Police from Central Connecticut State University and the city of New Britain are stepping up patrols in the off-campus area amid complaints from neighbors about rowdy student behavior.
"We want to be good neighbors and there’s been some concerns expressed back and forth. So both the town and the university increased patrols on certain nights," said CCSU Chief Administration Officer Richard Bachoo.
Homes near the campus become destinations for students looking for parties, especially on Thursday nights. Some are causing problems for neighbors.
"You’d see groups of 40 or 50 people walking up and down this street being loud, some of them knocking over trash cans, throwing garbage on lawns," explained Wyatt Bosworth, a junior at CCSU.
Those antics have angered neighbors and ended with some students being arrested.
CCSU students are trying to reign in their classmates.
The student government has launched the "Be a Good Neighbor" campaign, including the Twitter hashtag #BeAGoodNeighbor, in an effort to promote mutual respect.
"It means that you need to treat the neighborhood with the same respect that you want to be treated with," expained Brendan Kruh, the treasurer of CCSU’s Student Government Association.
It’s not just about educating students.
Junior Wyatt Bosworth, who is running for city alderman, said he thinks stronger enforcement of city ordinances would help.
"The city needs to get more involved and the university needs to get more involved," said Bosworth.
Students said they will be meeting with city and university leaders next week about the problems. They stress that a small number of students are responsible for the issues.
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