Parking for Mason Gross Students at CSB
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We, the students of Mason Gross Student Governing Association strive to serve our student body at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University to the best of our ability, by ensuring our community is inclusive and enriching for all students. It is therefore necessary that we, the students of Mason Gross School of the Arts proceed with a call for action by our University administration and Deans to take the appropriate measures to ensure Mason Gross students attending classes at Civic Square Building (CSB) who drive to campus, obtain convenient, safe and inexpensive parking opportunities.
Both the Digital Filmmaking and Visual Arts B.F.A. students attend a majority of their classes in downtown New Brunswick, Civic Square Building. Currently students who buy a student parking pass must park in the designated lots assigned to their particular pass. The closest student lots to the Civic Square Building are the designated to areas within the College Avenue and Douglass campuses. Both the locations of these lots are an inconvenient distance away from Civic Square Building. In an informal survey taken by 89 Mason Gross students who both drive to campus and attend classes in Civic Square Building, 39.3% of students do not even purchase a Rutgers parking permit. Instead 35% of students are paying 250-300+ to be able to park conveniently in order to attend classes at CSB and 42% pay for both a Rutgers pass as well as additional parking.
These Mason Gross students also have 24/7 access to Civic Square Building and both attend classes and utilize the facilities at all times of day. The survey found that 52% of these students are spending 20 or more hours in CSB and 93.3% take advantage of the 24/7 access to the building. As Civic Square Building is located in downtown New Brunswick and with 24/7 usage of the building, students also have concerns regarding public safety. The Rutgers University Public Safety claims they are “committed to ensuring a safe environment for everyone at Rutgers” and aims to “work in partnership with students, faculty and staff to provide a safe, enjoyable, and fulfilling university experience” (https://publicsafety.rutgers.edu). In our survey, 73% of students reportedly feel unsafe at CSB especially after sunset. Below are two student testimonies from our survey:
“I would really appreciate a parking lot for CSB. It would be amazing to be able to park somewhere closer, safer, and more convenient to my classes.”
“As a commuter student, I spend a lot of time coming to and from school. Parking nearby would be super helpful and really ease the hassle to allow more time spent in the building.”
The Department of Transportation at Rutgers states that they are “committed to providing all members of the Rutgers community with the best possible solutions for getting around campus safely and easily” (http://parktran.rutgers.edu). This means that Mason Gross students who drive to campus do not have the the same accessibility and privileges as Rutgers students who primarily have classes on the other Rutgers campuses. 100% of students who participated in our survey said they would benefit from a parking options located closer to CSB. It is our duty and responsibility as the Mason Gross Student Governing Association to properly address the concerns and public safety of our constituents. We hope to work with administration to ensure we remain inclusive as well as serve and prioritize all communities within Mason Gross School of the Arts.
Thank you for taking the time to consider our proposal, we hope that you will support our goal for a better Rutgers and Mason Gross community.
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