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2013-2014 Annual Report
C-08 Parking and Traffic Appeals Committee

The Parking and Traffic Appeals Committee reviews the second level of appeals for fines arising from enforcement of the University’s parking regulations.  A person receiving a parking citation can first appeal to the Parking and Traffic Services staff, and if not satisfied with the result, can appeal to the Committee to consider their case for reduction or dismissal of the fine.

The Committee is divided into six review panels, each with six or seven members, and a mix of faculty, staff, and students. Each review panel considers a group of appeals, five to ten at a time, over a 2-3-week period.  The individual panelists use their UTEID and password to access the web-based site to review the cases. Each case consists of evidence presented by the Parking and Traffic Services Administration and the appellant. After reviewing the case, the panelist enters a vote to Uphold, Reduce or Dismiss the fine. The Chairperson of the Committee reviews the panelists’ votes and comments and makes the final decision on the appeal. There is no further avenue for appeal beyond this Committee. Generally, about three quarters of the Committee’s membership responds when asked to review appeals, and this produces 4-6 responses per appeal, enough to gain a collective sense of how each appeal is viewed by the Committee members.

To date, the Committee has considered 167 cases. Of the 167 cases reviewed, the following percentages recognize the Committee’s overall panel review outcomes.

  • Denied – Citation upheld              49.15%
  • Fine reduced                                    27.11%
  • Warning                                            13.01%
  • Upheld – Citation dismissed         10.73%

The Committee elected Michelle Habeck as Chairperson of the Committee for the 2014-2015 academic year.

The Committee Chairperson extends deep appreciation to the Committee members for their timely and thoughtful reviews of the cases this year. She is also very grateful for the support of Parking and Traffic Services staff, in particular Margaret Rogers, Matthew Enos, Paul Muscato, and Amanda Harkrider in the operation of the Committee.

                                              

Michelle Habeck, chair