Noise complaint - now facing massive fines

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My boyfriend, his friend and myself were in his room the other nite and at about 2am we got a visit from the wardens saying that they'd had a noise complaint at 1.30 from a neighbour. they then smelt that we'd been smoking an assortment of things in their too, and now, although they said they would let us off the 'herbal cigarrettes' this time, we have a disciplinary hearing and a fine of up to £100 each to face.

we weren't even making alot of noise - we've made much more than that much later at nite, sometimes all night and have never had a problem, or been told we were being a problem. the noise wasn't offensive on any account - my boyfriends flat is full of chinese and saudi arabian people, but the friend is pakistani so we of course weren't being racist or anything.

but what i don't get is why the neighbour couldn't of just come and have a word with us himself instead of being a right ******* and getting us in **** loads of trouble. if someone had come and asked us to be quieter then we would have been. we're now also worried about how much noise we can make cos it wasn't a late nite, and it was alot less noise than we've made at other times....how would you feel if you were us, or what would you have done if you were the one who complained?
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(Original post by mary21)
My boyfriend, his friend and myself were in his room the other nite and at about 2am we got a visit from the wardens saying that they'd had a noise complaint at 1.30 from a neighbour. they then smelt that we'd been smoking an assortment of things in their too, and now, although they said they would let us off the 'herbal cigarrettes' this time, we have a disciplinary hearing and a fine of up to £100 each to face.

we weren't even making alot of noise - we've made much more than that much later at nite, sometimes all night and have never had a problem, or been told we were being a problem. the noise wasn't offensive on any account - my boyfriends flat is full of chinese and saudi arabian people, but the friend is pakistani so we of course weren't being racist or anything.

but what i don't get is why the neighbour couldn't of just come and have a word with us himself instead of being a right ******* and getting us in **** loads of trouble. if someone had come and asked us to be quieter then we would have been. we're now also worried about how much noise we can make cos it wasn't a late nite, and it was alot less noise than we've made at other times....how would you feel if you were us, or what would you have done if you were the one who complained?
You probably didnt hear him knocking on the door.
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oh i think we would have heard...we didn't have any music on and we were only talking...not drunk or anything...and we heard the wardens afterall
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It's not much of a defence, is it? We've been noisier for longer on previous occasions.
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It's not much of a defence, is it? We've been noisier for longer on previous occasions.
Touche. I agree with you!
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It's not much of a defence, is it? We've been noisier for longer on previous occasions.
well why not complain on one of those occasions? when there probably was more reason to complain....
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If you've made a lot more noise on other occasions, maybe that night was the final straw for your neighbour.

And, by the way, 2am is a late night, even if not by your standards. It doesn't sound like you were being very considerate, although that in itself doesn't necessarily warrant disciplinary procedures.

Are the hearings and fines just for making noise, or for the weed etc too? "although they said they would let us off the 'herbal cigarrettes' this time, we have a disciplinary hearing and a fine of up to £100 each to face" makes it sound like the drugs are included in the things you're being punished for, and from the university/college's point of view that's perfectly justified.
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Just pay it, be glad they let you off getting a caution for the police for illegal drugs, or being kicked out of uni for drugs on campus, and learn your lesson for next time
Yeah, it's a bit unfair, but it's Sod's Law
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we've made much more than that much later at nite, sometimes all night and have never had a problem...

we're now also worried about how much noise we can make cos it wasn't a late nite, and it was alot less noise than we've made at other times
If you're constantly making loads of noise, I'm pretty sure thats why you're facing fines, not just because of this one time. Because it's all the time. I doubt your flatmates would suddenly feel the need to complain if it was really out of the blue.

When my flatmates have randomly had one late night and are making noise then I'll usually let them off, because I'm too shy to get huffy with them after 20 minutes of noise. If it's a regular thing then I would just complain. it's awkward doing it face to face.
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If you've made a lot more noise on other occasions, maybe that night was the final straw for your neighbour.

And, by the way, 2am is a late night, even if not by your standards. It doesn't sound like you were being very considerate, although that in itself doesn't necessarily warrant disciplinary procedures.

Are the hearings and fines just for making noise, or for the weed etc too? "although they said they would let us off the 'herbal cigarrettes' this time, we have a disciplinary hearing and a fine of up to £100 each to face" makes it sound like the drugs are included in the things you're being punished for, and from the university/college's point of view that's perfectly justified.
its up to £50 for noise, and a further £50 for smoking normal cigarettes inside too,

we're very grateful that we've been let off the weed, but don't get how they can complain about noise when there is constant noise from other rooms more often - we were woken at 5am this morning to people still partying hard and playing really loud music - obvs they haven't got in trouble so why did we when we were nowhere near as bad!
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It's not much of a defence, is it? We've been noisier for longer on previous occasions.
when did you become a moderator?
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Interesting.. did you not receive any warnings before being finned ?

My corridor kept getting complaints for noise and we got 3 warnings then upon being caught the 4th time by the senior warden managed to talk ourselves out of a fine.

All you can do really is protest that it was a one-off and it definitely won't happen again.

[Edit - to get out of the not being allowed to smoke rule, the defense of "We were smoking but have now stopped" actually worked :o:]
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One less noisey neighbour, ahhh *sigh of relief*.
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thats exactly the thing! no warnings or nothing! how are the wardens to know its a regular occurance? which it isn't...maybe once every couple of weeks or so cos we alternate whose room we're in
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Sorry 'Mary', but you sound like one of my neighbours, who i have complained about. He always plays his music too loud, sometimes until around 6am. I don't think he sleeps during the night.

And because the rest of my flatmates are morons who don't know how to cope in life unless they are in a big group 'chillaxin', they are drawn to the music like magnets ("OMG der is sum muzik in dat room its rli loud init *** on lets av sum fun!!!!1!" ), thus meaning that even if I do have the confidence to knock on his door, I know I will be confronted by about 6 people all drunk and probably drugged up to the eyeballs.

That's why I call security every time from the comfort of my own bed. :yep: I haven't even spoken to those noisy flatmates for weeks. Never will bother again, either.
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we weren't even making alot of noise - we've made much more than that much later at nite, sometimes all night
That is why you got the complaint - it was the straw that broke the camels back.
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well why not complain on one of those occasions? when there probably was more reason to complain....
Perhaps, just perhaps, the person concerned was happy to let previous events go without complaint on the basis of a benefit of doubt? I've put up with bigger disturbances on the basis of being Freshers' Week but I will resort to the porter if required. If that doesn't work then I will resort to direct action. They have been emailed about this five times and failure to read them is not an excuse as stated in our contract (at St Aidan's College, Durham anyway).
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You are in the wrong, so don't blame the guy who reported you. Pay up and move on, if you're stupid enough to continue being such a bell-end then you deserve to be kicked out.
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I think that you should have expected a warning for a first offense. How were you to know that you were being too noisy? I would certainly try and argue it, as you're looking at £300 fine between the three of you.
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we were woken at 5am this morning to people still partying hard and playing really loud music - obvs they haven't got in trouble so why did we when we were nowhere near as bad!
Last night was a Friday night. In your original post you said "the other night" so I would assume it was during the week, else you would have said last weekend. When people are woken up at 2am when they have a lecture at 9am, they're not going to be happy. Early hours of a Saturday morning people aren't going to be as bothered.
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