Policy Steward:  Associate Vice President for Auxiliary & Business Services


  • Purpose
  • Scope
  • Ownership
  • Registration and Fee Schedule
  • Required Notifications
  • Parking Lot Classifications
  • Meter Parking
  • Visitors
  • Medical Accommodations
  • Emergencies
  • Winter Parking (at University Park)
  • Penalties
  • Appeal Procedures
  • Further Information


    To state University policy regarding student vehicle parking and traffic regulations.


    All provisions of the Vehicle Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and as supplemented by University Regulations, will be enforced on the University Park Campus, and all non-University park locations. All vehicles to be registered must have current registration and the applicant must possess a valid operator's license. First and second semester standing resident freshmen (those students with less than 28 credits completed) who are under 21 years of age are not permitted to maintain a motor vehicle at the University Park Campus or on any University property. Exceptions may be granted for medical reasons, military veterans, and for commuting freshman.

    All undergraduate, provisional, non-degree and graduate students (residing on and off campus), including holders of graduate assistantships, fellowships and graduate scholarships, who maintain a motor vehicle on any University property, must register their motor vehicle(s) with the Parking Office in the Eisenhower Parking Deck, campus Business Office, or other designated office. Motor vehicles are defined as automobiles, motorcycles, motor bikes, and motor scooters (excepting "mopeds," which can be considered as bicycles under these regulations).

    Parking is authorized ONLY in lots matching the color of the assigned parking permit and designated as student parking. If the assigned lot is full or unavailable for any reason, vehicles must be parked in another lot within the same classification as the registration permit. Each lot entrance has signs listing specific hours of reservation and any other lot restrictions. After 4 p.m., select faculty/staff lots are open to students with current permits displayed.

    Parking regulations for students shall be in effect at all times, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to include the final examination periods, semester breaks and holiday recesses, unless otherwise publicly announced.


    Vehicles registered with the University by a student must be owned by either the registrant or a member of his/her immediate family. Presentation of proof of ownership must be made at the time the vehicle is registered.

    A vehicle owned or operated by either a husband or wife, either of whom are students but not university employees, will be considered a "student vehicle." Any violations resulting will be charged as a "student violation."

    Any vehicle parked on campus shall be parked at the risk of the owner. The university assumes no liability.

    All vehicles must be parked between two white lines designating a legal parking space. Motorcycle parking is restricted to designated motorcycle spaces only. Any vehicle not parked in a designated space is subject to ticketing and/or towing at the owner's expense. Any parked vehicle obstructing roadways, designated handicap spaces, wheelchair ramp laydown areas, or hindering or damaging university operations or property is subject to towing at the owner's expense. Only motorcycles are allowed to park in designated cycle parking spaces.


    The non-transferable permit must be displayed whenever the vehicle is parked on campus. Parking privileges are only authorized for the individual to whom the permit is issued. The permit may not be used by other family members or friends.

    Car pools may be arranged among students who wish to form one. All prospective members of the car pool must apply together and present their current drivers' licenses and vehicle registrations. Only one permit fee will be assessed. One member of the car pool will accept the permit and ensure that all tickets written against member vehicles and or permit will be paid. Only one of the car pool cars is permitted on campus at a time.

    The parking fee schedules and penalties for parking violations established by the University are available at the Parking Office in the Eisenhower Parking Deck, campus Business Offices, or other offices designated for that purpose.

    In the event that the designated permit is lost or stolen, the permit holder must complete a permit loss form at the Parking Office. A $15.00 processing fee is assessed for the replacement permit. If the lost permit is found and returned to the Parking Office, the permit holder will receive a full refund of $15.00. If the permit is stolen on campus, the permit holder must go to University Police and file an incident report. Bring a copy of the incident report to the parking office for replacement of the stolen permit. A processing fee of $15.00 will be assessed for replacement of the permit. If the stolen permit is recovered and returned to the Parking Office and an individual is cited, the authorized permit holder can receive the full $15.00 for restitution from the magistrate court.

    NOTE: Some non-University Park locations have eliminated the vehicle registration fees, however, each student vehicle must be registered in order to validate their parking on campus. University Park and some other non-University Park locations have retained the vehicle registration fee.


    Changes of address or license plates must be reported to the Parking Office, campus Business Office, or other designated office for that purpose within 72 hours of such changes.

    When a registered vehicle is exchanged or sold, the person in whose name the vehicle is registered is responsible for the removal of the permit from the vehicle. Violations issued against vehicles from which the old permit has not been removed shall be charged against the original registrant of the vehicle.

    All traffic accidents MUST be reported to the University Police at University Park or the campus Business Office.

    > At University Park, questions concerning procedures or interpretation of parking rules and regulations should be referred to the Parking Office Manager, 1a Eisenhower Deck, 865-1436. After 6:00p.m., or on weekends, calls should be referred to the University Police, 1 Eisenhower Deck, 863-1111. At locations other than University Park, questions should be referred to the campus Business or Security Office.



