"This is not a meeting to say 'You can't do this. You can't do that.' In fact, it's just the opposite," Sgt. Richard Cournoyer, of the Mansfield Resident State Trooper's Office, said Tuesday as he began his conversation with residents of .
"We want to give you guys some information ahead of time. We want to set out a set of expectations," he said.
The open conversation was just one of several planned this week in an effort to assist off-campus students in their transition to the Mansfield community.
Over three dozen residents attended the first session Tuesday, held at 5 p.m.
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Officials touched on topics ranging from police services, noise complaints, and the university's code of conduct, to Storrs Center, parking issues and crime prevention.
"Enjoy your time here," said Mansfield Town Manager Matthew Hart. "We're not saying not to do that, but do it responsibly," he said.
Following the meeting, students responded positively to the conversation.
"It was good information because this is my first time living in Carriage," said junior Ashley Dubord.
Junior Megan Kettell said she was surprised by the presentation's overall message.
"I wasn't expecting this," Kettell said. "I thought that they were going to be giving us a bunch of things that we couldn't do, so it was actually kind of a relief," she said.
"I thought it was pretty helpful," said junior Peter Alosky. "It's definitely good that they have these meetings. I definitely know a lot more than I did before and hopefully I won't get in any trouble," he said.
will also be held today, Aug. 29, at 5 and 7 p.m. and Thursday at 7 p.m. at the apartments.