Students opting to live off-campus should be aware of specific limitations within the DC Code relating to excessive noise and disorderly conduct in residential communities.
It is unlawful for a person to make an unreasonably lound noise between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. that is likely to annoy or disturb one or more other persons in their residences. A violation occurs when the noise generated from a residence can be deemed as unnecessarily loud. Activites which are likely to generate violations include: large gatherings of people, loud speakers, amplifiers, construction, and vehicle-mounted speakers.
The maximum sound levels in a DC residential zone are 55 decibels at night (10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.) and 60 decibels during the day (7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.).
Comparative examples of noise levels show a conversation at home in a quiet suburb is 50 decibels and a conversation in a restaurant or office with some background noise is 60 decibels.
If you can hear the noise from the nearest community property, it is too loud.
In addition to noise violations, the DC Code prohibits all behaviors that annoy or disturb others. Examples of such behaviors include:
Acts which annoy, disturb, interfere with, obstruct, or are offensive to another person;
Shouting or making a noise either outside or inside a building during the nighttime to the annoyance or disturbance of any considerable number of persons;
Causing a disturbance in any public conveyance, by running through it, climbing through windows or on seats, or otherwise annoying other passengers and/or employees;
Cursing, swearing, or making use of any profane language or indecent or obsence words in any public place; and
Urinating or defecating in public other than in a urinal or toilet.
Disorderly or troublesome behavior has adverse effects on yourself and your neighbors. Be respectful of them and expect the same respect from them.
The following guides will assist you in ensuring that your conduct remains in line with the prior guidelines as well as the expectations of the University:
- All members of the CUA community are expected to conduct themselves in a considerate and respectable manner in accordance with the Code of Student Conduct.
- The Community Standards Guide is the best resource to consult to become familiar with the expectations that accompany being a member of the CUA community.
- Students living off-campus also have certain expectations about their behavior and conduct in their off-campus residences. All off-campus residents should be familiar with the Expectations for Student Off-Campus Behavior and Living Policy.
- The Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Policy promotes the health and safety of the community and the responsible choices and behaviors of its members concerning the use of alcohol. An explanation of the negative impacts of alcohol use and positive strategies for recovering from alcohol dependency issues can be found here.