Being a Good Neighbor

When you live off campus as a JWU student, you’re actually part of two communities: JWU, and the neighborhood in which you live. Being a good citizen of both is a major responsibility you undertake when you decide to live off campus.

Maintaining a Safe, Respectful Community
At JWU, civility is among our highest concerns. It is a privilege to be part of the JWU community and all of us need to honor that privilege through our actions, whether living on or off campus.

As a JWU student living in the community, you are a representative of JWU, and, as such, your conduct reflects directly upon the university. Living off campus does not circumvent your responsibility as a member of the JWU community to abide by the Student Code of Conduct and the Good Neighbor Policy (150K PDF), a list of expectations set forth by the university in order that off-campus students maintain respectful relations with the community in which they live. Important areas of concern include, but are not limited to: noise, parking, property and alcohol consumption.

Off-Campus Safety
When living on your own, it’s important to be prepared. Here are some tips for staying safe in your apartment and out in the city.

Personal Safety and Street Smarts (100K PDF)
Fire Safety Checklist (100K PDF)

City Policies and Regulations
Noise
Providence’s noise ordinance states that citizens (your neighbors) have a right to enjoy a reasonable level of peace and quiet, free of unnecessary, excessive or annoying noise. Reduce noise levels between 8pm-7am (including weekends). This includes but is not limited to loud gatherings, stereo or TV noise, instruments, machinery, dogs barking, etc. Providence Police enforce this law and will respond to violations and complaints. Cranston also has a similar policy.

Trash As a tenant you are responsible for putting out your trash. The city trash ordinance stipulates that trash cannot be put out before dusk on the day preceding pickup. Violations of the city trash ordinance are punishable by a fine.

Put your trash in covered containers and tie up bundles. Trash bags are not considered trash containers — they can easily tear due to contents or by animals. Be sure to secure your trash so that it doesn’t blow away.