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Parking Regulations

This page and the linked pages below may contain outdated information regarding Aquinas parking regulations. Please see the 2013-2014 Parking Regulations (pdf) for the most current policies. The 2013-2014 Parking Regulations (pdf) is the authoritative document and supercedes any other documentation regarding rules governing vehicles on the Aquinas campus.

 
Vehicle Registration Parking Lot Restrictions Parking Enforcement
Parking Penalties Citation Appeals  
 
Vehicle Registration
The Department oversees all parking and traffic needs and is responsible for the enforcement of traffic regulations. All students, faculty, and staff are required to register their vehicles with the Department and properly display a valid parking permit. Failure to abide by the parking rules and regulations may result in the revocation of parking privileges.
 
Permits are available 24 hours a day in the Campus Safety Building, located at the west end of the Wege Student Center parking lot. Permit types, expiration dates, and associated fees are listed below. Fees are per year.
 
Register Your Vehicle
  • Fill out the Vehicle Registration Form (you must be logged into your ELM account to access this form).
  • Bring your driver's license, Aquinas ID, and the vehicle registration certificate for the vehicle(s) you want to register to the Campus Safety Office.

The Department enforces parking regulations 24 hours a day based upon posted restrictions and the parking rules and regulations.

 
Parking on campus is a privilege, not a right. The privilege may be revoked for continued or gross violations of parking regulations.
NOTE: All roadways and streets may be considered fire lanes.
 
Types of Permits and Associated Fees
  • Commuter Student Permit ($75): All registered students (full-time, part-time, continuing ed., graduate) commuting to campus are required to display a valid student permit on their vehicles. The permit must be placed inside the vehicle on the lower passenger side of the windshield. Commuter Permits issued for the 2013-2014 school year expire July 2014.
  • Faculty Permit (No Fee): All faculty (full-time and adjunct) are required to display a valid faculty permit on their vehicles. The permit must be placed inside the vehicle on the lower passenger side of the windshield. Faculty Permits expire July 2015.
  • Staff Permit (No Fee): All staff (full- and part-time) are required to display a valid staff permit on their vehicles. The permit must be placed inside the vehicle on the lower passenger side of the windshield. Staff Permits expire July 2015.
  • Resident Permit (First semester $100 / Second semester $150): For all Resident Students who wish to park a vehicle on campus, a resident permit is required. The resident permits are color-coded to identify the lot in which you are authorized to park. This permit must be placed inside the vehicle on the lower passenger side of the windshield. Resident permits are issued based on class standing as determined by the Registrar's office. Resident parking permits are issued on a semester basis. Resident Permits issued for the 1st semester will expire in December 2013. Resident Permits issued for the second semester will expire in July 2014.
  • Temporary Permit (Varies): Temporary permits are issued for the following reasons: Driving a vehicle that you do not normally drive, having a temporary plate on your vehicle (awaiting new plates), driving a rental car, awaiting windshield replacement. The temporary permit is $3 per day ($13 per week,) but it is free if the vehicle being registered is temporarily replacing a properly registered vehicle. Temporary permits may be issued for up to, and not exceeding, two weeks.
  • Reserved Permit (No Fee): Reserved permits are issued for restricted parking lots. To be considered for a reserved permit employees must email the Traffic Board at trafficboard@aquinas.edu. Reserved permits are issued after consideration of the individual's needs and the availability of spaces in the requested lot. If an illness or injury requires special parking needs for any period of time, you must obtain a temporary handicap permit from the Michigan Secretary of State Office. Reserved permits are not valid without an Aquinas staff or faculty parking permit. Reserved permits are valid for one academic year and will be reviewed each year.
  • Departmental Visitor Permit (No fee): Visitor permits are issued to contractors and others who will be on campus for business on a continued irregular basis. To obtain a visitor permit one must apply in the Campus Safety Office with the sponsoring staff or faculty member. Students, staff and faculty of Aquinas College are not eligible for visitor permits.
  • Resident Visitor Permit (TBD): All guests of residents must obtain a visitor permit to park on campus. To obtain a visitor permit one must apply in the Campus Safety Office with the sponsoring student. Fee to be determined. Students, staff and faculty of Aquinas College are not eligible for visitor permits.
  • Library Visitor Permit (TBD): Individuals wishing to park on campus and utilize the Grace Hauenstein Library are required to obtain a visitor parking permit from the Campus Safety Office. Fee to be determined. Students, staff and faculty of Aquinas College are not eligible for a visitor permit.
  • Additional Vehicles: Commuter students may register a second vehicle for $50.
  • Lost or Damaged Permits: Replacement permits for a lost or damaged permit are issued at a fee of $150.
  • Permit for Replacement Vehicle: Individuals who change vehicles midway through the year must register the new vehicle and obtain a new permit. The original parking permit must be turned into the Campus Safety Office at the time the new permit is issued. Individuals failing to turn in the original permit at this time will be charged for a lost permit.
 
