Parking and Motor Vehicle Use

The use of a motor vehicle at Northwestern is a privilege with accompa­nying responsibilities. The purpose of all traffic and parking regulations is to maximize safety on campus for motorists, pedestrians, and university property. Driv­ers and owners are responsible to know all campus regulations for cars, motorcycles, mopeds, and other motorized vehicles. A complete set of parking regu­lations can be found in the online parking handbook at www.unwsp.edu/publicsafety.

Driver's License Requirements

According to state law, anyone driving a motor vehicle on public roads within the state of Minnesota must carry with them a valid driver’s license from Minnesota, another state or another country.

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Vehicle Registration and Parking Permits

All vehicles driven on campus by community members must be prop­erly registered with the owner’s state of residence and also registered with Public Safety. Registration of a motor vehicle belong­ing to another person with intent to defraud the university is prohibited. Community members may not have a motor vehicle at Northwestern without personal liability and property damage insurance. 
 
Freshmen (students with less than 30 earned university credits) living in university housing are not permitted to have a vehicle on Northwestern property. Ap­peals are available but are only accepted for extreme circumstances.
 
Vehicle registration is on the campus services page on theROCK.
 
Community members who register their vehicles and pay the permit fee are issued a vehicle permit. The cost for parking permits are

  • $140.00 per semester for resident parking (this includes residents of Akenson, Knutson, Knuha, Hartill, Moyer, Southeast, Pittman North and Pittman South and Ramseyer residence halls). 
  • $118.00 per semester for commuter parking. 
  • $50 per semester for motorcycle and scooter parking.

The permit must be affixed to the rear-most side window on the driver’s side of the vehicle. The permit must be attached to the window using the permit’s adhesive (not taped or otherwise affixed). A vehicle whose permit is just lying on the dashboard or taped to the window will not be considered registered, and the vehicle will be issued a citation. The parking permit is to be affixed to the vehicle to which it was registered. Permit stickers may not be transfer to another vehicle. If vehicle changes occur, contact Public Safety to receive a new permit sticker at no cost.

 

Temporary Permits

If a community member has an unregistered vehicle on university property, a temporary permit must be obtained from the public safety office (Berntsen Library room 011) or from the checkpoint. The vehicle license plate number must be supplied. Temporary permits must be obtained on the first day the vehicle is on campus. Temporary permits can be issued for up to two weeks per year. There is no charge for temporary permits issued as a temporary replacement for your regular permit (e.g. your regular vehicle is in the shop, etc.). A charge of $2 per day will be billed for temporary permits issued to students who do not have a registered vehicle and parking permit. Temporary per­mits are valid only through the date specified.

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Motorcycles, Scooters and Motorbikes

Motorcycles, motor scooters, and motorbikes must be registered just as any other vehicle on campus. Community members who choose not to register their motorcycles are given citations and fined. 

Motorcycles, motor scooters, or motorbikes must be parked in these designated areas:

  • Across from door #9 in Knutson Hall 
  • In front of the Robertson Student Center 
  • Across from door #2 of Hartill Hall.

Residents who drive their motorcycles, motor scooters, or motorbikes to class will be issued citations. Commuter students who have motorcycles, motor scooters, or motorbikes must park in the designated motorcycle parking areas.

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Student Parking

Due to limited space, resident students of Hartill, Knutson, Moyer, Ramseyer, Southeast, Pittman Hall North and South are not allowed to drive to the lower academic end of campus for classes or park in general parking lots between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. and between 1a.m. to 6 a.m.

There is a shuttle that runs between all of the residences and the main campus. The schedule is posted each pick-up/drop-off location.

Students who park in lots not assigned to them will be issued citations. Please note that no “extras” (e.g., trailers, carts, toppers, etc.) will be allowed in any of the campus parking lots. For more information on assigned parking lots, please refer to the parking regulations available at the Public Safety office (Berntsen Library room 011).

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Visitor Parking

Visitor parking spaces are intended to be available for visiting prospective students, guests of the college and parents of current students. Students who park in these spaces will receive citations.

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Reserved Parking

Reserved parking spaces are intended for designated university personnel. The university asks that you respect these spaces by not parking there. Students who park in these spaces will receive citations.

There are two parking lots that are reserved for faculty and staff: one behind Nazareth Hall and the other behind Totino Fine Arts Center. These lots are reserved for faculty and staff Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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Permit Information

Faculty/Staff Permit 

A faculty/staff permit allows faculty and staff to park in general parking lots between 6 a.m. and 1 a.m., any day of the week. There is no overnight parking allowed in general parking lots.

