Now That You Have Moved Off-Campus

Having a Social Gathering

Realize before planning a social event that rental communities have different rules built into your lease regarding what is acceptable. Be sure to check with your landlord or community office before planning any events.

Before The Event…

  • Plan to be present at your event the entire time. Do not leave the event.
  • Check with your roommate (s) about having the event.
  • Read your lease (again) to see if there are any restrictions.
  • Check with your property manager for party rules and regulations (parking, # of guests allowed, use of clubhouse, posting signs/decorations, etc.).
  • Make a guest list (stay within a restricted guest limit that is manageable).
  • Talk to your neighbors about your plans (respect their request, set a party time limit, do not party until late hours of the morning).
  • Invite your neighbors (if they do not wish to attend, ask them to contact you first if the party begins to disturb them).
  • Get to know your local city noise control ordinances (contact local law enforcement department or go on-line for information).
  • Plan your party to control noise, traffic, parking, music, food and drink, etc.
  • Inform your invited guests of the rules of the event regarding parking, illegal drugs, open containers of alcohol, firearms, extra guests, assigning a designated driver, etc.
  • Remove all breakable valuables out of the immediate party area (vases, glass table tops, sculptures, lamps, etc.).
  • Hide your valuables (rings, watches, chains, checks, wallet, etc).
  • Check for safety (working smoke detectors, porch/balcony capacity, fire extinguisher, broken furniture, slippery rugs, etc.).

During The Event…

  • Use paper and plastic ware for easy throw away.
  • Encourage guests to put their waste in garbage receptacles.
  • Avoid serving glass bottle beverages.
  • Check ID's at the door for underage guests. Do not allow underage drinking! Serve food/snacks.
  • Provide non-alcoholic drinks for those who do not care to drink alcoholic beverages.
  • Do not allow illegal drug use of any kind.
  • Lock doors to off-limit areas (bedrooms, kitchen, etc.).
  • Keep guests confined to event area. Stay away from balconies, porches, or the street.
  • Do not allow guests to take alcoholic beverages outside during the event or away from the party when leaving (Open Alcohol Container Law).
  • Never allow guests to drink and drive. Do not let them get behind the wheel.
  • Call a cab, a sober friend, or drive them home yourself.
  • If alcoholic beverages are provided, avoid kegs.
  • Periodically, check bathroom for water over flow and stop-ups (have a plunger on hand).
  • Call police if things are getting out of control or dial 911 for emergencies.

After The Event…

  • Clean up all debris/trash (especially outside).
  • Check to see if anything is broken or stolen.
  • Make damage report to property manager (as required).
  • Relax! Get some rest!

Possible Legal Consequences Of Hosting An Event…

  • You risk being evicted for violating the terms of your lease.
  • You risk being fined and/or jailed for violating local noise ordinances.
  • You risk being held accountable for personal injury liability.
  • You risk criminal liability for contribution of alcohol to minors.
  • You risk civil and criminal liability for the disorderly conduct of your guests.
  • Your guests risk fines and towing for improper parking.
  • You risk civil liability for property damage.
  • You risk criminal liability for underage consumption of alcohol.
  • You risk University sanctions for violation of state or local law.

You must be 21 years of age to purchase, consume or possess alcoholic beverages in the state of Tennessee. Open containers with alcohol are not permitted on public streets, public sidewalks, or other public areas. You might be held liable if underage persons consume alcoholic beverages at your event. Be responsible about your behavior and the behavior of your guests at your event.