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At university in Massachusetts, students pay to walk on campus


Sure, parking can be tricky on the KU campus, and it's pretty hilly. But hey, students, at least you don't have to pay to use the sidewalks.

That's what the students have to do at Worcester State University in central Massachusetts — sort of, anyway.

The Telegram & Gazette of Worcester, Mass., reported in a story (which I found via Inside Higher Ed) about parking and transportation woes at Worcester State that each student must pay a $72-per-year "parking/pedestrian access fee."

So students aren't exactly paying a toll each time they step onto the sidewalk, but they are paying a fee that the university uses for maintenance of walkways. Instead of allowing students to purchase a parking pass if they want, the university charges all of them for access to campus, whether they park or not. (The reason has to do with financial aid, a spokeswoman said.)

KU, by the way, uses state funds for maintenance of its sidewalks, through the facilities services department, says Donna Hultine, KU Parking and Transit director.

Submitting KU news tips to us is just as free as the sidewalks on campus. We'll even say "Thank you." Send them to merickson@ljworld.com.


happyrearviewmirror 5 years, 3 months ago

Make the street harassers pay to walk on campus! People who believe they are entitled to approach and mess with complete strangers are way too self-regarding and 180 degrees away from genuinely " being nice" or "helping".

Not everyone has been brought up to behave in offensive, scripted ways that add up to unconscious bigotry. Street harassers make KU unsafe, and the administration stoops to persecuting the victims.

Phoghorn 5 years, 3 months ago

Let me "help" you with some advice. Try getting up on the OTHER side of the bed tomorrow morning.

Tom McCune 5 years, 3 months ago

.....If you drive a car, I'll tax the street, If you try to sit, I'll tax your seat. If you get too cold I'll tax the heat, If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet.

Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman.....

The Beatles had it right almost 50 years ago.....

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