Seattle University has established the
following regulations to govern parking and traffic on campus.
Permission to park or operate a motor vehicle or bicycle upon Seattle
University property is governed by the following regulations. Parking is
a privilege granted by the Administration of the University, and does
not ensure regular availability of a parking space.
The objectives of these regulations are:
Parking Services and Public Safety Staff
are duly appointed representatives of Seattle University and have
authority to enforce all parking and traffic regulations on University
property. Parking Services and Public Safety Staff are authorized to
issue citations and impound vehicles and shall execute the powers of
enforcement as granted by these regulations and the Administration of
The authority conferred upon the Director
of Public Safety and Transportationto enforce these regulations may be
delegated by the Director to his/her staff members.
The University Administration or its
appointed representatives reserves the right to revise these
regulations, including the fee, fine, and penalty schedules.
Seattle University is an equal
opportunity/ affirmative action employer. Seattle University does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national
origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender
identity, Political ideology or status as a Vietnam-era or special
disabled veteran or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical
handicaps on the administration of its parking and transportation
programs. Inquiries relating to these policies may be referred to the
Director of Public Safety. Back to top
The Public Safety Department is
authorized to erect signs, barricades and other structures and to paint
marks and other directions upon the streets and roadways for the
regulation of traffic and parking upon University property. The Public
Safety Department will place or make signs, barricades, structures,
markings and issue directions that best accomplish the objectives of
The Public Safety Department shall
designate parking areas, zones and reserved areas, for the regulation
and fulfillment of the parking needs of the university community. The
Public Safety Department shall designate and identify areas to be marked
and spaces to be numbered, signed, and/or lettered to delineate user
types and valid permits required. The Public Safety Department reserves
the right to change designators and assignments, which will promote the
objectives of this regulation.
No person without authorization from the
Director of Public Safetyor his/her designee shall remove, move, deface,
or in any way change a sign, barricade, structure, marking, or
direction so placed, or previously placed for the purpose of regulating
traffic or parking. Authority or permission to make any temporary or
permanent changes of this nature must be obtained from the Director of
Public Safety or his/her designee. Back to top
Motor vehicle access is limited to
University parking lots and direct access routes to University parking
lots. Access to pedestrian malls is absolutely restricted and permission
to operate a motor vehicle within the campus pedestrian malls must be
obtained from the Public Safety Department.
No vehicle or bicycle shall be operated
on the campus roadways, parking lots, or malls at a speed in excess of 5
miles per hour or such lower speed as is reasonable and prudent under
The operator of a motor vehicle, bicycle,
skateboard, etc. shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or
stopping, if need be, to yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian. No
pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk
or run into the path of a motor vehicle, bicycle, etc. which is so
close that it is impossible for the operator to yield.
Overnight parking of occupied vehicles,
including motor homes, campers, trucks, cars, etc. is generally not
permitted. The Department of Public Safety may authorize short-term
occupancy parking for special needs.
Skateboards and roller blades/skates may
be used on campus for the purpose of transportation. Skateboards and
roller blades/skates may only be ridden on the campus pedestrian malls.
Skateboards or roller blades/skates are prohibited on campus roadways
which enter/exit parking facilities, concrete pedestrian areas ,
sidewalks, building ledges, or in buildings, etc. At all times
pedestrians have the right-of-way. Skateboards and roller blades/skates
are to be used in a prudent and safe manner at all times. Recreational/
trick/ stunt riding is prohibited on campus property.Back to top
a. At any place where official signs prohibit parking.
b. Within ten (10) feet of a fire hydrant.
c. At any place not specifically marked for parking.
d. Along red or yellow painted curbing - denoting a fire/emergency vehicle zone.
4. No vehicle shall be parked in any designated parking area without a permit for that area.
Drivers of motor vehicles shall obey
regulatory signs that are posted by the University and consistent with
the Parking and Traffic Regulations of Seattle University. Pedestrians
and operators of vehicular and non-vehicular modes of transportation
shall comply with directions issued by members of the Public Safety
Department in the assignment and use of parking spaces and in the
collection of parking fees.
No vehicle shall be parked so as to
occupy any portion of more than one parking space or stall as designated
within a parking area. The fact that other vehicles may have been so
parked as to require the vehicle parked to occupy a portion of more than
one space or stall shall not constitute an excuse or defense for a
violation of this section.
The Director of Public Safety is
authorized to impose additional traffic and parking directions during
special occasions and during emergencies in order to achieve the
specified objectives of these regulations.
