2022-2023 Student Handbook 
    Jun 15, 2024  
2022-2023 Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Safety and Parking Policies

Parking on Campus

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.

Parking is enforced 24/7 on campus, including holidays. However, we relax enforcement at the start of Fall and Spring semester for seven days following the first day of class to give you time to purchase a permit and display it in your vehicle. You may use B, C, and D spaces more freely during that time. A spaces, accessibility spaces, and fire lanes are still enforced. The university reserves the right to issue tickets, confiscate permits, revoke parking privileges, immobilize vehicles, and/or tow vehicles for failure to comply with parking policies. 

Campus parking lots are marked in accordance with the type of permit necessary for a driver to park within the lot; signage can be found at the entrance to most campus parking lots or within the lot.  The Department 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 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. 

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. 

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 visitor permits can be obtained for up to three days, free of charge. In rare cases, a long-term temporary permit may be issued for a total of fourteen days or fewer.  Contact the Department of Public Safety for instructions on how to obtain a temporary permit. The Ohio Wesleyan student sponsoring the temporary permit is responsible for all parking citations issued to the temporary permit.

Requests for temporary health-related parking permits must be approved through OWU’s Student Health Services and Accessibility Services Office. These permits are intended for students who do not qualify for a state issued accessibility permit, but have a mobility impairment that requires additional parking options. Once approved by either the Student Health Center or the Accessibility Services Office, a temporary permit will be issued by the Department of Public Safety. Students who have a state-issued accessibility permits may apply for and will be given anA (all access) parking permit from the Department of Public Safety at no charge, to use in addition to marked accessibility spaces

Issuance of a temporary health-related permit does not permit an individual to use an accessibility marked space, denoted by the universal symbol of an individual in a wheelchair, unless they have an approved state issued accessibility placard/plate that was issued to the student. Placards or plates issued to a third party may not be used by students for personal gain; doing so may violate state laws and is considered theft of services by the university.

Visitors who wish to attend evening and weekend events, such as lectures, concerts, or athletic events, may park in any non-residential lot (generally all lots east of S. Liberty St) between 5 p.m. and 6 a.m. Monday through Friday or any time Saturday and Sunday, unless otherwise posted for special event use. 

Visit Ohio Wesleyan’s page on parking policies for additional information, including how to purchase a permit and consequences for multiple parking violations.


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.