Buffalo, NY - Many neighbors in the University Heights area are concerned about party houses. They say some UB students host parties with more than two-hundred people in attendance.
"This is a partnership. It's a big campus, it's an important campus. We need to start working on some of the problems," said a Buffalo Police Officer Tuesday night.
The University Heights Collaborative met Tuesday night and announced that neighbors have formed a quality of life task force with UB to deal with the party house problem near campus.
UHC President Mickey Vertino is hopeful that means that, in the future, fewer students will use university shuttle buses to get to parties.
"In the past, there's been no consequence. It's a party bus. Jump on it. Get toasted. Come out to the Heights. Have a good time and nobody's going to do anything. That's changing," says Vertino.
Vertino tells us the new committee will work with judicial affairs to come up with ways to sanction students who break the code of conduct.
"We don't to have them arrested, but we would like to have them held accountable and made aware of what they're actually doing," he says.
Buffalo Police say they are seeing a decrease in complaint calls about large parties, and if neighbors do have problems, they want them to call 9-1-1, 3-1-1 and the district chief.
And many times, police say, landlords have no idea there is even a problem with their tenants.
"Our biggest concern is safety. Safety for the students, these 200 plus gatherings that these structures aren't stable enough for that kind of crowd to hang out," says Vertino.
Solutions include landlords putting a maximum party size in the lease. Students will also be part of the task force.
"I think as we get them to feel a part of this community, they'll also start to naturally start to respect the community more. This is home for them. Let them realize that," he says.
To help fix the public urination issue, UB is placing port-a-potties on campus Thursday through Saturday. Tuesday night, some neighbors expressed concerns about wanting a more permanent solution to that problem.