Seattle University and its employees
shall not be held liable for any loss or damage to vehicles or contents
of vehicles due to theft, fire, impoundment, or other causes while
parked on Seattle University property.
No person shall stop, stand or park any
vehicle so as to obstruct traffic along or upon any street, sidewalk,
pedestrian pathway, parking exit, or parking stall, or otherwise prevent
the normal flow of all forms of traffic.
a, Stopping the engine, locking the ignition and removing the key; and
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Freshmen resident students are not
permitted to bring cars to campus for the duration of their freshman
year (fall through spring quarters). This policy does not apply to
non-traditional freshmen or freshmen living off-campus.
Definition: A Residential Freshmen is a
student living on campus who is in their first year of college.
Non-traditional freshmen are 21 years or older.
Pre-college credits, advanced placement
credits, and the like are not relevant to this policy. Any credit
awarded for coursework taken prior to high school graduation, or during
the summer following graduation, does not change a student status as a
freshman or first year college student.
Students entering their second year at
the University are eligible to purchase a parking permit even if they
have not completed enough credits to obtain sophomore standing. They are
no longer considered first year college students. Students who begin as
freshman in the spring or winter quarter of an academic year are
permitted to purchase a permit for the following fall quarter, even
though they may not have accumulated sufficient credits to attain
An initiative of the Seattle University's
Transportation Management Plan (TMP) is to increase the use of
alternative methods of transportation by university community members.
It is also a goal that a growing commuter population of students,
faculty and staff are provided efficient on-campus parking
accommodations. This is a consistent challenge that is continually
monitored and managed as on-campus parking at Seattle University is
The Department of Public Safety and
Transportation will not sell parking permits to resident freshmen, and
other members of the community who are eligible for parking permits will
not be allowed to purchase one for resident freshmen. Attempts to do so
may result in having any future parking privileges of both parties
An extremely limited number of exceptions
to this policy may be granted on a quarterly basis with restricted
petition deadlines established during the year. Students who can
demonstrate a compelling need or who would suffer undue hardship
due to the restriction on residential freshman cars can petition for a
waiver. Waivers are reviewed by the Director of Public Safety and
Transportation (DPS) or an appointee and will be kept to an absolute
Waiver requests must be approved prior to
bringing the vehicle to campus. If approved, the student will be able
to purchase a parking permit for each quarter of the remaining academic
year. To submit a request for a waiver, students must complete the
online waiver request form (see link below). Submit waiver requests to email@example.com.
After the waiver request deadlines, the application process is closed
and no further waiver requests will be accepted for review.
It is vital to provide the necessary
documentation at the time of the request. Decisions are usually
available 1 week after the request deadline. All materials including
Waiver Request Form and supporting documents must be submitted to DPS by
the designated due date to be considered. After assessing required
documentation, the Director of DPS or an appointee may grant a waiver based on space availability and level of hardship. Decisions determined by the Director or designee are FINAL.
Submitting a request for a waiver does
not guarantee approval nor should acceptance of the request by DPS be
construed as a commitment to approve the waiver. It is important to note
that no student under consideration for an exception should bring a
vehicle to campus until approval to purchase a residential permit has
Exceptions are granted for the following
reasons: 1) off-campus, part-time employment (at least 20 hours per
week) not reasonably accessible by a local Mass Transit Service, 2)
medical reasons, 3) extenuating family circumstances or 4) University
obligation or commitment. It is the student's responsibility to provide
the necessary documentation that positively demonstrates the need for
the request. Specific information for each exception is listed below:
Approval will be granted upon successful
verification of off-campus employment and schedule meeting the minimum
20 hours per week requirement. The Executive Director of DPS or an
appointee reserves the right to verify continuation of employment
throughout the academic year. Decal holders are responsible for ensuring
that the most current employment information is on file. Updated
information may be provided via an electronic document emailed to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Failure to provide updated information may
result in suspension or loss of privileges. Petitions for approval are
not automatic and are generally given only when a student's
transportation circumstances cannot be accommodated by a local Mass
Transit Service. Freshmen are strongly encouraged to find employment
either on campus or in the local community. Appeals will be granted in
this category on a very limited basis. Appeals should include a signed,
notarized letter on company letterhead from employer stating days and
hours of employment. The letter shall include the employer's telephone
number. A current payroll stub may also be required.
of the student requiring transportation
off campus should be submitted online and must provide the necessary
documentation to positively prove the need. Students requesting a waiver
in this category must register with the Office of Disability Services
prior to submitting waiver request. Petitions for approval are not
automatic and are generally given only when a student's medical
appointments cannot be accommodated by a local Mass Transit Service.
