Housemates Zach Rachuba and Jerome Allen were taken by surprise when a Chapel Hill police officer and the director of the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life and Community Involvement showed up at their door one Friday, seemingly out of the blue.
The visit from Officer Mike Mineer and Aaron Bachenheimer was part of an initiative to educate off-campus students on the town noise ordinance and to promote being a good neighbor. Mineer said reaching out to students has had a pronounced effect on noise complaint numbers.
“Since that has started and we have been religiously doing follow-ups, calls in the 2013-14 calendar year have dropped by almost 18 percent,” he said.
Rachuba and his three housemates received a noise complaint during a February party. The junior said he was surprised to see an armed officer and a University official at their doorstep nearly a month after the noise complaint.
“It was really inappropriate,” Rachuba said. “We don’t need an off-campus RA.”