Good Neighbor Guidelines

  • Get to know your neighbors: Introduce yourself to them when you first move in or early in the school year. Give them your phone number.
  • Encourage your neighbors to call you first if there are problems in your house such as loud music, litter, etc: Be respectful and responsive to their concerns.
  • Offer to help your neighbors: Help them, especially if they are elderly or infirmed, with such things as shoveling snow, raking leaves, or running errands. Good deeds cultivate goodwill.
  • Keep your yard neat: Mow your grass often, or if the landlord is responsible, make sure he or she gets it done.
  • Don't allow pets to run at large.
  • Tell your neighbors when you plan to have a party: Let them know in advance if you are planning a large social gathering at your house.
  • Have plenty of trashcans for disposal of litter such as cups, cans or bottles: Place a trashcan on the front porch or at the sidewalk so guests can discard their litter as they leave. Post signs about placing litter in trashcans by the front and back doors .
  • Establish a reasonable ending time to your event and have everyone leave at that time: Remember your neighbors may have to work or get up early the next morning (On-campus parties must end by 2 a.m.).
  • Be a responsible host and keep your guests under control: Keep the number of people to a manageable level. Large crowds can become unruly and difficult to monitor and control.
  • Be familiar with the state and local laws regarding alcohol consumption.
  • Have responsible and sober individuals available to interact with police or neighbors if they come to your home because of problems: All tenants of the house or apartment are responsible for behavior that occurs on the premises. Cooperate with the requests of the police or neighbors.
  • Inform guests about not trespassing on neighbors' lawns and not going to the bathroom outside: Make sure that guests park their vehicles properly.
  • The morning after a party, check for and remove any litter in the immediate area of your house and neighboring yards and streets.
  • Be familiar with the City of Salem Noise Ordinance.
  • Attend your neighborhood association meetings to learn about resources and activities.
  • Report crimes or suspicious activities to the police.
  • Make your landlord aware of any facility problems so maintenance repairs can be addressed quickly.
  • Make yourself aware of City ordinances that affect you: It is important to familiarize yourself with these laws The police are not required to give you any type of warning should you or a guest violate a law (see p. 2 for a partial listing of City ordinances).