Violations, Towing, and Penalties

Moving Traffic Violations

A. Everyone is expected to comply with Indiana law regarding the safe and lawful operation of a motor vehicle. The motor vehicle code is enforced on campus.
B. Access to the central campus is via the Main Gate and the East Gate and then only with permission. Access via any other gates or by sidewalks, etc., is prohibited unless specific permission has been granted.
C. Speed limits on campus are 20 miles per hour. Limits on roadways adjacent to campus are posted.
D. Indiana law requires seatbelt use. Buckle up for safety!


Vehicles may be towed away or immobilized at the owner’s expense for the following reasons with no liability by the University:
A. Parking on roadways, sidewalks, grass areas, driveways or fire lanes.
B. Any vehicle owned or operated by a person against whose vehicle(s) four citations have been issued.
C. Any vehicle not displaying proper parking decal or in unauthorized areas.
D. Any vehicle parked in violation of Special Football Parking Restrictions or snow removal guidelines.
E. Any vehicle blocking trash receptacles or loading areas.
F. Any vehicle parked in handicapped spaces without designated permit.
G. Any abandoned or junk vehicles. (Refer to Indiana Laws.)
H. Any reserved space or area.
Note that the towing company charges a daily storage fee in addition to a fee for towing.

Payment of fines, penalties and appeal process

The first parking citation is generally considered a warning and no fine is assessed. University parking citations must be paid or appealed at the Parking Office, room 119, Hammes Mowbray Hall, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Payments or appeals must be filed within 10 days of occurrence. Unpaid student fines will be placed on the student’s account. All faculty and staff members must pay fines or file appeals within the same prescribed time periods. No decal will be issued to faculty or staff with unpaid fines.

Card Access to Lots

Cards used to access various lots on campus are issued by parking services to authorized faculty, staff and selected graduate students. Cards are not transferable and may only be used by the person to whom it was issued. A substantial fee is charged for replacement of lost or stolen cards. Cards issued to those without current decals may be deactivated.

Appealing a Ticket

Any Ticket may be appealed to the Traffic and Parking Appeals Board.

Broad Representation on the Appeals Board
The Appeals Board is made up of members of the faculty, staff and student body. No one from the Security Office or Parking Services Office is a part of the Board.

Appeals Must Be in Writing on the Form Provided
Your appeal should be made in writing on an appeals form but may be made by writing a letter to the Board, attaching the ticket and including the following information: your University ID number, your vehicle decal number, the date of the ticket, the date of your appeal and your address.
Appeals can not be filed electronically via e-mail.

Download Appeal Form

We Will Write To You After Your Ticket Is Reviewed
Your appeal will have a fair review by the Board. The Board meets just once a week so it may take up to two weeks to review your appeal and send you notification. The decision of the Board will be communicated to you in writing. Please, do not call or stop at the Parking Office to find out the decision. We will write to you as soon as a decision is reached.

You Can Re-appeal In Person or In Writing
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the appeal, you may re-appeal the citation by either writing another appeal or by appearing in person before the Board. The second review and finding by the Appeals Board is final.

Ask for a copy of the traffic and parking regulations and map if you don’t have a copy.

The Parking Services Office is located in the Campus Security Building and is open from 8:00 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. They can be reached at (574) 631-5053.

  • On-campus emergencies- dial 911
  • Non-emergency calls - dial 574-631-5555
  • SAFEWALK - dial 574-631-5555

NDSP is a service organization whose product is safety.
When you don’t know who to call, contact us for assistance.