Brunel must speed up its pro­ce­dures

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

I HAVE noth­ing but the ut­most sym­pa­thy for your cor­re­spon­dent con­cern­ing the noise nui­sance be­ing caused by Brunel stu­dents ( Par­ties are OK but please set lim­its, Let­ters, Oc­to­ber 29).

As a mem­ber of Cow­ley Com­mu­nity Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion (CCRA), one hears of this sort of prob­lem time and time again at our meet­ings.

Brunel Univer­sity are well aware that some of their stu­dents be­have in an anti-so­cial way in their Houses of Mul­ti­ple Oc­cu­pancy and, to their credit, do log and in­ves­ti­gate com­plaints from neigh­bour­ing res­i­dents. How­ever, the in­ves­tiga­tive process takes far too long and as a re­sult the of­fend­ing stu­dents have usu­ally moved on or left the univer­sity be­fore the mat­ter can be re­solved.

Rarely, if ever, is any puni­tive ac­tion taken against of­fend­ing stu­dents.

The CCRA has raised this par­tic­u­lar is­sue with the univer­sity and sought to speed up the process, but with­out suc­cess.

Your cor­re­spon­dent asks what the an­swer to this prob­lem is and whether he (or she), should give up and move away. (I know some who have been driven to this dras­tic step, which is sad but un­der­stand­able.)

How­ever, be­fore tak­ing such dras­tic ac­tion, I would urge your cor­re­spon­dent to con­tact his/her lo­cal coun­cil­lors.

Coun­cil­lors from both Brunel and Uxbridge South wards have reg­u­lar meet­ings with univer­sity man­age­ment to dis­cuss is­sues af­fect­ing lo­cal res­i­dents, aris­ing from the large num­ber of stu­dents liv­ing in our area.

If more res­i­dents were to con­tact coun­cil­lors about such prob­lems, it might gal­vanise them to in­sist that the univer­sity speeds up its dis­ci­pline process of stu­dents who be­have in an anti-so­cial man­ner.

Swifter dis­ci­plin­ing of of­fend­ing stu­dents might just be the an­swer to this prob­lem that your cor­re­spon­dent seeks.

ERIC HEARN Cleve­land Road, Uxbridge

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