Off Campus Party Tips

How to have a good time and avoid unruly guests, fines, sanctions, and arrests!


If you’re HOSTING a party…

  • Check your lease to make sure parties are not prohibited by your lease or by your landlord. If police are called about an unruly party, the landlord is often notified, as is the Dean of Students Office.
  • Tell your neighbors you’re having a party. Give them a phone number to call if there’s a problem. You’ll be able to deal with it before anyone calls the police.
  • Set expectations for guests. Invite specific people and do not post your party on Facebook or other social media sites.
  • Set a specific end time for your party. Tell your guests that you'll expect them to leave at that time. Explain that if the neighbors complain about noise, you'll have to shut the party down and ask them to leave.
  • Designate a sober host to answer the phone and door, and to deal with unruly guests, or the police.
  • Limit the number of people you invite. Keep track of who is at your party. Have a guest list, have people enter and exit through one door. Put purses, backpacks, laptops, and other small valuable items in a secure location. Ask guests to be considerate of families/neighbors and not to shout or scream as they travel.
  • Check IDs if you’re serving alcohol, consider having a separate room for alcohol where only those 21+ can enter. If people under 21 are drinking you can be held liable.
  • Keep the noise down and keep people inside. If there are a lot of people outside, police take notice and stop. Excessive noise is often the reason your neighbors will call the police and report a party.
  • Don’t let anyone drink and drive. Plan to have cab numbers available or let people stay the night.

Resources

Student Legal Services
413-545-1995
Campus Center 922

University Health Services
413-577-5000
150 Infirmary Way

Off Campus Student Center
413-577-1005
Student Union 314

Dean of Students
Whitmore 277
413-545-2684

University of MassachusettsPolice Department
In case of Emergency: Dial 911
Non-Emergency: 413-545-2121

The Center for Women and Community
(formerly Everywoman's Center)
180 Infirmary WayNew Africa House
Main number: 413-545-0883
24-Hour Rape Crisis Hotline:413-545-0800
TTY: 413-577-0940
ewc@admin.umass.edu