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Good Neighbor Guidelines

Authorization to live off-campus is granted in the discretion of the Director of Housing Assignments and may be revoked at any time for good cause, as determined in the discretion of the Director of Housing Assignments.  Reasons for the revocation of off-campus authorization include, but are not limited to, violations of University policies or regulations; failure to abide by the tenants of the “good neighbor guidelines;” or behavior that adversely affects the University’s relationship with the neighborhood community.  If a student is living in an off-campus residence with one or more other students or non-students and the residence that is found by the University to be violation of the “good neighbor guidelines” or is adversely affecting the University’s relationship with the neighboring community, all residents will be considered in violation of this policy even though the conduct of an individual resident cannot be specifically identified. A student whose authorization to live off-campus is revoked will be required to return to campus immediately and live in on-campus housing assigned at the discretion of the Director of Housing Assignments. Authorization to live off-campus will be granted only on the condition that the student agrees that the University will not be liable or responsible for any contractual arrangements or agreement into which a student has entered, such as a lease agreement for off-campus housing, if authorization is revoked and the student is required to return to and live in assigned on-campus housing as a result of violation of this policy. 

The following guidelines will help foster good neighborhood relations for current and future students living in Nashville neighborhoods.

  • Get to know your neighbors. Introduce yourself to them when you first move in or early in the semester. Give them your phone number
  • Encourage your neighbors to call you first if there are any problems at your house such as loud music, litter, etc. Be respectful and responsive to their concerns.
  • Offer to help your neighbors, especially if they are elderly or infirm, with such things as helping with groceries, raking leaves or running an errand for them. Good deeds cultivate goodwill.
  • Keep your yard neat and picked-up. Mow your grass often, or if the landlord is responsible make sure he or she gets it done.
  • Don’t allow pets to run at large.
  • Learn the acceptable and legal places for parking at your house or apartment. In particular, it is a violation of a Metro Nashville ordinance to block a sidewalk or driveway with a parked vehicle.

Parties or Social Events

  • Let your neighbors know in advance if you are planning a large social gathering or party at your house.
  • Have plenty of trashcans for disposal of litter such as cups, cans or bottles. Place a trashcan on the front porch or at the sidewalk so guests can discard their litter as they leave. Post signs by the front and back doors about placing litter in trashcans.
  • Establish a reasonable ending time for your event and have everyone leave at that time. Remember your neighbors may have to work, get up early the next morning, or have young children at home.
  • Keep the number of guests to a manageable level. Large crowds can become unruly and hard to monitor or control.
  • Be familiar with the state and local laws regarding alcohol consumption.
  • Have responsible individuals available to interact with police or neighbors if they come to your home because of problems. All tenants of the house or apartment are responsible for behavior that occurs on the premises. Cooperate with the requests of the police or neighbors.
  • Inform guests about not trespassing on neighbors’ lawns. Make sure that guests park their vehicles properly.
  • The morning after a party, check for and remove any litter in the immediate area of your house and neighboring yards on the street.

Summary of Selected Provisions from the Student Handbook

  • At no time may alcoholic beverages by provided (served, distributed, furnished) to persons under legal drinking age (twenty-one years old) for the state of Tennessee.
  • Because of the danger that drunk drivers pose to themselves and to others, the operation of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other drug is prohibited.
  • Again, due to the danger that intoxicated persons pose to themselves and to others, as well as to the disruption that intoxication can bring to the living/learning community, intoxication is prohibited.
  • Alcohol may not be used as an award or trophy for any event or program of the Univesity or by any University organization, group, or individual.
  • Notices, posters, flyers, banners, etc., may not use logos or trademarks of alcoholic beverages, or mention or refer to alcoholic beverages or their availability at an event.
  • “B.Y.O.B.,” as shorthand for “Bring Your Own Bottle,” may be used on postings, etc., for events that have been registered B.Y.O.B. during the event registration process. (Any B.Y.O.B. event sponsored by a student organization must be registered and approved with the Office of Schedules and Reservations in 208 Sarratt with the exception of events at Fraternity or Sorority Houses, which are registered with the Office of Greek Life.)
  • Groups or individuals who effect excessive and/or harmful consumption of alcohol through games, peer pressure, subterfuge, or other activities are subject to disciplinary action.
  • Possession, use or distribution of illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia is prohibited; this prohibition includes possession of prescription medication belonging to another person and distribution of a medication prescribed to a person to any other person. The term distribution includes “sharing” of any drug and does not require any exchange of money.
  • The use of common containers of alcoholic beverages such as kegs, punch bowls, or party balls by undergraduates, the use of pure grain alcohol by individuals or organizations, the use of devices such as funnels and beer bongs designed for the rapid consumption of alcohol, and drinking games are prohibited on campus or at any event sponsored by a student organization off campus.

Summary of Selected Laws and Ordinances

Public Intoxication: It is against state law and city ordinance to be intoxicated in public. This applies even if you are of legal age (over 21). Violators can be given a summons or arrested.
Underage Consumption: The legal drinking age in Tennessee is 21 years of age. People furnishing alcohol to underage persons are in violation of the law. Violators can be given a summons and held responsible in the event of an accident.
Amplified Music: Persons using equipment for amplification of sound shall not operate it in such a manner as to disturb the peace and comfort of their neighbors with a volume louder than is necessary for convenient hearing of those in the room or the premises from which the equipment is used. The operation of such equipment in a manner as to be plainly audible on any adjacent or adjoining property shall be deemed evidence of a violation of Metro codes unless specifically permitted by an agency or department of Metropolitan-Davidson County Government.