UNC and the Town of Chapel Hill saw 23 registered parties during the spring 2018 semester after the launch of their "Party, Police Free" program, which gives students the opportunity to register off-campus parties, and they plan to grow the program.
Aaron Bachenheimer, executive director of off-campus student life and community partnerships, worked with Chapel Hill to develop this program after seeing its success at other institutions like the University of Colorado Boulder.
Bachenheimer said UNC and Chapel Hill were pleased that students found out about the program and successfully utilized it.
Registering a party consists of two parts – registering the party online and meeting in-person with Bachenheimer to complete registration and discuss noise-prevention techniques and ways to create a healthier party environment.
Then, if the Chapel Hill Police Department receives a noise complaint about a registered party, a courtesy text message or phone call is made to the registered number. Law enforcement is only dispatched if a second complaint is made after a 20-minute grace period.