First-year, freshmen students living on-campus are not permitted to bring a vehicle to campus unless a parking permit is obtained in advance through the waiver process. Freshmen who receive a permit throught the waiver process will receive one (1) Commuter permit.  Campus parking policies are enforced year-round, including holidays, summers, and semester breaks.  




Those first year resident freshmen who demonstrate an exceptional need for a vehicle on campus may complete a First Year Resident Freshman Parking Waiver Application to request a waiver of Section 5.2 of the Vehicle Operation and Parking policy.

Freshmen resident students who receive a waiver of the housing requirement will also receive a parking permit waiver allowing the student to purchase a General or Commuter permit; a waiver need not be submitted.

To complete a waiver, please continue reading...  First year resident freshmen students may apply for a permit when frequent access to a vehicle is required for one of the following:

  1. Off-campus employment. The student will need to submit the most recent pay stub with an address which must be further than five miles from the campus. In addition, a pay stub must be submitted to the Parking Office by the 10th of each month as proof of continued employment.
  2. Meeting military service requirements. A letter from the applicant’s commanding officer on unit stationery must be submitted including: 1) full unit designation, 2) drill location and 3) a drill schedule that reflects required attendance.
  3. Extreme Transportation Need. This includes any other transportation need deemed valid by the review committee (see below). Having a car for convenience does not qualify for this exception.

For applicants with accessibility issues or medical conditions that necessitate parking a vehicle on campus, a disability placard from the applicant’s home state Department of Motor Vehicles must be obtained before completing the waiver application.


Applications will be reviewed by a committee which includes student representatives, faculty, and staff.  Granted waivers will be kept to a minimum. Documentation to support the request is required. Incomplete applications will be denied.  Waiver applications should be turned in as soon as the need arises.  Decisions will be emailed via campus email to waiver applicants no later than six weeks from the date the application was reviewed.  First year resident freshmen awaiting waiver decisions are not permitted to park vehicles on campus and can expect to be ticketed, booted, and/or towed.

Consequences for Waiver Application Fraud

Freshmen who obtain a parking permit by providing falsified information, as well as upperclassmen who attempt to purchase a permit for first year resident freshmen or other restricted class, will have future parking privileges revoked and may face further action under the Student Conduct Process.


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