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University of Arizona students fighting red tag policies

Posted at 6:16 PM, Feb 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-17 13:07:20-05

University of Arizona students are fighting red tag policies that police excessive noise around campus. 

Students who get noise complaints from their neighbors could be left with a $500 fine and a six-month precautionary period with Tucson Police. 

U of A students are petitioning that City Council change that ordinance.

The petition has more than 760 signatures asking the mayor to stop what many say are unfair ticketing prices. 

But many community members around campus have applauded the red tag policy, but some homeowners say the enforcement has just gone too far. 

"There are some parties that are so egregious that absolutely they should get a ticket, but that should be the discretion of the police officer--it shouldn't be arbitrarily set," said Richard Studwell who owns property around the UofA. 

Officers do have some discretion, but students argue it's not enough, especially with such an expensive violation fee.

Students can also face academic consequences. 

The students' message is to rewrite red tag laws to take down parties, but not take advantage of the students.

They plan to take this to City Council once they get 3,000 signatures. 

To view the petition, click here