Cooperative spirit of the GU Neighborhood Life Office
In August 2012, a Town and Gown Agreement was struck to create a more harmonious existence between GU students and surrounding residents. In response, the Office of Neighborhood Life (ONL) was created to encourage students to form good relationships with their permanent neighbors by adopting mature behavior throughout the residential community. Before the deal, students were a greater contingency from the neighboring neighborhood due to a lack of housing on campus. Now that additional dormitories have been built and renovated on campus, living off campus is seen as a privilege and an opportunity for personal growth.
ONL is located at 1301 36th St. NW and reminds students that in addition to their enrollment in Georgetown, they are also members of the local community. To reinforce this mindset, students are made aware of university policies and local ordinances. ONL director Cory Peterson has been with the program since its inception and believes the relationship between the two is evolving. “The ever-changing needs and priorities of the students and neighbors living in the neighborhood each semester brings a new challenge ahead,” said Peterson.
ONL will continue to aim to be a good neighbor in Washington’s oldest neighborhood by serving as positive outreach to the community and effectively conveying and promoting the message of good conduct and courtesy throughout GU’s student body. “The most exciting part of my job is meeting and working with new students and neighbors every year to make sure the neighborhood is a great place to live for everyone,” said Peterson.
The Student Neighborhood Assistance Program (SNAP) falls under the purview of the ONL and is in place to improve safety and assist students. SNAP vehicles respond to concerns raised by students and community members residing in West Georgetown, Burleith, Foxhall, The Cloisters and adjacent neighborhoods. Whether it’s a house party or an excessive noise complaint, they will address and report the issue to the Office of Student Conduct, who in turn will follow up with the students involved. Penalties are imposed on a case-by-case basis depending on the circumstances of the incident to students who violate the Code of Student Conduct.
SNAP can be reached through a 24/7 GU hotline by calling 202-687-8413. During the academic year, SNAP operates from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. There are also 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. shifts on Friday and Saturday evenings in early fall and late spring. On Friday and Saturday evenings during the summer months, SNAP operates from 10:00 pm to 3:00 am Each patrolling vehicle will have a SNAP sticker and a solid amber light.
Neighbors are encouraged to contact Peterson at 202-687-5138 to discuss GU issues in the neighborhood or by emailing [email protected] For more information, visit studentliving.georgetown.edu/off-campus.