Binghamton University and apartment owners across town want to encourage good relationships between students and their neighbors through the Good Neighbor Program (GNP). Through the GNP, students are encouraged to be good neighbors by following these established guidelines:
- Understand that your neighbors have a right to enjoy a quiet, clean and peaceful neighborhood.
- Don’t have large outdoor parties/loud music, etc. while your neighbors are trying to sleep.
- Never walk or drive on your neighbors’ yard or driveway.
- Keep your apartment/home and your yard clean and free of debris.
- If you have a party, make sure that you clean up the property afterward.
- Introduce yourself and be considerate of your neighbors.
- Maintain the correct procedure for trash/recyclable collection.
- Be aware of parking needs of elderly neighbors.
Always remember that you are responsible for the action(s) of your guests – if they cause problems for the neighborhood, the problem will ultimately be yours.
Seven Ways to Avoid Having the Police Crash Your Party
Party Planning Suggestions:
- Drop a note with your neighbors to let them know you will have a party several days in advance.
- Keep your guests inside (especially after 10:00 p.m.).
- Keep music low and doors and windows closed.
- Remind your guests to be quiet when leaving and to leave containers at the door.
- Be sure guests have rides home (i.e. sober driver, bus, taxi — ask taxis not to honk!).
- Keep your neighbors happy! They invite the police to your party!
Reminder: It is illegal to possess, consume and/or serve alcoholic beverages if you are under 21 years of age. It is also illegal to serve alcoholic beverages to anyone under 21 years of age.