Despite student complaints that they are required to pay for limited parking following a division between faculty and student parking lots on the school’s campus, President of the University of The Bahamas (UB) Dr. Rodney Smith clarified that the accusations are wrong, and said in fact, that no one is required to pay for parking.
“We aren’t charging any money for parking,” Dr. Smith said.
“We do have a policy, but we have not enforced the parking policy as of yet. Nobody’s paying for parking, no faculty no students. We’re actually exploring several options.”
Last week, dozens of students took to social media to complain about having to park at the nearby McDonalds or Wendy’s, due to a lack of parking space on the school’s grounds.
Some of the students noted they are also being required to pay a $50 fee that’s included in their tuition, whether they admit to owning a vehicle or not.
But according to Dr. Smith, the university is looking to make getting around the campus a lot easier.
He said the student government association is looking into a student shuttle, which he said, would allow for easier mobility on the school’s grounds.
Dr. Smith said a small portion of the complaints about parking were by students wanting to park closer to their designated classrooms.