Closing time too early for some

Matt Weir / The Collegian

Graduate students and those who only take classes at night often have difficulties with the common amenities that other students have access to on a daily basis. Most offices, like the Bulldog Card Office, are accessible only during normal business hours.

Students working full time, because of financial constraints and other obligations increase the amount of students in night classes.

The Bulldog Card Office, located in the Keats Building room 103, is like most offices on campus, open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Students, faculty and staff pick up their Bulldog Card from the office which offers a multitude of services including library privileges, printing and copying, discounts on and off campus as well as many others.

“I commute and work during the day,” senior nursing major Jennifer James said. “It makes it difficult to get to the offices on campus before they close.”

Opening later and staying open later once or twice a month might be an option, James said.

“If offices in the Joyal Administration and others like the Bulldog Card Office extended their hours every once in awhile, it would help relieve the stress of leaving work early to get paper work at school done,” James said.

“At the present time we do not offer services outside of the [8 a.m. to 5 p.m.] timeframe,” the administrator for administrative services, Clinton Moffitt said.

Many services are offered online with different departments and offices to better accommodate students, but there are numerous requirements from the university that have to be completed in person.

On the Bulldog Card Office website, you may report your card lost or stolen, but you still have to pick the card up in person to verify your identification with the staff members.

The Bulldog Card Office manager Linda Simmons said she has not personally received a request to extend hours at the Bulldog Card Office.

“We are always willing to accommodate students and to meet the student’s needs whenever possible and in accordance with University Policy,” Simmons said.

Furloughs have also put a stress on students, faculty and staff. Simmons said the office may not be able to extend the Bulldog Card Office hours at the present time, because it would not be financially viable.

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