Lead story in today’s Diamondback is about the Varsity, a new off-campus apartment building that is working to confront an infestation of jerks who put holes in the walls and vomit all over the place. You can check out general assignment reporter Teddy Amenabar’s story online, but here is the letter sent out last Wednesday by Varsity Property Manager Barbara Steinke:
From: “Barbara Steinke” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: September 19, 2011 10:52:47 AM EDT
SERIOUSLY!!?? While this letter does not apply to everyone, it does apply to some of you (& yes, you know who you are). My previous communications have been polite and informative, but now I’m forced to take a stronger approach, as some of you, and your guests, continue to disrespect this community and your neighbors.
Tearing directional and safety signs off of walls, stealing pictures, punching holes in walls, destroying exit signs, breaking glass in stairwells and hallways, vomiting in the hallway, gum on carpet, dumping trash in the hallways (just to name a few items) is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated. We ask that you conduct yourself accordingly and treat yourself, the staff, and the building with the respect you yourself want. Missing items not returned are now considered theft. If you have just been a procrastinator and have good intentions on returning the items, please make sure they are back in place by end of day Monday, no questions asked. This is your one and only opportunity.
If you are sitting back right now in shock and saying, “I am not causing these occurrences, but it was my guests”, know that you are responsible for your guest’s behavior. If your guests are engaging in inappropriate behavior, you will be held accountable for replacement/damage costs and/or asked to leave the Varsity. Upon signing the lease, you agreed that guests would be accompanied by a resident at all times. Guests found in hallways or common areas without a resident will be asked to immediately leave the building. Further, all guests should be signed in at the Concierge desk. Guest that are not signed in will be asked to immediately leave the building. Non-compliance means they will be deemed to be trespassing and not allowed back onto the property.
Much effort was put into providing you with an exceptional living experience. While we understand sometimes the decisions made the night before do not seem like good ones the next day, we will not allow the building to be treated in this manner at any time.
For those, who have been respectful of the community and policies we thank you. Moreover, we understand it can be uncomfortable being put in a position to report on your neighbor, or roommate, however, we built the property with you in mind. We are asking for your assistance by either submitting an anonymous tip or placing positive peer pressure on your neighbors. We will deal harshly with those who are caught violating our policies and expectations.
If you have any concerns or would like to report any occurrences, please contact the Management office or 24/7 Concierge desk. Again, we would like to thank those who are maintaining and respecting the facilities.
College Park, MD 20740