Knowing the rules may be the
best help to avoid parking citations at USU
By Ryan Hall
December 15, 2006 | With so many dishes on a college
studentís plate, knowing all the rules becomes a challenge.
One particular challenge that can be overlooked is the
rules on parking.
According to the 2004-2005 Annual Report on the USU
Parking website, Utah State issued 19, 261 parking citations
last year. This is small compared to the University
of Utah which issued around 86,000, and is nothing compared
to Iowa State which had the most citations: 117, 500.
However, itís not important for the students and faculty
at Utah State to know the rules for the U of U or Iowa
Brain Alama, a sophomore majoring in engineering,
doesnít like the situation here at USU. "Itís ridiculous,
and when there is parking, itís inconvenient parking."
Teresa Johnson, Business Manager for Utah Stateís
Parking and Transportation Department, agrees. "There
is enough parking on campus at a reasonable rate. Itís
not convenient, but thatís how it is."
Johnson says it is the responsibility of the driver
to learn the rules and regulations of parking. She says
they try their best to educate drivers when they come
in to purchase a parking permit. Drivers can also find
all the regulations on the Parking and Transportation
Services Web site, www.usu.edu/parking.
The website is a thorough source for everything a person
might need to know about parking at USU. It has a map
of all the parking lots, a list of when all the lots
become available to the public, a link to appeal a parking
citation and many other links that would help someone
learning the rules.
In addition to the Web site, every parking lot has
a sign posted at the entrance explaining who may park
there and when they may do it.
Utah State has a "Wal-Mart syndrome," said
Johnson. People want convenient parking and lots of
it. According to the Web site, "Our management
is based on the philosophy of a parking triangle with
the principles of convenience, inexpensive and sufficient
at each point." The site explains that you canít
have all three. Parking will give you the benefit of
two at the expense of the other. For example: you may
have convenient and sufficient parking, but itís not
going to be inexpensive; you may have sufficient and
inexpensive parking, but itís not going to be convenient.
Most situations on campus provide sufficient and inexpensive
parking, but it is often inconvenient for those using
The parking department receives no university support.
All funding for the department comes from citation and
parking permits, said Johnson. They are required to
pay a $7.5 million portion of the new parking terrace
in the Living/Learning Center.
There are 10-12 officers who follow a regular route.
They check the safety of the campus as well as the parking
lots and give out citations to those who are not following
the parking guidelines and regulations.
If someone has a legitimate excuse when they receive
a parking citation, they may bring their appeal to the
appeals officer, Lee Gillenwater. At this point he has
three options. He may waive the fine, reduce the fee,
or enforce the fee, said Johnson.
An appeal can be made online which is convenient but
takes a little longer. It can also be taken care of
in the parking office located just north of the football
The parking situation doesnít have to remain a mystery.
Perhaps many people choose to take a chance and hope
that luck protects them from citations. However, the
best way to avoid citations is to know the rules, and
they are easy to find.