Noise Violation

Noise Violations on Campus

After rigorous study, exams and projects, where a student will work hard to maintain the best grades they can, they also need time to unwind and play as hard as they just worked.  In college, this often means a party and it is an accepted part of the experience.  Students just want to focus on a fun time with their friends, not a campus or community noise violation.

There are guidelines in place in cities and colleges that specify what kind of noise is considered a violation.  It should not disturb the health, peace, comfort or safety of the people within a certain proximity to the noise.  These are the commonly enforced guidelines by colleges or local authorities:

  • Students must keep their non-academic noise and entertainment restricted to the college’s off hours, which typically run from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.  Any exceptions need to be discussed with the dean’s office.
  • Anything that emits a noise must be kept at an acceptable level to the other individuals in the area.  This includes electronic devices, radios, televisions and musical instruments.
  • Rallies, protests, drumming, speeches, or other events where students practice political expression are not allowed to interfere with the educational processes of other students or staff.
  • After midnight, music should be inaudible in campus and community buildings.

Schools and communities may vary greatly in what they allow and what they consider noise violation.  Students need to be aware of the possibility of different rules in different areas.  They also need to know that, as students, they are generally required to keep their noise disturbances to a minimum for the people around them.

How Can Noise Violations Affect Me on Campus?

For first time offenders, the disciplinary action taken by the college administration generally isn’t severe.  If the noise violation involves the local authorities, the student may face criminal charges and repercussions from the city.  If a student had subsequent violations, they can easily face suspension or expulsion from their school.  Local communities often have increasing penalties for repeat offenders as well.

Manchester & Associates Defense

Contact Manchester & Associates today for help if you have been accused of a noise violation.  Some cities will allow a student to take classes to clear violation off their record.  An experienced attorney can navigate the local law and school codes to help a student properly weigh their options.