Campus Safety at Aquinas College

Parking Regulations

This page and the linked pages below may contain outdated information regarding Aquinas parking regulations. Please see the Parking Regulations (pdf) for the most current policies. The Parking Regulations (pdf) is the authoritative document and supersedes any other documentation regarding rules governing vehicles on the Aquinas campus.

Vehicle Registration
The Department oversees all parking and traffic needs and is responsible for the enforcement of traffic regulations. All students, faculty, and staff are required to register their vehicles with the Department and properly display a valid parking permit. Failure to abide by the parking rules and regulations may result in the revocation of parking privileges.
 
Permits are available 24 hours a day in the Campus Safety Building, located at the west end of the Wege Student Center parking lot. Permit types, expiration dates, and associated fees are listed below.
 
Register Your Vehicle

  • Fill out the Vehicle Registration Form 
  • Bring your driver's license, Aquinas ID, and the vehicle registration certificate for the vehicle(s) you want to register to the Campus Safety Office.

The Department enforces parking regulations 24 hours a day based upon posted restrictions and the parking rules and regulations.
 
Parking on campus is a privilege, not a right. The privilege may be revoked for continued or gross violations of parking regulations. 
NOTE: All roadways and streets may be considered fire lanes.
 
Types of Permits and Associated Fees
Parking permits are only valid when displayed in the correct location and fully adhered to the vehicle as a sticker/decal.  Permits are to be placed on the inside surface of the front windshield in the lower passenger side corner.  Permits are not transferable between vehicles.  Please remove any and all expired permits from your windshield before adhering the current permit.  See the Permit Placement Diagram for a visual depiction of correct permit placement.

  • Commuter Student Permit (Varies): All registered students (full-time, part-time, continuing ed., graduate) commuting to campus are required to display a valid student permit on their vehicles. Commuting students have several options when purchasing permits:
    • School year: $105 (Aug. - July)
    • Semester: $65 (Fall: Aug. - Dec.  or Spring: Jan. - July)
    • Quadmester: $35 (Per academic calendar)
  • Resident Student Permit ($155 per semester $300 per year): For all Resident Students who wish to park on campus, a resident permit is required. The resident permits are color-coded to identify the lot in which you are authorized to park. Resident permits are issued based on class standing as determined by the Registrar's office. Resident parking permits are issued on a semester basis. Resident Permits issued for the 1st semester expire in December. Resident Permits issued for the second semester expire in July. 
  • Faculty Permit (No Fee): All faculty (full-time and adjunct) are required to display a valid faculty permit on their vehicles.  Faculty Permits expire July 2022.
  • Staff Permit (No Fee): All staff (full- and part-time) are required to display a valid staff permit on their vehicles.  Staff Permits expire July 2022.
  • Temporary Permit (Varies): Temporary permits are issued for the following reasons: Driving a vehicle that you do not normally drive, having a temporary plate on your vehicle (awaiting new plates), driving a rental car, awaiting windshield replacement. The temporary permit is $3 per day ($15 per week,) but it is free if the vehicle being registered is temporarily replacing a properly registered vehicle. Temporary permits may be issued for up to, and not exceeding, two weeks.
  • Reserved Permit (No Fee): Reserved permits are issued for restricted parking lots. To be considered for a reserved permit employees must email the Traffic Board at trafficboard@aquinas.edu. Reserved permits are issued after consideration of the individual's needs and the availability of spaces in the requested lot. If an illness or injury requires special parking needs for any period of time, you must obtain a temporary handicap permit from the Michigan Secretary of State Office. Reserved permits are not valid without an Aquinas staff or faculty parking permit. Reserved permits are valid for one academic year and will be reviewed each year.
  • Departmental Visitor Permit (No fee): Visitor permits are issued to contractors and others who will be on campus for business on a continued irregular basis. To obtain a visitor permit one must apply in the Campus Safety Office with the sponsoring staff or faculty member. Students, staff and faculty of Aquinas College are not eligible for visitor permits. For occasional department visitors not warranting a departmental visitor permit, please request a permit using this online form. Restrictions may apply. 
  • Student Visitor Permit (Varies): All guests of Aquinas students must obtain a visitor permit to park on campus. To obtain a visitor permit one must apply in the Campus Safety Office with the sponsoring student. Students, staff and faculty of Aquinas College are not eligible for visitor permits. Permits for parents of registered students are issued at no charge. Permits for all other visitors of registered students are $3 per day, $15 per week, $35 per semester, or $60 for the school year.
  • Library Visitor Permit (No Fee): Individuals wishing to park on campus to utilize the Grace Hauenstein Library are required to obtain a visitor parking permit from the Circulation Desk of the Grace Hauenstein Library or the Campus Safety Office. Students, staff and faculty of Aquinas College are not eligible for a visitor permit.
  • Additional Vehicles: Commuter students may register a second vehicle for $25.
  • Lost or Damaged Permits: Replacement permits for a lost or damaged permit are issued at full purchase price.
  • Permit for Replacement Vehicle: Individuals who change vehicles midway through the year must register the new vehicle and obtain a new permit. The original parking permit must be turned into the Campus Safety Office at the time the new permit is issued. Individuals failing to turn in the original permit at this time will be charged for a lost permit.

