Disallow incoming freshmen (Fall 2020) living on-campus to purchase parking permits
This year, Mines is waiving the requirement for freshmen to live on-campus. Therefore, it's understandable to allow freshmen who choose to live off-campus to have parking permits.
However, as confirmed with an email I've attached below, freshmen living on-campus will be allowed to purchase parking permits. As everyone knows, the parking situation at Mines is than optimal. The number of commuters, freshmen and returning students, will certainly increase this upcoming school year (especially with reduced dorm capacity). Sufficient parking space is an absolute necessity.
Allowing on-campus freshmen to occupy parking spaces indefinitely throughout the school year defeats the purpose of creating more parking spaces for commuters to come and go from campus.
In short, freshmen living in dorms do not and should not have parking permits when it is unnecessary for them and will indefinitely occupy spaces absolutely necessary for commuters.
@Levi, the off-campus freshmen should be allowed to keep their parking pass privileges. The problem is that ON-CAMPUS freshmen are permitted to purchase (overpriced, overbooked) parking permits. Nobody wants to push off-campus, commuting students out of the parking lots. Although, let's be real, we end up in town anyway when the spots are all full because you showed up at 9:02 am.
I entirely agree, freshmen who live on campus do not need to have any more access to parking permits than they already have. In the past there have been exceptions and that is fine, but blanket allowing all freshmen to get a parking pass should not be allowed.
Freshman haven't been allowed to park on campus in the past, and that doesn't need to change now. Parking is very close quarters at the moment. Yes, the number of students on campus will decrease, and an added benefit of having the new parking garage will help but it still doesn't change the parking problem drastically. Students on campus don't need a car, and if they do, it's a great motivation to make friends. There are also parking lots near Mines that can be purchased for less than a Mines parking pass, if absolutely necessary, and there are already exceptions for medical/health reasons.
Levi G. commented
But, if we were to keep freshman from receiving parking spaces, would this force off-campus freshmen to park in the surrounding Golden neighborhoods?
Further, if the freshmen were instead forced to live on-campus and Lady Rona puts us in a lockdown again, would the freshmen's money be refunded in the form of room and board credit? (Like a Mines Residence Life gift card) What would this do to the students that intend to live off campus the year after? Their investment would have been lost.