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Students Regulations

The following regulations pertaining to parking on campus are in effect at all times. This list of infractions is provided to help students avoid inconvenience when parking on campus. Please contact Parking Services at 740.593.1917 for information or assistance.


Appealing a Citation

Appeals must be filed online within 10 days of the citation date and time. Once the ten days has expired, the citation may not be appealed. All citations must be paid prior to appeal. Once the committee has reviewed an appeal, the decision is final and binding. There is no second appeals process. All citations matched to a student will be billed to their student account after the citation is older than 11 days. This is to allow an appeal of a citation if desired. If the appeal is awarded or reduced, the amount paid will be reimbursed. File an appeal online.


Covering a Vehicle with a Car Cover

Car covers are not permitted on vehicles while parking on campus. University permits must be clearly visible at all times, and car covers prevent permits from being visible while parked on campus. Parking Services staff will not lift car covers to search for a permit.


Disabled Vehicles

All disabled vehicles must be reported to Parking Services immediately and moved within the time frame determined by Parking Services when the phone call is received. Disabled vehicles parked within a metered space will not be placed on the disabled list. All fees must be paid at the meter if the vehicle is disabled. Abuse or falsification of information when reporting a disabled vehicle could result in being ticketed and/or towed.


Freshman Parking

Due to limited parking on the Athens campus of Ohio University, freshmen living in residence halls are not traditionally eligible to purchase on campus parking. Alternate parking in Athens should be found by those needing access to a vehicle. Refer to the Off-Campus Parking List located under the Students' tab for provider information.


Handicapped Spaces

Handicapped spaces are reserved for people who have disabilities and properly display a State issued handicap placard. Individuals are also required to display an accompanying Ohio University parking permit. Students who believe they have a disability can apply for a temporary or permanent handicap placard at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. If a handicap placard is obtained from the BMV, it must be registered with Parking Services prior to parking on campus. Students can also utilize the CATCAB services offered by Transportation Services. Parking Services does not typically issue health-related parking permits to students since CATCAB is an option.


Handwritten Notices

Parking Services does not recognize notes placed on vehicles indicating a lost permit, length of parking, etc. Vehicles displaying a note for any reason will be ticketed and/or towed.


Judicial Referral

Students who falsify information to obtain a permit (give false addresses, etc), falsify information regarding the number of credit hours, buy or sell a permit from another student, possess an altered permit, possess a lost or stolen permit, illegally use a faculty/staff or handicap permit, purchase a permit for someone else, illegally use a visitor permit, etc., will be referred to judiciaries by Parking Services.



Meter Violations are $10. However, they will escalate to $15 if they are not paid within 48 hours. Payment must be received (postmarked) within this 48 hour time frame to avoid escalation fees. Please do not use campus mail for meter violation payments. Payment can also be submitted online by clicking here.

Meters are located in various places across campus. Fee and time restrictions are posted on each meter. Vehicles parked at a meter that has expired will be issued a $10 citation for "Expired Meter". Vehicles can be cited every hour at an expired metered. Those parked for extended periods of time are subject to immobilization fees for overtime parking at a metered space. 

Meters that have been bagged as "Reserved" require a special "Reserved Meter Space" permit while that meter is bagged. Any vehicle parked in a reserved meter space without the appropriate permit is subject to a fine and possibly being towed.

If a meter is found to be broken or displaying an error, the customer must promptly notify Parking Services. The meter will be promptly checked. If it is in need of repair it will be fixed. If the meter is functioning properly, and the meter is expired, the vehicle will receive a citation for an expired meter.


Moving in/out and Loading

During move in and out days (the day before the first day of fall semester classes and the last day of final exams for spring semester), Parking Services makes every attempt to accommodate students who must park in areas as accessible as possible to their residence halls. Parking in the grass or in the roadway is prohibited at all times--even during move/in and out days.

If a special permit is required for a particular area while moving in or out, contact Parking Services for assistance. In many instances, special 30-minute permits can be issued. Students MUST obtain a special pass PRIOR to parking in any area not designated as a parking area. Parking Services also strongly encourages students to remain parked in a legal parking area while packing their items (do not park in a loading area while you're still packing). Once you are ready to load your items, you may then park in a special area (with a permit) to load your car.



Parents visiting campus should stop by Parking Services or the Visitor's Center (log cabin at the corner of Richland Avenue & South Shafer Street) - Monday-Friday 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM to obtain a visitor permit for the duration of their visit. Parents will be required to provide their son/daughter's name, PID and register the vehicle in which they will be driving on campus (license plate number, vehicle make and color are required). Vehicles without a permit will be cited. Parents may also utilize parking within the Baker University Center Garage, Lot 122 (Baker Surface) Pay-to-Park Lot or via a meter on campus by paying the appropriate fees.


Weekend and After Hours Parking

Regardless of times listed, vehicles must be parked in a legal space! Due to lot maintenance and campus' activities, lots may need to be cleared and vehicles left unattended will be towed at the owner/driver's expense. Vehicles parking on campus more than 48 hours must have prior permission from parking services. This is strictly enforced.

Dark Green & Purple Lots: Monday-Friday lots are monitored 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday--lots are open. This does not include any metered or sign restricted spaces, or lots scheduled to be closed for events. All fees must be paid when parking at a meter on campus.

Red Lots & Blue Lots: These lots are monitored at all times and must always have a permit displayed.

Priority Lots (orange, yellow, light green, gray, and black lots): Lots are monitored at all times. Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m. a lot permit is required. A dark green faculty/staff permit is required at all other times.


Permits & Permit Sharing

Your permit has been specifically issued to you. Please do not share your permit with anyone, and do not purchase a permit for someone or someplace other than Parking Services. Students or visitors are not permitted to use faculty/staff permits. Abuse and falsification of information to obtain a permit or any of the above-mentioned infractions could result in a $105 fine, $55 boot/immobilization fee, revoked parking privileges, and student judicial referral.


Restricted Areas

Restricted areas require a permit issued by Parking Services corresponding with the lot signage. Vehicles that do not display the appropriate permit will be ticketed and/or towed.


Service Drives and Loading Zones

Loading zones are marked with signage and require a parking permit at all times. Parking Services may issue a temporary permit upon request. Vehicles parking in these areas without the appropriate permit will be ticketed and/or towed.



All University lots are monitored by Parking Services. Violators will be cited if found in violation. Any one vehicle can be ticketed every four hours in a regular space that does not have a specified time restriction. For ticketing regulations at a meter, please review the "Meters" section.


Visitor Parking

Visitor permits are only issued to parents and grandparents of students. All other visitors who are visiting a student are required to utilize a metered space on campus, Lot 122 (Baker Surface) Pay-to-Park lot, or the Baker University Center Garage. Visitors may also choose to park off-campus until a lot opens that does not require a permit (see Weekend, After Hours, Etc. Parking section). Parents or grandparents must obtain a visitor permit from the Visitor Parking Registration Center (located in the log cabin at the corner of Richland Avenue & South Shafer St.) or Parking Services (100 Factory St. on West Green) prior to parking in any lot on campus.


Visitor Spaces

Faculty, staff, and students are not considered visitors to any campus location. Overtime parking in visitor spaces is closely monitored, therefore, vehicles that have been parked in a designated visitor space longer than the permitted time will be ticketed and/or towed. Vehicles can be ticketed every 30 minutes or every hour (depending on the time allotted for the space).