Mar 232010
 
Authors: Nick Childs

Noise complaints about parties and the tickets issued for those complaints have decreased about 40 percent since the fall of 2007, according to recently released data from CSU officials.

The drop is largely attributed to two programs –– one that offers classes about noise violations and one that allows students to register their parties with CSU –– a city official said.

There were 370 complaints and 134 citations issued in the fall of 2007. In the fall of 2008, there were 322 complaints and 83 citations.

In the spring of 2009, there were 214 complaints, and there were 46 citations issued, said Melissa Emerson, a community liaison and assistant director of CSU’s Off-Campus Life.

Party Partners, a group that teaches classes about noise violations at CSU, has investigated the number of complaints and citations throughout the Fort Collins community in the first and last six weeks of each semester since 2007.

Party Partners also reported a 46 percent reduction in noise violations from 2003 to 2006.

Students are often unaware of the noise they are making, Emerson said.

“If they knew they were disturbing their neighbors, they would have shut it down,” she said. A part of Emerson’s job is to teach classes to residents of Fort Collins who receive noise violations.

This drop in noise violations is largely attributed to the Party Registration program, designed by CSU. This enables Fort Collins residents to register their parties to lessen their chances of getting a noise violation.

If a party is registered through the program, the host will be notified when someone calls the police to report the excessive noise. The host then has 20 minutes to quiet the party. If police receive a call after this 20-minute period, an officer will be sent out to investigate the situation.

Party Registration began again on Monday. Parties can now be registered for the months of April, May, August and September.

The earliest party date students can register for is April 2 and can do so at CSU’s Off-Campus Life office. Non-students can register at the City’s Neighborhood Services office.

All parties must be registered by 5 p.m. the Thursday before the weekend of the party.

The pilot program, that was conducted the first six weeks of the fall semester, was available to CSU students and was a great success, Emerson said.

The program had 198 parties register; there were only 25 complaints about noise, and only three of the parties received noise violations.

Emerson estimated that the Party Registration program saved Fort Collins Police more than 40 hours that would have gone toward investigating these parties during the pilot program. This enables officers to have more time to investigate higher priority crimes, creating a safer community.

This will also reduce the amount of overtime hours that Fort Collins Police are working, which has been increasing, according to a recent report in the Coloradoan.

Staff writer Nick Childs can be reached at news@collegian.com.

About the CSU Party Registration Program:

Began on Monday

Parties can now be registered for April, May, August and September

The earliest party date students can register for is April 2 and can do so at CSU’s Off-Campus Life office in the Lory Student Center by 5 p.m. Thursdays

How the program works:

If a party is registered through the program, the host will be notified when someone calls the police to report the excessive noise.

The host then has 20 minutes to quiet the party. If police receive a call after this 20-minute period, an officer will be sent out to investigate the situation.

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