BEGINNING WITH THE FALL SEMESTER 2017,

VCU will employ a No Car Protocol for first-year residential students.

RATIONALE

The university encourages the involvement of students in the first year on-campus experience, supports a pedestrian-friendly, residential campus, supports a reduction in the campus carbon footprint, and encourages use of alternate transportation.

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ENFORCEMENT OF PROTOCOL

Parking decals cannot be purchased by other students for first year residential students. Violations of the protocol are pursued through student codes of conduct and/or revocation of future parking privileges.


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AUTOMATIC EXEMPTIONS

Across schools that do not allow first year students to have cars there are certain exceptions. These exceptions include medical conditions, disabilities, employment, over 21 years of age, military reservists and other extenuating situations.

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PROTOCOL WAIVERS

Students who can demonstrate a compelling need or who would suffer undue hardship due to this Protocol can petition for a waiver. Waivers are reviewed by a committee of staff and students and will be kept to an absolute minimum.

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ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION

Getting around without a car

Freshman Residents have several options to get around without a car:



This protocol also supports the University's commitment to sustainable
practices by reducing the number of single occupancy vehicles congesting
the roads and polluting the air. By reducing the demand for parking on
campus, the University is able to use its limited real estate and resources
to better educate students and support student success.

  • The university encourages the involvement of students in the first year on-campus experience, supports a pedestrian-friendly, residential campus, supports a reduction in the campus carbon footprint, and encourages use of public and alternate transportation (Zipcar, public transportation, rental bikes, mass transit).
  • This protocol is an initiative to create a more pedestrian-friendly residential campus and help integrate new students into the campus community and culture. Reducing the number of cars on campus focuses a Freshman's first year experience on the variety of academic and social activities available on campus. Living without a car on campus encourages Freshmen to take full advantage of their unique campus lifestyle.
  • Parking & Transportation will not sell parking permits to freshman residents. Attempts to purchase a permit on behalf of a freshman resident will result in having any future parking privileges revoked for both parties.
  • To promote good VCU-neighborhood relations, residential freshman parking in the streets and neighborhoods surrounding campus is not allowed and may be considered a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. Surrounding neighborhoods with resident-only permit parking further prevent long-term parking.
  • Across schools that do not allow first year students to have cars there are certain exceptions. These exceptions include medical conditions, disabilities, employment, over 21 years of age, military reservists and other extenuating situations. Official documentation must be provided and reviewed before any exceptions are granted.
  • Students entering their second year (i.e. third semester) at the University are eligible to register a vehicle on campus even if they have not completed enough credits to obtain sophomore standing. Students who begin as freshman in the spring semester of an academic year are permitted to register a vehicle on campus for the coming fall semester.
  • Pre-college credits, advanced placement credits and CLEP credits, do not change student status as a freshman or first-year college student.

Students who can demonstrate a compelling need or who would suffer undue hardship due to this Protocol can petition for a waiver. Waivers are reviewed by staff and students and will be kept to an absolute minimum.

Waiver requests must be approved prior to bringing the vehicle to campus and in order to be eligible to purchase a parking permit. Your signature on your Waiver request verifies your understanding of the Student Code of Conduct as stated in the VCU Student Code of Conduct . Falsified information may result in revoked parking privileges or judicial action.

Please allow two (2) weeks for the approval process. Decisions determined by the staff and students who review are FINAL. Petitions for approval are not automatic and are generally given only when a student's transportation circumstances cannot be accommodated by local or campus transportation services.

Requests for Waivers based on part-time employment - Approval will be granted upon successful verification of employment and schedule meeting the minimum 20 hours per week requirement. Parking & Transportation reserves the right to verify continuation of employment throughout the semester. Failure to provide updated information may result in suspension or loss of privileges. Requests should include a signed, notarized letter on company letterhead from employer stating days and hours of employment and the employer's telephone number.

Request for Waivers based on medical reasons or a disability - Approval will be granted if the student provides the appropriate documentation to establish a need for this accommodation and registers with the Center for Accessibility and Student Success (CASS). Accommodations based on medical issues, whether temporary or permanent, also require a letter from a licensed physician indicating the nature of the condition (impact and duration) and detailing the need for the accommodation.

Requests for Waiver based on extenuating family circumstances - Approval will be granted if the student provides the necessary documentation to positively prove the need.

Requests for Waiver based on University obligation or commitment - Approval will be granted if the student provides the necessary documentation from a University sponsor/coach/instructor indicating a legitimate need. This letter should explain in detail the nature of the problem, the reason(s) for the student to have ready access to their own transportation and the time-frame being projected for this need.