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Rhode Island ACLU Voices Opposition To Proposed Student Housing Ordinance

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island opposes a proposed Providence ordinance, that would limit the number of college students permitted to...

The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island opposes a proposed Providence ordinance, that would limit the number of college students permitted to rent single-family homes. The city council votes on the issue Thursday.

In an open letter to the Providence City Council, the ACLU says the proposed ordinance is too broad in its definition of students. The ordinance, meant to tamp down on excessive partying, would affect undergraduate and graduate students; meaning for instance two married couples pursuing PhD’s could not rent a single family home in the city.

Further, the ACLU, says the ordinance is contrary to Providence’s reputation as a  “robust host” to the city’s half-dozen or so colleges and universities.

However residents in areas heavily populated by college students, especially the neighborhood between Rhode Island College and Providence College, say incessant student partying and drinking has gotten out of control. They say this ordinance is just one tool to help stem that problem.

The city council has already passed the ordinance once, but the Providence requires to rounds of approval.

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Student apartments off campus, abut the Provdience College Campus
Student apartments off campus, abut the Provdience College Campus