Parking and Motor Vehicle Use

The use of a motor vehicle at University of 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 college property. Drivers and owners are responsible to know all campus regulations for cars, motorcycles, mopeds and other motorized vehicles.

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 college is prohibited. Community members may not have a motor vehicle at University of Northwestern without personal liability and property damage insurance.

Freshmen (students with less than 30 earned college credits) living in college housing are not permitted to have a vehicle on college property. Appeals are available, but are only accepted for extreme circumstances.

Community members who register their vehicles and pay the permit fee are issued a vehicle permit. Costs for permits are $240 for resident parking (including residents of Knutson, Hartill, Moyer, South, Southeast, Snelling Terrace and Antioch residence halls) and $200 for commuter parking. Motorcycle permit fees are $50.

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.

Vehicles should be registrered via the link on the Public Safety channel on theROCK.

Temporary Permits

If a community member has an unregistered vehicle on college property, a temporary permit must be obtained from the Public Safety office (Berntsen Library room 011) or at 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. 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.). 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.

Resident students who have motorcycles, motor scooters, or motorbikes must park them on the concrete pads across from door #9 in Knutson Hall and across from door #2 in 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 Only” areas.

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Student Parking

Due to limited space, Hartill, Knutson, Moyer, South, Southeast, Snelling Terrace, Antioch and Arden Hall resident students 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 from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.

For your convenience, 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 appropriate 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) or at nwc.edu/publicsafety.

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Visitor Parking

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

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Reserved Parking

Reserved parking spaces are intended for designated college personnel. The college asks that you respect these spaces by not parking there. Students who park in these spaces will be issued appropriate 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/staff to park in general parking lots between 6 a.m. and 1 a.m., Sunday through Saturday. 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., Sunday through Saturday. 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. Commuters are allowed to park in the Pond Lot during daytime hour but not overnight without permission from Public Safety.
Residence Lot Permit – A Residence Lot Permit allows resident students with this permit to park
in their designated residence lot 24/7.

Visitor Permit 

Visitors to campus may obtain a Visitor pass from the Public Safety office or the Checkpoint which allows them to park in any visitor space on campus, General Parking Lots or Residence 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 a valid Resident parking permit. Those with a permit for another residence hall, Commuters and faculty / staff are not permitted here.

Student Center Reserved Spaces–These are multi-purpose spaces for guests, faculty and staff. Guests of students are allowed to park in the Visitor Parking spaces after they have registered at the front desk of the Student Center. 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 vehicle owner’s expense. Also, parking is not permitted in the reserved parking spaces along the building unless it is reserved for you. Reserved parking spaces are indicated with signs placed in front of the spaces. They are to be used by the designated personnel only. 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 and faculty/staff are not permitted here.

Upper Riley (Lot C)

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.

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 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.

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. It also has a few a spaces along the third base line near the outfield. 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 for those people who work in the building (KTIS personnel and Communication and Broadcasting faculty and staff) and their guests. There is no student parking allowed in the Mel Johnson Media Center parking lot at any time. Students must either walk to their classes or take the UNW Campus Shuttle bus.

South Residence Lot

A limited number of students who live in South Campus are allowed to park in the parking lot near their residence hall provided they display the proper permit. South 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-Friday and between 6 a.m. and 1 a.m. on weekends.

Southeast, Snelling Terrace and Antioch Residence Lots

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 1a m. Monday through Friday and between 6 a.m. and  1 a.m. on weekends.

Residents living in Southeast, Snelling Terrace and Antioch apartments may park along the frontage road in front of the apartments. During the winter months, cars parked along this road must be moved after any snowfall of two inches or more. The City of Roseville will ticket and tow any remaining cars as necessary. Please be aware of the weather forecast to avoid these charges from the city.

Southeast, Snelling Terrace and Antioch 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  xcessive noise from a vehicle that disturbs the apartments above. The fee for replacing a lost or damaged garage door opener is $35.

Street parking across from The Row on East Snelling Service Drive

This area is not property that is owned or operated by University of Northwestern. A valid UNW 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 college property during the snow event.

Northwestern Office 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 yellow curbs or yellow stripe on the pavement. There are also a number of posted “No Parking” areas around campus. In addition, University of 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.

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 defined as the times between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday through Saturday. Parking in these lots overnight can result in your vehicle being subject to towing as well as receiving the appropriate citation(s). If you need to leave your vehicle overnight, please contact Public Safety at 651-631-5310 to receive instructions on where to leave your vehicle.

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 Robertson Student Center 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 and must be made within ten (10) days after the citation has been issued. Appeals made after ten days will not be accepted. Citation Appeal Forms are available in the Public Safety office.

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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