FAQ: Will George Mason Install Change Machines on Campus?

Posted: January 29, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

This frequently asked questions column appears in the Daily Gazette every Tuesday. All questions originate from the green comment boxes located throughout the university, or are items brought to the attention of the Quality of Work Life Committee. Answers are supplied by the appropriate academic unit, department, or office. One question is answered per week.

Q:We need coin/change machines for the washers and dryers in the residence halls, and the copiers and printers in the Johnson Center. It is hard to convince the staff of the Johnson Center to give change, and it’s hard to find any other place that gives change. Can the university install these machines?

A:We have been trying to come up with a solution for the change problem. The difficulty is that our cash machines at George Mason have been regularly vandalized. The machines have been destroyed and the cash taken, resulting in a loss for each of about $8,000.

We have contacted our vending machine contractor and they have given us a bid to place machines behind the desks in the residence hall area offices. Students would give their dollars to the RA and the RA would use the change machine and return the coins to the student.

In the Johnson Center, the bank will give change. They are open until 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and until 2 p.m. on Friday. In SUB I, the cash office has agreed to give change until we work out a better solution. That office is open until 4:30 p.m. daily. –Christi Chisler, assistant director and contract administrator for University Services, x32789.

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