Out-of-towners looking to have a good time at this year’s Halloween festivities will find campus dorms and on-campus parking unfriendly to their visit.
University and public safety officials, including members from the Office of Student Life, Housing and Residential Services, Parking and Transportation Services, the UC Police Dept., Isla Vista Foot Patrol began finalizing public safety and coordination plans for Halloween in late August, also taking student suggestions into account. At a Sept. 22 meeting, two plans were discussed; one proposed by Housing and Residential Services and the other by Transportation and Parking services. Both attempt to dissuade non-university students from descending upon the campus community.
Carolyn Buford, Associate Dean of Students for the Office of Student Life, said the major events committee is focusing on keeping outside visitors from using the campus as a stopping ground for visitors in the interest of student and community safety.
Buford said arrest records for the past few years indicate that Isla Vista receives visitors from other states, as well as from other areas of California. These visitors constitute a majority of the area’s law enforcement problems during the celebration.
“The idea is that Halloween this year should be a local event,” she said. “The reason we equate locals with [being] safer is because 66 to 80 percent of all arrests on Halloween are non-UCSB students.”
Buford said she hopes a new plan by Transportation and Parking Services will help alleviate the number of out-of-town visitors who in previous years have parked on-campus when spaces were no longer available in Isla Vista.
Transportation and Parking Services Director Tom Roberts said the committee sought a way to prevent visitors from parking on-campus while still allowing UCSB students access to the lots.
“We were asked to contribute in a positive way to the safety and security of students on Halloween,” Roberts said. “That also means providing a safe harbor for student’s cars, and protecting the campus.”
Under the new plan, night and weekend parking permits, which are usually available at pay stations in each parking lot, will not be valid over the Halloween weekend. All students who want to park on campus may request a special Halloween parking permit for the weekend. Halloween permits will be valid from Friday at 5 p.m. to Monday morning.
Students can apply for the permit online at the Transportation and Parking service website. Roberts said the special permit would be car-specific in order to prevent permit sharing.
Students may pick up their special permits beginning on the Monday before Halloween. Transportation and Parking Services said the location for permit pickup will be announced at a later date.
Roberts said he felt confident the plan will keep non-UCSB students from parking on campus and will keep the campus safer.
“I’m not worried about our students parking on campus,” he said. “Our students wouldn’t trash their own campus.”
Buford said the events committee had similar concerns in mind when they decided to continue prohibiting students living in on-campus housing from having guests stay over on Halloween weekend.
Residential Life Director Charlene Chew-Ogi said this decision was consistent with Halloween restrictions in previous years and that university-owned residence halls have had a no-guest policy since 1991.
“We have this no-guest policy in support of the campus’ desire to give I.V. back to the locals,” Chew-Ogi said. “We don’t want to support having non-UCSB students here that weekend because it’s been problematic in the past.”
Chew-Ogi said residents who violate the no-guest policy would have to appear before the Housing and Residential Service Judicial Review Board, which will determine the severity of their punishment.
Buford said she regrets that, in the past, many students seem to have misconstrued the university’s efforts as an attempt to stop students from enjoying the weekend’s festivities.
“We’re not trying to tell these students they shouldn’t have fun, but the community is already overcrowded on this weekend, and it’s just not safe,” she said.