Commuter Permit

A commuter permit allows commuter students to park in general parking lots between 6 a.m. and 1 a.m., any day of the week. Commuters are not allowed to park in the faculty/staff lots behind Nazareth Hall, Totino Fine Art Center, Ericksen Center, Mel Johnson Media Center or any reserved parking space (including those near the resident student housing) except during posted hours. 

Residence Lot Permit  

A residence lot permit allows resident students to park in their designated residence lot 24/7 and in General Parking Lots between 2pm and 1am.

If a student changes residence halls by moving to another building OR moving off campus, the permit will need to be changed to avoid getting a citation. Please bring the old permit into the Public Safety office in order to change without a fee.

If a student changes vehicles, the permit for the old vehicle can be exchanged for a new permit registered to the new vehicle without any fee.

If the permit is not returned, there is a $10 fee for replacing your permit.

Visitor Permit 

Visitors to campus may obtain a visitor permit at no charge from the public safety office or the checkpoint. This allows them to park in any visitor space on campus or general parking Lots. 

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Parking Lot Details

Knutson / Hartill / Moyer (Lot A)

This parking area is reserved 24 hours a day for students with valid parking permits specific to those residence halls. Parking for residents of other halls, commuters, and faculty and staff is not permitted.

Student Center Reserved Spaces

These spaces are reserved for visitors and guests who have registered at the front desk of the Student Center and optained a temporary parking pass from the checkpoint.  Any vehicle parked in visitor parking without registering their vehicle with the front desk and receiving a temporary visitor permit will be subject to citation and/or towing at the owner’s expense.

NOTE: Visitor parking on campus is reserved for our guests only. Students, faculty and staff parking is not permitted. Reserved parking is to be used by the designated personnel only, and are indicated by signs placed in front of the spaces. Resident Director parking spaces are off limits 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

Pond (Lot B)

This parking lot is reserved 24 hours a day for students with a valid resident parking permit. Commuters, faculty and staff parking is not permitted.

Upper Riley (Lot C)

These general parking lots are reserved between the hours of 6 a.m. and 1 a.m., Monday through Friday, for vehicles with valid commuter or faculty/staff permits. Students with a valid permit for any residence lot may park in this lot between the hours of 2 p.m. and 1 a.m., Monday through Friday. No overnight parking is allowed. Visitors must obtain a visitor parking permit from either the public safety office or the checkpoint.

Riley Ramp (Lot D)

This general parking lot is reserved for persons with a valid commuter or faculty/staff permit between the hours of 6 a.m. and 3 a.m., Monday through Friday. Students with a valid permit for a residence lot may park in this lot between the hours of 2 p.m. and 3 a.m. Monday through Friday. No overnight parking is allowed. Visitors must obtain a visitor parking permit from either the public safety office or the checkpoint.

Lower Riley (Lot E)

This general parking lot is reserved for persons with a valid Commuter or Faculty/Staff permit between the hours of 6 a.m. and 1 a.m. Monday through Friday. Students with a valid permit for a residence lot may park in this lot between the hours of 2 p.m. and 1 a.m. Monday through Friday. No overnight parking is allowed here. Visitors must obtain a visitor parking permit from either the Public Safety office or the checkpoint.

Lakefront Parking (Lot F)

This General Parking lot is reserved for persons with a valid Commuter or Faculty/Staff permit between the hours of  6 a.m. and 1 a.m. Monday through Friday. Students with a valid permit for a residence lot may park in this lot between the hours of 2 p.m. and 1 a.m. Monday through Friday. No overnight parking is allowed here. Visitors must obtain a visitor parking permit from either the Public Safety office or the checkpoint.

Naz Faculty / Staff (Lot G)

This parking lot is reserved for faculty and staff, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. All other permit holders may park here as well between 4 p.m. and 1 a.m. No overnight parking is allowed.

Totino Faculty / Staff (Lot H)

This parking lot is reserved for faculty and staff, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. All other permit holders may park here as well between 4 p.m. and 1 a.m. No overnight parking is allowed.

Ridge Parking (Lot I)

This general parking area is reserved for persons with a valid Commuter or Faculty/Staff permit between the hours of 6 a.m. and 1 a.m. Monday through Friday. Students with a valid permit for a residence lot may park in this area between the hours of 2 p.m. and 1 a.m. Monday through Friday. No overnight parking is allowed here. Visitors must obtain a visitor parking permit from either the Public Safety office or the checkpoint.