    Students with registered vehicles may use short-term meters (red heads) provided time is showing on the meter. All meters are enforced 7 days a week. Hours of meter operation are posted on the rear of the meter head.


    The university has established specific parking areas or spaces for visitors to the University. Regulations regarding visitor parking are available at the Parking Office , Eisenhower Parking Deck, Kiosks (information booths), campus Business Offices, or other designated offices for that purpose. All long-term meters (gray or blue heads) are exclusively for the use of visitor parking.

    Students and employees of any Penn State location or campus are not permitted to park in designated visitor parking areas.

    The fact that other vehicles are parked improperly shall not constitute an excuse for parking with any part of the motor vehicle outside a prescribed parking space.


    Physically disabled students may apply for special accommodations through the Office of Disability Services. Persons with temporary disabilities may apply for special accommodations through Ritenour Health Services. Accommodations or assistance does not ensure closer parking to specific buildings. The accommodation may involve the use of current bus and/or shuttle transportation. The Office of Disability Services or Ritenour will confer with the Parking Office once all required medical documentation is obtained.


    When a vehicle has been properly registered with a valid parking permit, and a substitute vehicle has been brought to campus for EMERGENCY reasons (and the vehicle is not currently registered), it must be parked in Area 83 north or 44 south at University Park, and in designated areas at other locations. To temporarily register the substitute vehicle, the current vehicle registration must be taken to the Eisenhower Parking Deck, campus Business Office, or other designated office for a temporary parking permit. This must be done within 24 hours to avoid a violation. There is a fee for the temporary permit.

    In other emergency situations, the emergency flashers or headlamps must be operating. Use of emergency flashers for short-term parking is not valid at any time except for Penn State Credit Union patrons and drop-off / pick-up at the child care centers located in CEDAR and Henderson buildings.

    In the event that a vehicle becomes disabled, the permit holder must notify Police Services (863-1111) immediately, providing the permit holder's name, the vehicle's license plate number, and location. A grace period of up to 12 hours may be allowed. Notes left on a vehicle to the effect that the vehicle is mechanically disabled will be given no consideration by enforcement personnel. Vehicles not properly reported to University Police may be towed at the owner's expense.


    > In the event of accumulating snow, day or night and regardless of the amount, parking is prohibited in all faculty/staff surface lots from midnight to 7 a.m when "Midnight Clear" is announced. This restriction is necessary to clear lots for plowing and scattering of anti-skid material. During periods of snow, permit holders wishing to leave their vehicles on campus overnight must use either Eisenhower, the HUB, or Nittany parking decks, under covered areas only. Vehicles must be returned to their assigned parking areas by 8 a.m. the following day. Student storage lots are not on the priority snow removal list. Plowing the service drives and parking lot aisles may cause snow piling around your vehicle. Each permit holder is responsible for shoveling out their vehicle.


    An early payment reduction is provided for parking violations paid within 3 business days. If payment is not received within thirty (30) calendar days from the date of violation the penalty will be increased by $3.00. If parking violations are not paid, a registration and transcript hold is processed and a penalty will be added to each violation.

    Persons identified as students parking unregistered vehicles (regardless of ownership) in violation of University student parking and traffic regulations, may be issued a University regulatory ticket, or may be issued an administrative ticket. If the administrative ticket is not resolved, the university will process it to the District Justice 20 days after the date of violation. Tickets sent to the District Justice result in additional fees and are no longer within the control of the University Parking Office. Abuse of parking privileges may result in the revocation of parking privileges.

    Written warnings are sent to the permit holder after five (5) tickets are written against his/her permit in any semester or during summer session. If nine (9) or more tickets are issued during a semester the assigned permit is revoked for fifteen (15) class weeks. There are no refunds for money paid for a revoked permit. Any revoked permit not returned immediately to the Parking Office, or any tickets received while under revocation, may result in one or more of the following actions: an extension of the revocation period; additional penalties added to any parking tickets received while under revocation; referral to the Office of Judicial Affairs; and/or towing of the vehicle at the owner's expense.


    Parking violations may be appealed by completing an appeal form at the Parking Office or by submitting a written appeal to the Parking Office. The Parking Office will submit the appeal to the appropriate appeals committee and notify the permit holder of the committee's decision.

    NOTE: The ticket history (if any) of the permit holder will be attached to the appeals form for the committee's consideration in the case of repeat offenders. The committee's decision is final. In order to be considered, an appeal must be made within twenty (20) calendar days of the violation.


    For questions, additional detail, or to request changes to this policy, please contact the Office of the Associate Vice President, Auxiliary & Business Services.

    Effective Date: July 12, 2000
    Date Approved: July 11, 2000
    Date Published: July 12, 2000 (Editorial changes- October 25, 2013)

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