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How to be the Ultimate Host

As a party host, you not only have to worry about yourself, but you have to also worry about your guests. The following tips can help you to be a proper host:

  • Make sure food is available for your guests.
  • Tell your neighbors when you are planning to have a party. Give them a phone number to call if it gets too loud.
  • Limit invitations to people you know and monitor who shows up. If you don’t know someone, don’t let them in.
  • Do not serve alcohol to anyone under the age of 21. You can be charged with “unlawfully dealing with a child.”
  • Have water and non-alcoholic drinks available all night.
  • Keep your guests indoors and monitor the noise level by stepping outside periodically.
  • Know the signs of alcohol poisoning. A person with alcohol poisoning cannot sleep it off.
  • Make sure your guests have a designated driver, or call them a cab. The host can be held liable for injuries caused by a guest who drives drunk.
  • Keep your guests off your neighbor’s property.
  • If the police get involved, be respectful and cooperative. Also, be mindful of parking. If people drive to your party, don’t let guests park on the sidewalk or grass, or block any driveways. You should also make sure to clean up after your party. Your neighbors care what the outside of your house looks like, even if your guests and housemates don’t. Clean up any trash left outside of your house as soon as possible.

For your safety please do not overcrowd second-floor porches and stay off roofs.

Code of Student Conduct

It is important to realize that in addition to abiding by community standards and local and state laws, off-campus students are expected to adhere to the University's Code of Student Conduct. Off-campus students may receive judicial sanctions from the University for behavior that violates the Code of Student Conduct.