Parking Tickets & Citations
St. Thomas may issue parking tickets or citations to students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The cost of parking permits and daily fees, along with fines from parking tickets and citations, helps pay for the cost of parking, including lot maintenance and repair, and snow removal.
See the ticket types and fines listed below, including information on late fees. You can appeal a ticket or citation by sending a written note within 10 days of receiving the citation - see details below.
Types of Tickets and Citations
Outstanding citations may be billed to a student’s account at any time. The amounts listed here are subject to change without notice.
|Ticket Type||About the Ticket/Citation||Fine|
|Warning||A warning ticket may be issued for any violation. No fine is imposed. First time violators may still be issued citations and not a warning.||$0|
|Vehicle Registration Required||All vehicles parked on St Thomas property must either have a St. Thomas issued parking permit or pay by the hour to park. Permits and hourly parking require registration of the vehicle’s license plate number.||$15|
|No Overnight Parking||Vehicles without valid St. Thomas resident permits may not park overnight on the St. Thomas campus without prior approval of the Department of Public Safety and/or Parking Services. Only resident students with ramp permits can park overnight in the R2 or R3 levels of the Morrison Parking Ramp or the lower level of the Anderson Parking Facility.||$15|
|Not Within Marked Space||No vehicle may be parked in a space at an angle, on/or over a stall line.||$15|
|15-Minute Zone||No vehicle may be parked or standing in excess of 15 minutes in a zone marked “15 Minutes.”||$30|
|No Parking Zone||No motor vehicle may be parked in any space not specifically marked as a parking space or stall – no sign required.||$40|
|Snow Removal||Upon being given notice that a lot will be plowed to remove snow, vehicles must be moved by the posted time.||$40|
|No Valid St. Thomas Permit||No motor vehicle may be parked on the University of St. Thomas campus without a St. Thomas parking permit or authorization, except in designated visitor areas.||$40|
|Unauthorized Parking||Only vehicles assigned or authorized to park in specifically reserved or designated parking areas may be parked in these spaces. Unauthorized vehicles found in reserved or specifically designated parking stalls, parking lots, or roadways may be ticketed and/or towed at the owner/operator’s expense without further notice. A parking space that is coned off is considered a reserved space.||$40|
|Parked on Grass/Sidewalk||No vehicle may be parked between the boundary line of any parking lot and a sidewalk or any grassy area or area designated as a lawn.||$40|
|Obstructing||Vehicles may not be parked on any roadway in such a manner as to leave insufficient width of the roadway for free movement of vehicle traffic. When parallel parking, vehicles must be parked within 12 inches from the curb. Vehicles not parked far enough into a parking space as to leave the end of the vehicle hanging noticeably outside the parking space shall constitute a violation. Vehicles other than a commercial or university vehicle may not use any part of a dock area unless prior permission is obtained from the Department of Public Safety and/or Parking Services. No vehicle may be parked as to block vehicle access to any dumpster.||$50|
|Fire Lane/Fire Hydrant||Vehicles may not be parked in an area designated (with signs or yellow slashed lines) as a fire lane, along a painted curb, or within 10 feet of a fire hydrant. Due to potential emergency situations, parking in a fire lane, even for a moment, shall constitute a violation.||$100|
|Disability Zone/Ramp||Vehicles may not be parked in a space designated for disability parking, or disability loading/access, without displaying a current state-issued disability license plate or permit. The state fine by public law enforcement agencies of up to $200 may be imposed for this violation in conjunction with the UST fine of $100.||$100|
|Illegal Use of Permit||Illegal transfer of resident parking permits may result in your vehicle being ticketed, and/or towed as well as loss of parking privileges. Obtaining a parking permit under false pretenses or falsifying the information on the permit application, shall constitute a violation.||$100|
|Use/Possession of a Stolen/Altered/False Permit||The theft of, use or possession of a lost, stolen, invalid, false or altered parking permit constitutes a violation. This also may result in revocation of parking privileges. NOTE: Theft of a parking permit may result in criminal action being filed.||$200|
Late fees: once a citation is past due, a $5 late fee will be added.
Establishing ownership: if motor-vehicle records are required to establish ownership, an additional $25 fee will be added. If a student's family member is found to be the owner, all outstanding citations may be billed to the student's account at any time.
Appealing a Ticket or Citation
You can appeal a ticket or citation by sending a written note within 10 days of receiving the citation. Note: A citation may not be appealed if the vehicle or permit holder has any other unpaid fines.
- Students, faculty, and staff can submit their appeal via the St Thomas Parking Portal. (Click the "Outstanding Citations" link. If you do not find your citation listed there, click "Citation History", select the citation you wish to appeal and complete the "appeals comment" section.)
- Visitors can get an appeal form from the Parking and Transportation Services office in Anderson Student Center, room 253 or calling Parking and Transportation Services at 651-962-7275 to request a copy.
Call Parking and Transportation Services at 651-962-7275 with any questions.
An appeal should be based on the fact that the violation notice was issued in error or contrary to the regulations listed in the St. Thomas Parking Guides:
A lost permit, forgetfulness, parking only for a short period, failure to display parking permit, and/or not seeing the signs are unacceptable grounds for appeal.
The Parking Appeals Committee consists of faculty, staff and student representatives who review the written appeals. The appeals coordinator, who is not a voting member, will be present for informational and recording purposes only. Due to the nature of the committee, membership is kept confidential and appeals cannot be presented to the committee in person.
During the regular academic year, the appeals committee meets approximately every two- four weeks. Along with the time needed to process the decisions and issue appeals decision letters, the turnaround time for an appeal can be two to four weeks.
The committee adheres to the following procedures and responsibilities:
- The appeal form and citation must be received by the Parking and Transportation Services Office, within 10 days of the date the citation was issued. The appeal form must be filled out in its entirety.
- The payment of the citation under appeal is suspended without penalty during the appeal process.
- The committee will discuss and vote on the outcome of the appeal.
- The committee may decide to cancel the fine, reduce the fine or deny the appeal and keep the fine in place.
- All decisions made by the Appeals Committee are final.
- If an appeal is denied, failure to pay the issued citation within five days from the date of notice will result in a late fee.
- Fines that have been reduced by the committee will return to their original amount if not paid within five days of the date of notice.