Neighbors hope new policy cuts down on noise

Conway, SC - CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Some neighbors who live near Coastal Carolina University hope a new policy of keeping second-year students on campus will help cut down on noise and drinking.

"Listen, I like to sleep at night," said James O'Neil, who lives next to several college students in Conway.

O'Neil said after moving to the neighborhood in 2001, the amount of noise and parking problems continues to rise.

"We've got a new group coming in now," said Kathleen O'Neil, who added she's lost sleep because of her young neighbors. "It's just hard to break them in."

As students prepare to move to campus for the fall semester, a new rule will be greeting second-year students. For the first time, Coastal Carolina is requiring returning sophomores to live on campus.

"We're educating students on how to become a good neighbor," said Travis Overton, an administrator with Coastal's Off Campus Student Affairs.

In the past Overton's department has handled phone calls from concerned neighbors who say the loud noise is a nuisance. Students who get arrested will often face disciplinary action from the university, as well.

In 2009, Horry County Council passed an ordinance that allows only four non-related people to live together in a single house as an effort to cut down on noise and traffic problems.

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