What Are Some Typical Parking Rules on University Campuses?


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Parking rules on some university campuses include the establishment of separate parking spaces for students and visitors, requiring permits to be displayed, adherence to rule changes for bad weather or other events, and requiring vehicles to be within spaces. Some campuses also have designated sections for motorcycles and special vehicles.

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Schools sometimes identify parking lots for students, visitors and faculty/staff, and may set rules as to which students can use the lots. Northwestern University's Evanstan campus allows students who do not live within the school's walking zone to park in the student parking areas. Freshman, sophomore and junior students who live on campus, as well as students with nonappealable, unpaid violation assessments cannot park in the student parking area.

Universities that require permits may also require parked vehicles to display those permits. Pennsylvania State University mandates that vehicles place their permits on their interior rear view mirrors. In the case of the University of Indiana in Bloomington, the person who has a name on the permit is liable for vehicle violations.

Normal parking changes in certain events. Northwestern University designates some normal parking lots as No Parking areas during snow storms and storm cleanup. Lots at the university may also close for maintenance, special events or reasons put forward by the Chief of the University Police Department.

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