Many students are unaware of the parking regulations at the University of Connecticut. The most common parking violation on campus is not having a university permit, according to Dwight Atherton, manager of the UConn Parking Services.
“Parking Services enforcement officers work throughout every weekday. The [University of Connecticut Police Department] may, of course, enforce laws and University regulations 24/7,” Atherton said.
A common misconception about the rules on campus is that parking is free anywhere on the weekend. However, that is not true.
Parking Services states on their website: “After 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, and on weekends, permit holders and all others may park in any on-campus space not designated as reserved, restricted, or limited.”
On campus parking violation fees can vary from $25 to $150, depending on the violation. For those who are caught parking on campus without a university permit in areas where permits are required, they must pay a $30 fee (which has been the fee since 2013).
Kayla Kessler, fifth-semester Political Science major, is a commuter to the Storrs campus. Although she has never personally gotten a ticket, she said she has seen it very often.
“It is very common, people get them all the time,” Kessler said. “It’s called being ‘marked by the devil.’”
According to the Connecticut General Statute, the money that is collected from traffic regulation tickets on the university campus must go towards enforcing traffic and parking regulations.
Though this enforcement may be irritating to those who receive parking tickets, the money gained from the violations do go towards students’ education. However, the excess money that is gained must go towards scholarships or “for the purpose of library services or acquisitions.”
The University of Connecticut Parking Services Department uses the excess money from parking tickets and overall traffic violations for Financial Aid scholarship accounts. Last year the Parking Services Department transferred a total of $61,200 to Financial Aid scholarship accounts.
For the full list of rules and parking regulations, be sure to check out Parking Service’s website.