APD Captain Jen Gundersen, UMass Associate Dean of Students Sally Linowski
The Amherst Select Board, although they never formally voted on it, gave their wholehearted support to the new joint initiative between UMass officials and Amherst police to start a weekend Party Registration Pilot Program in September for students living off-campus.
More than half of the 29,000 students who attend our flagship University live off campus.
According to Captain Jen Gundersen APD responds to between 700 and 1200 noise complaints annually and each one requires at least two officers, sometimes as many as four.
And in the vast majority of cases a simple verbal warning solves the problem.
Now that verbal warning can come first via a telephone call to the registered party house giving them a 20 minute deadline to end the party or at least quiet it considerably.
With the advent of Rental Registration Permit Bylaw the town has already seen a dramatic reduction in Party House rowdy behavior, so this experiment can be the icing on the cake.
The Select Board will hear a report in January about how well the program performed over the Fall semester.
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