“The university is very aware that residents of University
Heights are very concerned about quality of life issues in the
Heights, particularly those issues involving loud and disruptive
behavior. Over the past five years, UB -- working
with the City of Buffalo and the community -- has implemented
several initiatives to improve quality of life in the Heights.
"Together, we have developed programs to address student
behavior, promote safety, reduce crime, improve rental properties,
assist businesses and stabilize the neighborhood’s housing
stock. We believe these joint efforts have had a positive effect on
"The university welcomes continued discussion on how UB, the
city and community leaders can work together to pursue new
solutions and strengthen existing efforts to improve quality of
life in the Heights. UB representatives will be attending
tonight’s meeting of the University Heights Collaborative as
observers and will schedule a meeting with group’s leadership
before the end of week to review ideas generated tonight."
What is the university doing about disruptive behavior from
The university is very interested in the behavior of all
students, whether on- or off-campus. Each year, we provide
students with an orientation on how to be good neighbors and
respect the rights of community members. When students
violate UB policies regarding off-campus conduct, the university
has a formal process of review and adjudication that could lead to
disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion.
Students who violate a local ordinance, or any law, risk the
legal penalties prescribed by civil authorities and should be held
The vast majority of UB’s 28,000 students are good
community citizens who have a very positive impact on life in
"UB students spend more than $200 million annually off-campus on
housing, food, books, transportation and other items.
They volunteer throughout the region on many projects ranging from
community clean-ups to helping to care for the elderly to providing
free tax preparation services."
Why does the university bus students to the South
UB has been transporting students between its North and South
campuses for three decades. Many of these students rely
on the busses for transportation to and from jobs or for travel to
and from the library, which is open 24 hours a day.
There is an active UB police presence at the bus stops to
monitor the behavior of students who use the bus for transportation
to parties and bars.
After students go into the community, the university and Buffalo
Police have a memorandum of understanding that allows university
police to assist the BPD on calls to incidents in the Heights
Additional information about UB’s efforts in the Heights
and around the South Campus is available here: