General Parking Prohibitions
Except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or to protect the safety of any person or vehicle or in compliance with law or the directions of a police officer or official traffic control device, no person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle:
- Without displaying a currently valid parking permit in any university lot.
- On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street (double-parked).
- On a sidewalk.
- Within an intersection.
- On a roadway where parking is not designated.
- On a greenspace or grassed area.
- Outside of a designated parking space.
- Against the flow of traffic.
- Within fifteen (15) feet of a fire hydrant.
- Within fifteen (15) feet of a crosswalk.
- Within thirty (30) feet of a stop sign.
Violations of this section will carry with them a minimum fine of $25.
Prohibitions on Reserved Spaces
No person shall stop, stand or park their vehicle in a space signed or labeled as “Reserved”.
Violations of this section will carry with them a minimum fine of $50.
Fraudulent Use and Misuse of a Permit
Parking permits are non-transferable and may only be issued to a qualified person/vehicle. Any person displaying a permit that is not registered to their vehicle will be considered misusing the permit.
Any person that is displaying a parking permit that they are not eligible to have, as set out in Article 3 of this document, will be considered to be fraudulently displaying the permit.
Any misrepresentation of information made in the purchase of a parking permit will cause the purchase to be considered fraudulent.
Any persons/vehicles found fraudulently displaying a parking permit or misusing a parking permit will be fined a minimum of $50 and may have their parking privileges revoked.
Prohibitions on Accessible Parking Spaces
No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle in a parking spot or parking area designated by sign or paint as a persons with disabilities parking spot, without the proper permit displayed. Guidelines as to what constitutes, and how to obtain the proper permit can be found under section 3.10 of this document.
Any violations of section 2.04 will carry with them a minimum fine of $100 for the first offense, and $200 for any subsequent offenses.
Additional Parking Regulations
(A) Summer Parking
When the spring and fall semesters are not in session, parking permits are not required when parking in a legal non-reserved space in any commuter or resident lot. However, a valid faculty/staff parking permit is required to park in any faculty/staff space or lot 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, throughout the calendar year.
Faculty and staff must continue to park in designated faculty-staff lots when the spring and fall semesters are not in session.
(B) Thanksgiving, Christmas and Spring Break Parking
Vehicles should not be left on campus during the Thanksgiving, Christmas or Spring breaks unless for University business, athletic away games, or residents granted permission by Residence Life and Housing to remain on campus. Those vehicles must be parked behind Kemp Library in Commuter Lot C38(A) as close to the building as possible. Vehicles parked elsewhere on campus may be subject to ticketing and/or towing at the owner/operator’s expense.
(C) Parking During Snowstorms
During snow storms, all ESU students with vehicles on campus will be asked to move their vehicles to the following lots for the duration of the storm, and subsequent plowing of the core campus lots: C38(A), R38(B) (behind Kemp Library), CR40 (the Marguerite Street lot), and CR52 and CR53 (the Fine Arts lots). Any vehicles in violation of this policy will be subject to ticketing and/or towing.
(D) Disabled or Inoperable Vehicles
It is the responsibility of the owner/operator to report a disabled vehicle to the University Police Department and Security/Parking Office and complete a disabled vehicle report. The person operating the vehicle must remain with it until the officer arrives to determine if there is a hazard. If a hazard exists, the operator must arrange to have it removed immediately, otherwise the operator has 24 hours to remove the vehicle from campus.
Failure to notify University Police concerning a disabled vehicle will result in the operator being held responsible for any parking tickets issued to that vehicle and./or any fee associated with removal of the vehicle from campus.
Accidents involving vehicles that occur on University property (where there is any injury, no matter how slight, or the vehicle is inoperable) must be reported immediately to the University Police Department where the owner/operator must complete a disabled vehicle report.
University Police must be notified of any vehicle that becomes inoperable: 4 way flashers or notes on the vehicle are not considered sufficient notice.
The driver must return to and stay with the vehicle (unless you are advised otherwise by the dispatcher) until a University Police officer arrives to determine if there is a hazard. If he/she determines the vehicle is a hazard, the operator must arrange to have it removed immediately; otherwise, the operator has 24 hours to remove the vehicle from campus
Any vehicle that is determined to be a hazard by University Police can be removed at the request of the department. The owner of the vehicle will be responsible for any charges associated with the removal and any parking ticket that is issued
Vehicles found in violation of parking guidelines will not have fines excused because the vehicle is determined to be inoperable, if the operator of the vehicle failed to notify the department of its location and condition
Accident reports are available to the named parties in the report or upon written request for your insurance company. There is a $5 fee charged for each copy
(F) Closed Areas
Vehicles cannot enter any area closed by barricade or other traffic control device except as authorized by the University Police Department. Vehicles in violation of this section will be subject to ticketing and/or towing at the owner’s expense.
Any person desiring to make other than emergency repairs on his/her vehicle may not use University property to do so. Violations of this policy will result in ticketing and/or having the vehicle towed at the owner’s expense.
(H) Storage of Vehicles
Parking lots may not be used for storage of vehicles. Owners of multiple vehicles may only park one vehicle on campus at any given time. Violations will result in ticketing and/or towing at the owner’s expense.
(I) Abandoned Vehicles
Vehicles left on University properties for more than five (5) days will be declared abandoned or derelict and will be towed at the owner’s expense.
(J) University Vehicles
Vehicles registered to the University must be legally parked at all times with exception of police vehicles and emergency response vehicles.
(K) Loading and Unloading
For the purpose of loading/unloading, commuters and residents housed on main campus may temporarily park in any legal student space for a maximum time of 20 minutes providing their vehicle flashers are on.
Bicycles are not required to be registered. When operated outdoors, bicycles must be used in accordance with Pennsylvania Laws and University Regulations. Bicycles may not be ridden in a University building and operators must yield to pedestrians.