Drivers can appeal lot 8 tickets after changes in policy

Students have been receiving tickets in Lots 8 and 9 due to confusion about weekend parking policies.

“In Lot 8, faculty and staff parking becomes visitor parking on the weekend,” Kathleen Ragan, director of student financial assistance, said.

According to Ragan, students with decals for other lots are not allowed to park in these spaces. They get ticketed because they are not in the lot that they are assigned to, she said.

“The student parking section of Lot 8 is only for bearers of the Lot 8 decal,” Ragan said.

According to Ray Nesci, professional services specialist for Campus Police, visitor parking in Lot 8 begins at 5 p.m. on Friday and ends at 9 p.m. on Sunday.

“All of Lot 9 is subject to ticketing for the rest of the weekend,” Nesci said.

Jessica Hamway, junior exercise science major, received a ticket after parking her car in Lot 9 at 8 p.m. on a Friday night.

“I figured I could park there simply due to the fact it was a weekend and supposedly there was no ticketing on the weekends,” Hamway said. “I was furious.”

Jason Butkowski, a visitor to the College, was ticketed for parking in the designated student parking area of Lot 8.

According to Ragan, SGA was debating whether or not to open the student parking sections of Lots 8 and 9 to visitor parking on the weekend.

According to Nesci, the Lot 9 gates may open for special events on campus, such as open houses.

Confusion about parking policy in Lot 8 may have sprung from the policy that stood last year, before the lot was turned into a deck.

At that time, visitors were assessed a penalty of $50 for parking in a faculty/staff space. Only the student parking spaces were available to visitors.

If a visitor parks in a student space in Lot 8 on a weekend, the fine is $25. However, students are given a chance to appeal their ticket.

“With every ticket there is an appeal process,” Ragan said. An appeal form must be filed, and it can be found in the Office of Student Accounts.

Rather than appealing, some visitors decide to not pay at all. This may put them in trouble with the New Jersey State Police Department.

According to the NJSPD, Campus Police has “police powers” within the confines of the area of the College.

This includes Pennington Road, where Campus Police can ticket for parking and speeding, make arrests and do whatever the township police force can do.