AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Friday night is the start of homecoming weekend for UMass Amherst. It’s known as a party school, but UMass Amherst is working to keep students and guests safe this homecoming weekend.
UMass spokesman Ed Blaguszewski expects thousands of people to come to campus this weekend. “The police will be out there directing traffic, whether people are coming to the game or going to the parade, etc.” Both Amherst and UMass police will station additional officers on campus.
“The university puts in a lot for our safety,” says UMass student Emily Pettigrew. “I see cops at the tailgates all the time so they’re trying to keep us safe here, and the guest policy ensures that.”
The University is also adjusting their guest policy for this weekend. Starting Friday until Sunday afternoon, each student is allowed to bring a maximum of 4 guests; however, only 2 of them can be non-UMass students. Off-campus students are encouraged to take advantage of the new Party Smart program, where students register their parties with the university and Amherst police. If police receive a call about your party, they’ll give you 20 minutes to quiet down or clear out.
Though the program is just weeks new, Elizabeth King says this and other measures over the weekend will maintain student safety. “I think it’ll be under control,” says King. “People are getting really smart and with the university watching us all the time, it’s not a bad thing, it’s actually a good thing. We actually have some safety put in for our own sake.”
Amherst police officer Daniel Welch told 22News 14 parties have been registered for Friday, and 11 on Saturday.