Handicap Parking Policy
Prompted by concerns expressed by UNH freshman Sean Raymond and his
we completed a comprehensive review of the University's
system of managing and issuing handicap-parking permits. Although
showed that the current internal process is in full compliance with
laws, we agreed to experiment with a policy change.
permit applications must now be submitted and approved through the
State of New
Hampshire. We anticipate a much more efficient process that may be
to abuse. At the completion of the initial year, we will review the
and reevaluate the decision.
In addition, due to the discussions and insights offered by Sean,
we have been able
to identify and improve the condition and quality of
vans. As an
example, all handicap vans are now equipped with
wheelchair tie down
serve to better secure the wheelchair thereby enhancing
van tries to maneuver around potholes and or winter frost heaves.
Additional Accomplishments and or Recommendations
_Increased the cost of certain resident parking permits from $100
commencing in fiscal year 2002 and then, effective July 1, 2002, an
increase to $200. The incremental revenues derived will
and improve mass transit services now available to the
_Working jointly with the University's Survey Center a
survey was designed. A total of 807 people were
and staff and, 405 students including both commuting and resident.
The focus of
the survey is to gain a more comprehensive understanding
of the current
transportation habits of the campus community. Survey results will
be available in
_At the request of the Student Senate, the current Winter Parking
policy was reviewed and modified. In brief, the WPB will start each
year as early as
November 1st and no later than December 1st, depending on weather.
The WPB will
terminate on March 31st.
_The current University policy, and it's interpretation, regarding
issuance of parking permits to freshmen and sophomore students who
campus was exposed as a potential factor contributing to
capacity on campus. Because of these efforts, we have now
restrictive review policy between the Transportation Office (Dirk
the Office of Enrollment Management (Mark Rubinstein).
_At the request of the Student Senate, the Committee
voted to recommend
that the University policy regarding the enforcement of restricted
parking time be
modified to end at 4:30 PM rather than 6:00 PM in A Lot and B Lot.
would be effective September 1, 2001 and would be treated
as a pilot
be reviewed at the end of a one-year period. The change is intended
more parking options for students coming to campus for
In closing, I would like to acknowledge the efforts of
the Committee those being Lucia Verrier and Craig Trimbur, both of
represented our student population. Their enthusiasm was
contributions were important to the Committee's overall
school year. We look forward to working as well with
Kruger, Anne-Marie Olsen and Hayley Scott.
At the completion of your review I would be pleased to address any
or information needs you may have.