ANDERSON, SC (WSPA) - It's a new year for students at Anderson University and some are questioning changes to the parking lots for commuters.
The issue for students and their parents is that where commuters were told to park is nearly three blocks away from campus with no sidewalks or lighting.
They said this new parking system just went into effect this semester because the campus population is growing with roughly 3,500 students. Now the university reports 800 of them are commuters so they designated three new lots for those drivers, but many of the students 7News talked to said the options are just too far from campus with no access to the transit.
For those that have night classes, they said they are walking in the dark with no emergency call boxes around in case something were to happen.
"This is not the safest part of town so I would prefer to not be walking around campus at night," said Emily Smith, who is a junior at Anderson University.
A representative for AU said all upperclassman can now park anywhere on campus after 3:30 p.m. adding on two more hours to the previous policy which allowed students to park anywhere at 5:30 p.m.
The university also added on 200 new parking spaces to the Athletic Campus and improved Trojan Transit lanes so that students can park their as well. The representative said the lots where there is safety concerns were only meant to be overflow parking and suggest students use the transit from the Athletic campus.
This all coming after students as well as their parents circulated a petition to show they won't be backing down. If you want to sign the petition and see their concerns, click this link.