Parking and Vehicle Regulations - Students, Faculty & Staff

The purpose of these regulations is to provide for orderly parking by Fairmont State/Pierpont faculty, students, and staff; to protect pedestrians; and to ensure access to all buildings by service and emergency personnel. These regulations apply to all Fairmont State/Pierpont campuses


A. These regulations are formulated by Fairmont State and are enforced by Campus Police Officers by authority of WV Code 18-B-4-5 and 18B-4-6 and Chapter 17c.

B. All motor vehicles are subject to these regulations, to state laws, and local ordinances, where applicable, while on campus.The person in whose name the parking permit is issued or in whose name the vehicle is registered will be held responsible for any violation involving that vehicle.

C. Although the campus police officers will monitor parking lots, Fairmont State/Pierpont assumes no responsibility for damage to or theft of any vehicle or its contents at any time while the vehicle is on campus.

D. The responsibility for finding a legal parking space rests with the vehicle’s operator. A permit merely authorizes the individual to park on campus; it does not guarantee a place to park. Lack of space is not considered a valid excuse for violation of these regulations.

E. Selective on-street parking is allowed at times to accommodate as many vehicles as possible. On-street parking is allowed only on certain days and hours as directed by police officers and signs. Overnight parking is allowed only in select parking lots for housing students.  Overnight parking, otherwise, is prohibited in most lots. Please note applicable signs at the entrance to parking lots.

F. Students are permitted to park in Faculty parking areas located adjacent to the Falcon Center and Library between 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.

G. Pedestrians shall at all times be given the right of way at intersections and crosswalks.

H. The speed limit on campus is 15 miles per hour during normal conditions. When pedestrian traffic is heavy, vehicles should be driven more slowly.

I. Parking for persons visiting the campus is managed under a separate section. See Visitor Parking Procedures for additional information.


A. Parking space on the campus is limited. Therefore, all spaces are decal or special permit parking only.

B. Student decals are included in tuition and may be picked up in either the Turley Student Services Center or Campus Police Department; Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Faculty/Staff decals are $180.00 for annual full-time and $90.00 for annual full-time evening and weekends. Adjunct Faculty and Part-time employee decals are $90.00 for annual day, $45.00 for annual evening and weekends and $23.00 for one term only (fall, spring, summer) or evening and weekends.

C. Certain parking areas are designated as parking for faculty and staff only, such as the top level of the parking garage. Students are not authorized to park in those areas. 

D. All individuals who park on campus must purchase a parking decal. Individuals living in Fairmont State residence halls will be required to purchase a parking decal if parking on campus.

E. Decals must be purchased and displayed by the end of the first full week after the beginning of a semester. Should a parking decal be lost or stolen, it shall be the individual’s responsibility to purchase a new parking decal. Parking decals expire on May 31 of each year.

F. Faculty, staff, and student decals will be placed on the right, front passenger windshield toward the bottom.   Please make sure bar codes and numbers are visible.

Faculty, staff, and students not attending the spring semester may present their decal for reimbursement for that period. Those beginning in January will be assessed half the annual rate.


  1. Loading zones which are marked in red
  2. Spaces having a white, yellow, or red curb line or stripes
  3. Areas with painted diagonal stripes
  4. Areas where parking blocks the free flow of traffic
  5. Areas designated for the handicapped; $200.00 fine for violators--no exceptions.
  6. Areas reserved for Fairmont State vehicles or other designated vehicles
  7. Areas reserved for faculty and staff with a valid parking permit
  8. Along roadways that do not have parallel parking lines, unless specifically authorized by Campus Police
  9. Along all two-way traffic roads, unless specifically authorized by Campus Police
  10. Areas designated “Compact Car Only.”


By state law, Department of Public Safety officials have the authority to issue parking and traffic citations, to tow, and to collect a civil penalty for any violation of these regulations. Citations will be issued and vehicles may be towed for the following violations:

  1. Speeding or otherwise driving in a reckless manner
  2. Failure to stop, yield, or obey other traffic signals
  3. Failure to yield to pedestrians
  4. Failure to display a decal or permit
  5. Failure to park within the marked space
  6. Parking in an area other than a designated parking area
  7. Parking or driving on sidewalks or grass
  8. Unauthorized parking in spaces reserved for visitors
  9. Unauthorized parking in spaces reserved for the handicapped, or blocking wheelchair access to sidewalks and ramps; painted blue
  10. Blocking fire lanes, other vehicles, roadways, fire hydrants, and entrances to buildings
  11. Failure to move a vehicle when requested to do so for snow removal or for other emergencies
  12. Driving a vehicle into any area that has been closed off by barricades
  13. Parking or riding motorized vehicles in campus buildings
  14. Parking overnight in lots designated as “no overnight parking”
  15. Other violations specified in WV Code, Chapter 17
  16. Failure to pay campus parking meters. 

Special Note: In addition to being issued a citation, vehicles parked or abandoned in such manner that they block or obstruct fire lanes, fire hydrants, roadways, building entrances, or in any way create a safety concern will be subject to towing and impoundment in addition to the issuance of a citation. Vehicles may also be impounded pursuant to an arrest of the vehicle owner/operator. Said vehicles will be towed off campus and stored by the towing agency. The towing agency must be reimbursed for the towing before the vehicle will be released. Once the tow truck has been summoned, the owner of the vehicle is responsible for the towing charge.


Public Safety may issue two types of citations; a uniform traffic citation and a police/parking citation. Persons receiving a uniform traffic citation, issued for major traffic or other violation as indicated on citation, must report to a local magistrate or municipal judge as instructed on the citation. Once issued, Fairmont State/Pierpont will have no further jurisdiction and the recipient shall be subject to any fine and cost levied by the State or City court systems. Individuals receiving a police/parking citation must report to Business Office- Student Accounts, and pay a civil penalty of ten ($10) dollars within ten (10) working days. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., excluding Fairmont State/Pierpont declared holidays. Under provision of state law, should the individual fail to pay the penalty within the ten (10) working day period, or decide to plead not guilty, the citation may be turned over to the magistrate or municipal court, which will have jurisdiction over the case henceforth. Any person cited, and subsequently found guilty by a magistrate or municipal judge, shall be subject to a fine of not less than ten ($10) dollars plus court costs for each offense. NOTE: Fine for misuse of space designated for disabled is $200, WV Code 17c-13-6 effective June, 1995. Any appeal to have a parking fine adjudicated must be made within 10 working days of the date of citation. Students may appeal to the Office of Student Services and employees may appeal to the Office of Administrative and Fiscal Affairs. In addition to the above, those who fail or refuse to pay the prescribed penalty shall have their parking privileges revoked. Students who fail or refuse to pay the prescribed penalty shall also have their student records placed on hold until such a time that all penalties have been removed from the records.


Questions concerning traffic or parking regulations should be directed to the Campus Police at (304) 367-4157