FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22, 2017
BLOOMSBURG— Bloomsburg University and the Town of Bloomsburg, Town/Gown Relations Committee, will implement two initiatives to increase security related to the annual spring event known as “Block Party.” The new initiatives include:
- Parking Restrictions – Bloomsburg University will temporarily close the Lightstreet Road Parking Lot and the ATM Parking Lot to all vehicles and temporarily restrict access to the First Street (Green) Parking Lot to permit-holders only from 12:00 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2017, through 12:00 p.m. Sunday, April 23, 2017.
- Residence Hall Visitation Restrictions – Bloomsburg University will temporarily restrict overnight guests in the residence halls to one visitor per student for the evenings of Friday, April 21, Saturday, April 22, and Sunday, April 23, 2017. A professional security company firm will assist in managing guest registrations and enhance front door security.
The Town/Gown Relations Committee also asks all participants to keep in mind:
- Neither the Town of Bloomsburg nor Bloomsburg University endorse the Block Party Event, and a large police contingency of both uniformed and plain clothes officers will be present.
- Parking Enforcement officers will be on duty, strictly enforcing all parking regulations.
- Bloomsburg Police will have a “zero tolerance” policy for all violations during Block Party weekend. Parents and Bloomsburg University will be notified of all arrests, and university students will be subject to discipline for violations under the university’s Code of Conduct.
- The Town of Bloomsburg requires permits for “social gatherings” of 150 or more individuals. Students are reminded that they can be held responsible for ordinance and crimes code violations that occur on property they lease or control.
- The Town of Bloomsburg prohibits open containers of alcohol in public rights-of-way.
- Control early in the day whom you permit at your housing unit and how many individuals you allow on the property. If you choose to have a DJ at your residence, expect that large numbers of people will be attracted to your location. The host is responsible for what takes place on the property and risks both fines and university sanctions for any violations.
The Town/Gown Relations Committee is a joint body comprised of five representatives from the Town of Bloomsburg and five representatives from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Bloomsburg University and the Town of Bloomsburg share concerns about recent Block Parties including safety, the large number of attendees, the number of out-of-town individuals participating in the event, and the reflection it has on both the university and the community. The Committee will continue to work together to develop new approaches.