Baltimore County Has a New Law Targeting ‘Unruly’ College Parties

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Let's make sure this doesn't get unruly.
Let’s make sure this doesn’t get unruly.

With the new school year at Towson University and UMBC comes a new way for people to crack down on college parties.

According to the Baltimore Sun, the Baltimore County Council passed an ordinance this year addressing parties in the areas near colleges. The Social Host–Unruly Social Gatherings ordinance makes both tenants and landlords liable for parties of more than four people that “results in a substantial disturbance of the peace.”

The ordinance itself has a laundry list of violations that fall into this category, such as underage drinking, public drunkenness, overcrowding and public urination.

The law is being “piloted” in the neighborhoods near Towson University and UMBC, which happen to be the areas where college kids throw house parties. Sun Reporter Jonathan Pitts provides both numbers and anecdotes indicating that it’s working in Towson so far. For multiple offenses, the penalties can be in the $500-1000 range. So if college kids are planning to get unruly, they might want to charge at the door.

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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