Parking Lot Restrictions
Parking Lot Restrictions Map (pdf) Browne Lot Parking Designation (jpg)
 
General Parking Lots (Open to registered commuters, faculty, staff and visitors):
Plymouth Lot: Open from noon to 3 a.m. only. (No parking 3 a.m. to Noon). No parking in PAC loop.
Fulton Lot: Open on Saturday and Sunday from 7:00am until 11:00pm. No overnight parking.
Bukowski Chapel Lot: No overnight parking (2 to 6 a.m.)
Lower St. Joseph Lot: No overnight parking (2 to 6 a.m.)
East Albertus Hall Lot: No overnight parking (2 to 6 a.m.)
Browne Center Lot:

No overnight parking (2 to 6 a.m.) Excluding resident section. Refer to "Browne Lot Parking Designation" document above.

Woodward Lot: No overnight parking (2 to 6 a.m.)
 
Restricted Lots (Parking by special permit only):
Upper St. Joseph Hall Lot: No parking in circle drive at any time. Restricted by posted signs at all times. Permission to unload/load in marked spaces only with Request Not to Ticket (RNTT).
Wege Lot:

Faculty lot only from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to Noon on Friday.

Open to all vehicles with a valid parking permit from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday, and 12 pm on Friday to 2 a.m. on Sunday. No overnight parking is allowed..

All posted spaces will be enforced at all times (Reserved, Handicapped, Visitor).

Academic Building Lot: Faculty only, with limited visitor spaces
Holmdene Lot: Open to students/visitors only on Friday from 6 p.m. to Sunday at midnight. Overnight visitors must obtain visitor permit and also register at the front desk of respective hall.
Regina Lot: All posted spaces will be enforced at all times (Special Permit, Res. Life Staff, 15 Minute.)
West Albertus Hall Lot: Staff and Faculty only
Hruby Hall Lot:

West end of lot is visitor parking.

Center area of lot is 1 hour and reserved.

East end of lot is RED resident permit parking only.

NO OVERNIGHT PARKING without specific visitor permit. Properly permitted visitors may park in visitor spaces only.

Carriage House Lot Restricted by posted signs at all times.
 
Restricted to Residents Only (All vehicles must have a valid resident permit. Lots are color coded. If your lot is full, contact Campus Safety.*)
Browne Center Lot: North Section and Western-Most Row (along fence)- BROWN permit
Dominican Hall Lot: BLUE permit
Donnelly Center Lot: GREEN permit
Fulton House Lot:

SILVER permit

Gate House Lot: ORANGE permit
Hruby Hall East Lot: RED permit
Knape Hall Lot: YELLOW permit
Mayfield Lot: GOLD permit
Meijer Hall Lot: YELLOW permit
Willowbrook Lot: PURPLE permit
 
*Resident overflow lots are Browne and Fulton Lots. Residents must call for a Request Not to Ticket (RNTT) to park in these lots. Residents must move their vehicle back to their assigned lot as soon as spaces are again available.
 
Restricted for Emergency Use Only (No parking at any time. Use Woodward Lot.)
Brink Hall Lot
 
Citation Appeals Process
The Aquinas College Traffic and Safety Board will review written and electronic appeals from individuals challenging parking violations. The Board consists of representatives from faculty, staff and students. The Board shall adhere to all the procedures and responsibilities described herein. An appeal should be based on the fact that the violation notice was issued contrary to the Aquinas College Parking Rules and Regulations or in error. The appeal process is as follows:
 
  1. The appeal form and citation must be received by the Campus Safety Department within five (5) business days of the date the citation was issued. The appeal form must be filled out in its entirety. To mail your appeal, address the envelope to the Aquinas College Traffic and Safety Board, c/o Aquinas College Campus Safety, 1607 Robinson Road, S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49506-1799. You may also submit your appeal electronically (see below.)
  2. Upon an affirmative vote of a majority of the Board voting, the appeal will be upheld and the citation voided.
  3. A vote to deny the appeal requires that the appellant pay the citation.
  4. Decisions of the Board are final.
An appeal should be based on the fact that the violation was issued contrary to the Aquinas College Parking Rules and Regulations or in error. A lost ticket, forgetfulness, parking only for a short period, failure to display a parking permit, and/or not seeing the signs are unacceptable grounds for appeal. Appeal forms may be obtained from the Campus Safety Department located at the west end of the Wege parking lot, or may be filled out online (see below.) The Campus Safety Department provides clerical support for the processing of appeals only. They are not involved in the decisions made by the Board. During the school year, appeals are processed on a bi-weekly basis. Citations may be billed during the appeals process. Citations are considered valid and collectible unless the Board rules otherwise.
 
File an Appeal
To file an appeal, you may:
  1. Submit an appeal form online (ELM login required).
  2. Download an appeal form (pdf). Complete the form and turn in at the Campus Safety office.
  3. E-mail your appeal to trafficboard@aquinas.edu.
  4. Pick up an appeal form in our office.
 
What can you do to help?
Here are a few things Aquinas employees and students can do to help prevent problems or to aid in resolving problems:
  • Make a definite effort to carpool whenever possible.
  • Use alternative transportation. Aquinas is served by the city bus system; call 776-1100 for Rapid Bus schedule information.
  • Request that your guests park in the Fulton lot with proper visitor permit; also, advise your guests of the Aquinas College Parking Rules and Regulations.
  • Report illegally parked vehicles to the Department of Campus Safety.
  • If it is necessary for you to park on the city streets, be aware of all signs and be considerate of the neighbors by parking properly (not blocking driveways).