Resident students of main campus who have completed 30 credits, are 21 years of age, or those with veteran status, are automatically eligible for a resident parking permit which can be purchased through the MyESU Portal or at the Parking Office.
Main campus residents under the age of 21 or having less than 30 credits may apply for a Special Permission Parking permit which may be granted for the reasons listed below. However, it is not guaranteed, even if all or part of the criteria have been met as there are a limited number of spaces.
Students applying for a Special Permission Parking permit may not purchase a resident, commuter or University Ridge permit through the MyESU Portal. Doing so is considered a fraudulent purchase and is therefore non-refundable. Once approved for a Special Permission Parking permit, students will be emailed an approval card and cost waiver to be filled out and emailed back to the parking office.
The Special Parking Appeals Committee that meets on a regularly scheduled basis will review all requests on a first-come, first-serve basis when accompanied by the appropriate documentation listed below:
- Medical: A signed and dated physician's statement on his/her letterhead detailing why the student's condition cannot be treated by a local physician or prescription cannot be filled at a local pharmacy. The physician's statement must include the frequency and duration of treatment
- Financial/Employment: A signed and dated statement on the employer's letterhead or a notarized note certifying the nature of the position and verifying the student's employment throughout the specific semester for which the student is applying. The University's Financial Aid Office must also verify unmet financial need, a requirement to obtain a Special Permission Parking permit. If you have not applied for financial aid, this cannot be assessed. Due to the limited number of parking spaces available, employment to supplement income for educational purposes WILL NOT be considered an extenuating circumstance unless there exists verifiable need as defined by the University's Financial Aid Office.
- Academically Related: A statement from the student's professor, department chairperson or academic advisor attesting to the off-campus academic-related activity (e.g., internship, pre-student teaching, observations, classes, etc.) including the total number of hours of that activity during the semester in which the student is applying
- Military: A signed and dated statement on military stationery which must include the student's
name and training/reserve schedule.
Abuse of the Special Permission Parking permit may result in parking fines, booting/towing of the vehicle and the loss of parking privileges. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Residence Life & Housing at (570) 422-3460.
The Special Permission Parking permit cost is $70 for the semester and students must apply each semester. Students are not permitted to bring their vehicle to campus before being granted approval of their Special Permission permit and having picked it up from the Parking Office.
- Individuals with restricted permits must park in the Gwendolyn Street parking lot (R42) midweek. Only if the Gwendolyn Street lot R42 is full may individuals with restricted permits park in the Marguerite Street Lot (CR40), returning the vehicle to the Gwendolyn Street lot within 24 hours
- From 3:30 pm Friday through 10:00 pm Sunday students with Special Permission Parking permits may also park in Commuter Lot C38 behind Kemp Library.
- Students granted special exception to these regulations that receive five or more parking tickets (paid or unpaid) within a semester may have their parking privileges revoked. Those with ten or more may be reported to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.