Stop UNH Parking Enforcement Policy Change
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During the third week of August, it came to the attention of the UNH Student Body that the parking enforcement policy of several visitor lots is to change effective August 25th, 2017. The major parking lots affected by these change are C-Lot, H-Lot, Edgewood (Hamel Recreation Center), Sage Way, and Thompson Lot.
The major changes to the norm include:
- Ticketing between the hours of 7am-9pm (+3hr)
- Ticketing 7 days per week
- Various rate increases
This is opposed to the normal enforcement ending at 6pm (save the winter parking ban) and parking free on the weekends.
The announcement of these changes led to the outrage of many UNH students on social media, and rising worry to the inconvenience and routine change caused during the academic year. All departments of the University of New Hampshire must reflect the best interest of the student whose tuition is their funding. Parking & Transportation is still within UNH, and this change to policy benefits only their department and not the student community. This decision was sourced internally with seemingly no democratic discussion among those who it affects.
The problems these changes will cause:
- Reduced student access to the Holloway Commons dining hall past 6pm
- Reduced student access to the Hamel Recreation Center past 6pm
- Reduced student access to extracurricular activities/academic conference held in the Memorial Union Building (MUB) past 6pm
- Inability for long distance friends and family to reasonably visit for weekends
- Inability to store vehicles during weekend travel for extracurricular activities
Among these issues, many more will arise contrary to any perceived benefit of the policy changes.
The demand of this proposal is simply to keep the regulations, times, and pricing the same, for no new signs or equipment to be installed in these lots, and for future decisions to be in benefit of the students. Endorsing this petition with your support will signify you as a UNH Student or affiliate who feels misrepresented by the university governance and that you will not be satisfied with changes lacking explanation.
The full list of parking changes can be viewed here - Visitor Parking Policy Change
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