Appeal Process Information

Appeal forms and procedures are available through the Department of Public Safety, 125 South Main Street. For the online appeal form, go to DPS Forms. All parking violations must be appealed within 10 days. No appeal will be accepted after 10 days from the day of the violation.

All appeals are submitted to the Parking Appeals Committee for adjudication. The Parking Appeals Committee consists of three members selected from those nominated by Staff Council and the Student Government Association.

Below are some commonly listed reasons given for violating parking regulations that won't be dismissed.

Short Errands No errand, no matter how short or how important to the driver short of a medical emergency, is an acceptable excuse for illegal parking.

Late for business or personal appointment or classes Being late does not permit driver the privilege of parking illegally.

I didn't see the sign - I didn't understand the sign Drivers are required to look for signs when parking.   This may mean checking an entire lot from corner to corner.

Only part of my car was illegally parked A violation is not based on a certain percentage of the vehicle being illegally parked.  If part of the vehicle extends into a restricted area, the violation is the same as if the entire vehicle was in violation.

I left someone in the car; I left my parking lights on or blinking; I left a note in the car as to my whereabouts with the motor running Many drivers seem to think that evidence of a short stay mitigates the violation.  It does not.  The presence of a passenger, a sign, or blinking lights is not a good reason for the violation to be dismissed.

Someone else had my car.  The registered owner has joint responsibly with whoever was driving his or her car.  The registered owner is responsible for the parking violation.

The Appeals Committee is aware there may be times when a vehicle is illegally parked and isn't ticketed or towed. These circumstances do not change the fact that the vehicle is in violation of parking regulations. Therefore, the fact that a vehicle had parked in an area in the past without action being taken does not constitute a reasonable appeal.