Greek News

Noise and Neighborhood Relations

March 5th, 2013

The fraternity and sorority community made great progress in the fall semester with respect to neighborhood relations, noise, and trash. As we approach warmer weather, chapters must continue to be mindful of maintaining strong neighborhood relations by limiting noise, cleaning up trash, and engaging local residents in a respectful manner.

With this in mind, we ask that you spend some time discussing the noise ordinance with your chapter. By implementing practical strategies, fraternities and sororities can avoid receiving a noise violation and strengthen neighborhood relations. The following is a list of tips and strategies designed to help chapters in this regard:

  • Be mindful of the noise level at off Grounds residences, especially fraternities and sororities. Amplified sound and speakers outside of a house attract attention and the level of noise produced can result in a police response. Please keep noise levels to an acceptable level.
  • Clean up trash and debris from the area outside of your house. The IFC outlines that all yards must be clean and clear by 10am each morning.
  • Introduce yourself to your neighbors who are both students and long-term residents.
  • When engaging with neighbors – be polite, respectful, and courteous. Regardless of the venue or time of day, student leaders are always representing their fraternity/sorority and the University.

When having parties, limit your guest list to a reasonable number of people.