2019-2020 Student Handbook 
    Jul 10, 2020  
2019-2020 Student Handbook

Public Safety and Parking Policies

Clery Act

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Safety and Security Reporting Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses.   Ohio Wesleyan’s most current Clery Report can be found online.

Parking on Campus

All students are independently responsible for understanding Ohio Wesleyan’s parking regulations and for knowing in which parking lots and areas of campus they may park. All parking permits are non-transferable and non-refundable. Vehicles found with fictitious or altered permits, or permits not registered to the specific vehicle on which the permit is displayed, will be immobilized, or towed and impounded at the owner’s expense. Unauthorized parking, improper registration, or improper operation of motor vehicles on campus is prohibited.

All parking restrictions are enforced on the academic side of campus beginning the first day of fall and spring classes. Restrictions are not enforced on the residential side of campus until 5 p.m. on the seventh day of fall semester to give students time to purchase and affix their University parking permits. However, all vehicles must be parked in a marked B or C parking spot. (With the exception of the lots at Sanborn Hall and Austin Manor—all University lots west of Washington Street are considered residential lots.)


As a non-motorized vehicle, a bicycle is permitted on campus sidewalks, driveways and related streets for transportation use. Bicycles should be stored in the bicycle racks located throughout campus property. Bicycles are not permitted inside public buildings and bicycles that are locked to objects other than bicycle racks, specifically but not limited to handrails, trees, benches, and signs, are subject to immediate removal and confiscation.

If a bicycle is confiscated, it will be retained by the Public Safety Department. Bicycle owners may pick up their bicycles only to remove them from campus. If a bicycle is not claimed after six months, it may be converted to University use, donated, discarded, or destroyed.

Skateboards, Longboards, Non-motorized Scooters, etc. (Non-Motorized Vehicles)

Non-motorized vehicles are permitted on campus sidewalks, driveways and related streets for transportation use. These non-motorized vehicles are not permitted for recreational use anywhere else on campus – in particular not on any buildings, architectural features on or near any University buildings or property.

Any non-OWU persons found to be violating the above guidelines will be asked to leave University property and could be subject to criminal charges. OWU students found to be violating these guidelines are subject to student conduct charges.

Parking Permits

Several types of parking permits are issued each year. These include: Faculty/Staff Permits, Student Parking Permits, Temporary Permits, Temporary Health-Related Permits, and OWU Visitor Permits.

Student Parking Permits

Campus parking lots are marked in accordance to the type of permit necessary for a driver to park within the lot; signage can be found at the entrance to all campus parking lots.  The Office of Public Safety strives to utilize the available parking spaces in the best manner possible. As such, adjustments may be made as necessary to accommodate as many students as is possible.  When this occurs, the signage at those lots will also be updated to reflect the permits necessary to park in the affected parking lot. 

A list of areas designated as B, C or D permit parking will be provided to the student upon receipt of a parking permit sticker, available for pick up from the Public Safety Department once the online application has been completed (you can apply for a permit at www.tocite.net/owu/viewpermit).  Parking spaces are subject to reclassification throughout the academic year to accommodate parking needs.

  • Series A Permits are available to OWU faculty and staff. Series A Permits can be assigned temporarily to students who have qualifying mobility impairments/disabilities if the student applies through the Office of Public Safety. Series A Permit holders may park in any A, B, C, or D permit parking areas, unless indicated by signage.

  • Series B Permits are available to sophomore, junior, and senior students. Series B Permit holders may park in any B, C or D permit parking area, unless indicated by signage.)

  • Series C Permits are available to all first-year students. Series C permit holders may park in any C or D permit parking, unless indicated by signage.

  • Series D parking permits are available to all students free of charge. Series D Permit locations include the Jay Martin Soccer Complex, Meek Aquatic Center, and designated spaces in the Selby Stadium parking lot. All other areas are prohibited.

To register a vehicle and purchase an OWU parking permit, students must provide proof of vehicle ownership with either a family-related or personal registration/title.  For vehicles owned by a company or corporation, students must provide secondary proof of ownership.  Student parking permits may be purchased online using a debit or credit card (www.tocite.net/owu/viewpermit), or onsite at the Public Safety office using credit/debit card or check.  Cash payments are not accepted. Permits will be available for pick up at the Public Safety office the next “business day” following completion of the online application and payment.

