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Parking Information

Guidelines and regulations for parking vehicles on the Colgate University campus. (Updated February, 2017)

Registration and Permits

Free of Charge

  • Faculty, Staff, and Food Service Employees
    Decal colors:
    • Faculty, staff: Maroon
    • Dining services: Orange
    All faculty, staff, and food service employees must register their personal vehicles with the Campus Safety Department Office. Application forms are available at the Campus Safety Department Office. Upon completion of the application, faculty/staff receive a maroon decal, and food service employees receive an orange decal. The decal must be properly affixed to the left rear window as shown in the diagram below. Vehicles not properly displaying a valid decal or permit are considered to be unregistered.

    Faculty and staff are reminded of the parking constraints on campus. It is suggested to arrive early in order to find a legal parking space. Parking illegally because the lot is full, other vehicles are parked illegally, or because you may not be on time, are not valid excuses. Overnight parking for faculty and staff is available in the Buildings and Grounds lot or the General Use lot (located between Tyler’s Field and the hospital) and on the north side of Reid Athletic Center.
  • Students
    Decal color:
    • Students living off campus: Yellow
    • All other students: Red
    Students must register their vehicles with the Campus Safety Department regardless of where the student resides, i.e., on or off campus. This vehicle registration requirement must occur within 24 hours of bringing a vehicle on campus. Application forms are available at the Campus Safety Department Office. You will be asked to show your Colgate ID, or state-issued driver's license.

    After the above information has been verified, you will be issued a student decal. The decal must be properly affixed to the outside of the left rear window as shown in the diagram below. Vehicles not properly displaying a valid decal or permit are considered to be unregistered.
  • Athletic Facility Users
    Decal color: Green

    All non-student users of any of the athletic facilities must register their vehicles with the Campus Safety Department. Application forms are available at the Campus Safety Department Office. Upon completion of the application, athletic facility users will receive a green decal. The decal must be properly affixed to the outside of the left rear window as shown in the diagram below. Vehicles not properly displaying a valid decal or permit are considered to be unregistered. Parking is available in the 113 Broad St. lot, Lineberry pool lot, and the north side of Reid Athletic Center.
  • Visitors and Guests
    It is the responsibility of students, faculty, and staff to ensure their visitors and guests obtain temporary parking permits from the Campus Safety Department Office upon their arrival at Colgate and that their visitors and guests park legally. Institutional hosts are responsible for the fines of their visitors and guests.
  • People with Disabilities or Medical Conditions
    Decal color:
    • Handicap: Blue
    • Medical: Purple
    Student vehicles which possess state-issued license plates or permits for the disabled will be issued a handicap parking decal. Students who do not have state issued license plates or permits for the disabled who request special parking privileges due to a medical condition, must obtain written authorization from the Student Health Services Office who will determine if the medical condition warrants the issuance of a disabled or medical parking decal. If so, the Student Health Services Office will notify Campus Safety in order to issue the appropriate parking decal. Issuance of student medical parking permit allows parking in any lot on campus with the exception of Academic Drive, Alumni lot; and the James B. Colgate Hall lots. Unless specifically authorized, there is no overnight (3 -7 a.m.) parking allowed, except in the General Use lot.

    Exception

    Students who have been authorized by Health Services and have been given an overnight parking pass by Campus Safety may park overnight in the Coop and 113 Broad St. lots. For snowplowing purposes, please park at the end of an aisle. Students who have been issued disabled parking decals no overnight restrictions. The responsibility of shoveling vehicles out during snow storms rests with the permit/decal holder.

    Faculty and staff who possess state-issued license plates for the disabled will be issued a disabled parking Decal. Faculty and staff who do not possess state-issued handicap license plates for the disabled who request special parking privileges due to a medical condition, must submit this request, and any supporting documentation to the director of Campus Safety.
  • Temporary Parking Permits
    A temporary parking permit may be issued if a vehicle is temporarily replacing the vehicle to which a decal has been previously issued. Temporary parking permits are also issued to vehicles which will only be on campus for a few weeks or less. All permits are issued free of charge.

Parking Decal Placement By Vehicle

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Parking Regulations

Vehicles may only be parked in clearly designated (via white-lined) legal parking spaces. Areas which are posted with signs or have yellow pavement painting indicating a restriction or prohibition of parking (service vehicles, loading zones, fire lanes, etc.) must be observed and complied with. Parking in or along the roadway, in any travel lane, taking more than one parking space, blocking another vehicle, or parking on the lawn are all prohibited. It is neither possible nor desirable to post all areas on campus where vehicles may not park. Specifically, vehicles are prohibited from all lawns, except when specifically authorized. (Such authorized events which allow parking on Whitnall Field include Admission Open House, First Year Arrival Day, etc.) Driving or parking on any sidewalks or pedestrian walkways is strictly prohibited. Parking regulations are in effect 24 hours a day throughout the entire year, including breaks in the academic calendar.

