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Expanded Parking Highlights New Campus Plan

Students will have more parking spaces to choose from this fall thanks to an overhaul of the parking rules and regulations undertaken last year.

Following the formulation of an ad hoc Parking Rules and Regulations Committee, Paul Ominsky, director of public safety, updated the campus’ policies with an eye toward improving and clarifying the college’s parking situation.

Letter to Students on New Parking Regulations

Many of the new regulations became effective on September 1, while the remainder will be phased in during the next 10 months.

With the new regulations in place, Ominsky hopes to reduce the number of parking tickets issued, he says. “I know it is hard to believe, but I would be happy if our officers never write another ticket,” he said. “My goals for the ad hoc Parking Committee were to create parking rules and regulations that made sense and were clear. If we were able to do that, then perhaps Public Safety would not need to issue as many parking tickets.”

Most notably, the new policy has expanded student parking spaces available, adding 100 spaces on the campus perimeter near the riding stables. Those spaces are available to students for $25 for the entire academic year. Also, several spaces have been painted on Paradise Road, which will be available only for students with parking decals.

The parking lot off of Mandelle Road (near the Quadrangle) has been converted from staff to student-only parking.

And in working with the Physical Plant, a plan was devised to increase the number of usable spaces in the parking garage during snow storms.

The parking lottery, which had become increasingly ineffective, has been changed to a graduated registration system according to students’ year at Smith. Beginning September 12, seniors can register their cars. As of September 14, juniors may also claim parking decals. And on September 19, remaining decals will become available to sophomores. As always, parking decals are not available to first-year students.

A Parking Appeals Committee of three members, including a student, will hear cases regarding parking fines.

In January, parking fines will increase and a limit will be applied to the number of violations students may accrue in one academic year.

To download a copy of the new regulations, consult the public safety Web site at http://www.smith.edu/pubsafety/.

9/8/05

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