The Committee on University & Community Relations brings representatives from each of the colleges in the neighborhood, PHNA & PHIG, Albany Police Department, NYS Office of Fire Prevention & Control, representatives from student organizations.
The Committee is chaired by UAlbany’s Executive Director for Community Standards Nancy Lauricella. Meetings take place on the second Wednesday of each month from August to May at 7pm in the Hanner Cultural Center at the LaSalle School (391 Western Ave, Albany, 12203).
This innovative Committee has developed several programs in the over 30 years since it was founded, many of which are still working today including:
- Off Campus Hotline: for residents to call to report disruptive students or difficulties with student neighbors. The Hotline is available to take messages around the clock, and UAlbany’s does a terrific job of working with residents and students to resolve differences. He will also pass on messages to the other colleges as needed. The Hotline is at (518) 442-5888. NOTE – For emergencies Call 911. To report a party or other disturbance call APD non emergency at (518) 438-4000, then call the Hotline.
- Off Campus Survival Guide: One of many pieces of information distributed to students to help them be better neighbors and stay safe in the neighborhood.
- Midtown Neighborhood Watch: A partnership between UPD, the Albany Police Department, the College of St. Rose Safety/Security and the Pine Hills and Beverwyck Neighborhood Associations which provides patrols that serve as “eyes and ears” for APD as well as disseminate safety information and tips in the midtown area.
The University at Albany has developed several programs to help connect the University, their students, and the neighborhood, all coordinated by Luke Rumsey at UAlbany’s Neighborhood Life, who also runs the Off Campus Hotline and the Midtown Neighborhood Watch. Luke also works with PHIG and helps to support our events and programs.
News and updates from UAlbany Neighborhood Life are available on their Facebook page.
The Off Campus Ambassadors Program hires selected students who live in the neighborhood to serve as University community ambassadors and campus liaisons with the residents of their neighborhood.
Off-Campus Ambassadors (OCAs) serve as a point-of-contact for student residents and neighbors on their block, share information, announcements and materials, and provide guidance and resources for off-campus students to ease their transition to off-campus living and to neighbors. OCAs also host programs to build community relationships in their neighborhoods and act as a liaison to campus administration and other external entities regarding concerns and issues impacting students living off-campus and their neighbors.