During the hours of 3:00 a.m.–7:00 a.m., parking is only allowed in the General Use lot.
  • Student parking: Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Students may not park in any of the following designated faculty and staff parking areas on campus:
    • Library lot
    • Dana roadway
    • Lally Lane
    • Huntington, 113 Broad St., Bryan roadway
    • Base Camp and the Buildings & Grounds lots
    • Lineberry pool lot
    • North and west sides of Reid Athletic Center
    • South Reid lot

    Upper campus restrictions

    Except for those students with disabled, medical, or special parking permits, students may not park in these upper campus areas:
    • Coop
    • Coop West
    • Human Resources
    • Alana Cultural Center
    • Saperstein Jewish Center
    • Olin Hall
    • 100 Hamilton Street
    • Merrill House lot and circle drive
    • Campus Safety
    • Academic Drive
    • Alumni Hall
    • Spear House
    • J.B. Colgate Hall
    • Conant House
    • Chapel House
    • Curtis Hall
    • Drake Hall

    Lower campus restrictions

    With the exception of students with disabled, medical, or special parking permits, only students with off-campus permits may park in the 113 Broad St. lot, and designated areas of Lally Lane (except for those areas posted for faculty/staff).
  • Restricted driving areas: Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Students are prohibited from driving beyond the Frank Dining Hall roundabout, into the Spear House lot, Conant House Roadway, uphill towards the Alumni Hall lot, and Chapel House Roadway between the hours of 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Student Parking: After 3:30 p.m. weekdays, all day Saturdays and Sundays
    After 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and all day on Saturdays and Sundays, parking is permitted in any designated, unrestricted, legal parking space on campus. The Monday–Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. student parking restrictions no longer apply, with the exception of the faculty/staff spaces at the library.

    Exception

    During the hours of 3 a.m.–7 a.m., parking is only allowed in the General Use lot.
  • Broad Street residential facilities
    Parking at Broad Street houses, for residents/members only, is available behind the buildings. Parking in the driveways of these houses is prohibited.
  • Off-campus students
    Students who live in off campus (non-university-owned property) are issued a yellow off-campus permit and are allowed to park in the 113 Broad St. lot and designated areas of Lally Lane between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 a.m. If these areas are full, the General Use lot located between Tyler’s Field and the hospital may be utilized. The 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. parking prohibition applies to all lots with the exception of the General Use lot.

Parking Map

Parking Violations and Fines
Violation number Parking Violation Fine
00
Driving or parked on sidewalk or walkway
Vehicles parked or driving on sidewalks or pedestrian walkways are strictly prohibited. Vehicles in violation may be towed at the owners' expense. (See towing below)

$50
01
Parked in a Space for the disabled
Only vehicles that display a valid state-issued license plate or permit for the disabled, or a university-issued parking permit for the disabled may park in a space for the disabled. Medical permits do not authorize parking in spaces designated for the disabled. Vehicles in violation may be towed at the owners' expense. (See towing below)

$50
02
Fire hydrant
Vehicles may not park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant. Vehicles in violation may be towed at the owners' expense. (See towing below)

$50
03
Parked in a fire lane, roadway, or tow zone
Vehicles may not park in any designated fire lanes, travel lane, or along a roadway, or tow zone. Vehicles in violation may be towed at the owners' expense. (See towing below)

$50
04
Student Vehicle Parked on Upper Campus, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Students are prohibited from parking their vehicles in any of the upper campus parking lots between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Upper campus is defined as all areas above and including James B. Colgate Hall. Only faculty and staff, and students with disabled, medical, or special permits, are allowed to park on the upper campus during these hours. Student vehicles that are registered or unregistered which receive three or more parking tickets for being parked on upper campus Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (in violation of #04) while the student is enrolled at Colgate will be towed at the owners' expense. (See towing below) (Also see #10 below.)

Student vehicles that are registered or unregistered and student vehicles that have received three or more parking tickets for being parked on upper campus Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (in violation of #4), while the student is enrolled at Colgate will be towed at the owners' expense.

$35
05
Parked on the lawn
Except for specifically approved events, vehicles may not park on the lawn.

