Parking Assignments. Residential parking lot assignments are assigned based on the student’s living area, year in school, and the date that the application is turned in. Residents of Ashton, Emerson, Hill, Falcon, Davis, and Robbins are eligible for assignments in the parking areas of their respective buildings. Any on-campus resident is eligible to apply for a space in the Dravus lot, which is located next to the Library. Level 2 is designated as on-campus resident spaces. Levels 1, 3, 4, and 5 are designated for commuter students, faculty, and staff. Commuting students may also apply for a parking permit in one of the designated commuter parking lots. These spaces are also assigned on a priority basis. A quarterly fee is charged to the student’s account when an assignment is made. Students who do not receive a parking space in a lot will be put on the waiting list for the lot they prefer.
Each lot has at its entry points a sign stating which decal designation is allowed to park within it. Vehicles of students who have received a residence hall lot assignment are designated “Resident” on their parking decals. For other students, a “Commuter” designated decal will determine which parking lot may be used.
During evenings after 4 p.m., weekends, and summers, parking permits are not required. Parking is allowed in any of the available spaces that are not numbered or reserved, with the exception of the small administrative lot next to Demaray Hall.
Parking Regulations. Anyone operating a motor vehicle on campus is required to be familiar with the University parking regulations. Regulation booklets are available in the Office of Safety and Security.
Vehicle Registration. Every motorized vehicle brought to campus, either for temporary or for year-long use, must be registered with the Office of Safety and Security.
Students: Vehicles may be registered at any time during the year by applying in person at the Office of Safety and Security.
Visitors: Visitors may obtain daily guest parking permits at the Office of Safety and Security. A guest-parking permit will allow a visitor to park in any commuter lot.
Proper vehicle identification allows the University to contact students in case of an emergency. The registration decal must be placed so that it is clearly visible at a distance of 30 feet from the vehicle.
There is no cost to register a vehicle. However, failure to register any vehicle brought to campus, or failure to properly display the decal issued for a vehicle, will result in a fine. Any vehicle changes or changes in registration must be reported to the Office of Safety and Security within 10 days of the change.
Towing and Ticketing. Students parking in a space not assigned to them are subject to immediate towing or ticketing by Safety and Security patrols. Complaints by assigned owners of parking spaces should be directed to the Office of Safety and Security (on campus, dial x2922).
The Seattle Police Department tickets all cars violating city regulations, including cars parked on restricted parking strips or too near driveways.
Traffic Fines. The owner of a vehicle brought to campus is accountable for the vehicle at all times, regardless of who is driving when a violation occurs. Traffic fines are automatically charged to a student’s account. A schedule of fines is included in the parking regulations booklet available in the Office of Safety and Security.
Should a vehicle owner wish to protest a traffic fine, a complete parking petition must be filed in the Office of Safety and Security within 30 days of the date and time the violation was cited. Petition forms are available in the Office of Safety and Security and online.
Liability. SPU does not assume liability or responsibility for motor vehicles parked on University property or adjacent streets, nor for the contents of these vehicles.
Occasionally a need arises for an exception to established University policy. Examples include Chapel attendance and on-campus housing. In this event, students must secure a petition form from the appropriate department in the Office of Student Life. Requests should be stated in a concise, logical manner. Discussion of the request may be scheduled with the designated staff member.
Changes in academic policy are considered by the Academic Policies Committee and approved by the Faculty Senate. Requests for variations from current standards must be submitted to Student Academic Services, where the petition forms are available. Petitions should be submitted at least two quarters before desired action is needed.