We expect our students take responsibility for fostering good relationships with the other residents in their neighborhoods. A positive living experience starts with being a good neighbor, and that means being respectful of your neighbors' needs and wants.
- Communicate - Being a good neighbor starts with getting to know your neighbors. Something as simple as saying hello goes a long way toward having a positive relationship. If there is a problem in the future, it's easier to discuss it with someone you already know.
- Maintain Your Property - Making sure that your property is well-kept shows your neighbors that you care about the neighborhood. Maintaining your property involves everything from mowing the lawn to shoveling snow to cleaning up trash.
- Be Considerate - Making too much noise is both a nuisance and against DC law.
Social events at your home or activity on the street with excessive noise can lead to very serious consequences. DC's law deems unreasonably loud noise as disorderly conduct, a criminal offense. The relevant law reads:
"It is unlawful for a person to make an unreasonably loud noise between 10:00 PM and 7:00 AM that is likely to annoy or disturb one of more persons in their residences. The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) will arrest individuals whom they determine are violating this law. The violation is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a $500 fine." MPD will also issue a 61D for violations of the noise at night law. The 61D is a ticket but also an official arrest.
Issues related to noise and social events are also addressed by the Office of Student Conduct. If students are found to have violated the Code of Student Conduct, appropriate sanctions will be issued.
Having parties, especially those that get out of hand, can also cause friction with your neighbors.
- Be Mindful of Safety Concerns - If you observe suspicious activity in your neighborhood, report it to law enforcement authorities by calling 911. If you are helpful in keeping your neighbors' property safe, they will do the same for you.
- Know Your Neighborhood Rules - For example, find out the rules regarding the proper disposal of trash, and find out the expectations about clearing sidewalks of snow and ice. Knowing the basic rules of the community goes a long way towards a positive experience.