Parking Violation Appeal Process
To submit a parking appeal, download, print out and complete the form and return it with the ticket being appealed to the Student Accounts Office, located in SC100 in the Main Academic building. Appeal may be placed in the night depository below the Cashier window after office hours.
The following violations will NOT be considered for an appeal:
- Parking in a Handicap space without a state issued Handicap sticker displayed in the vehicle.
- Parking in any Fire lane
- Parking in designated Faculty/Staff/Reserved Lots/Space
- Parking in a Roadway/Travel lane
- Parking on campus or any residential hall without a current parking decal
- Parking without a current decal for the parking location
The following are situations that are typically not accepted as valid extenuating circumstances for parking in violation of Sacred Heart University parking regulations:
- I have a decal but it is not in my car window.
All decals must be affixed to your car window as instructed.
- An appeal based on how long you were parked in violation.
Officers will issue a citation to any vehicle parked in violation of regulations. An appeal that states that the vehicle was only parked for two minutes, five minutes, etc., is not considered valid. A parking restriction holds for parking for any period of time.
- An appeal based on your need to get to class/work/an appointment on time.
It may take a minute or two to locate a parking space on campus. Allow sufficient time to find and park in a legal space.
- An appeal based on lack of a parking space near your destination.
Parking spaces may, at times, be scarce. Please park in a legal space in a lot valid for the decal displayed.
- An appeal based on the assertion that class wasn't in session.
Parking regulations are enforced throughout the entire calendar year and are not directly associated with the class schedule.
- An appeal of a restricted/prohibited violation during evening or weekend hours.
All parking restrictions and prohibitions are enforced 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
- An appeal based on your need to load or unload.
Any vehicle that does not receive prior authorization from Public Safety is in violation of parking regulations. Approval cannot be granted after the fact for loading/unloading.
- An appeal based on the appellant's assertion that s/he did not see the sign or line markings.
It is the driver's responsibility to note and comply with all posted signage, notices, and line markings.
- An appeal from a guest/visitor stating that s/he was not aware of the parking regulations.
It is well publicized that students and staff are responsible for obtaining a valid parking permit for their guests. The campus-associated individual can and should ensure that his/her guest parks legally.
- An appeal based on the assertion that the decal was not properly displayed on the vehicle.
If necessary, stop by Public Safety or the Information Booth to pick up a one-day replacement.
- An appeal based on a vehicle malfunction.
Those who experience a vehicle malfunction and cannot move their vehicle (e.g., from a lot that prohibits overnight parking) should make arrangements with a service station to either repair or tow their vehicle. Short-term authorization to remain parked must be received and granted from Public Safety.