Celebrating end of term responsibly

We know that the majority of you are considerate neighbours. However there has been a significant increase in complaints about noise nuisance to the University and Leeds Antisocial Behaviour Team over the last three years.

The complaints are from both local residents and fellow students. Most of the complaints received are about the noise from house parties.

We are working closely with Leeds Antisocial Behaviour Team, West Yorkshire Police and Leeds University Union to ensure that students end of year celebrations are done in a respectful way, without disturbing other residents. Please be aware of the regulations and sanctions at the disposal of the University and its partners against noise nuisance in the local community. 

Leeds University Union (LUU) are sharing advice for students considering hosting or joining a house party to celebrate end of year. This includes how to avoid impacting others and how to avoid disciplinary and/or enforcement action having to be taken. Follow LUU’s social channels to find out more.

UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS AND COMPLAINTS ABOUT NOISE

The University has a clear process for complaints about noise. So far this year, as a result of complaints received, we have formally met with 142 students to discuss their impacts on our local communities. We have created Neighbourhood Agreements to set out our future expectations on their behaviour, which if breached, results in disciplinary action. So far this year, 30 students have been referred for disciplinary action.

For severe or repeat antisocial conduct in the community, such as noise from house parties, the University will follow our General Disciplinary Procedure, and this could lead to:

  • A fine of up to £500
  • Disqualification or conditions imposed around a University service or facility
  • Ordering an apology to an aggrieved individual and/or compensation, and/or payment for damage to property
  • Suspension from the University
  • In extreme cases, expulsion from the University

LEEDS CITY COUNCIL SANCTIONS

Leeds City Council also responds to complaints about anti-social behaviour and noise nuisance through the Leeds Antisocial Behaviour Team. This academic year they have already issued 827 named Section 80 noise abatement notices and progressed with court action against 5 student addresses. A Section 80 notice provides an elected official from the council the powers to seize noise making equipment and can be executed without a court warrant. No notice needs to be given. You can find out more about this on the Council website.

West Yorkshire Police Sanctions

In order to provide a comfortable environment for all residents West Yorkshire Police will be using the below powers to ensure that all residents respect each other’s rights to live a quiet and private life.

Section 35 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

This is a power to disperse a group of people from a designated area with the authority of an Inspector or above.

Section 76 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

This provides an officer of the rank of Inspector or above the power to close a premises.

Last updated: 07/06/2019