The Catholic University of America

Jan. 14, 2009

Information on Inauguration and March for Life

The historic inauguration of Barack Obama on Tuesday, Jan. 20, as the first African-American president of the United States, is expected to draw enormous crowds, larger than any ever experienced for a Presidential Inauguration, to Washington, D.C.

Next week will also be the occasion for two other important events - the annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, Jan. 19, and the annual March for Life on Thursday, Jan. 22.

Catholic University will be closed on Monday, Jan. 19, and Tuesday, Jan. 20. The university will be open and operating on a normal schedule the other three days of the week (Wednesday, Jan. 21, through Friday, Jan. 23).

The purpose of this message is twofold:

  • To make the CUA community aware of the transportation (parking and traffic) implications of the Presidential Inauguration and March for Life activities.

  • To provide a useful reference to the campus community as to what is open and what is closed on campus on Jan. 19 and Jan. 20.


TRANSPORTATION IMPLICATIONS

Please keep in mind the following:

  • University rules and regulations for parking will be enforced on Inauguration Day and throughout the week. Excerpts from those regulations are listed at the end of this message, together with specific information for those students who are authorized to have an overnight guest on campus and wish to obtain a parking permit for that individual. Please be aware that the Department of Public Safety will exercise routine patrol strategies with an increased presence.

  • Employees are encouraged to allow extra time for their Wednesday morning commute to campus. Thousands of buses and other vehicles will be departing the Washington metropolitan area following the Inauguration and this may lead to greater than normal congestion Wednesday on the major transportation arteries of the D.C. region.

  • This year we will host up to 1,600 students and their chaperones who will arrive on campus on Wednesday, Jan. 21, for the March for Life on the following day. The influx of many thousands of marchers may lead to traffic congestion in and around campus on Wednesday and Thursday, and may generally affect the morning and afternoon commute for employees.


WHAT'S OPEN/WHAT'S CLOSED

The information below covers Monday (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) and Tuesday (Inauguration Day). It also notes changes being made on Thursday (March for Life day) to accommodate pro-life marchers who will be staying on campus.

Mullen Library
Monday, Jan. 19 - closed
Tuesday, Jan. 20 - closed

DuFour Center
Monday, Jan. 19 - open 4 to 10 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 20 - open 4 to 10 p.m.

NOTE: The DuFour Center Gym will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 21, to accommodate participants in the March for Life who will be sleeping on the gym floor. The DuFour Center itself will remain open that day, however.

Kane Fitness Center
Monday, Jan. 19 - open 12 to 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 20 - open 12 to 6 p.m.

Pryzbyla Center

NOTE: For those wishing to purchase food and beverages before embarking early from campus to the Inauguration festivities on Tuesday, the Pryzbyla Center will open an hour early, at 6 a.m. Starbucks and the Loft Convenience Store will open at that time as well.

Monday, Jan. 19 - open 7 a.m. to midnight
Tuesday, Jan. 20 - open 6 a.m. to midnight

Dining Services

Monday, Jan. 19
Loft Convenience Store open noon to midnight
Starbucks open 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Student Restaurant open 8:30 a.m. to midnight
Food Court closed
Law School Café closed
Leahy Java City Kiosk closed

Tuesday, Jan. 20
Loft Convenience Store open 6 a.m. to midnight
Starbucks open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Student Restaurant open 8:30 a.m. to midnight
Food Court closed
Law School Café closed
Leahy Java City Kiosk closed

NOTE: On Thursday, Jan. 22, the Food Court will open to the public at 9 a.m., instead of 7:30 a.m. From 7:30 to 9 a.m. the Food Court will be reserved for guests participating in the March for Life.

Bookstore

Monday, Jan. 19 - open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 20 - closed


PARKING RULES AND REGULATIONS

Below are excerpts from the campus Traffic and Parking Regulations, amended to include information pertinent to Inauguration Day.

  • Parking permits are required to park at The Catholic University of America 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  • Permits may be purchased at the Campus Transportation Management and Identification Office located in 121 Leahy Hall. Normal business hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (NOTE: This office will be closed on Monday, Jan. 19, and Tuesday, Jan. 20).

  • Information on the cost of permits may be obtained by visiting the Department of Public Safety Web site at http://publicsafety.cua.edu/ or by contacting the Campus Transportation Management and Identification Office at 202-319-5113.

  • Handicapped parking is available throughout the university campus. Vehicles displaying valid state or District of Columbia issued handicapped license tags and/or window placards identifying the driver or passenger as handicapped will be authorized to park in designated handicapped spaces.

  • Visitors may park in metered parking spaces or they may obtain a visitor's parking hangtag permit from the Campus Transportation Management and Identification Office.

  • Resident student GUEST permits are available at the dispatcher's desk, Department of Public Safety, in 120 Leahy Hall. They are issued to the resident after he/she presents a CUA Inauguration Guest Pass (issued by Residence Life), proper identification and the required information on the guest's vehicle. Both the host and the guest must be present in order to obtain a guest permit.