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2012-2013 Parking Information
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Those driving and parking on campus should always show consideration for pedestrians who have priority and to be aware that persons with disabilities use the campus.
Students are urged to use on-campus parking. Please respect the Universities neighbors by parking in the university lots rather than on neighborhood streets. Blocking driveways and access to trash containers on collection day can present problems for our neighbors. It is possible that your vehicle may be towed by the City of Worcester Police if you are parked illegally on city streets outside of our campus.
All vehicles parked on the Worcester State University campus are required to have a valid parking decal or visitor permit. Decal must be securely affixed to rear driver side passenger window. Visitor passes should be displayed on dashboard of vehicle.
Parking decals are not transferable from one vehicle to another and any attempt to do so may result in ticketing and or towing at the owners expense. It is the student's responsibility to insure that when parking a vehicle on campus they have a valid decal or day permit on their vehicle. In the event you have a rental car or a substitute vehicle a temporary pass maybe issued for the vehicle for no more than 10 days from the parking clerk. Additional decals can be received for second vehicle at OneCard office 1st floor Administration building.
Commuters must remove all motor vehicles after 12.00am and cannot be on campus before 05.00am, unless they have a valid overnight pass issued by an Institutional Security Officer or WSU Police employee.
UNIVERSITY PARKING AREAS:
Campus parking lots are provided for persons enrolled in classes at Worcester State University, persons conducting official business with the university, and faculty and staff who work at the university.
Parking areas on campus fall into the following categories:
During day hours of operation (8 am – 5 p.m.), some spaces are reserved for use by faculty, staff and visitors. Any reserved sign not indicating a time frame is 24 hours/365 days a year.
* To request a courtesy pass prior to your visit, please complete the following online form by click here.
Day parking permits are available through the switchboard operator in the Administration Building 1st floor. These are to be distributed to non-students only; any student who obtains a pass fraudulently may be ticketed and/or towed. Failure to abide by WSU parking policy may result in ticketing, and or towing and judicial sanctions through the WSU Judicial Affairs Office.
Visitors to the Admissions Office have designated parking spots on the south side of the Administration Building (see map). Prior to your appointment/tour, Admissions will send you a parking pass which needs to be displayed on your vehicle dashboard. If you are visiting without an appointment please park in an Admissions Visitor spot and proceed to the Admissions Office for a parking pass. Admissions phone: 508-929-8040
PEOPLE WALKING ON CAMPUS:
Visitors walking the campus may receive a semester long pass to walk when they meet the following criteria. Visitors may have to show a government issued ID to the parking clerk in room 102 Wasylean Hall. They are limited to one hour of parking in the gym lot in student spaces. A nominal fee may be charged for the semester which is non-refundable. You cannot be enrolled in classes for the semester in which you apply for permit. This pass is not transferable to any student at WSU for use as a student parking permit. This pass is issued in person at the parking clerk's office 08.00-04.15 Monday-Friday.
When this area is not staffed visitors must check in with University Police (Room 102, Wasylean Hall) to obtain a parking courtesy pass. Visitor passes can be requested online with at least 72 hours notice prior to arrival on campus, via the internet. To request a courtesy pass prior to your visit, please complete the online form.
Vendors must check in with University Police (Room 102, Wasylean Hall) to obtain a parking courtesy pass. To request a courtesy pass prior to your visit, please complete the online form, by clicking here.
Adjunct Faculty/Part-Time Employees (non benefitted)
Adjunct faculty and part-time employees are allowed to park in surface commuter lots, they are not allowed to park in reserved staff, or faculty parking spaces.
Part-time employees and adjunct faculty may not park in the garage unless they have paid for their decals. Decals can be purchased at the OneCard office during regular business hours, call 508-929-8888 for the cost of the decal.
Authorized Parking Space
The responsibility of finding an authorized parking space rests with the driver.
Lack of space, mechanical problems, and inclement weather conditions are not considered valid excuses for failure to comply with traffic and parking regulations.
Parking is by permit only in authorized within lined parking spaces.
All vehicles entering Worcester State University property with or without a permit must have a valid registration, valid emissions sticker and valid insurance.
All unlined areas on Worcester State University properties are considered fire lanes and may not be used for parking for any reason or any length of time unless directed by the WSU Police Department.
Parking in an illegal area may result in citations and/or towing at the owners expense.
PARKING PERMIT RULES
Permit Holder's Agreement
Upon qualifying for and accepting a parking permit, all permit holders agree that they fully understand and will abide by all Worcester State University parking and traffic regulations.
Failure to adhere to these regulations may result in penalties. Parking permits are required throughout the academic year for day, evening, weekend classes. Expired permits must be removed from vehicle display when a permit is renewed.
