Education and Outreach
Thinking about Moving Off-Campus? What to Know Before You Go
Be sure to view the video from our information session, complete with off-campus student panelists. This is a must-watch for any students thinking about moving off-campus.
Hosting a social gathering: Do’s and Don’ts
- Assign a party host to deal with any situations that may arise, including too large a party, calls from neighbors, or a visit from law enforcement officials. P.S. If there is alcohol at your party, this person should be sober.
- Talk with your neighbors before you throw a party; if not, they might end up reporting you to the city.
- Talk with any law enforcement officials outside of your house, on the street, in neutral territory
- Make sure any home you plan to inhabit for the year is actually zoned for multiple unrelated people to live there. Check out the St. Joseph County zoning and ordinance website.
- Fail to post signs denoting this is a private party and no minors are allowed to drink. Not doing so could result in major fines from the University and the City.
- Charge for cups, which could earn you a fine and a bust.
- Fail to properly dispose of kegs, trash, etc., after a party.
For more information, be sure to check out our Guidelines for Social Gatherings section of the website.
Headlines & Happenings
Look under “Living off campus” for special End of the Semester Information
When You’re Out and About: Three Basic Rules
Stay alert. Keep your mind on your surroundings, who’s in front of you and who’s behind you. Don’t get distracted. If you’re worried about crime, ask a friend to accompany you when you go out.
- Communicate the message that you’re calm, confident and know where you’re going. Stand tall, walk purposefully, and make quick eye contact with people around you.
Trust your instincts! If you feel uncomfortable in a place or situation, leave.
Concerns about interactions with law enforcement
The South Bend Police Department and the Indiana State Excise Police have both expressed their commitment to address inappropriate conduct when it is brought to their attention. Should you have any concerns, complaints, or observations regarding specific interactions with a police officer, you may contact:
South Bend Police Department
Lt. Lee Ross, 574-235-9461
Indiana State Excise Police
Lt. Tim Cleveland, 574-264-9480