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Pay to park and employee opt-out option update

On Friday, Director of Transportation and Parking Martin Paulins sent an email to all Ohio University faculty and staff regarding pay to park and the employee opt-out option.

Dear Faculty and Staff,

In response to many inquiries regarding the recently announced faculty/staff pay to park plan, Parking Services would like to provide some information to faculty and staff of the Athens and branch campuses.   

Please review the information below and follow provided links for further information. It is our hope this information will answer any questions you may have regarding pay to park.  

Ohio University is moving from a no cost faculty/staff parking environment to fee based parking. This transition will occur during the summer of 2011 and effective starting July 1, 2011. Benefits eligible staff will begin seeing parking fees deducted from their payroll checks effective September 1. Non-benefits eligible staff will be required to purchase parking in the Parking Services office and pay associated fees at that time.

Benefits Eligible Staff: Permit Fee is $150 per year. Benefits eligible staff are full-time and part-time Ohio University employees who are eligible for benefits such as healthcare. (See policy 41.010 and/or the Faculty Handbook for information regarding benefits eligibility.) Such staff are paid through the Ohio University payroll system and are typically classified under the following categories.

  • Administrative & Faculty Groups I, II, & IV Contracts

  • Classified

  • Bargaining Unit

All benefits eligible University employees of the Athens campus will have the fee deducted from their payroll checks. The frequency of this deduction and amount is determined by the number of pays received by the employee; but each employee will receive an overall deduction of $150 per year.

Non-Benefits Eligible Staff: Permit Fee is $150 per year (or a pro-rated fee per quarter if present less than a year). Non-benefits eligible staff are those who are either an Ohio University employee who is not eligible for healthcare benefits or a non-Ohio University employee requiring parking on University property. These staff may be paid through Ohio University's payroll system; but on a contract by contract basis. Others may not be paid through Ohio University's payroll system at all. Typically, these staff fall under the following categories:

  • Administrative & Faculty Groups III Contracts

  • Courtesy/Guest Appointments

  • Visiting Scholars

  • NBIA Employees

  • Teaching Academy & Ameri-corps

  • UMA Employees

  • Temporary Employees (such as Career Connections)

  • Interns

  • Retirees

Regional Campus employees are not affected by the new parking system on the Athens campus. Regional employees will not have the $150 deducted from their payroll checks or need to opt-out. However, those who currently have Athens campus permits or wish to obtain one will need to pay the Parking Services office directly for the appropriate amount.  

All employees have the option to "opt-out" of the parking fee. The deadline to opt out and prevent the parking fee from being payroll deducted is July 31, 2011. Any employee choosing the opt out option will be required to return their Ohio University Permit prior to September 1, 2011. If a valid permit is not returned to Parking Services, fees will still be deducted. Employees wishing to opt out and turn over their University permit prior to September 1, 2011 may go to: www.facilities.ohiou.edu/parking/. Click on the MY ACCOUNT link. You will be required to log in with your University ID information to opt-out.  

A frequently asked questions document is posted at the same link mentioned above. Click on the Faculty/Staff Pay to Park FAQ link.  Please review this document if you have questions.  If you do not see an answer to a question you have, please submit your question to parking@ohio.edu.  We will respond as quickly as possible.


Martin Paulins
Director of Transportation and Parking