University needs a way to shut down parties

The latest noise complaints statistics from the University of Bristol (see previous post) show clearly that it needs a change of approach. General noise complaints up 52% in a year, student parties up 24% despite receiving special attention—the present strategy simply isn’t working. The university stresses prevention, messaging students to respect their neighbours when they “live out” in their second and third years, even sending staff and others to knock on doors at the start of term. As part of a focus on parties, disciplinary hearings with offending student households more than doubled in 2017-18. Some were fined up to £100 per household member. No doubt this effort had some positive resu

Noise incidents jump 52%, parties 24%, as complaints to UoB surge

The University of Bristol received 116 complaints about student noise in 2017-18, the academic year just finished. That’s a massive 52% increase from 76 a year earlier – vindicating residents who say the noise problem is the worst they’ve ever known. These 116 complaints covered only general noise, such as students shouting in the street or creating domestic noise that disturbed near-neighbours. Student parties, tallied separately, accounted for a further 102 complaints, up 24% from 82 in the previous academic year. This is despite changes the university made at the start of the year to try to stem the rising trend of parties. Complaints about waste and recycling problems dropped 33% to 47 f

UoB to Consider Chandos Proposals

The University of Bristol’s Deputy Registrar, Lynn Robinson, promised to take away several ideas for consideration after attending a residents’ meeting organised by the Chandos Neighbourhood Association on July 3. One such idea is whether the university’s uniformed 24-hour security force could be used in some role in respect to large late-night student parties, possibly in reporting or evidence-gathering. Residents have frequently suggested that the mobile force, which patrols campus properties in marked cars, should intervene to halt noisy events. The university says the security staff have no legal powers to stop parties in private properties, so the possibility that they could have even a

Why UoB must tackle student parties - and how it can do so

You may think it’s obvious that the University of Bristol, rather than the police or council, should respond to noise disturbances by students. The university argues otherwise. Its Good Neighbour policy says: "Students are subject to the same controls and laws as any other citizens and the University cannot usurp the responsibilities of the Police or other agencies." Residents who follow that advice quickly discover there are legal and practical constraints on what the police and council can do. Since both now labour under severe budget cuts, they might be quite happy if the university were to “usurp” their role in student matters. I say that under the “polluter pays” principle, the costs of

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