 
Parking Lot Restrictions
Parking Lot Restrictions Map (pdf)          Browne Lot Parking Designation (pdf)             Where to place permits (pdf)
 

  • Academic Building Lot: Faculty parking only, with limited 15-minute spaces. No overnight parking (2 to 6 a.m.)
  • AMC Loading Zone: Loading zone - 15 minute parking only.
  • Browne Center Lot: Resident student (BROWN permit), OLLI student, staff and faculty parking. See Browne Lot Parking Designation Map for parking zones. Overnight parking authorized for resident student parking only.
  • Bukowski Chapel Lot: Commuter student, faculty and staff parking. No overnight parking (2 to 6 a.m.)
  • Carriage House Lot: Restricted by posted signs at all times. No overnight parking (2 to 6 a.m.)
  • Dominican Lot: Resident parking only (BLUE permit).
  • Donnelly Lot: Restricted to Event parking only.
  • East Albertus Lot: Closed for construction
  • Fulton Lot: Commuter student, faculty and staff parking. No overnight parking (2 to 6 a.m.)
  • Gatehouse Lot: Closed for construction
  • Grounds Lot: Grounds department vehicles parking only.
  • Hawkins Lot:  Resident parking only (PINK permit).
  • Holmdene Lot: Parking by special permit only. Faculty, visitor and handicap parking as designated by posted signs. Open to student and visitor vehicles with a valid parking permit beginning Friday from 6 p.m. until Sunday at midnight. Visitors must obtain a visitor permit.
  • Hruby Hall Lot: West end of lot is visitor parking as designated by posted signs. Center area of lot is staff parking, faculty parking, reserved parking and posted temporary parking (15 minute). East lot is resident permit parking only (RED permit). Overnight parking authorized for resident student parking only.
  • Knape Hall Lot: Resident parking only (SILVER permit).
  • Plymouth Lot: Open to commuter student, staff and faculty parking from noon to 2 a.m. only. (No parking 2 a.m. to Noon). No parking in PAC loop.
  • Maintenance Lot: Parking by special permit only. No overnight parking (2 to 6 a.m.)
  • Mayfield Lot: Commuter student, faculty and staff parking. No overnight parking (2 to 6 a.m.)
  • Meijer Hall Lot: Resident parking only (YELLOW permit).
  • Lower St. Joseph Lot: Resident parking only (GOLD permit).
  • Regina Lot: All posted spaces will be enforced at all times (Special Permit, Res. Life Staff, 15 Minute.)
  • St. Rose of Lima Lot: Resident parking only (GREEN permit).
  • Theater Annex Lot: Parking by special permit only. No overnight parking (2 to 6 a.m.)
  • Upper St. Joseph Hall Lot: No parking in circle drive at any time. Restricted by posted signs at all times. Permission to unload/load in marked spaces only with Request Not to Ticket (RNTT).
  • Wege Lot: Faculty lot only from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to Noon on Friday. Open to all vehicles with a valid parking permit from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday, and 12 pm on Friday to 2 a.m. on Sunday. No overnight parking is allowed. All posted spaces will be enforced at all times (Reserved, Handicap, Carpool, 15-minute).
  • West Albertus Hall Lot: Closed for construction
  • Willowbrook Lot: Resident parking only (ORANGE permit).
  • Woodward Lot: Commuter student, faculty and staff parking. Overnight parking authorized for permitted vehicles.

*Resident overflow lots are Woodward and Mayfield Lots. Residents must call for a Request Not to Ticket (RNTT) to park in these lots. Residents must move their vehicle back to their assigned lot as soon as spaces are again available.
 
Citation Appeals Process
The Aquinas College Traffic and Safety Board will review electronic appeals from individuals challenging parking violations. The Board consists of representatives from faculty, staff and students. The Board shall adhere to all the procedures and responsibilities described herein. An appeal should be based on the fact that the violation notice was issued contrary to the Aquinas College Parking Rules and Regulations or in error. The appeal process is as follows:

  1. Visit www.permitsales.net/aquinasclg
  2. Upon an affirmative vote of a majority of the Board voting, the appeal will be upheld and the citation voided.
  3. A vote to deny the appeal requires that the appellant pay the citation.
  4. Decisions of the Board are final.

An appeal should be based on the fact that the violation was issued contrary to the Aquinas College Parking Rules and Regulations or in error. A lost ticket, forgetfulness, parking only for a short period, failure to display a parking permit, and/or not seeing the signs are unacceptable grounds for appeal. Appeal forms may be obtained from the Campus Safety Department located at the west end of the Wege parking lot, or may be filled out online (see below.) The Campus Safety Department provides clerical support for the processing of appeals only. They are not involved in the decisions made by the Board. During the school year, appeals are processed on a bi-weekly basis. Citations may be billed during the appeals process. Citations are considered valid and collectible unless the Board rules otherwise.
 
File an Appeal
To file an appeal, you may:

  1. Visit www.permitsales.net/aquinasclg to see, pay, or appeal your citation. 

What can you do to help?
Here are a few things Aquinas employees and students can do to help prevent problems or to aid in resolving problems:

  • Make a definite effort to carpool whenever possible.
  • Use alternative transportation. Aquinas is served by the city bus system; call 776-1100 for Rapid Bus schedule information.
  • Request that your guests park in the Fulton lot with proper visitor permit; also, advise your guests of the Aquinas College Parking Rules and Regulations.
  • Report illegally parked vehicles to the Department of Campus Safety.
  • If it is necessary for you to park on the city streets, be aware of all signs and be considerate of the neighbors by parking properly (not blocking driveways).