbors, loud and unruly gatherings, violations of the alcohol and/or drug policies, and misconduct demonstrating flagrant disregard for any person or persons would be in violation of the Student Code of Conduct and may be subject to appropriate disciplinary procedures.
More information about the Student Code of Conduct and off-campus jurisdiction can be found in the Student Handbook,
Get to Know Your Neighbors:
You don’t have to be best friends, but having a good relationship with your neighbor makes your living experience off campus more pleasurable. Try these suggestions:
Your relationship with your neighbors and the relationship between the University and the local community depend on your ability to live responsibly as a good citizen in the neighborhood.
As a member of an off-campus community you have an obligation to do your part in making your neighborhood a desirable place to live by keeping it peaceful, clean, and safe.
After all, isn’t that how you would like your neighborhood to be once you become a permanent resident elsewhere?
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