The first day of the spring semester at Orange Coast College Monday brought fresh faces, new classes and gridlock in campus parking lots.
As students flocked to campus they were welcomed back with construction-filled areas and signs showing parking lots full. Construction projects and blocked throughways caused delays as students, faculty and staff tried to move in and out of the Adams Avenue Parking Lot.
Tempers flared as cars jammed the lot with nowhere to park and one way in and out. Some students reported instructors and students both late for class.
Parking is available at the Orange County Fairgrounds and some students said they went directly to the off-campus lots to avoid the headaches. Some students said they took precautions before getting to campus, including leaving their homes an hour early and preparing to walk a long distance to get to their classes.
The Associated Students Bookstore was also jammed as students stopped in to purchase their required texts. Officials said waits for books could increase for the remainder of the week but will ease off.
Campus Safety sent students reminders about parking rules for the first couple of weeks on campus. In its alert, Campus Safety said parking permits will be required starting Feb. 11 and until then students can park for free. The alert also said that students may buy their parking permits through MyOCC by going to the Quick Links tab.
Starting this semester, students can no longer purchase a parking permit for four hours. Students can now only purchase the day long passes for $3.