OFF CAMPUS STUDENT SERVICES
BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR
As a member of the Bowling Green community, you will now have a new set of responsibilities and expectations that come with being part of your surrounding neighborhood. It is important that you demonstrate qualities associated with being a respectful neighbor and display a positive image of the university and its students.
Sometimes conflicts come up between neighbors. These problems usually arise as a result of poor or absent communication.
The most common types of neighborhood conflicts include:
- Noise and nuisance complaints, i.e. parties, vehicles, etc.
- Parking problems and occupancy concerns
- Animal disturbances
- Safety issues, such as speeding cars
- Property maintenance/upkeep (or lack thereof)
You can avoid some of the problems that by following some simple steps:
- Introduce yourself to surrounding community members by stopping door-to-door. A simple hello goes a long way to building relationships.
- Exchange phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and other contact information.
- Get to know residents on a personal level (ask questions about their interests, professions, and their family).
- Keep your property respectable – let your house be a positive reflection of the community.
- Remember to take care of your lawn and remove excess snow, or see that your landlord has arrangements to do so.
- Do not have an excessive amount of cars in the street.
- Do not leave pieces of trash around your lawn or front of house.
- Be considerate of noise, especially at night.
- Handle problems politely and maturely through personal communication.