Parking and Vehicle Regulations - Visitors

A major concern for the campus community is accommodating visitor parking on campus. Given the fact there is very little surplus parking capacity (particularly during weekdays when classes are in session), providing adequate visitor parking for the many various purposes and events that bring guests to the campus is very challenging. The following procedures have been developed in an attempt to provide several visitor parking options for those persons, organizations or offices sponsoring events that will require parking in a consistent manner. These procedures will probably not address every possible situation. Therefore, persons are encouraged to contact the Public Safety Department concerning any questions about parking needs.  

A WORD ABOUT PARKING FEES:  The debt service, operation and maintenance of parking facilities along with associated labor costs are very expensive. Parking is fee-based and paid by all students, faculty and staff as well as external users.  Costs, and therefore fees, are associated with visitor parking.  However, it is also recognized that many events take place on campus that directly benefit the University and College or are of such a benevolent nature that parking fees are not appropriate.  Persons/organizations sponsoring such an event are directed to submit a “Parking Fee Waiver Request” for consideration of a parking fee waiver in writing to the President’s Office of the institution they are representing.  


  • Metered spaces for short-term parking will be provided for the convenience of visitors in the parking lot behind Hardway Hall and outside the lower entrance (facing Locust Avenue) of the Turley Center.
  •  Meter rates are .25¢ per ½ hour for a maximum of 2 hours.
  • Metered spaces will be enforced Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00AM to 8:00PM.


  • Sponsors may purchase a one-day Metered Parking Permit that will allow a visitor to park in a metered space for the duration of their visit.
  • Permits may be obtained from Public Safety and mailed to visitors in advance. (Complete a “Parking Permit/Token Order Form” and submit to DPS)
  • Visitors with a valid “Metered Parking Permit” do not need to deposit coins in the meter and will not be ticketed while parked at a parking meter.
  • A maximum of five (5) Metered Parking Permits will be issued for any one day.
  • Cost is $1.00 per permit.
  • Availability of a metered parking space cannot be guaranteed.  In the event a space is not available, the visitor may park in any available faculty/student parking lot while displaying the Metered Parking Permit.


  • Obtained by University/College departments to provide parking for their guests on a one day basis only.
  • Available in advance from Public Safety (Complete and submit a “Parking Permit/Token Order Form”)
  • Cost of permit is $1.00 payable by sponsoring department
  • Permits will indicate sponsoring department and are valid only on date indicated
  • Permits will be displayed by hanging from rear view mirror
  • Visitor is entitled to park in any available student or faculty parking space in any lot with the exception of metered parking areas and the parking garage.


  • Visitors may be directed to enter the parking garage from the Bryant Street entrance and park anywhere on levels 1 -5.
  • Visitors may self-pay using cash or credit card ($3.00) upon exit or deposit token provided by University/College department for “free” parking.
  • Tokens are available from Public Safety for $1.00 each. (Complete and submit a “Parking Permit/Token Order Form”)


Special Program parking is intended for persons who are attending non-credit courses, workshops, lectures, instructional programs, Falcon center memberships, etc. that meet on a regular basis. Organizers are encouraged to include parking fees as part of the overall program costs.

  • Special Program Permits are obtained from Public Safety by the University/College department sponsoring the program (Complete and submit a “Parking Permit/Token Order Form”)
  • Permit costs are based on the length of the program as follows:
    • Falcon Center community memberships - $10.00 per semester/$20.00 per year
    • All other scheduled programs - $1.00 per scheduled meeting not to exceed a maximum of $10.00
  • Permits will indicate sponsoring department and are valid for the length of the program as indicated on the permit
  • Permits will be displayed by hanging from rear view mirror
  • Visitor is entitled to park in any available student or faculty parking space in any lot with the exception of the parking garage and metered parking areas.


Parking arrangements for any meeting, training program, seminar, conference, etc. that is a one-time only program expected to host between 15 to 35 visitors must be coordinated through Public Safety.

  • Visitor permits and tokens issued pursuant to meetings, etc. shall be utilized in the same manner as for sole visitors.
  • One day Visitor Permits or garage tokens are $1.00 each.
  • Sponsors must complete and submit a “Parking Request Form” to the Department of Public Safety a minimum of three (3) business days prior to the event.


A “Special Event” is defined as any non-recurring event expected to host more than 35 visitors and requiring the use of parking facilities. When possible, individuals or organizations sponsoring special events are encouraged to work through the Catering & Conference Services Office. Otherwise, the sponsor must complete the following:

  • A contact person for the planned event must be assigned to work with Public Safety during the planning process.
  • The “Parking Request Form” must be completed and forwarded to Public Safety
  • Depending on several factors such as the number of persons attending, the day of week, time of day, whether classes are in session or not, etc., a decision will be made concerning the type of parking arrangements required.
  • While extra costs apply, the Public Safety Department can also provide event signage, parking attendants, traffic monitors, etc. as required.
  • The Parking Request Form must be submitted to Public Safety at least two (2) weeks in advance of the event.
  • Fees are based on $1.00 per the estimated number of anticipated cars with a maximum of $100.00.

When meetings, conferences, or other events are organized through the Aladdin Catering & Conference Services, parking arrangements and any associated fees are coordinated with Public Safety as part of the services provided by that office.

  • Persons or organizations on campus hosting events that will bring visitors on campus are encouraged to utilize the Catering & Conference Services Office.
  • Contact Cathy Basagic at 304-367-4090 for more information.


Dependent upon the number of spaces required and the overall parking situation during the time frame in question, a specific number of parking spaces in a particular area (a parking lot, parking garage, etc.) may be reserved for VIP visitor parking with Presidential approval. Reserved parking is limited to a maximum of five (5) spaces.

  • A “Parking Request Form” must be completed and submitted to Public Safety at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Reserved parking involves significant labor and resource cost. Fees will be based on actual costs.


Open parking is available in all parking lots (not including the parking garage) for athletic events with the exception of any lot designated for restricted or special paid parking by the Athletic Department. Public Safety staff expenses are reimbursed by Athletics based on an actual cost basis.