SPOKANE, Wash. – Washington State University’s Board of Regents approved a new schedule of parking rates and fines for the Pullman campus and design plans for several university building projects at its regularly scheduled meeting Friday (March 12) at the offices of the Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute.

The parking plan has been discussed with various constituency groups on campus in recent weeks. It establishes annual and daily parking rates for the next three fiscal years, adopts new hourly, daily and special-event garage rates for fiscal year 2005, raises parking fines in fiscal year 2007 and allows parking-rate increases commencing in fiscal year 2008 that would be no more than the increase in the Consumer Price Index.

A complete look at the parking rate plan is available online at http://www.wsu.edu/parking/rate_prop_03.html#links

The regents approved design plans for three Pullman projects – Building 2 of the Biotechnology/Life Sciences Facility Research and Education Complex, renovation of the Regents Hall dining area and the South Fairway parking lot and road – and for the preservation and partial renovation of the South Campus Facility on the Spokane campus.

In other action, the board approved WSU’s participation in a restructured agreement to operate consolidated Emergency 911 and dispatch services, and approved a proposal to dissolve the university-wide Student Government Council. Student government leaders at the WSU campuses believed the council, as constituted, no longer met their needs. The individual student governments have agreed to a new working document to address common issues.