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Parking and Traffic Appeals Panel

The committee as of this date has received 151 cases for review. Of these, 143 cases have been decided and eight cases are still under review, with decisions from committee members due by May 7. Of the 151 cases, seventeen were held over from last year’s committee.

The committee convened on September 8, 2003, with Professor John Butler serving as committee convener. At that time, the committee elected its chair. On September 17, the committee met with Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) officers, who provided members with University regulations and answered questions about the committee’s relationship with PTS. PTS officers attending were Director Robert Harkins, Assistant Director (Garages) Bobby Stone and Appeals Officer Jo Ann Scobee. Surface Parking Manager Jane Wilcox was on vacation and unable to attend.

At that time, the committee also elected as its vice chair Professor Elmira Popova. The committee also discussed how to handle second appeals. Subsequently, the question was put to a vote and the committee decided to adopt the same procedures as used the previous year, which consisted of a second appeal to a sub-panel of committee members, with a third appeal to the full committee.

The chair subsequently assigned committee members to six sub-panels to review first and second appeals. Each sub-panel consisted of a mixture of faculty, staff and student members, as equally divided as possible. In addition, experienced panel members returning from the previous year’s committee were distributed across the sub-panels as equally as possible. Each sub-panel consisted of a total of six or seven members.

Sub-panels received from four to eight cases to review at a time, depending on the current workload. Sub-panels generally were given two weeks to review cases and to make decisions. The chair voted only in cases of ties.

The previous year’s committee chair, Robert Koons, had attempted to implement a secure Web site to enable the transmission and coordination of cases among panel members. While he was not able to get the system to work during his tenure (see last year’s annual report for details), his plan was implemented near the start of this academic year. The new system is working well. Because of it, the committee was able to do most of its work efficiently, resulting in quick turnaround of cases.

The online system also may have helped alleviate another problem that Professor Koons noted in last year’s annual report regarding low participation of some panel members, especially student members. Perhaps because of the smoother system used this year, this year’s committee did not appear to suffer from this problem to the same extent observed last year.

Dominic L. Lasorsa, chair