Ericksen Faculty / Staff Lot

This lot is reserved for faculty and staff specific to Ericksen Center only.

Ball Field Parking (Lot J)

This parking area is a multi-purpose parking area beginning behind the baseball backstop and extending down the first base line all the way to the west gate.  This is both a General Parking area open to properly permitted Faculty/Staff, Commuters, and Visitors as well as those holding a Resident Permit.

Mel Johnson Media Center Lot

Parking at the Mel Johnson Media Center is reserved for Faculty/Staff of KTIS, Communications, Broadcasting, and their guests from 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Students with a valid permit may park here from 4 .pm.-1 a.m. There is no overnight parking allowed.

Ramseyer Residence Lot

A limited number of students who live in Ramseyer are allowed to park in the parking lot near their residence hall provided they display the proper permit. Ramseyer residents are allowed to drive their vehicles onto campus and park in the General Parking lots between 2 p.m. and 1 a.m., Monday through Friday and between 6 a.m. and 1 a.m. on weekends.

Southeast, Pittman North and Pittman South Residence Lots

A limited number of students who live in Ramseyer are allowed to park in the parking lot near their residence hall provided they display the proper permit. Ramseyer residents are allowed to drive their vehicles onto campus and park in the General Parking lots between 2 These parking lots are reserved 24/7 for students with a valid parking permit for The Row. Students with a parking permit for another residence facility, Commuters and Faculty/Staff are not permitted here.Residents of these apartments are allowed to park in the parking lot near their residence hall provided they display the proper permit. These residents are allowed to drive their vehicles onto campus and park in the General Parking lots between 2 p.m. and 1 a.m., Monday through Friday and between 6 a.m. and 1 a.m. on weekends.
 
Residents living in Southeast, Pittman North and Pittman South apartments may park along the frontage road in front of the apartments. This area is NOT property that is owned or operated by Northwestern. A valid Northwestern permit is not required to park along this street between the intersections of County Road C2 and Lydia Avenue. However, students need to be aware that while parking on this street they are subject to a citation from the City of Roseville if not in full compliance with city and state parking regulations. This includes adhering to the city’s regulation for snow emergencies. See the City of Roseville website for details. In the event of a significant snowfall, persons parked along this street without a valid parking permit will not be able to park on university property during the snow event.
and 1 a.m., Monday through Friday and between 6 a.m. and 1 a.m. on weekends.

Southeast, Pittman North and Pittman South Residence Garages

Residents of The Row that have a valid parking permit for The Row may enter a lottery for the limited underground parking spaces in their building. This is conducted through the Resident Director on The Row at the beginning of each semester. 

Garage spaces are as­signed for each semester, and students selected will be allowed to have a space only one semester per year. Garage space privileges may be suspended or revoked by the resident director for the following reasons: A car leaking oil or other fluids, sharing a parking spot with another car other than the one reg­istered with the resident director, or excessive noise from a vehicle that disturbs the apartments above. The fee for replacing a lost or damaged garage door opener is $35.

Overflow Lot (2940 Snelling Ave) 

The parking area at this building is owned and operated by UNW and a valid parking permit is required. Parking is intended for those with a  permit for The Row or overflow. Public Safety may allow other permit holders to park here as needed.

Akenson Hall Lot

A limited number of students who live in Akenson are allowed to park in the parking lot near their residence hall provided they display the proper permit. Akenson residents are allowed to drive their vehicles onto campus and park in the General Parking lots between 2 p.m. and 1 a.m., Monday through Friday and between 6 a.m. and 1 a.m. on weekends.

Wilson Center (2803 Lincoln Drive)

This General Parking lot is reserved for persons with a valid Commuter or Faculty/Staff permit between the hours of 6 a.m. and 1 a.m., Monday through Friday. Students with a valid permit for a residence lot may park in this lot between the hours of 2 p.m. and 1 a.m., Monday through Friday. No overnight parking is allowed here. Visitors must obtain a visitor parking permit from either the Public Safety office or the checkpoint.

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Other Parking Information

Fire Lanes / No Parking Areas

There is absolutely no parking in a fire lane for any reason! A fire lane is indicated by fire lane signs and/or yellow curbs or yellow stripes on the pavement. There are also a number of posted “No Parking” areas around campus. In addition, Northwestern does not allow parking in any area that is not desig­nated specifically for parking. Parking in any of these areas will result in a citation. NOTE: Unattended vehicles are considered ‘parked’ vehicles and may receive a citation if parked in any fire lane. 

