By Asia Renee
There are a total of 277 parking spaces for faculty and 448 for students. With these spaces come strict parking rules, but are they always fair?
Faculty and staff have easy access to their designated area whereas students have to walk far distances to their residence hall.
Director of Public Safety, Chief Larry Woods, explained the reason for the parking spot regulations.
“Most students park their vehicles and do not move them for weeks. Some students are commuters, who come to the university on a daily basis,” said Woods.
Some students like student La’ Shawnda Rauch, psychology major, think it is unfair that the Thurgood Marshall Living Learning Center lot has been given to faculty and staff.
“I live in LLC and now I have to either park by Hansberry Hall or the Main Gym and that is not very close to me,” Rauch said.
Woods said that for faculty, they all work different hours each day and parking must be available for them when they arrive to campus, in order for them to teach their classes.
“They have the most convenient parking because of the location of faculty parking lots to each academic building,” Woods said.
Albert Bryson, catalog librarian, said that he thinks there are enough parking spots for faculty and staff. The only disadvantage for him is that the closest lot to the library only has about 15 spots, and when those are filled librarians have to park by Dickey Hall.
What happens if you park at the wrong lot?
According to Woods, you can get a ticket or your vehicle can be towed.
“Parking tickets are issued only as an enforcement tool, to encourage people to park in the proper locations,” Woods said.
Woods said the Public Safety department issues a lot of tickets because people will not park where they are supposed to if they don’t.
“I parked at the chapel for a few minutes while I had class, when I came out there was a bright orange paper on my window shield. I got a ticket for $25 dollars. I didn’t have that kind of money to just be given; I can hardly pay for my tuition. From now on I park as far as I have to,” Jason Dangler, political science major, said.
Alumni Jordan Drayton said “(b)eware, do not park in spots where it says RA parking because they will tow your car. It costs more than $25 to get it out too, once it’s taken.”
“If more vehicles were towed from campus, I am sure people would park in designated areas and there would be less tickets issued,” said Woods.
Both police and residence hall officers can issue tickets.
Students are allowed to park in lots K of Hansberry, H of ASL and N-lot Main Gym only.