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Student Government passes parking resolution unanimously

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Student Government discussed proposals concerning the possibility of expanding residential parking and alleviating violation costs as well as the creation of a graduate exit survey at their meeting Monday.

Senator James Morrison proposed a resolution to allocate 207 parking spaces for those who have residential parking passes, which was passed unanimously by the Senate. Morrison said he brought the proposal to the floor in an attempt to alleviate financial burdens on students.

The spaces on the top floor of the Speck garage are currently reserved for commuters, but will serve as residence hall parking if the resolution is adopted by Parking Services, said Lauren Stotler, student body president.

Under the resolution, students with residential parking passes will be authorized to park on the top floor of Speck garage after 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Current Bobcats with either a student ID card or number who receive a parking violation ticket would be eligible for a 25-percent reduction of fines, not including late fees.

Furthermore, according to the resolution, those who own a parking permit and are ticketed for specific violations may receive 50 percent off the ticket, not including late fees. Students with no more than one ticket may receive a voucher for $50 off a parking permit for the following semester.

Stotler and Stephen Prentice, associate director of Parking Services, are set to discuss the new legislation.

In addition, Stotler said Student Government is looking to create an exit survey for graduate students leaving the university. The survey, which is still in planning stages, will request feedback from graduate students about how the Senate can improve campus through legislation.