Providence College Responds to Orange Sticker Policy

Nov 13, 2013

Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Providence College says it is following up with students cited for loud parties in the neighborhood around the college.

Providence police have started putting orange stickers on houses that repeatedly cause problems. PC President Rev. Brian Shanley says the college reviews police reports and considers whether students involved in the parties should be disciplined.

"If students are involved with off campus activities that are detrimental, we bring them in and we talk about it, so we are not laissez-faire about this at all," Shanley said.

But PC is careful to point out there is a limit to what the college can do in a neighborhood that draws students from around Rhode Island and even some from Massachusetts.

"When houses get in trouble in the neighborhood, we follow up as a school, and we talk to the landlords," Shanley said. "But I think it’s also important to know that it’s not just Providence College students in our neighborhood. There are students from other colleges, and we can’t do anything about those students."

Officials from PC say five or six houses have received orange stickers since the start of the academic year, and just one involved PC students. The college would not give details about any disciplinary measures, citing student privacy concerns.