Be a Respectful Neighbor

The following are suggestions to build a good relationship with your neighbors and foster a healthy community in which to live.

• Know your neighbors: It's always a good idea to introduce yourself to your neighbors, and to create and maintain a positive relationship with them. Exchange cell phone numbers with them and let them know to contact you if they ever have any concerns.

• Greet your neighbors: Demonstrate an interest in them. Make an effort to meet them and learn their names.

• Get involved with your neighborhood: Be an active member of your community.

• Lend a hand: Your neighbors will appreciate any help you offer, so look out for opportunities to lend a hand.

• Keep noise to a reasonable level: Whether you like to host social gatherings, listen to loud music, or play video games, you should always be aware of the noise you are creating.

• Maintain your property: Your neighbors care about the exterior of your home, and litter outside may make things seem "out of control." Make sure to keep your lawn and sidewalks clean and clear! Take pride in your residence.

• Take out your trash: It's important to know when your trash pick-up days are so that your trash is out at the appropriate time. Also, make sure that your trash is placed in appropriate containers.

• Be cautious when parking: Be considerate of your parking habits and avoid taking numerous parking spots, blocking sidewalks and driveways and always consider safety implications.

• Watch your speed: Make sure to pay special attention to the children, elderly and pets in your neighborhood.

• Keep drinking age in mind: If you are serving alcohol at your residence, ensure your guests are of legal drinking age. It is illegal to provide or serve alcohol to minors, and there are consequences for these acts.

• Host friends, not parties: Large parties create noise, trash and parking problems that your neighbors may not appreciate. Keep your gatherings to a minimum and at appropriate times.

• Take responsibility for your guests: While at your residence, your guests are your responsibility. Instruct them to respect your neighbors' property and the community.

• Report suspicious activity: One thing your neighbors certainly value is the safety of their community. Therefore, if you see any suspicious activity in the area, it's always a smart idea to report it!

• Respect local codes and ordinances: Be aware of any local codes and ordinances that may be in effect, as these were developed to protect you and your neighbor's rights.

• Remember to represent Duquesne University: Lastly, it's essential to remember that even when you're away from campus, you are still a representative of the Duquesne University community. Being a respectful neighbor will ensure a positive experience for you, your neighborhood and the University.