It is not a secret that parking at West Virginia State University is the most talked about topic in Institute, West Virginia. Between professors’ parking, the lack of parking at certain buildings and the infamous parking tickets, it is no wonder students and faculty hate our parking system.
Personally, I don’t know what the issue is. WVSU is not a tourist destination. If you’re parking at WVSU, it is very likely that you are a student or a faculty member. This weird obsession with parking violations that WVSU has is beyond strange.
For example, if you’re a visitor at State, your natural instinct would be to park in the green visitor parking spots that are clearly marked as such. If you do that, you will get a ticket. Instead, you are supposed to get a visitor parking permit. If you are a visitor at our campus, how are you supposed to know that? As a student, I did not know that until last year when I was a junior.
The parking issues don’t stop there. The parking authorities will boot your vehicle. In certain cases, I can understand that, but it is a common occurrence on our campus. Many of the people who get a boot on their car are students.
I think parking policies at State need to be loosened up a bit. If State was in the middle of a major city, then I could surely understand. But it is not. We are in a tiny town that is primarily visited by State students.