Medical reasons require a letter from a licensed physician indicating a
legitimate medical need. This letter should explain in detail the nature
of the problem, the reason(s) for the student to have ready access to
their own transportation and the time-frame being projected for this
requiring transportation off campus
should be submitted online and must provide the necessary documentation
to positively prove the need. Petitions for approval are not automatic
and are generally given only when a student's family circumstances
cannot be accommodated by a local Mass Transit Service.
requiring transportation off campus
should be submitted online and must provide the necessary documentation
to positively prove the need. University obligations or commitment
reasons require a letter from a University sponsor/coach/instructor
indicating a legitimate need. This letter should explain in detail the
nature of the problem, the reason(s) for the student to have ready
access to their own transportation and the time-frame being projected
for this need. Petitions for approval are not automatic and are
generally given only when a student's transportation circumstances
cannot be accommodated by a local Mass Transit Service. Academic -
requires a legitimate written justification from faculty member stating
the reason for exception and must include description of approved
off-campus credit-bearing program.
Other exceptional circumstances are at the discretion of the Executive Director of Public Safety and Transportation.
Students who wish to petition for a
waiver may do so by completing and submitting a Resident Freshman Waiver
Petition Form (see below) and other supporting documents. Documents
must be submitted to the Department of Public Safety and Transportation
(DPS) or may be sent electronically to ParkingServices@seattleu.edu. Submitting a request for a waiver does not guarantee approval nor should acceptance of the request by DPS be construed as a commitment to approve the waiver.
Students who can demonstrate a compelling need or who would suffer undue hardship due
to the restriction on residential freshman cars can petition for a
waiver. Waivers are reviewed by the Executive Director of DPS or an
appointee and will be kept to an absolute minimum.
Waiver Request Deadlines
Fall Quarter September 23
Winter Quarter January 10
Spring Quarter April 4
It is important to note that no student
under consideration for an exception should bring a vehicle to campus
until approval to purchase a resident decal has been granted. Please
allow one (1) weeks for the approval process.
A Resident Freshmen is a student living
on campus who is in their first year of college. Non-traditional
freshmen are 21 years or older. Non-traditional freshmen do not fall
under this policy.
Please direct all inquiries regarding the status of your appeal to: ParkingServices@seattleu.edu.
Waiver Request Exceptions
• Off-campus employement (minimum 20 hours)
• Medical - Documented medical condition
• Extenuating Family Circumstances
•University Obligation or Commitment
Waiver requests must be approved prior to
bringing the vehicle to campus. If approved, the student will be able
to purchase a permit for the academic year. To submit a request for a
waiver, students must complete waiver petition form.
Submit waiver requests to the Public Safety office located in USB 102 or to ParkingServices@seattleu.edu.
Freshman Parking Waiver Form
A. For the purpose of these regulations,
motorcycles, motorized bicycles and scooters are considered to be motor
vehicles and are subject to all traffic and parking rules and
B. Motorcycles, motorized bicycles and scooters must be parked in designated areas only.
C. Motorcycles, motorized bicycles and
scooters are not permitted on pedestrian pathways, sidewalks, in or near
buildings and their entrances or in any pedestrian areas.Back to top
The Department of Public Safety is
authorized to issue permits to drive and/or park on University property.
All outstanding parking violation penalties must be satisfactorily
settled before a parking permit may be issued or renewed.
Faculty, staff and students may be issued
a single permit. This permit is only transferable between vehicles
registered to the individual.
The person to whom a permit is issued
shall be responsible for compliance with these rules and regulations
involving the vehicle(s) for which the permit was issued.
a. Quarterly & Semester permits are
valid from the beginning to the end of the quarter or semester as
indicated on the permit and include the quarter or semester break
b. 9 Month Permits are valid from the
beginning of Fall quarter until the end of Spring quarter and the break
immediately following for the academic year printed on the permit.
c. Yearly permits are valid from the
beginning of Fall quarter through the end of Summer quarter including
the break immediately following for the academic year printed on the
a. Employee Designators (A, B, C, &
D) are valid from 6 AM until 12 Midnight. Temporary overnight parking
must be arranged with Public Safety.
b. Jesuit Designators (E) are valid 24 hours a day.
c. Residence Hall staff designators (F) are valid 24 hours a day.
d. Student day designators (G) are valid from 6 AM until 12 Midnight.
e. Student evening designators (H) are valid from 3 PM until 12 Midnight.
f. Student resident designators (I) are valid 24 hours a day.
g. Carpool designators (L) are valid from 6 AM until 12 Midnight.
h. Disabled Parking designators (J) are valid 24 hours a day.Back to top
A. The purpose of the carpool program is
to reduce the number of single occupancy vehicles (SOV) on campus.
