LPD and Student Leaders Gather to Announce "We Agree" Campaign
Lincoln Police Chief Tom Casady and student leaders from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Wesleyan University, and Southeast Community College gathered for the third year to send a message to students at their respective institutions that “disruptive” parties are not fun for anyone. In a campaign titled “We Agree”, student leaders from these institutions reinforce the collaboration between the campuses and the city, educate students about the consequences for hosting these parties and encourage students to adopt practices that keep their parties from becoming disruptive to surrounding neighbors. Chief Casady reminded citizens that the Lincoln Police Department actively enforces the municipal codes of the City of Lincoln in order to ensure a strong quality of life for all its residents. The Lincoln Police Department’s “Party Patrol” patrols neighborhoods on weekends, visiting gatherings that cause complaints from surrounding neighbors.
There are consequences for hosting parties that become out of control. Failure to control the noise or disruptive guest behavior can result in one of several citations ranging from “Disturbing the Peace” to “Maintaining a Disorderly House”. A first offense for this citation will result in a fine of $250-$500. Penalties for Multiple Disorderly House citations include mandatory jail time and a fine of up to $500. In 2007, the Nebraska State Legislature passed the “social host” law which holds anyone serving alcohol to a minor in their home or property under their control civilly liable for people suffering any damages as a result of that sale to a minor or providing alcohol to a minor in a social setting. The majority of DUI offenders report they had their last drink in a private home versus a bar or restaurant. The consequences for driving under the influence are a $400-$500 fine, 7-60 days in jail and a 6 month license suspension.
Students planning neighborhood parties should follow several simple steps to avoid having a party get out of control: limit the number of people that are invited, only allow people they know into the party, do not allow guests to park illegally, keep the noise down and the party inside, get to know the neighbors and talk through any potential problems.
“Students host and attend plenty of parties throughout the year that never result in a police visit, much less a citation,” said Aaron Young, Student Senate President for Southeast Community College, “We want to make sure we’re doing our part by letting students know the consequences and ways to keep the party under control.”