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End-of-year tips ensure smooth moves and no tickets

As move-out and commencement approach, Ohio University students, friends and family members are encouraged to plan ahead and take note of parking regulations and move-out procedures.


Ohio University Parking Services would like to apprise students and their family members of regulations pertaining to vehicles for student move-out beginning Monday, April 29, through Sunday, May 5.

There is no parking permitted within a fire lane. For this purpose, parking is defined as the vehicle stopped, unoccupied and not running. However, stopping in a fire lane is permissible. For this purpose stopping is defined as the vehicle stopped, occupied (or occupant in the immediate vicinity) and running (or available to be moved immediately by the person in the immediate vicinity).

Therefore, during move out, vehicles may be stopped in the fire lanes but not parked as long as the stopped vehicle is occupied or someone with the legal means to move the vehicle is in the immediate vicinity. Vehicles stopping in a fire lane are limited to a 30-minute maximum. This maximum is to ensure all students are afforded the ability to park in these areas and load their vehicles. Exceeding 30 minutes in a loading area will result in a fine.

Ben Klein, an office assistant at Parking Services, also had the following tips for parking during move-out and commencement:

  • Hazard lights are NOT a parking permit and do not provide you with any parking privileges, temporary or permanent, even for a moment.
  • Meters are still enforced during special events and meter fees still need to be paid. This is because meters are priority parking meant for immediate needs such as loading and unloading. This is an especially important need for many people during move-out. Continued enforcement of meters encourages quick turnover in these high-priority spaces giving everyone a chance to use them.
  • Parking is never permitted on the grass. The OHIO Grounds Crew works very hard to make our campus beautiful and vehicles parking in places that are not parking lots only detracts from this beauty and can even cause damage.



Residence Halls

All OHIO residence halls will officially close at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 4. Students must vacate their residence hall within 24 hours of their last final exam or before the official closing time, whichever comes first. Students will be charged a late fee if they do not move out on time or make alternate arrangements with a residential coordinator or resident director in advance.

Students are encouraged to begin packing their belongings and preparing for move out early.

“You would be surprised how much easier getting everything together is when you do it a little bit each day for a week rather than waiting until the last minute,” said Josh Bodnar, assistant director of residential housing sales, promotion and communication. “Additionally, we recommend that students who can move out prior to commencement on Saturday do so in order to beat the rush and the traffic that accompanies graduation weekend in Athens. This is especially true for those students living in and around the Convocation Center.”

Bodnar also shared the following tips for students living in residential housing on campus:

  • Make sure to attend closing floor-section meetings to get up-to-date information from your RA.
  • Remember that all students should plan to leave the residence halls by 6 p.m. Saturday, May 4. If you have a special situation that may delay your departure, you will need to make arrangements with your Residential Coordinator or Resident Director in advance.
  • Don’t forget to clean your room and formally check out with a Residential Housing staff member before leaving campus. Failing to check out properly will result in fees or fines being assessed to your student account.

Detailed information can be found at ohio.edu/housing/halls/closing.cfm

Off-Campus Housing

Off-campus student residents are also encouraged to begin packing early. Barbara Harrison, the assistant director of off-campus living and community service, has the following tips for off-campus students:

  • Donate items that can be reused to one of the many drop off locations in and around Athens. See the Off-Campus Housing newsletter or click here for details.
  • Make sure you clean all items out when you move or you may be charged additional fees by your landlord.
  • Communicate directly with your landlord to set up a time for a “move out walk through”— a face-to-face meeting so that you are aware of what the landlord sees as a violation of the terms of your lease.
  • Communicate directly with your landlord about the return of your security deposit and when you can expect it. In Ohio, the landlord must return your security deposit to you within 30 days of the end of your lease.


Ohio University's 2012 commencement ceremonies will take place at the Convocation Center, located on West Green of the Athens campus. Graduate ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 3, followed by two undergraduate ceremonies on Saturday, May 4, at 9:30 a.m. and at 2 p.m.

In preparation for the weekend, Tia Hysell, Ohio University special events coordinator of transportation and parking services, encourages individuals to refer to the OHIO Parking Services website. The site contains information on lot availability throughout the weekend.  

The Ohio University Police Department will assist by directing traffic and parking during graduation weekend. Friends and family are strongly advised to arrive on campus early. Guests are not to stop in the middle of the road and should also be prepared for delays when arriving and departing campus.  

For more information, please contact Parking Services at (740)-593-1917 or parking@ohio.edu.

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