Seeing a ticket tucked neatly underneath a windshield wiper can ruin any student’s day. But getting ten or more tickets in a year is expensive and becoming more common.
There were more than 70 students with vehicles who had ten or more tickets issued from the fall and spring semesters.
One vehicle, a Toyota, had the most tickets issued at 24 since Fall 2011. The Toyota driver racked up 11 no permit citations, parked in a faculty/staff lot five times, in the wrong color zone four times, and covered all the bases with a fire zone violation, parking across marker lines, improperly displaying the permit, and parking where prohibited.
Sam Houston State University officials said that they are not allowed to release names or license plate numbers of students with tickets. This information is protected under The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, or FERPA, according to David Kapalko, SHSU assistant director of parking and transportation.
The Houstonian believes it’s quite a feat to get 24 tickets since the Fall 2011, so the Toyota driver should come forward and claim the honor of being the most ticketed student on campus. Your story needs to be told.
FERPA restricted the search for repeat offenders’ names, but volunteers can come forward. If you received more than 10 tickets over the last year, we want you to hear your story as well. Contact the news desk at 936-294-1505, firstname.lastname@example.org or comment on the Houstonian’s Facebook page.
According to the SHSU Office of the Registrar, FERPA is a federal law that states that colleges and universities will maintain the confidentiality of student education records. This law also affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.
The law basically says that no one outside the institution has access to students’ education records nor will the institution disclose any information from those records without the written consent of the student.