May 1, 1972.
On this day, IUPUI began to issue refunds to students for parking fees paid during the previous fall semester. The refund came about after an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) investigation prompted by students who questioned parking-fee increases after President Richard M. Nixon's nationwide declaration of price freezes. The president issued his Economic Stabilization Program during a period of inflationary price growth immediately after the Indiana University Board of Trustees ratified increases in parking fees. Under the refund, students would receive five dollars from their ten-dollar-per-semester fee to park on the IUPUI campus. In total, the university would refund $20,000.
IUPUI chancellor Maynard K. Hine noted that the students' appeal to federal authorities was "sound and justifiable, and the students are to be commended for their pursuit of equity." He added that "we consider this parking question now answered and we will make refunds as quickly as possible." However, Vice Chancellor Jack Ryder, responsible for administering the refunds, asked for patience from students.
According to the Sagamore, the IUPUI student newspaper, the IRS report noted that the university had reduced parking fees for some staff and eliminated planned increases in fines for certain parking violations, "even though this was not required under the economic stabilization program."
From its earliest days, IUPUI has experienced complaints and protests about parking. Even when oceans of surface lots characterized the campus, student, staff, and faculty groused about where and how they had to leave their cars.
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