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A Shuttle-UM bus struck a male University of Maryland student near Stamp Student Union earlier this month, leaving him with non-life-threatening injuries.
While College Park is no stranger to accidents involving pedestrians, particularly along Route 1, it’s rare for a university bus to hit a student, said David Allen, executive director of the Department of Transportation Services.
It is often rumored that a student is eligible to receive free tuition if he or she is hit by a university bus. Although this rumor is not unique to the university, Allen said, it is “whimsical” and entirely false.
“In my 30 years here, [the rumor] has gone by my consciousness, but I can’t imagine any university would actually do that,” he said. “I’m not sure where it came from.”
During Allen’s tenure with DOTS, he said, he’s dealt with incidents with buses hitting other cars on the roadway but not pedestrians.
He added that DOTS does not have a regulation or precedent that would mislead people into believing students will be compensated in the event of an accident.