DEPARTMENT OF PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION SERVICES
TO: UVA Hearings Officer
FROM: ---- -------
DATE: December, 2003
SUBJECT: Appeal for Parking Ticket
At 4:44 pm on Tuesday, Dec. 2, my car was ticketed for being parked in a mulched area
outside my UVA dorm room. I file this appeal because the car was parked under special
circumstances which I believe should excuse me from the $30 fine.
First, one must understand the particulars of the mulched zone in which my car was
parked. The zone is part of a small parking lot sequestered away from virtually all
activity, except for that of some service vehicles which drive in and out throughout the
day. Those vehicles park in the mulch regularly. Also, the office that the vehicles serve
closed at 4:30 pm, fourteen minutes before the ticket was written. For the few minutes
my car parked, it caused no inconvenience to the regular users of the lot or to anyone else
in the vicinity.
Furthermore, I had parked in the mulched area not simply to convenience myself; I
parked there while performing important community service. Each Tuesday, I work with
an underprivileged child from the Charlottesville community through the UVA-
sponsored Big Siblings program. My little sibling and I were stopping in only for a few
minutes, and the opportunity to park near the dorm helped us enormously: the next
closest parking space was quite far away. I do not believe that I was abusing the parking
zone when I parked in the sequestered, unneeded and unused mulch area for this brief
period during my community service. In fact, I parked in the mulch to leave parking
spots in the lot open for any servicemen who might have been working late.
I understand that UVA has good reason to prohibit parking in mulched areas around
Grounds. And, of course, the officer who ticketed my car was right to follow his call of
duty. But while sweeping regulations can be effective on a general scale, they cannot
justly account for all situations. I parked briefly in this out-of-the-way location,
inconveniencing no serviceman, so that an attention-starved eight-year-old might get the
most out of his time with his “big sibling.” This situation should merit an exception to
the rule: for UVA to fine a student for harmlessly participating in community service
would go against the University’s proud spirit of giving back to the community.
I hope we can reach agreement on this simple issue, and I look forward to receiving your
Resident Staff, Humphreys Dorm
PS: I have enclosed the ticket information on the other sheet in this envelope.