Handicapped Parking

Handicapped parking zones are indicated by signs in each of the lots. Only cars with official, state-issued handicap permits are allowed to park in these designated spots.

Overnight Parking

There is NO overnight parking allowed in any General Parking lot without permission. Overnight Parking is between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m., seven days a week. Parking in these lots overnight can result in your vehicle being towed as well as receiving the appropriate citation(s). If you have an extreme situation where you will need to leave your vehicle overnight, please contact Public Safety at 651-631-5310 to receive instructions on where to leave your vehicle. NOTE: There is an extended parking allowance in the Riley Ramp Lot D until 3am to allow for commuters and residents of other buildings to study in the Robertson Student Center (but  the lot must be cleared out overnight from 3am until 6am). 

Roadway Parking

Parking is not permitted on roadways except under the supervision of parking attendants retained by Public Safety, Event Services or during unusual conditions as declared by the college. “No Parking” areas in front of buildings are required by law as fire lanes and will be strictly enforced as such.

Residence Hall Visitors and Overnight Guests

All residence hall visitors and overnight guests are required to obtain a free visitor parking pass from Public Safety. Overnight residence hall guests can park their vehicles in the residence lot with a visitors pass.

Prohibited Parking

It is impossible to mark with signs all areas of campus where parking is prohibited. Parking is definitely prohibited in roadways, driveways, landscaped islands, grass areas, walks and walkways and other areas not specifically set aside for parking. In parking areas that have marked spaces, a vehicle must park in one space only, leaving clear access to adjacent spaces and without blocking driving lanes or creating a hazard for other drivers. The responsibility of finding a legal parking space rests with the vehicle operator. Lack of space is not considered a valid excuse for violation of regulations.

Immobilization

Public Safety utilizes immobilization devices (boots) to aid with the enforcement of college parking policies. Your vehicle may be immobilized if you have accumulated three or more citations. If your vehicle is immobilized, arrangements must be made with the Director of Public Safety, or their appointee, to  iscuss the reason for the excess citations before the immobilizer is removed. Once a vehicle has been immobilized, do not attempt to move the vehicle or severe damage may occur. Tampering with or removal of an immobilizer may result in an immediate revocation of parking privileges and an additional fine of $200.00. Theft of an immobilizer is a felony and could result in criminal prosecution.

Mechanical Problems

Any vehicle parked illegally or overnight due to mechanical problems must be reported immediately to Public Safety day or night. Failure to follow this procedure will result in your vehicle being subject to towing as well as receiving the appropriate citation(s).

Summer and Vacation Parking

Community members may not park/leave/store vehicles or boats on campus during the summer vacation period. Abandoned vehicles will be impounded.

Towing of Vehicles

Public Safety reserves the right to tow vehicles which may cause problems in emergency situations, such as vehicles parked in fire lanes or by fire hydrants and vehicles blocking building entrances. Other situations for towing vehicles may include, but are not limited to: posted reserved areas, handicapped areas, vehicles parked off the road or not in parking areas. All abandoned vehicles are subject to towing at the owner’s expense. An abandoned vehicle is a vehicle parked in one location without authorization for more than 48 hours. Also, vehicles not in operational condition are considered abandoned.

Parking Permit Refund

Parking permit refunds are available if your vehicle will no longer be on campus. Refunds are prorated and the amount is determined by the date of return. Some scenarios for returning a permit include: fall graduation, off-campus student internship, quad mission trips, study abroad, no longer having a vehicle on campus.

The deadline for returning a parking permit during Quads 1, 2 and 3 is one business week after the start of each Quad. The refund will be credited to your student account. No refunds are given during Quad 4. To obtain a permit refund, you must remove the parking sticker from your vehicle and present it to the Public Safety office.

Citation Appeals 

An appeals process has been developed to allow community members to appeal a citation they have received. An appeal must be completed on a Citation Appeal Form online and must be made within ten (10) days after the citation has been issued. Appeals made after ten days will not be accepted. 

Appeals will be reviewed by an appeals committee. The name of the appellant is withheld so the committee can consider the appeal without bias (the name is known only to the chairperson, who does not vote). The committee is comprised of faculty, staff and students that are not employed by Public Safety in order to remain unbiased when reviewing the appeals.

This is the only process by which you can appeal a citation. In addition, appeals that are denied cannot be re-appealed.

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