Carnegie Mellon University

The Word

Student Handbook


Members of the university community have a right to work, study, practice and live in an environment free from disruptive noise. Acknowledging our desire to foster a vibrant campus culture, which will necessarily involve some noise associated with campus activities, the following expectations are intended to guide thoughtful planning and decision-making by students and student groups:

Activity occurring on Carnegie Mellon-owned or managed property that disrupts the normal course of business or is otherwise disruptive to the university or surrounding communities is restricted during the following hours:

  • Monday - Thursday: before 4:50 p.m. and after 6:50 p.m.
  • Friday: before 4:50 p.m. and after 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: before 7:00 a.m. and after 10:00 p.m.

To fully support our vision for campus life, it is necessarily the case that some organized activities will merit consideration for exception to these articulated hours. Such requests are encouraged and should be submitted via this form to the Director of Student Leadership, Involvement, and Civic Engagement for review and approval.

Any time that excessive noise results in a reasonable complaint from individuals within or beyond the campus, the responsible party is expected to reduce the volume immediately. Failure to meet such a request from a university official will be referred for disciplinary review, separate and apart from any citations or other actions that may be taken by law enforcement authorities.

Any individual who would like to make a complaint about excessive noise is encouraged to immediately direct it to University Police, (412) 268-2323, who will maintain a record of the complaint in connection with their response.

Back to Community Policies