Parking Facilities and Privileges
All areas and facilities in the university parking system are controlled. Permit areas are designated as follows: Faculty/Staff, Student, Reserved, or Handicapped. There are signs present to specify the specific designation of each parking area. Designated areas may be revised as parking needs change. Use of certain lots may be temporarily restricted to facilitate special events, construction, maintenance, or other unusual circumstances.
All vehicles parked on IU Northwest property must properly display an IU Northwest parking permit. Permits will not be issued to anyone who has not paid all of their outstanding fees or fines with the Office of the Bursar and Office of Parking Services.
Regulations are in effect and enforced at all times and are subject to amendment as approved by the chancellor of the campus.
- All vehicles must properly display a parking permit (see Permit Display for detailed instructions).
- The speed limit for motor vehicles on university property is 10 miles per hour. No vehicle may be operated in any parking lot at a greater speed than is reasonable and prudent under existing conditions.
- Pedestrians have the right of way at all times. Both pedestrians and vehicles must comply with all traffic signals.
- Legal parking of motor vehicles on university property is confined to areas designated for that purpose or as directed by University Police and the Office of Parking Services. Parking is prohibited on lawns, in construction areas, or any other place which will mar the landscape of the campus, create a hazard, or interfere with the use of university facilities by others. Violators are subject to violation tickets and cars may be towed or the Boot may be applied.
- Yellow markings designate No Parking Zones. Parking is not allowed at any building entrance, emergency zone, or loading and service vehicle dock/zone.
- Motorbikes, motorcycles, and motor scooters are subject to all regulations and must be operated only on streets designated for normal automobile use. A parking permit is required for motorcycles. Designated motorcycle areas should be used for parking.
- Any accident involving a motor vehicle on university property must be reported to the University Police, (219) 980-6501, at the earliest possible moment.
- The person in whose name a parking permit is issued is responsible for all violations by all vehicles displaying that person's permit. A citation will not be excused because another person was using the permit or vehicle.
- Any vehicle in violation of parking regulations or any which are abandoned may be towed and stored at the owner's expense. A vehicle will be considered abandoned if it is continuously parked on IUN property for longer than 2 days.
- IU Northwest honors faculty, staff, and student parking permits from all Indiana and Purdue University campuses in comparable parking areas. Vehicles owned by either Indiana or Purdue University and any other state of Indiana higher education institution may park in faculty/staff areas.
- Bicycles may not be chained or locked to undesignated university property or in areas prohibited by fire codes (doorways, corridors, stairways, fire exits, fire plugs, etc.). Bicycles may not be parked in spaces provided for motor vehicles.
- During special events, persons with valid IU Northwest parking permits are allowed to park in permit lots without charge.
- A person who accumulates five or more unpaid parking citations will receive a tow warning. The tow warning will give the violator 48 hours to settle all charges or the vehicle may be towed or the Boot may be applied. Fines for the fifth and any subsequent tickets will be doubled.
- Parking in a disabled space without the proper university issued permit is subject to tow and a fine.
- Parking in a reserved space without the proper university issued permit is prohibited. Violators will be towed and fined.
- Drivers of university vehicles are responsible for traffic violation notices received while they are operating the vehicle.
- More than one meter violation parking citation can be issued in a twenty four hour period if more than four hours has elapsed since the first citation was issued.
Faculty/Staff parking areas are for faculty and staff permit holders. Vehicles with Faculty/Staff Parking Permits may park in Faculty/Staff and IU Permit Parking areas. Full-time faculty and staff who are students as well as students who are adjunct faculty or part-time employees are ineligible to purchase Faculty/Staff Parking Permits. Qualifying fees for full-time faculty and staff may be paid by payroll deductions, cash, check, or credit card. Purchase is dependent on having no record of unpaid fees or fines in the Office of the Bursar and Office of Parking Services.
- Full-time - $144.75 per year
- Adjunct - $14.50 per semester
- Biweekly - $87.00 per year
- Professional - $144.75 per year
- $7.25 per month if employed > 20 hours per week
- $3.75 per month if employed <= 20 hours per week
Students who are currently registered and on record in the Office of the Registrar or Office of Continuing Studies, with the exception of full‑time faculty and full-time appointed staff of IUN, are eligible to purchase Student Parking Permits. Vehicles with Student Parking Permits may park in areas designated IUN Permit Parking. After 5:30 p.m., Student Parking Permit holders may park in designated areas of Faculty/Staff parking areas except where otherwise posted. Some lots are restricted to Faculty/Staff Parking Permits only. Designated areas may be revised as parking needs change. Purchase is dependent on having no record of unpaid fees or fines in the Office of the Bursar and the Office of Parking Services. In accordance with the university policy for refunding academic fees upon withdrawal from school, a student may receive a refund during the first week of class for a given semester.
- $3.40 per credit hour, per semester (max. $61.20)
Non-Credit Continuing Studies Program Student Fees:
- $3.40 per semester
- A permit will be issued for the Non-Credit Continuing Studies Program student. This permit provides the same privileges as a Student Parking Permit.
