Today started as a nice day off of work. I rode from my apartment off the south end of Lafayette, IN (I work in Indianapolis at the moment) to the Purdue campus to meet my girlfriend (Just starting her PhD) for lunch. Not seeing any signs on the doors about bikes, I put on my rubber cleat covers, shouldered my bike, and walked in. It turned out my girlfriend had given me the wrong room number, and as a result instead of ending up at her office (first time on campus since I looked at colleges 5-6 years ago) I ended up in a professor's office. Not sure where to wander next, and not wanting to carry my bike too much longer (It's clean, but I figured I'd carry it anyways) I asked if I could set it in the office, which I was told I could do. I managed to find her, and then moved my bike to her office. The other students there didn't think it was an issue as it was against her desk, and I went to lunch.
Now, there are bike racks outside this building however, I've also met one person, and heard from another who have had parts stolen from their bikes on those very bike racks in the middle of the day. My bike (carbon frame) also isn't the sort that you just lock up and come back for later, because it won't be there.
Lunch was ok, but when I got back I noticed that my bike was gone from the office (which had a closed door, and people in it). Apparently despite not being posted anywhere it is a campus wide policy (in a rule book my girlfriend apparently doesn't have yet) that you cannot have bikes in buildings. We tracked down the overweight building supervisor and I was told that I should be thankful.
Apparently the university policy upon finding bicycles in buildings is to call the police and turn them is as stolen/abandoned/whatever. I was also informed that had she been following the (not posted) rules that 1) I would no longer be the owner of my bike (not sure how that works) and 2) Have to attempt to purchase my bike back at the local police auction, before someone else did.
I asked where I might put my bike on future campus visits, and what my girlfriend should do as she planned to start biking to work the next week. I was informed that there was no option other than putting the bike in the bike racks, and that I should buy her a new bike at Walmart because her bike (based on a description) would get stolen very quickly if she tried biking in. It was also advised that she take an hour long bus ride in every day as an alternative. The person I was dealing with was courteous through the whole process (and I think I was as well), but no amount of I'm sorry, I agree but rules are rules and I only enforce them) is going to solve my problem.
1) Buy a parking permit and drive to work, then bike some other time later in the day
2) Ride the bus which would likely cost more than just using her car and bike some other time of the day
3) Buy the cheapest ****tiest bike I can find, and have her ride it instead of her perfectly functional road bike, because there's no place on a campus with just over 40,000 students to safely and legally put a road bike.