One issue that we always find ourselves dealing with at the beginning of each school year is the behavior of students in our St. Paul campus neighborhood.
Students have a lot of energy, and especially at the end of the week they are ready to relax, to get together with friends and to party – and that’s fine. Neighbors know that is going to happen. They once were college students, too, and they know there always will be a certain level of activity.
The majority of students are respectful of neighbors’ privacy and property, and I appreciate that. I always suggest to students that they should treat neighbors like they, the students, would want to be treated if they owned a house near St. Thomas and had young children.
Despite the best of intentions, there have been a significant number of disturbing incidents in the neighborhood over the past month. Many of them have to do with noise – music or conversations that become too loud, go on too late and include profanity. Other complaints have to do with littering, trespassing, stolen or damaged property such as election signs, and urinating in yards or on the streets.
These incidents simply aren’t acceptable – and from my perspective, I believe they can be easily avoided.
If you are going to have a party, please alert your neighbors in advance and promise that you will hold down the noise. Then ask your guests to do the same. Make sure your yard and the vicinity are cleaned up afterwards.
If you are walking or driving in the neighborhood, please stay on sidewalks and streets and, again, hold down the noise. Loud music, conversation and horn honking aren’t appropriate later in the evening because they do disturb what should be a peaceful and tranquil neighborhood.
It all boils down to, as I mentioned earlier, the need to honor and show respect for your neighbors’ privacy and property. I ask you to do your part.