The Catalyst asked President Jill Tiefenthaler on Tuesday if she or the administration were in any way involved with the perceived increase in police activity at off-campus parties.
Here is what she said:
“There is no truth to the rumor that I and/or college administrators
entered into an agreement with CSPD to “crack down” on off-campus student
parties. I am told that CSPD officers have responded to an increased number
of noise complaints, which began a few weeks before the academic year.
Some of our neighbors are frustrated with noise levels not only from
houses hosting gatherings, but also from the number of students who travel
through the neighborhoods going to and from these parties. Of course, CC
students have a responsibility as members of both the CC community and the
broader Colorado Springs community to represent themselves and the college
well. I know that most of our students do this admirably, and while there
have been neighbor complaints, we have also received positive feedback
from neighbors who value having our students in the community. I hope we
can work with students to find a way to enhance relationships with our
neighbors. I have asked CCSGA to help students take a leadership role in
this. I hope our students can suggest ideas that balance their desire to
have a fun off-campus life while also respecting and enhancing the CC and
Officer Jason Newton, Campus Resource Officer, also told The Catalyst on Tuesday that local police have not been adding extra patrols or doing extra rounds in the neighborhoods around CC. Campus Safety this year, as it has in the past, continues to employ extra CSPD units on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from about 10:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m., he said.
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