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UK: Rowdy students 'must be tackled'

Living alongside growing numbers of students can be a nightmare for local residents and universities must take action, a report has urged.

Queen's University in Belfast recently announced a crackdown on student behaviour following complaints of noisy late-night parties, rowdy drunkenness and vandalism.

Six universities - Brighton, Canterbury, Leeds, Loughborough, Salford and Nottingham - were used as case studies for the report.

Friction

Each has sought to tackle any potential friction arising from a large, transient population of students living alongside permanent residents.

At Loughborough, matters came to a head in 2002 when the university put in a planning application to extend a hall of residence.

The plan was rejected after local residents objected and later produced a CD of noisy students to highlight the problems they faced.

Alison Barlow, the university's Community Relations Officer, said students must now sign a code of conduct which gives the university the power to take action if they misbehave off-campus.

The university now has two community wardens. These full-time members of university staff give advice to students and also act as a point of contact for residents.

There is also a 24-hour helpline for residents to call.

"Residents can ring this if there's a problem with, for example, a particularly noisy party," said Ms Barlow. "The head of security then has the power to discipline students."

Discipline usually runs to a fine although the university does have the ultimate power to either expel a student or withhold a degree.

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Posted in: News by NewsBot on January 29, 2006 @ 12:00 AM

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