Parking

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DOTS aims to maximize parking options for the university community. By employing the latest technology in parking management—Campus License Plate Recognition (CLPR)—we provide permit holders with a seamless parking registration process and personalized customer service. Our robust sustainable transportation programs incentivize drivers to reduce their carbon footprint by offering discounted carpool and green vehicle permits, as well as electric vehicle charging stations throughout campus. 

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Parking regulations are critical for campus safety and for maintaining an orderly parking experience.

The parking regulations outline parking requirements and policies for everyone who parks their vehicles on campus. Our enforcement team monitors campus parking to make certain that motorists adhere to our parking regulations.

Occasionally, temporary parking restrictions are implemented to accommodate construction or campus events.

In these instances, temporary signage will be posted in the affected lot(s), and DOTS emails relevant permit holders with details and alternate parking options (if applicable). Make sure the email associated with your parking registration is one you read regularly, and double check that the emails aren’t going to spam or any other folders automatically.

It is the motorist’s responsibility to read, understand and adhere to parking regulations.

Our customer service team is available from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to answer questions you may have about our policies—we invite you to contact us.

  • Park in your assigned lot or overflow lot inside the two white control lines. Parking over the line in a space may prevent others from parking in adjacent spaces. 

  • Make sure your license plate is visible from the roadway, correctly bolted to your vehicle’s bumper(s). Vehicles without a license plate on the front should not back into parking spaces.   

  • Park only one registered vehicle in your assigned lot or overflow area at a time. 

  • Pay the pay station or meter if parked in visitor parking, and either move your vehicle before your time is up or add more time if you need to stay. If using ParkMobile, make sure your transaction goes through before you leave your vehicle. 

  • Follow special parking instructions indicated in DOTS email communications. 

  • Follow the restrictions indicated on temporary and permanent parking signage. 

Motorists are not exempt from receiving a parking citation if:

  • They are unaware of or choose to ignore parking regulations.

  • Their vehicle has broken down.

  • They can’t find a parking space in their preferred section of a lot. 

  • They have activated their hazard lights.

  • They were given incorrect parking information by a student, faculty member, department, etc. 

HOLIDAYS AND BREAKS

During the following breaks and holidays, any vehicle with OR without a current DOTS permit/CLPR may park in Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 16 and 17. Faculty/staff lots and meters are enforced as usual.

The following dates are subject to change. Please check back to ensure these dates are the same before parking during these breaks and holidays. 

  • Summer-Fall Intersemester: August 17, 2019 to August 25, 2019
  • Thanksgiving Break: November 27, 2019 to December 1, 2019
  • Fall Study Days, Final Exams and Commencement: December 10, 2019 to December 18, 2019
  • Winter Break: December 19, 2019 to January 1, 2020
  • Winter Term: January 2, 2020 to January 26, 2020
  • Spring Break: March 15, 2020 to March 22, 2020
  • Spring Study Days, Final Exams and Commencement: May 13, 2020 to May 23, 2020
  • Spring-Summer Intersemester: May 24, 2020 to May 31, 2020
  • Summer-Fall Intersemester: August 22, 2020 to August 25, 2020

Additional restrictions apply for athletic and/or special events that occur during these breaks and holidays. These additional restrictions could limit or eliminate access to free parking. 

PARKING SIGNAGE

We encourage you to read our parking lot signage carefully, as they mark the boundaries of every parking lot on campus and outline lot restrictions. The following sign characteristics delineate the lot type and restrictions:

Black Vs. Red

Signs with black text are unrestricted after 4:00 p.m. on weekdays and weekends. Lot signs with red text have unique restrictions.

Letter or Number

Signs that begin with a letter are considered faculty/staff lots, regardless of any sub-number that follows. Signs that begin with numbers are considered student lots.

Special Restrictions

The text below the lot assignment number/letter indicates any special lot restrictions. During the times when a lot is restricted, it is only open to vehicles with permits for that lot.

Faculty Staff Restrictions

After 4:00 p.m., these lots become unrestricted only to faculty/staff with valid parking registration. 

Modified Restrictions

From 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., these lots become unrestricted to faculty/staff permit holders only. After 8:00 p.m., anyone may park here until 7:00 a.m. the next day.

24-HOUR Restrictions

These lots are restricted at all times to permits or vehicles with CLPRs corresponding to these areas.

temporary posted signage

In addition to our standard lot signage, temporary posted signage can indicate that a lot is or will have additional restrictions for a special event or construction. Please notice these signs as you park your vehicle. 

FREE PARKING

If you plan to park on campus regularly, we recommend you purchase a parking permit to guarantee space. However, many campus lots are unrestricted after 4:00 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends. These lots are highlighted in green on our campus map.

Exceptions

There are exceptions to these free parking times and locations.

  • Commuter registrants may not park overnight Monday to Friday from 3:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Students with commuter permits who need to occasionally park overnight should consult our overnight parking map. Commuter students who live off campus and require regular overnight parking should purchase an overnight storage parking permit. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • There may be times when these lots are restricted for special events, such as athletics games. In these cases, posted signage will indicate additional, temporary restrictions.

Parking Updates & Announcements

Sustainable Commutes Pay Off Through DOTS Parking Cash Out

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DOTS' Parking Cash Out registration opens on August 5, 2019. The program offers a cash incentive to 75 employees and 25 graduate students who give up their parking permit and commit to a sustainable commute for the entire 2019-2020 academic year.