Community Letter Homecoming 2018

 Thursday, September 13, 2018

Dear Neighbour,

The University of Guelph is making a concerted effort to keep near-campus neighbourhoods informed about special events and activities. You may recall receiving a letter from me about Move-In Day and Orientation Week in late August. Now I am providing an overview of our Right Food Forward campaign and initiatives related to Homecoming.

Right Foot Forward:  Saturday, September 15th at 10 a.m.

Each September, the office of Off-Campus Living teams up with volunteers and staff, including City of Guelph representatives, Guelph Fire Fighters, neighbourhood residents, students, and University representatives to welcome students into off-campus neighbourhoods and to share information with them about life in Guelph.

This year our conversations with students and residents will include sharing a list of City resources that may be helpful during Homecoming and other times throughout the year.

Residents are welcome to volunteer with Right Foot Forward.

Party Registration

Students are encouraged to register any parties that are being planned for Homecoming with Off-Campus Living. Through the registration process, students participate in a consultation meeting with the Off-Campus Living team.  This consultation focuses on steps students should take to reduce their chances of receiving a neighbourhood complaint, a review of City By-laws and fines, and how to interact with Police and By-law officers. Registered parties are also visited by the Off-Campus Living team on the day of Homecoming.

As well, registered party addresses are shared with Guelph Police and the City of Guelph By-law office. Party registration does not provide immunity from an offence, but since 2015, parties that have been registered with the University have been 97.9% Noise and Nuisance Party ticket free.

Homecoming: Saturday, September 22nd 

Homecoming weekend is traditionally a time of celebration for University students and alumni and the Guelph community. Due to a variety of factors, there were more negative incidents during Homecoming 2017 than in previous years. During the past year, the University has been working closely with the City, including Guelph Police, to ensure a safe and successful Homecoming 2018.

We are communicating with students between now and Sept. 22 to let them know that our top priority during Homecoming is the safety of students, neighbours, and community partners.  Students are aware that we are working closely with the City, Guelph Police, and emergency services partners, and that consequences for troubling activities may include fines, restitution of damages, criminal charges, as well as charges through the University’s non-Academic Misconduct Code.

Guelph Transit on Homecoming

The Central Student Association and the Graduate Student Association have collaborated to sponsor free ridership on three Guelph Transit routes between noon and 7 p.m. on September 22.  The free routes include Route 57 U Ironwood, Route 58 U Edinburgh, and Route 50 U Stone.  One of the goals with this initiative is to encourage students and visitors to use Guelph Transit buses to move to and from campus on Homecoming.

Homecoming Activities On Campus

Community members have indicated that they wanted the University to offer more on-campus activities during Homecoming in hope to drawing students to campus for the day.  In response, we have worked with our many partners to provide a full schedule of campus activities during Homecoming.  Some of the scheduled events include:

  • 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Campus Community Pancake Breakfast in Branion Plaza
  • 1 p.m.: Gryphon Football Game vs. Queen’s
  • 2 p.m.: Half-time Concert – The Reklaws
  • 8 p.m.: Concert – The Glorious Sons with Shotty Horroh Opening, doors open at 7 p.m.

A Homecoming Community Clean-up event is also taking place on Sunday, September 23.

A full schedule of campus events can be found at the Alumni Affairs and Development website: www.alumni.uoguelph.ca/events/events-listing/2018-Homecoming.

As we work to ensure that Homecoming is safe and successful, we welcome your feedback about the effectiveness of Homecoming programming from your perspective as a campus neighbour.  Feel free to contact me and express your thoughts and questions about student activity in the off-campus community and our programs at 519-824-4120, Ext. 56276, or khofer@uoguelph.ca.

Sincerely,

Kathryn Hofer, MSW

Manager, Off-Campus Living    

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