In February 2006, University of Washington President Mark Emmert appointed a group of interested stakeholders to take a comprehensive look at concerns regarding the neighborhood located north of 45th Street, bordering the University campus. The president’s action was taken in response to long-standing concerns by neighbors, the City of Seattle, and students about uncontrolled parties, excessive noise, vandalism, crime and safety in this area. President Emmert’s invitation to the Work Group members acknowledged that with more than 6,000 University of Washington students living north of the campus, including approximately 3,000 in the Greek System, UW students are a significant presence in the neighborhood.
The report has now been published, and the recommendations are as follows:
- Develop an ongoing Committee and Create a Campus-Community Coalition
- Strengthen Police Coordination and Enforcement
- Re-Evaluate the Student Conduct Code
- Amend and Enforce Land Use and Housing Codes
- Purchase Property in the Area
- Establish a Housing quality Assurance Program
- Enhance Educational Efforts
- Develop and Support an Ongoing “Adopt an Area” Program
- Improve Safety and Student Welfare
- Encourage Communication Between Students and Resident
Read the full North of 45th Report and Recommendations (.PDF, 4.2 MB)
The University created the Incident Prevention Team (IPT) to patrol Greek Row and the adjacent neighborhood of University Park
These IPT teams are staffed by two UW Police Department (UWPD) officers and members of the State Liquor Control Board, as needed. Because the area outside of the University of Washington is the Seattle Police Department’s (SPD) jurisdiction, the IPTs operate under a mutual aid agreement between SPD and UWPD whereby SPD “invites” UWPD to work in their area of jurisdiction. Again this year, SPD has asked the UWPD to implement the IPTs in the area described above.
Patrols generally operate Thursday through Saturday nights. However, schedules are adjusted throughout the year based on demand and special events.
The Seattle Police Department has suggested that if you see something you wish to report to the police, please use the usual procedures by calling SPD’s non-emergency number to report any loud parties, noise complaints, etc. If it is an emergency, such as a life threatening incident or a serious crime in progress, you should call 911. If you have any questions about the IPTs, please contact Acting UWPD Assistant Chief Richard Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-685-2550.
More than 600 cubic yards of extra garbage are typically generated in the University District as students move out for the summer and return in the fall. Much of this garbage gets piled next to dumpsters and other places. In response, the University of Washington has sponsored efforts to keep adjacent neighborhoods clean during these times. The ìHusky Neighborhood Clean-Upî provides large dumpsters, reusable goods collection, recycling and increased garbage service for student housing.
This program has collected over 1,600 cubic yards of garbage in the past two years. Collection sites are typically located at NE 17th Ave & 47th St and 20th Ave & 52nd St. UW Panhellenic Council, UW Interfraternity Council, Seattle Public Utilities and Waste Management are significant partners in the Husky Neighborhood Clean-Up
A similar program is operated on campus by UW Housing and Food Services. Summer Scram allows students who live on campus to donate their unwanted clothing, books, food, and reusable materials to charitable organizations. The program also targets reusable materials found in the garbage each year during move out.
The University of Washington partnered with the City of Seattle and University District Chamber of Commerce to provide free Wi-Fi access along the Ave. The goal of this pilot project is to attract customers to local businesses and provide additional incentive to live along the Ave.
The University provides internet connectivity through its PNW Gigapop organization. The City purchased & installed hardware and provides technical support. The Chamber pays for electricity and pole rental. In the first month of operation (April, 2005), more than 6,500 people used the free access.
See a map of Wi-Fi coverage along the Ave.