GALLUP - Parking permits are on the way for faculty, staff and students at the University of New Mexico-Gallup.
"The permits are here and the registration cards have been ordered," said Interim Director of Student Services Zeke Garcia, adding that the new parking rules will be in place for the fall semester, which starts August 22.
The parking permits are just one phase of an effort by administration to provide better security on campus. They will facilitate citation enforcement for a variety of infractions, from parking in handicapped spaces to parking anywhere other than designated spaces.
The impetus behind the parking permits was the Clery Act, said Garcia. The Federal Government passed the act, also known as the Campus Security Act, in 1986 in response to the death of a student named Jeanne Clery in a college dorm. The act requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses.
"Part of complying with this legislation is regulating parking so that we know who's on campus," Garcia said.
The parking permit system was recommended by a 2009 study that projected campus growth and that also addressed issues of emergency and disaster planning.
Visitor parking spaces will be designated in certain areas of the parking lots, and visitors may obtain one-day passes.
For now, the parking permits will be free for university employees and students, although that may change next year.