Spontaneity may be the spice of life, but when it comes to hosting a social gathering, it is important that you develop a smart and responsible plan for keeping your party safe and under control. A key thing to remember is that as the host of the social gathering, you are responsible for both yourself and your guests. If you consider and apply the following information to any future social plans, you’ll limit the trouble you and your guests have with neighbors, the police and/or Monmouth University.
Noise has always been the number one complaint that neighbors have with one another. If your rental is making noise past 8 p.m., it’s quite possible that you’ll receive a visit from the police. Any noise loud enough to cross a property line can lead to a violation. In most communities, a first offense noise summons will cost you at least $300. This includes music, but also noise created by your guests when they arrive or leave (yelling, talking, car horns).
In all of the communities that surround Monmouth University, it is illegal for individuals to have open containers of alcohol on public sidewalks or streets, regardless of age. Open container violations will cost a person up to $500 and possible loss of a driver’s license.
Disorderly conduct can get you or your guests arrested and is punishable by fines ranging from $500 to $1,000.
Supplying alcohol to persons under 21 carries severe consequences both on and off campus. If you are caught you can be arrested for providing alcohol to minors and may face stiff fines, loss of license and possible sanctions from the University. If you are convicted for selling alcohol at your property, you could face arrest, loss of driver’s license and fines of at least $1,000 or more.
It’s important for Monmouth University students to understand that regardless of whether they live on campus or off campus, they can still be charged under the Student Code of Conduct for incidents that occur off campus.
The State of New Jersey is very clear when it says that alcohol and automobiles are a dangerous combination. If you or a guest is convicted of a first offense DWI, the minimum penalties include:
Wouldn’t it make more sense to have a designated driver, have someone call a cab, or allow the person to stay with you? As a reminder, the NJ State BAC limit is 0.08, but any amount of alcohol will affect a person’s ability to operate a car.
Your neighbors care what their neighborhood looks like and so should you. If you host a party make sure that the neighborhood is free of any trash that may have been left by your guests. Also be mindful of parking if guests are driving to your rental. Don’t allow guests to park on yards or sidewalks, or block the driveways of your neighbors.