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Below is a list of questions and answers that have been submitted via OneStop by the staff at East Carolina University and have been reviewed and answered by the appropriate department. To get your own question answered, visit the Contact Us page and complete the form. Or submit an anonymous comment via OneStop using the directions on that page.


Suggestion
Many staff members have concerns regarding the cost of parking and the insufficient amount of spaces available for staff and faculty. There should be separate parking for faculty/staff and students. I know we want to 'go green' but I feel that for those of us who commute a great distance to work should not also have to pay a premium and then have to walk a distance to their building. What are we paying for?

Response
Thank you for taking the time to send us your comments. By state law, parking receives no state funds for operating, maintenance, and development costs. Parking is required to be self- supporting and to plan for the future. All funds to provide the parking service must come from parking permits and user fees. Parking permits are issued for specific zone areas that are for specific parking groups. Among these groups are Faculty/Staff, resident students, and commuting students. Permits are only sold to the maximum of 10% over actual spaces. 

All universities are faced or have dealt with the same issues on parking locations. As more and more central campus land resources are used for academic buildings and offices, parking has been pushed back to the outskirts of campus or even to off campus locations. At ECU, with the master plan, more parking will be removed from core campus.

ECU is offering green alternatives to campus to those who can utilize them. We are continually monitoring traffic flow and occupancy levels to adjust and more efficiently manage our limited parking resources.

I hope this has answers your questions. Please feel free to respond if you have any additional questions or would like some additional information.

Deb Garfi (garfid@ecu.edu)
ECU Parking and Transportation


Suggestion
I enjoy my job as a Housekeeper but I have a suggestion regarding the work shifts. I work every weekend and I feel like we have enough housekeepers so that we can rotate shifts and have off every other weekend, or at least one weekend off per month. Another suggestion is that instead of working 7:30 am to 4:30 pm on the weekend we could work 6:00 am to 3:00 pm. Thanks for allowing me this opportunity to make an anonymous suggestion.

Response
This has been discussed and considered a couple of different times over the years, and we feel this is the best and most efficient schedule to complete the desired results. We prefer having an uninterrupted and dedicated work force during the week as well as during the weekend. When you accept the position as a weekend Residence Hall housekeeper you accept it with the understanding that you will work weekends, with two consecutive days off during the week. Weekend employees have the opportunity to move off the weekend schedule as Monday thru Friday employees retire, leave, or are dismissed.

Carl Thorell


Suggestion
The first shift in Housekeeping is very short-staffed. We really need additional help.

Response
I agree, due to budget cuts the department is working with fewer staff members. The department is working on a daily task reduction that we hope will make tasks more manageable.

Carl Thorell


Suggestion
We have been told that trade department staff are not allowed to enter the dorms until 10:00 a.m. What work do they perform between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.?

Response
Although entry into residence halls is not allowed until 10:am (unless and emergency exists), trade staff can be assigned other tasks in non-residence hall buildings as needed to balance their time as well as staff may be performing activities such as planning work, ordering material, etc. Many trade staff also choose to take their morning break in their vehicle (as suggested by management to avoid travel back to the shop or dining facilities). The perception of trade staff not working could be a misunderstanding, however, if misuse of time is suspected, the incident can/should be reported to Ricky Hill 328-6776 immediately for investigation!

Ricky Hill
Facilities


Suggestion
There is horribly low lighting in the B lot across from McDonald's. I do not feel safe walking out there after I get off. There is also not a 'blue light' in sight from that parking lot.

Response
The lighting issue was resolved within a week of its report! There were some lights not working properly and maintenance staff repaired as needed! Blue Light Phone locations/needs are assessed by ECU Police and EH&S for proper/priority placement based on funding available. ITCS and Facilities collaborate for installation when requested. Blue Light Phone upgrades and locations are currently in the process of being evaluated.

Ricky Hill
Facilities


Suggestion
Why does an instructor use a text package that includes a 180-day trial of Microsoft Office 10, which has probably raised the price of the package if ITCS offers this program free to enrolled students?

Response
The Microsoft agreement was implemented late 2011 and the bundle with the trial version of Microsoft office 10 was put together prior to this date. We receive book orders directly from the professor on the materials they wish for us to order. The components in a bundle are typically free or a less expensive than if sold separately due to value pricing offered by the publishers. Please contact me or my director Bryan Tuten for more information.

Barbara Ward
Dowdy Stores


Suggestion
Faculty should be given parking permits for the summer session months.

Response
Parking and Transportation is self-supporting and does not receive any state funds. Our permit fees is the main source of revenue and is used to operate the office, maintain the parking lots, repair the parking lots, and to supply funding to both the Police and Transit. We are only able to realize 20% of the funds from parking violation payments. The rest is forwarded to the state for school funding.

In the near future, we will be expected to provide funding for a portion of the garages needed for ECU expansion and to fulfill the goals of the Master Plan. With the demands and requirements for parking resources, we are unable to provide parking at no cost. We are now reviewing other options for funding parking which now rests on the permits holders. We hope to obtain needed funds from all who utilize the parking and not just the permit holders. This would include guest, event, and any specialized reserved parking.


Suggestion
When faculty and students are on break from campus, make A1 zones available for staff to park for during these times. Spring Break is an example. Could you issue a pass with allowable dates that is good for use in conjunction with B1 sticker in the A1 lots?

Response
I will take this suggestion and review our ability to offer this benefit. I will need to review the number of B permits in relation to the available A permit spaces during the periods when the university is not in session. This review would need to take place during the next academic year.

Deb Garfi (garfid@ecu.edu)
ECU Parking and Transportation


Suggestion
I am new to the staff pool, but having come from another university campus, I need to express how surprised I am by the lack of parking for staff and also the incredible distances one must walk to get to their posts. Is there a plan for the amounts that staff must pay to park so far off campus to go toward an alternative?

Response
ECU has available parking but the key word is that we do not have what people consider “convenient parking”. People would like to see parking right next to their buildings instead of a short walk away. ECU has like many universities used parking lots as footprints for campus expansion and growth. There are buildings on campus that are now located on parking lots that has limited the spaces on core campus. We have available parking in faculty/staff lots that are located on College Hill, right across 10th Street and Core Campus. We also have parking available at 10th and Evans for persons working on West Core Campus. All Health Science Campus is located within walking distance of the buildings.

ECU does currently offer alternative transportation. There is a bus system that can be utilized if you live in the vicinity of their current routes. We offer both ride and car sharing programs. There are also bicycle programs and rentals. Information on these alternatives can be located at www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/parkingandtransportation/

Deb Garfi (garfid@ecu.edu)
ECU Parking and Transportation

ECU Staff Senate
Greenville, NC 27858
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