While most Penn State employees are currently working from home, they're going to continue to pay for their on-campus parking permits, the university announced.
The university will keep deducting parking fees from the paychecks of faculty and staff who are receiving their full salaries. Employees pay $37 a month for a typical parking permit at University Park.
Penn State will refund the parking fees of employees who are only getting paid half their salaries, starting in May. The university announced in April that it was furloughing approximately 2,000 employees and paying them 50% through June. Additional layoffs have not been ruled out.
The university has said most employees will continue to work from home at least through the end of May. Summer classes are slated to continue online as well.
“Though many permit holders are not currently parking on campus, parking facilities are still being used by a number of faculty, staff and University departments,” David Gray, Penn State's senior vice president for finance and business, said in a news release.
“The costs associated with operating and maintaining campus parking facilities remain, as do the costs associated with university-sponsored transportation programs and other services that are funded through parking revenue. With the University deciding to pay all employee salaries in full through April – even if they cannot work -- parking refunds for April will not be issued," Gray said.
While parking fees will continue, Penn State has stopped deducting for campus recreation membership, according to the announcement.