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LU Chief discusses campus parking issues

Although parking is a challenge, there are spaces available

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Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 8:13 pm

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY - It’s no secret that parking is a problem at Lincoln University. Many students find their vehicle windshields tagged with a ticket or worse – their car missing after being towed away. The Clarion caught up with Lincoln University Police Chief Gary Hill to discuss the issue.

CLARION: How do students end up with tickets or tow bills?

CHIEF HILL: Any of the parking signs that have the tow symbols on them - you can’t park there. The reason for that is because people pay $275 a year for those parking spaces. So, when the students park in those spaces, as far as I’m concerned that’s stealing. That’d be the same as me stealing cable from your house. They’re paying for this parking spot and most of them are faculty members and they do it so they can be in their class to teach on time.

CLARION: Students sometimes get desperate and end up using a handicap spot. This had led to some big fines and tow bills. Why do cars seem to get towed so quickly from handicap spots?

 CHIEF HILL: It’s against the law. Parking in the handicap without your vehicle being registered for handicap. There are lawsuits that come from ADA – by law since we are a state entity and get state funding, we have to have a certain number of handicap spaces. Of course, the students don’t know that, and we try to explain it: don’t park in the handicap don’t do this, don’t do that. But they get ignored. So, we have to start towing out of the handicap spaces. Especially when we have handicapped people calling us and saying, “Hey I’m going to contact ADA because I am handicapped and have no place to park because people who are not handicap are parking in our spots.” So, we are not only worried about ADA finding us, but a personal lawsuit by someone who is handicap, so we had to start towing. The school sends out an email every week for the first month of the semester saying students please don’t park where forbidden or your vehicles will be ticketed and towed. We even give like a grace period where we say OK and let people park wherever. Then after that time we start ticketing.

CLARION: What are the options?

CHIEF HILL: At this point students only have two options: Pay fines with the little money they possess or accept that you will have to walk some distance. There is an ample amount of parking on campus for those willing to travel a short distance on foot. Jason Gym lot is never full, and there are outer lots that lay almost empty. You can find a full list on the parking map on their website.

CLARION: Many students have complained that the parking situation is unfair and unreasonable. Students can’t afford the fines, and parking is very hard to find.  Final thoughts?

CHIEF HILL: I know students don’t have much money, I went to college too. I don’t like ticketing and towing people. We have tried to be reasonable, but no one would listen, so we had no choice. That is why we had to draw a line in the sand.

You can view parking information here.

Off Limits Parking: Handicap, Reserved, Visitor Parking by Young Hall

Parking Pass: $75. Available for purchase at the Cashier’s Office in Young Hall

Fine: $10 minimum. Can be waived by appeal to LUPD, but tow fees will remain if accrued.

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