Good Neighbor Guidelines
Good Neighbor Guidelines Make for Peace and Harmony
Like all residents, students are expected to conduct themselves as mature and responsible members of the Riverside and University communities. As such, they are responsible for upholding all state and city laws and ordinances, especially those relating to noise, traffic, parking, zoning, and consumption of alcohol. In addition, as responsible members of society, they are expected to foster an atmosphere that nurtures positive educational pursuits, the development of understanding and tolerance of those with different cultural and political points of view, and an environment that encourages responsible behavior in the community.
The code of conduct addresses the following areas:
Students and registered student organizations are expected to maintain a safe, clean, and attractive environment for the health and well being of their members, guests, and neighbors. Specifically, the students will:
- Maintain the property in accordance with all fire, health, zoning, building and safety codes.
- Maintain the property consistent with the City of Riverside's Landscape Maintenance Ordinance.
- Maintain lawn and landscaping on a regular basis.
- Dispose of litter, trash, and garbage on a regular basis in an appropriate manner.
- Clean up should be completed within 24 hours after social functions in order to ensure litter and trash is removed from the neighborhood.
- Comply with the laws of the City of Riverside and the State of California and hold invited guests to the same standard of conduct.
- Give priority to traffic safety and reduction of parking such as parking in, or blocking neighbors' driveways, public alleys, and sidewalks, which are violations of the law.
- Educate household members and guests about neighborhood parking restrictions and encourage safe responsible driving.
- Make provision for guest parking for social events.
- All residents and guests are prohibited from parking on lawns and other landscaped or unsurfaced areas at all times.
- Educate household members and guests to arrive quietly and to depart in the same manner to avoid disrupting the neighbors.
- Foster and maintain good community relations and cooperation with neighbors and authorities.
- Consider holding large social functions away from the house at facilities of sufficient size to accommodate the crowd and when alcohol is served.
- Be responsible for their conduct and encourage admitted guests to adhere to the same standard.
- Observe quiet hours after 10:00 p.m. (Sunday through Thursday) and 12:30a.m. (Friday and Saturday), with a limited number of events taking place on contiguous weekends.
- Respect the rights of neighbors and follow existing laws and ordinances. All registered student organization members are to be knowledgeable about the Riverside Noise Ordinance (See Attachments F and G).
- Take active steps to prevent damage to neighbors' property by admitted guests and household members.
- Be responsible for damage to neighbors' properties caused by household members.
- Be responsible for mediating and resolving neighborhood problems in a timely fashion. Telephone calls to neighbors will be made before 9:00 p.m. in a mature and civil manner (See guideline No.10 below).
- Host a meeting annually, prior to the beginning of classes in Fall, with neighbors within 300 feet of the house and all other people who have expressed an interest to meet with student groups living in the neighborhood.
- Provide telephone numbers of household contact persons or student organization leaders and alumni advisor to neighbors within 300 feet of the house prior to beginning of each academic year or with change of student organization officers.
- Notify neighbors within 300 feet (multiple dwellings/manager) and all other people who have notified the student group of their desire to receive notices in writing of organized social events at least three days prior to function. Notifications shall include size, type of event, hours and a contact person who will be present at the event.
- Use amplified sound only in accordance with the Noise Ordinance. Exterior amplified sound in residential areas is discouraged.
- Encourage hiring private security for large functions when alcohol is served.
- Initiate programs to foster positive attitudes about relations with neighbors, reduction of noise, elimination of alcohol abuse, and elimination of verbal abuse.
- Set reasonable limits on the total number of large events per quarter and for the academic year the will take place at the residence.
- Negotiate with neighbors regarding hours for basketball courts and limitations on athletic events where applicable (See Quiet Hours in Guideline No. 4 above).
- Observe state and local laws governing alcohol and drug use.
- Develop positive attitudes to combat abuse and encourage moderation. Recognized student organization officers should set good examples.
- Not allow illegal drugs.
- Where possible, sponsor alcohol and drug education programs including programs by national organizations or campus programs.
- Encourage social events where only non-alcohol beverages are served.
- Provide, at events where alcohol is served, a variety of accessible non-alcoholic beverages and food.
- Provide non-drinking monitors at all functions where alcohol is served.
- Educate all student organization members regarding national risk management and insurance policies and hold members responsible where applicable.
City of Riverside – The City addresses each situation on a case-by-case basis. Sanctions for individuals can include:
- Non-binding mediation.
- Citations and/or arrest for violation of laws.
- Civil suits that can result in fines or other judgments against the responsible party
- Criminal charges, which can include fines, jail time, or both.