Rich Gray, UConn's chief financial officer
Rich Gray, UConn's chief financial officer Photo Courtesy of UConn

Watch out scooter drivers at The University of Connecticut.

The budget chief of the state’s flagship has launched a safety crusade against these operators — or, the “Rich Gray War,” as he told faculty during a meeting in December.

The so-called war is “a humorous phrase that referred to the enforcement of on-campus policies to ensure pedestrian safety and to ensure that the parking spaces for special needs members of the community remain available for the intended users,” according Senate Faculty minutes.

Scooters parked outside the entrance to the Burton Family Football Complex are in violation of new parking regulations. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

In August 2012, the university adopted new regulations for scooters that require students to register their vehicles with the campus and get a parking permit. The regulations also restrict where students can park on campus.

Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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