What Would You Do?

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) found itself in the news this week when it asked university employees and students to park at remote lots and shuttle in for a week while the campus hosted several high school graduations. One employee complained to the local media that she pays $75 per month to park in a specific garage and shouldn’t have to relocate for events; she said the people coming to campus for those special events should be the ones in the remote lots.

“It just doesn’t make any sense,” she told a television reporter. You can read the whole story here, but we thought our university members might offer some perspective to the situation. Campus parking professionals, how would you handle the situation? Please let us know in the comments.

2 thoughts on “What Would You Do?

  1. When one purchases a permit they agree to the polices of the university and it appears they have a policy that states they reserve the right to relocate vehicles based on certain circumstances. This being said, one should have known up front that this was a possibility at any given time. Also, another way to look at it is those who are graduating may become students there because of the exposure to the university during their event, which as we all know in the university world, they pay our salaries.

  2. Like VCU, we deal with that as we host 28 high school graduations over a 13 day stretch, with two or three ceremonies a day. Like we do for major events, whether its basketball games, concerts, the circus, our graduations, presidential visitors, we email students and employees to let them know and give advice on how to avoid the traffic and parking crunch. We also open up reserved parking where we know have excess capacity, which is easier to do in summer. Except for reserved permits, we don’t guarantee a space in any particular lot, but work to make sure they do have a space. As Mike said, those guests often do become students, often in freshmen orientation by the following week.

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