Any unauthorized use of a University parking permit may result in confiscation of the permit, suspended parking privileges, OWU conduct charges, and possible criminal charges.

Students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to utilize on-campus parking whenever possible to reduce congested street parking and free space for area residents who generally are not permitted to park on campus.

Temporary Parking Permits

Temporary permits can be issued for a total of 14 days or less during OWU’s academic year at no cost through the Department of Public Safety at Smith Hall.

Temporary Health-Related Parking Permits

Requests for temporary health-related parking permits must be approved through OWU’s Student Health Services. All temporary health-related permits will be issued by the Public Safety Department. Students who have a state-issued handicap permit will be given a Series A (all access) University parking permit from the Public Safety Department at no charge.

OWU Visitor Parking Permits

Visitors who wish to attend evening and weekend events, such as lectures, concerts, or athletic events, may park in any non-residential lot between 5 p.m. and 6 a.m. Monday through Friday or any time Saturday and Sunday, unless otherwise posted for special event use. Students also are permitted to park in academic lots during these times, even if their parking permits are not valid for the lots at other times.

If a friend or family member will be visiting and parking on campus at other times, students may obtain a visitor parking permit, free of charge, which will be valid for up to three days.

Visitor permits are available from Public Safety during normal office hours or after hours from a Public Safety Officer by calling 740-368-2222. Whenever possible, students should contact the Public Safety Office during regular business hours to obtain the permit. Ohio Wesleyan students are responsible for any traffic citation(s) a visitor may receive, so it is very important to make sure visitors are aware of appropriate parking areas and regulations.

Daytime visitor parking is available in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center and the Meek Aquatics and Recreation Center lot without a visitor permit. (No parking is allowed between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. in the Hamilton-Williams parking lot without a special overnight permit, with the exception of spaces marked for B permit parking on the southwest side of the parking lot.)

Visitor permits are required for daytime parking in all other on-campus visitor spots, including those in front of Edwards Gymnasium.

Parking Fines

Motor vehicles found in violation of campus parking regulations will be issued parking tickets. Vehicles illegally parked in handicap spaces, no parking zones, fire lanes, reserved employee parking spaces, interfering with University business, or otherwise obstructing traffic may be towed without warning.  Any vehicle receiving more than four tickets in an academic year may be booted on all subsequent violations in addition to receiving a ticket. Vehicles not displaying a valid registration are subject to vehicle immobilization on the third ticket.

Students may appeal parking and other motor vehicle citations that are issued by the Public Safety Office.  Students who choose to appeal must fill out an appeal form.  Affirmed citations must be paid by the students to whom they are issued.  No further appeals are allowed. 

Vehicles may be booted for up to 72 hours, during which time the locking mechanism may be removed by paying a $75 fine. The boot removal fine may be paid online or at the Public Safety Office located in Smith Hall, room 120, cash or check accepted. Credit cards are accepted during normal business hours only. If paid online, a copy of the email receipt must be provided prior to removal of the immobilization device.

If a vehicle is immobilized for any reason and extenuating circumstances result in deferring the $75 boot fee at the time of removal, an additional $20 administrative fee will be assessed as a result of the deferment. The total cost of removal of the boot with deferred payment is $95.

After 72 hours, the vehicle may be towed at the owner’s expense, and any ticket or boot fees will be added to the overall cost of recovering the vehicle. Vehicles that cannot be booted for any reason, including tire size, are subject to immediate towing. After a vehicle has been booted three times, the student may lose all on-campus parking privileges, and the student’s vehicle may be towed from any campus property.

Any immobilization fees must be paid at the Public Safety Department in Smith Hall Room 120 —cash or check are accepted (credit/debit cards are accepted during normal office hours only) —before a vehicle will be released. Boot fees cannot be transferred to a student account. All other parking fines must be paid at the Cashier’s Office in University Hall Room 018. Unpaid fines will be transferred to the student’s account with a posting fee per citation as determined by the Student Accounts Office.

Improperly removing a boot may damage a vehicle as well as the boot and may result in criminal and OWU conduct charges. Vehicle boots are to be removed only by Public Safety Department personnel.

Parking Meters

Parking meters have been installed in several key locations throughout campus. Meters are enforced 24/7 and must have time showing whenever a vehicle is parked in the metered space, or enforcement action may be taken.


Please contact Public Safety at 740-368-2222 with questions about Parking Policies.