Reserved spaces are reserved for the individual permit holder on a 24 hour basis. Only a limited number of these permits are available and are only for those who qualify based on employment classification. When the original owner relinquishes a reserved space, the reserved space status will be retired and the space will be converted to general parking. A significant premium is charged for this privilege. Purchase is dependent on having no record of unpaid fees or fines in the Office of the Bursar and the Office of Parking Services.
- $500.00 per year
IU Northwest Handicapped Parking Permit holders are authorized to park in IU Northwest handicapped identified parking spaces. All individuals parking in handicapped spaces must display an IU Northwest Handicapped Parking Permit. Individuals requesting a handicapped permit should contact Parking Services.
Either one of the following documentation should be submitted with the request:
- A copy of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles handicapped registration issued to the applicant.
- A copy of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles handicapped placard receipt issued to the applicant.
A temporary handicapped permit will be issued to those needing short-term handicapped parking. An individual is given two weeks to visit a physician and receive authorization in writing attesting to his or her disability. Upon receipt of this authorization, the Office of Parking Services will issue a thirty (30) day temporary handicapped permit. If the person requires the permit for more than thirty (30) days, the applicant must apply for a state issued placard or license plate and submit the appropriate documentation described above.
Handicapped permits replace an existing Faculty/Staff, Student, or Reserved Parking Permit, or they may be purchased at the regular rate of the permit that the individual is eligible to purchase. This does not include a motorcycle permit.
Visitors to the campus can be issued a temporary handicap permit for one or two days upon making a request to parking services.
- Faculty/Staff or Student - Rate of tag issued
One Day Visitor Fees:
- $2.00 per day
Special Event Fees:
- $2.00 per day
- $3.00 per year
Construction Parking Fees:
- $5.00 per month
Parking Meter Fees:
- Rate stated on meter
Permit Replacement Cost:
- Price determined by independent contractor
Violations and Fines
University violations are classified in groups for purposes of determining the amount of the fine.
Class A = $10.00
Class B = $20.00
Class C = $20.00
Class D = $50.00
Class E = $80.00
Citation files maintained in the Office of Parking Services are the official files of record.
Payment of Fines
All violation notices are to be paid or appealed within seven days of the date of infraction at the Office of Parking Services, Hawthorn Hall 102. If a violation is upheld during the appeal process, payment must be received by the Office of Parking Services, Hawthorn Hall 102 within seven days of the date of the appeal decision notification letter.
Please Note: The regulations enforced by Parking Services are internal administrative regulations of the university and do not replace state laws or municipal ordinances. In addition to the university parking violations described, any violation of state laws may result in the arrest of the violator and/or notice to appear before state or municipal courts.
IU Northwest Towing Policy
Vehicles parked within the IU Northwest campus may be towed if:
- The vehicle is in violation of towable offenses listed in "General Regulations"
- The vehicle has five or more outstanding violations
- The vehicle is abandoned
Vehicles are towed at the owners expense.
If a tow truck is called to the campus and the owner of the vehicle appears before the car is towed away, the vehicle may be released if the owner settles the required citations and pays a dry run fee to Office of Parking Services.
Filing an Appeal
You have a right to appeal the issuance of a fineable parking citation to the Parking Appeals Committee. Appeals are to be prepared in writing on the Parking Violation Appeal Form provided by the Office of Parking Services. A written explanation, supporting statement, or memorandum must be on or attached to the form along with the adequate and accurate information, diagrams, and/or pictures necessary to fully explain your reason for appeal. In order for your appeal to be considered by the Parking Appeals Committee, it must be received by the Office of Parking Services within seven (7) business days of the date of the violation notice. The Appeals Committee will advise you by mail of its decision on your appeal within approximately thirty (30) days after filing the appeal.
Additionally, you have the right to choose to appear in-person before the Parking Appeals Committee. This process will be permitted after the initial decision has been made on your appeal. If you are dissatisfied with the decision reached by the Parking Appeals Committee, an in-person appointment can be made with the committee to discuss your appeal. The request for an appointment must be made in writing and received within seven (7) days of the date of the appeal notification letter. The in person appointments are scheduled monthly and notification of the next meeting with be sent to you after receipt of your written request for an appointment. Requests for continuances must be communicated by telephone to the Office of Parking Services at (219) 980-6876, stating the reason you are unable to appear at the scheduled time and date. Hearings will then be rescheduled for a later time and date.
The decision of the Parking Appeals Committee is final.
I.C. 21-39-5 defines the authority of IU Northwest in regards to traffic and parking control. The regulations applicable to traffic and parking may include but are not limited to:
- Provisions governing the registration, speed, operation, parking and times, places, and manner of use of motor vehicles, bicycles, and other vehicles.
- Provisions prescribing penalties for the violations of regulations that may include the imposition of reasonable charges, the removing and impounding of vehicles which are operated or parked in violation of the regulations at the expense of the violator, and the denial of permission to operate vehicles on the property of such an institution.
- Provisions establishing reasonable charges and fees approved by the Board of Trustees for the registration of vehicles.
- Provisions regarding the use of parking spaces or facilities owned and operated by such an institution.