Campus security to begin putting car boots on unregistered vehicles

JOHN GALLAGHER

STAFF WRITER

Franciscan University’s office of campus security will be implementing a new campus-wide car policy in an effort to uphold its mission statement, which says that campus security seeks to “provide a safe and secure learning, working, and living environment.”

As of October 23, campus security will begin applying a restrictive car boot to the front tire on the driver’s side of every unregistered vehicle that is ticketed, effectively locking the car in place.

Michael Conn, director of campus security, stressed the regularity of the policy.

“It’s not something new,” he said. “We’ve done it for a long time.”

Up until October, the plan was only to administer tickets to vehicles; soon, tickets administered to unregistered vehicles will come with an unwanted bonus: the boot.

However, the procedure consists of more than the simple booting of a car.

“We do two different boot lists,” said Conn. “We do an unregistered list, and a hot list.”

He continued, “A hot list: after three tickets, your name goes on a list. I will issue a letter letting you know you have three tickets. Watch what you’re doing, or we’ll boot your car.”

He said, “The unregistered vehicle list: we’ll log all of that, calculate how many unregistered tickets each vehicle on the list has, and we go from there. Whoever has the most gets booted first.”

After detailing the disciplinary measures taken against vehicles that remain unregistered yet still acquire tickets, Conn was careful to assert the usefulness of the process.

“It’s not just so we know who the vehicle belongs to,” he said. “It’s in case something happens.”

He went on, “If something happened to my vehicle, I would definitely want someone to call me and give me a heads up.”

Conn cited multiple instances where circumstance entailed contacting a student via his or her registration information.

“Whether it was a flat tire, gas leak, fire, tree fell on a vehicle, registration gives us a way to get a hold of you when something’s going on,” he said.

In the event that a student car is booted, Conn described the process by which the boot is removed, saying, “As far as an unregistered vehicle goes, they come up, and they register their vehicle. They have to pay their most current ticket, and we will remove the boot for them.”

Despite the inconvenience of vehicle registration, Conn maintains its necessity.

“If you park a vehicle on campus, and you are not a visitor, you absolutely must have a parking permit,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a commuter; staff and faculty have a parking pass also. Everybody parking a car on campus has to have some form of parking permit.”

Vehicle registration is as easy as a trip to the campus security office in Assisi Heights, and cash is not immediately required, said Conn.

“It gets billed to their student account; the only thing we need from them is a current driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of auto insurance,” he said.

Dominic Clements, a commuting sophomore, believes the change will benefit the campus.

“Once everyone has completed registration, the campus security can operate under the assumption that they have every car on file,” said Clements. “It will make the campus a safer place.”

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