D.C. Official Code § 22-1321(d)Brookland/ Ward 5 residents, like homeowners and tenants everywhere are entitled to the *peaceful and quiet enjoyment of their homes*. That is especially so during late night hours when the vast majority of the world has to get its rest and sleep.
Disorderly Conduct/ Noise At Night
is unlawful for a person to make an unreasonably loud noise between
10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. that is likely to annoy or disturb one or more
other persons in their residences.
matters not whether residents are awakened in the middle of the night
by the shouted conversations or hooting/ hollering of just ONE college
student on the public sidewalk, or that of DOZENS of college students at
a group house party.
The injury (annoyance, disturbances,
sleeplessness, denial of healthy well-being, etc.) inflicted upon nearby
residents by such late night noise pollution is the SAME.
However, some at MPD -- especially in PSA 504 -- don't appreciate that simple fact.
CUA administrators have also not given much thought to residents'
rights to be free from a few CUA students' ultra-loud, late night
conduct, as well.
In repeated communications with both MPD and
CUA officials recently, I have found both to be mistakenly focused on
just one part of residents' problems with CUA students late-night noise,
i.e., disruptive student house parties. Both MPD and CUA are quick to
tout their reductions of disruptive house parties.
fine, to the extent that each has addressed that smaller part of the
late night student noise problem. However, both MPD and CUA ought to
show more concern about what they could do better.
organizations seem to be focused more on self-organizational PR rather
than listening to residents' concerns and understanding the additional
elements of said nuisances.
DC Code 22-1321(d) (Disorderly
Conduct/ Noise At Night), which has been law for over TWO YEARS now,
does recognize residents' rights to peace and quiet in their
neighborhoods and homes late at night-- as well as the injury and sleep
loss caused by such noise.
Chairman Phil Mendelson, the Council
and Mayor Gray deserve great credit for taking the time to understand
the problem, and for enacting that law on behalf of the health and
fitful sleep of DC residents everywhere.
Despite Chief Lanier's opposition to to that law at the time, her MPD needs to seriously enforce the Noise at Night Law now.
in PSA 504 or elsewhere -- PSA commands should to be more communicative
with residents and less dismissive of residents' noise-at-night
complaints. Also, there is no excuse for dismissive, discourteous police
service from any PSA LT.
For a number of nights now, a few CUA
students on Newton and Otis have disrupted long-term residents late
night peace and quiet, with shouted conversations, short remarks, and/or
hoots and hollers-- in utter disregard for the disturbance they are
causing their sleeping neighbors just yards away.
happened repeatedly-- sometimes repeatedly in one night at the same
locations-- on their porches, in their yards or driveways and/or on DC
public sidewalks, streets or alleyways. And it most frequently has NOTHING to do at all with disruptive, loud house parties.
It happened again, last night on both Newton and Otis-- within a few minutes of one another. One of the houses had just been warned of the same loud, late-night violations.
the noise problem is just as bad from a few on-campus CUA students passing
through in route to/from a popular late-night bar on 12th Street.
it is a well-known, common sense societal rule for almost all adults--
to be sure, many college students may be unaware of their off-campus
responsibilities with respect to area neighbors, as well as the crystal clear language of this DC law.
However, it is part of CUA's
responsibility to educate their students to their neighbors' rights to
late night peace and quiet-- and to make every reasonable effort to assure that CUA students comply with
DC law enacted to protect those rights.
CUA should find the resources to fund a serious PR and info campaign
(perhaps some of it jointly with MPD-5D)-- e.g. using off-campus *AND*
on-campus flyers, posters, emails, FB, tweets, etc. And there's nothing
wrong with a little sloganeering to help raise awareness and to get
compliance. After Ten,