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Motor Vehicles

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, Moyer, the New Residence Hall, Falcon, Davis, the Wesley Apartments and most campus apartments 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 general commuter parking areas, including the Dravus lot, which is located next to the Library. Level 2 of the Dravus Lot is designated as assigned residential and carpool parking. 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. and weekends 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. Review the parking policies and regulations from the Office of Safety and Security website.

Vehicle Registration. Every motorized vehicle brought to campus, either for temporary or for yearlong use, must be registered with the Office of Safety and Security.

  • Students: Vehicles may be registered at any time during the year by applying online via their Banner account, or 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 allows a visitor to park in any commuter lot.

Proper vehicle identification allows SPU to contact students in case of an emergency. The registration decal must be placed on the driver's-side, rear window, or bumper.

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 at 206-281-2922.

The Seattle Police Department tickets/tows 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 can be found on the back side of the parking citation.

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 10 days of the date and time the violation was cited. Petition forms are available in the Office of Safety and Security.

Liability. SPU does not assume liability or responsibility for motor vehicles parked on SPU property or adjacent streets, nor for the contents of these vehicles.

Petitions for Exceptions to Policies

Occasionally a need arises for an exception to established University policy. 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 Faculty Council 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.

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