Public Forum to Focus on UA-Neighborhood Relations

The Campus Community Relations Committee is hosting the event, which will include representatives from the UA, UA Health Network and campus-area neighborhoods.
Dec. 4, 2014

Members of the University of Arizona community and surrounding neighborhoods are invited to attend a special public forum focused on creating "livable communities" in the campus area.

The Livable Communities Forum will address topics such as off-campus student behavior, landlord responsibilities and city code enforcement. 

The meeting will be held from 6-8 p.m. Monday in Room S202 of the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Building. It is being hosted by the Campus Community Relations Committee, or CCRC, which includes representatives from the UA, UA Health Network and campus-area neighborhoods.

"At the U of A, we are committed to making sure that our students are good neighbors," said Tannya Gaxiola, UA assistant vice president for community relations. "That's part of what we want them to learn."

Anyone can attend the forum to share ideas for how UA students can be good neighbors and how the University can build and maintain strong relationships with surrounding neighborhoods.

Speakers at the event will include representatives from UA Community Relations, the UA Dean of Students Office, the City Attorney's Office, Tucson Police Department and campus-area neighborhood associations. Tucson City Council member Steve Kozachik will moderate the panel.

"This is an opportunity for people to come together and have their questions answered," said Chrissy Lieberman, UA associate dean of students. "It's important that the community understands what the University needs to know to be proactive in addressing our students' behavior off campus."

The UA already has a number of initiatives in place to support good University-neighborhood relations.

As part of a "Good Neighbors" initiative, Community Relations representatives routinely go door-to-door in campus-area neighborhoods, distributing information to student and non-student residents.

Students are educated, for example, about "red tags," which the Tucson Police Department may issue to residences after a noise complaint. Non-student residents receive letters informing them that UA students live nearby and are told about resources they can turn to — such as UA Community Relations and the UA Dean of Students Office — in the event of an issue involving students.

This fall, UA Community Relations also launched a 24-hour Neighborhood Hotline that residents can call if they have concerns or questions involving their UA student neighbors. That number is 520-282-3649.

When a behavioral issue does arise involving a student living in a campus-area neighborhood, the issue may be reported to the Dean of Students Office online if the name of the student in question is known.

The Dean of Students Office investigates all reported incidents to determine if a student is in violation of the Student Code of Conduct, which does apply in certain off-campus instances, Lieberman said.

If found to be in violation of the code, a student may be subject to disciplinary action ranging from a warning to suspension or expulsion in severe cases. The Dean of Students Office also works to connect students with resources to help educate them on how to be better citizens. (Details on the Student Code of Content process are available here.)

For questions about Monday's forum, contact Mary Laughbaum with UA Community Relations at marylaughbaum@email.arizona.edu or call the UA Neighborhood hotline at 520-282-3649.