EUGENE, Ore. — Students at the University of Oregon are petitioning to repeal the social host ordinance. They argue the Eugene ordinance is too harsh.
The students are fed up with the ordinance, and have organized a campaign to repeal it. They say it just puts too much of a financial burden on those who get violations.
“It’s a hot topic here on campus. Students don’t like it, but I think there’s a way to work towards creating a better community here,” said UO student Lamar Wise.
UO students are upset with how much money they might have to pay for a violation of the social host ordinance. The ordinance looks at curbing unruly parties in Eugene. And with the Eugene Police Department now enforcing the ordinance, students want the city to make a change.
“This is an ordinance that we think is targeted towards students. And we don’t think it’s right…and we want a more affordable solution to dealing with the issue of unruly gatherings,” Wise said.
The ordinance states allows the city to issue up to a $1,000 fine to those hosting a party. Students say college is expensive enough and want those fines to be replaced with a more constructive measure of punishment, like community service.
“If we’re talking about building a better community, then building a better community means doing service work,” Wise said.
EPD says the ordinance is designed to implement incremental fees, only issuing the maximum fine of $1,000 to repeat offenders. Students may not like the change, but EPD says it’s simply a matter of public safety.
“It’s really the behaviors that are causing the livability issues in those neighborhoods that we’re concerned with,” said Sgt. David Natt, Eugene Police Department.
Students say they want to work with the rest of the community to come up with a solution that works well for everyone. They simply think the financial burdens of the violations are too much.