$30
06
Vehicle parked between 3 a.m. to 7 a.m.
Throughout campus, parking is prohibited between the hours of 3 a.m. and 7 a.m., 7 days a week. Exceptions: Parking is permitted in the University Court, Parker and Newell Apartment parking lots, with the exception of the roadways, where parking is prohibited. Students may park overnight in General Use lot located between Tyler’s Field and the hospital. Vehicles with parking permits for the disabled and/or medical passes with overnight privileges may also park overnight.

$25
07
Not a legal space
Vehicles may only be parked in clearly designated (via white-lined) legal parking spaces. These violations include, but are not limited to, parking in a travel lane, blocking another vehicle, taking more than one parking space.

$25
08
Visitor parking only
Visitor parking is reserved in front of James B. Colgate Hall, Lally Lane and South Reid lot. These are for visitors to campus and not for faculty, staff, or students.

$25
09
15-minute parking only
The 15-minute parking spaces at McGregory Hall and at J. B. Colgate Hall are on upper campus. The 15-minute parking space at Case Library, a faculty/staff lot, cannot be utilized by students between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

$25
10
Faculty/staff parking only
Only Faculty and staff may park in spaces and lots specifically designated as reserved for faculty and staff. This includes all upper campus lots between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The following areas on lower campus are restricted to faculty and staff parking only: The Library lot, Dana Roadway, portions of Lally Lane, Huntington lot, Base Camp, Bryan Roadway, Lineberry lot, north and west sides of Reid Athletic Center, South Reid lot and the Buildings & Grounds lot.

Exception: Vehicles with disabled, medical, or special decals/permits may park in these lots.

$25
11
Loading zone
Loading zones allow access to buildings and must be kept clear of vehicles, particularly at the bookstore, mail center and at all dining halls.

$25
12
Restricted area
This violation pertains to vehicles parked in spaces not permitted by the issued permit or in areas restricted by specific signage.

$25
13
Unregistered vehicle, or invalid permit
All vehicles parked on campus must be registered with the Campus Safety Department. Vehicles parked on campus which are not registered with the Campus Safety Department and do not possess a valid parking decal (in violation of #13) which accrue $150.00 or more of parking tickets (paid or unpaid) while enrolled at Colgate will be towed at the owners' expense. Unregistered vehicles also in violation of any other towable offense, violation 01, 02, 03, 04, 06, or 10, will be towed at the owners' expense. (See towing below)

$25
14
Warning ticket, need to obtain permit
All vehicles parked on campus must be registered with the Campus Safety Department

$0
15
Warning ticket, parked illegally
Vehicles may only be parked in clearly designated (via white-lined) legal parking spaces.

$0
16
Restricted driving area
Students are prohibited from driving beyond the Frank Dining Hall roundabout, into the Spear House lot, Conant House Roadway, uphill towards the Alumni Hall lot, and Chapel House Roadway between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

$35
17
Snow removal
During snow season, in order to assist with snow removal, vehicles in violation of the 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. parking restriction will be towed at the owners' expense. (See towing below)

Towing at owner's expense

Payment of Fines

All fines are payable at the Office of Accounting and Control within ten days of receipt of the ticket. Students must pay all outstanding fines before grades and transcripts will be released. Faculty and staff are expected to pay all fines within ten days of receipt of the ticket. The Office of Accounting and Control will forward bills to those with outstanding balances and fines. Fines not paid within 30 days will be deducted via university payroll.

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Towing

All vehicles towed are done so at the owner's expense. Vehicles properly displaying a valid decal or permit are considered to be registered. Any registered vehicles towed to the Townhouse Apartments will be assessed a tow fee of $130.00 plus tax. Vehicles not properly displaying a valid decal or permit are considered to be unregistered. The fee for unregistered vehicles towed to VonBank’s Collision and Service Center starts at $160.00 plus tax. A storage fee will also be assessed by the tow company starting at the time of the tow. A tow claim slip must be obtained from the Campus Safety Department Office and then presented to the tow company before any vehicle is released. Any vehicle eligible for towing in which the owner returns to the vehicle, or the vehicle is moved before the arrival of VonBank’s Collision and Service Center, shall be assessed a drop charge of $85.00 plus tax.

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Services Provided to Disabled Vehicles

Upon request, the Campus Safety Department will assist on-campus motorists with disabled vehicles by providing a jump-start. In addition, the department also provides assistance to those who have locked their keys in their vehicle. Call the Campus Safety Department at 315-228-7333.

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Motor Vehicle Accidents

The Campus Safety Department responds to all motor vehicle accidents occurring on campus. Campus Safety will contact and request the Hamilton Police or, if unavailable, another law enforcement agency to conduct the accident investigation.

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