Fairfield University’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) ticketed thirty-four student vehicles that were parked outside of Barnyard Manor’s 21 block (lot B-2) on Monday morning, according to Associate Director of Public Safety, Keith Broderick.

The majority of ticketed student vehicles had pink parking passes displayed on their windshields, which are designated for students living in Barnyard, as noted on the University’s parking permit portal. 

Pictured above is Fairfield University’s campus parking map for the 2023-24 year, color coded by parking zones. Parking lots surrounding Barnyard Manor are circled in red.

Although the pink pass is acceptable for the A-2, A-4 and A-3 lots surrounding the back and right side of the Barnyard townhouses, the larger B-2 lot directly in front of the manor is marked as a green lot. Green passes are sold to off-campus commuters, graduates and students from the Bellarmine campus.

Barnyard Manor is primarily a senior residence for those who choose to stay on campus. 

Associate Vice President of Public Safety, Chief John DeAngelis, says that the office designated lot B-2 as green after receiving notice that commuter students did not have enough access to parking near their classes. 

Lot B-3 by the Dolan School of Business would quickly fill up with commuter students’ vehicles. In response, the office decided to grant commuter students  parking access across the street at Barnyard as well, according to DeAngelis. 

Many students living in Barnyard expressed confusion and frustration about their restricted access to the larger parking lot in front of their residences. 

“If beach students have to drive to school to park anyways, why can’t they park a little bit farther away at the Media Center? They have access to many lots around campus; it seems a little unfair,” says Allie Emanuel ‘24. 

Another senior student shares her difficulty with parking whilst living in 21 block.

“It’s very difficult to carry my groceries up the hill from the Media Center to the front of Barnyard. Also, when it’s dark I get nervous parking so far away,” says Teresa Sarubbi ‘24. 

DPS encourages students who were ticketed to check out the appeal option that is available. Students can appeal their tickets within 10 days of reception by picking up and filling out an appeal form from the parking office in Loyola Hall. 

“We’re gracious—people make mistakes,” says Broderick. “Compliance is the biggest thing.” 

D’Angelis said it’s possible that lot B-2 could be accessible to students with pink parking passes as well in the future. He followed by saying that DPS uses student appeals from each year as a guideline for parking reassessments.

DeAngelis notes that parking ticket revenue doesn’t benefit DPS and money is of no concern. Rather, with limited parking on campus, it’s about ensuring there are enough parking spaces available in designated areas for those who need them.

“There’s a lot of back and forth and competing interests for space between students, faculty and staff,” said DeAngelis. “We hope to write as few parking citations for students as possible.”

Broderick commented on the impact that new and ongoing construction around campus has had on parking issues for students and faculty.

“From the people I’ve talked to, it’s a common problem that universities face,” he says. “When you’re putting up buildings and trying to get kids and put up dorms—what’s last? Parking.”

Students with further questions about permits and lot access are encouraged to visit the parking office in Loyola Hall. 

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