Suffolk University’s John Nucci, Vice-President of Government and Community Affairs, was invited by the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) to speak about quality of life and loud party issues as a result of students living in the neighborhood. Nucci spent about 30 minutes at the January 9th NEWRA meeting discussing the steps that the university is taking to control Suffolk students. View the above video for the complete discussion.
Nucci said that Suffolk responds to loud parties through a paid Boston Police detail that patrols the neighborhood on weekend nights when school is in session. A Suffolk University representative, Rich Grelich, also rides in the police car to take names for disciplinary action. Nucci said they take a strong stance against students disrespecting police or residents. The Suffolk car also coordinates with other local colleges, including Emerson and Boston University. If the loud parties are by young professionals, those cases are turned over to Sgt. Thomas Lema at Boston Police.
Approximately 270 Suffolk students currently live in the North End out of about 1,200 that live throughout Boston. Only about 24% of Suffolk undergraduate students are in university housing with a goal to reach 50% in five years. The increased percentage is intended to reduce students, especially freshman and sophomores, living in private neighborhood apartments.
Residents can call 617-549-7503 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reach the Suffolk 24-hour Loud Party hotline.