Monday night, the ANC adopted a resolution opposing G.U.’s proposed ten year campus plan. GM’s already taken a closer look at the enrollment section and the transportation section. Today he’ll take a look at the last section, the one regarding student behavior off-campus.
The ANC’s approach is pretty simple and concise: they simply stated that the measures previously taken by G.U. and those proposed are inadequate to address the negative impact that student behavior has on the non-student population.
The strategy being taken by the ANC is to put the burden on G.U. to develop a program that is adequate. And it further argues that if G.U. doesn’t present an adequate plan, the Zoning Commission should reduce G.U.’s student cap until their are fewer students in the neighborhood.
And what are the steps that G.U. has put forward which the ANC considers so inadequate?:
- Three reimbursable detail police officers stationed in trouble spots
- A second SNAP car at night
- Two G.U. staff members living off campus among the students to supervise them
- New community contract to be signed by all off-campus students
- Additional shuttles around the neighborhood to give students a ride back to the campus.
GM’s not really in a good position to judge the respective merits of each side’s case on this topic. He doesn’t live amongst students, and he doesn’t interact enough with students to know what measures are effective and which aren’t.
Many people make the valid point that not all off-campus students are causing a problem, and so you can’t punish all of them for the acts of a subset. Fine. But for the ones that do cause a problem, what will it take to stop that behavior? This is a point that GM really wishes there could be some common ground on. Some are happy simply to dismiss any and all complaints that non-student residents have and repeat the common refrain that they should’ve known better before they moved here. If that’s the position you want to take, then fine. You’re not helping, but that’s you’re right to be unhelpful.
But for those that do believe that residents of this city shouldn’t be subjected to unreasonable disruptions, regardless of which residential neighborhood they live in, what can we do to prevent that? This isn’t a rhetorical question, GM honestly has no idea what can be done to balance the students’ interests with the non-students interests that doesn’t involve one side telling the other side to go away. What would work?