Appeal a Violation

The goal of the appeals process is to provide members of the college community with a way to resolve contested parking citations. The appeals process has been designed to:

  • provide information and assistance for the appellant
  • evaluate the effectiveness of campus parking regulations, signage and enforcement efforts and suggest ways to improve them
  • modify the behavior of repeat offenders

Filing an appeal - All parking violation appeals must be submitted in writing.

Parking Appeal Forms
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Required documentation to appeal a handicap violation must include:

  • photocopy of (valid) handicap hangtag
  • photocopy of individual's driver's license

Appeals related to the Vehicle & Traffic Laws violations of expired registration and inspection do not need to appear before the Appeals Board if you adhere to the following procedures:

  • Expired Registration - vehicle must be registered with the DMV within 15 calendar days of the date on the ticket in order to submit an appeal. You must provide proof of registration with the appeal.
  • Expired Inspection - vehicle must be inspected within 15 calendar days of the date on the ticket in order to submit an appeal. You must provide proof of inspection with the appeal.

Individuals who appeal all other violations of the Vehicle & Traffic Laws must appear in person before the Appeals Board. An appearance date will be assigned accordingly. You must appear on the scheduled hearing date and be prepared to pay the fine on the same day should the appeal be denied. A $15.00 surcharge will be assessed if full payment is not received the same day. Failing to appear for a scheduled appeal date shall be considered a plea of guilty and a $15.00 surcharge will be assessed for non-appearance.

In the case of both parking violations and Vehicle & Traffic law violations, your appeal must be submitted or postmarked within 15 calendar days of the date on the ticket. If the 15-day deadline is not met, your appeal will not be reviewed and any further right to appeal forfeited.

Only the operator of the motor vehicle who incurred the violation may appeal and/or appear in person to contest a violation.

Except in rare and unusual circumstances, the only proper basis for an appeal is evidence which suggests the cited regulation was not violated. Excuses such as "I didn't think it was a violation," "I didn't mean to do it," or "I saw other vehicles parked the same way" are not valid and will not be considered.

It is strongly encouraged that the appellant include supporting evidence such as documentation and/or statements from witnesses. In the absence of supporting evidence, the Appeals Board or Appeal Administrator are strongly inclined to accept the validity of the ticket as written.

Examples of defenses that are NOT grounds for appeal include:

  • student in the Visitor Lot/Visitor Metered Spaces
  • student without a valid parking registration for the semester
  • never received the ticket
  • did not know the parking rules
  • only parked a few minutes
  • parking lot was full
  • was late/weather was bad
  • had my flashers on
  • picking up/dropping off friends/books/labs etc.
  • someone else was using my car
  • inability to pay fine
  • co-worker/friend told me I could park there
  • repeat violations/multiple violations for same type

The Appeal Administrator has the authority to dispose of a case by:

  • upholding the charge(s)
  • upholding the charge(s) with a reduced
  • reducing the charges to a lesser offense
  • dismissing the charge(s)

The Appeal Administrator's decision will either be e-mailed or mailed to the appellant. The decision of the Appeal Administrator and/or Appeals Board is final.

If an appeal for a parking violation is denied, the fine must be paid within 15 calendar days of the decision, or late charges will be imposed.

Individuals who appeal a Vehicle & Traffic Law violation must appear in person on the scheduled hearing date and be prepared to pay the fine on the same day should the appeal be denied. A $15.00 surcharge will be assessed if full payment is not received the same day. Failing to appear for a scheduled appeal date shall be considered a plea of guilty and a $15.00 surcharge will be assessed for non-appearance.

Tickets related to the impoundment and/or immobilization of vehicles CANNOT BE APPEALED.

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