Cheers and Jeers
- Putting a QB on your roster. 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.
- Scouting Other Teams. Talk with your neighbors before you throw a party; if not, they might end up reporting you to the League Commissioner (a.k.a. the City of South Bend).
- It’s Always Better to Play a Rivalry Game on Neutral Turf. Just like the World’s Largest Cocktail Party (a.k.a. “the Florida-Georgia game” for those of you living under a rock), talk with any law enforcement officials outside of your house, on the street, in neutral territory
- Avoid OFF-SIDES penalties. 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. Joe County zoning and ordinance website.
- Failure to Signal Properly. Failure to post signs denoting this is a private party and no minors are allowed to drink could result in major fines from the University and the City.
- Scalping Within 100 Yards of the Field. Just as you could be kicked off the field for scalping tickets, charging for cups could earn you a fine and a bust—spoiling what could have been a legendary party.
- Last-Minute Penalty that Sends the Game into Overtime. Just like that roughing the kicker penalty on a 50+ field goal, failure to properly dispose of kegs, trash, etc., after a party could send it into overtime and end up costing you the game (a.k.a. “major fines from the City”).
For more info on a throwing a jeer-free party, 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