University Heights dealing with raucous student activity

Sep 9, 2015

Hundreds and perhaps thousands of students walked through University Heights over the weekend, looking for parties and behaving badly and noisily.

University Heights residents shared their grievances about student behavior at a Tuesday meeting.
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"It almost feels like there's a culture that it's expected that you can come into University Heights and party," said District Police Chief Carmen Menza.

"That's what we're trying to break down, the culture that it's not okay to come here because, you know what, as I tell all the college students: I say where do you live? And, they'll tell me in the suburbs or other parts of the city or other parts of the state. And, I say would this be okay with your parents if this was happening next door to them and the answer is always NO."

He says a special detail is arresting people and issuing summonses and the behavior continues.

Residents packed a meeting of the University Heights Collaborative last night to protest they aren't getting enough help from the police or the city or the university.

The city says inspectors are checking the overcrowded buildings. UB says it's suspending bad-behaving students and offering alternatives.