Local committee working to improve relations between off-campus students, neighbours
SACKVILLE, N.B. –A local community working group that has been established to improve relations between off-campus students and their neighbours will be taking steps this fall to do just that.
Jamie Burke, Sackville’s senior manager of corporate projects, said the committee has been looking at a number of ways to get Mount Allison University, its student body and the community engaged and working together to improve residential living in local neighbourhoods.
Burke said the first step will be educating incoming students as well as reminding returning students during orientation week about their rights and responsibilities if they opt for off-campus living.
He also said the committee is looking at the potential to build on the “community barbecues” like the ones that have been held in the past when students and local residents come together in a neighbourhood for a meal and some camaraderie.
Burke said the committee is also exploring the potential for restorative justice sessions if there continue to be issues in some neighbourhoods, particularly when it comes to curbing noisy parties and disturbances.
Coun. Shawn Mesheau said he was glad to see the group is formulating a plan.
“It’s nice to see this progress ... to take the next step,” he said.