Carpool parking permits are for sale at a reduced rate and convenient
on-campus parking is available.
B. Two or more Seattle University
community members constitute a valid campus carpool. All carpool teams
must arrive on campus with at least two members of the team.
C. Each carpool team will be issued a
permit valid for carpool parking. Vehicles with only one occupant do not
qualify as a valid carpool and the driver must obtain a single
occupancy vehicle permit for that day. Vehicles with single occupancy
vehicle permits will not park in spaces designated for carpools.
We currently have employee carpool and Student carpool. The rules are
slightly different. Employees each get a carpool-parking pass. Students
get one parking pass to share. Each student is given an single occupant
vehicle (SOV) card for the quarter or Semester equivalent to one day per
D. In the absence of a carpool partner
(illness or in-availability), an exception will be allowed only one day
per week. A temporary pass (single occupancy permit) for the day can be
obtained at the University entrance located at 12th Avenue and East
Marion Street. Vehicles with these temporary passes may not use
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A. Disabled Parking spaces are provided
within the University parking lots in accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA). Primary disabled spaces are found in the
Visitor lot located adjacent to the University Entrance. Additional
space is available in the 11th & East Cherry Garage.
B. Vehicles parking in disabled spaces
(including State Disabled Permit holders) must possess a University
regular or temporary permit. Disabled permits may be obtained from the
Department of Public Safety office after proper authorization for the
permit has been obtained.
C. Authorization to park in University
disabled spaces requires presentation of a valid State Disabled Permit
and/ or medical recommendation for a temporary (no longer than 3 months)
disabled permit. If the medical condition will persist more than 3
months, then the individual must obtain a State Disabled Permit.Back to top
1. Any vehicle parked upon Seattle
University property may be subject to impoundment for cause as specified
under these regulations. The University and its officers, employees and
agents shall not be liable for loss or damage of any kind resulting
from such impoundment. A Public Safety officer may take custody of a
vehicle and provide for its prompt removal to a place of safety under
the following circumstances;
a) When a vehicle is unattended upon
University property where the vehicle constitutes an obstruction to
traffic or jeopardizes community safety.
b) When a vehicle is unattended at the
scene of an accident on University property or when the driver of a
vehicle at the scene of an accident is incapable to decide upon steps to
be taken to protect his/her property.
c) Whenever the driver of a vehicle is
arrested on University property, taken into custody by police and is
incapable of deciding upon steps to be taken to safeguard his/her
d) Whenever a vehicle is parked in a
stall or space that is clearly marked for the disabled (R.C.W.
46.61.581) and that vehicle does not have a special license plate, card
or decal indicating it is being used to transport a disabled person.
e) The vehicle is parked in a tow away
zone or reserved parking space and it is in the best interest of the
University to remove the vehicle immediately.
f) The vehicle is obstructing a driveway
entrance, exit, fire hydrant, in a loading zone, in a no parking area,
in an impound zone, on a landscaped area, in a prohibited area, fire
zone, or restricting University activities.
g) Junk vehicles standing on University property in violation of nuisance or litter laws.
h) Vehicles which, have removed, defaced,
covered, altered, obliterated, or destroyed serial numbers in an
attempt to conceal or misrepresent the identity of the vehicle.
2. Citation Notices shall clearly
indicate that failure to respond by either payment of the fines or a
written contest will result in a judgment against the owner and that
failure to comply with an order of the Public Safety Department will
subject the vehicle to impoundment if it is found parked on University
1. Abandoned Vehicle defined
a. Any vehicle that has been left on University property for 72 hours without being moved.
2. A Public Safety Officer identifying an
abandoned vehicle shall make a reasonable effort to contact the owner
in order to give the owner the information on the sticker. If telephone
or personal contact is made with the registered owner, or if extenuating
circumstances exist, the vehicle may be impounded twenty-four hours
after the sticker was attached. Otherwise, it will be our policy to give
the registered owner five days to move the vehicle. Additionally, we
will attempt to notify the registered owner with an "Unauthorized
Vehicle Notice" postcard. Back to top
B. The Director of the Public Safety and
Transportation may provide clarification on specific violations to meet
the objectives of these regulations.Back to top
A. The fines or penalties which may be assessed for violations of these regulations are those detailed below:
B. Additions or other changes to this list will be published as needed and will be available in the Public Safety Office.
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