Lost permits and/or hanging tags must be formally reported to the Worcester State University Police Department in writing before a new permit can be acquired. Filing a false report may result in the permit holder's forfeiture of ability to acquire future parking permit privileges from Worcester State University. Parking is permitted in designated areas assigned to specific permit category.
Parking Space Availability
There are sufficient campus parking spaces at Worcester State University for normal employee and student academic activity; however, the available parking spaces may not be in a preferred area or convenient to each specific user of the campus.
A parking permit does not guarantee the holder a parking space in a particular lot or garage. Drivers should be aware that parking spaces are limited and available on a first come, first use basis within each parking area.
Employee and Faculty Hang Tags
All employee and faculty decals will be issued through the Parking Clerks Office (Room 102, Wasylean Hall). Employees and faculty can only pick up their own hang tag - no hang tags will be mailed or delivered.
All faculty members who are entitled to an "F" decal (as determined by the Faculty Union) must have a valid OneCard ID to pick up their hang tag.
All employees who are entitled to an "E" decal must have a valid OneCard ID to pick up their hang tag.
Hang tags and university issued keys and OneCard ID must be returned to Human Resources if the employee is separated from employment with the university (*retired full-time faculty are exempt from returning their hang tag) or takes a position with a different union on campus.
Motor vehicles displaying a valid handicapped license plate or official placard from the Registry of Motor Vehicles are allowed to park in designated handicapped parking spaces.
Commuters obtain their parking decal by mail at the beginning of the semester. If you have not received a decal by the start of classes please report to the One Card office or the Parking Clerks office.
Please bring the following with you: Student ID. The OneCard Office is located in the Administration Building 1st floor.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
8:15am - 7:00pm
Thursday 8:15am - 5:00pm
Friday 8:15am - 2:00pm
The Parking Clerk's Office is located in Wasylean Hall - Room 102.
The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:15 pm (closed from 1:00pm - 2:00pm for lunch).
Winter Weather Emergencies
During snow or other weather emergencies, parking advisories may be issued to inform the campus community of parking changes via the flag system. The Office of Residence Life may send e-mail and/or signage in the dormitory area in addition to the flag system.
Snow clearance is a priority; any vehicle interfering with plowing will be ticketed and/or towed.
Preferred Parking status may be suspended in all areas to accommodate the maximal use of garage parking. Garage parking is mandated to minimize parking lot usage for snow removal. Resident student permit holders must park where directed.
Speed Limit Regulations
All vehicles, including Worcester State University vehicles, electric carts, gas powered carts, bicycles, motorcycles, motorized scooters and all other wheeled vehicles are subject to these limits:
- Surface roadways 15 MPH
- Parking lots and garages 10 MPH
Traffic Control Regulations
All vehicles must stop at designated stop signs, stop lights and/or stop bars painted on the road surfaces.
All traffic must obey surface arrows, one way markers and signs.
Failure to abide by WSU traffic policy may result in judicial sanctions through the WSU Judicial Affairs Office and/or the permit holder's forfeiture of ability to acquire future parking permit privileges from Worcester State University.
Parking in the Garage:
Faculty and staff members who wish to park in the parking garage along with the commuter students may do so by purchasing a "C" decal at the same rate charged to students. This fee will contribute to the debt service on the garage. No one will be allowed to park in the garage without the appropriate "C" decal.
Any motor vehicle parked on campus after midnight will be considered parked overnight.
Motor vehicles displaying the "R" decal may be parked in appropriate designated parking areas overnight. All other vehicles on campus after midnight must be registered with University Police and must display a valid overnight parking permit. Guests who are parked overnight must remove their vehicle by 10 a.m. the following day, and the motor vehicle must be parked in the designated overnight parking areas. Motor vehicles in violation of this policy and procedure are subject to towing without notification at the owner's expense
All overnight guests * must be checked in with the (ISO) Institutional Security Officer stationed in Dowden and Wasylean Halls at 7.00pm. A guest's car may not be parked in the upper resident lot. Failure to abide by WSU parking policy may result in ticketing, and or towing and judicial sanctions through the WSU Judicial Affairs Office.
Overnight Guest, is any person on campus after 12.00am who is not a WSU resident student.
If you have any questions about the following information, please contact WSU Parking Clerk at 508-929-8887 or email@example.com.
The Parking Clerk's Office is located in Wasylean Hall - Room 102. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:15 pm (closed from 1:00pm-2:00pm for lunch).
For information on parking enforcement, paying parking tickets on-line and other traffic related information, please refer to the parking rules and regulations brochure.
Appealing a ticket:
All appeals must be received by the parking clerk within twenty-one (21) days of violation.
All appeals must be in writing either by letter or via the online appeal form at Worcester.edu/parking
Appeal forms are also available from WSU police department in room 102 Wasylean Hall.
All questions should be directed to the parking clerk at 508-929-8887 (recorded phone line)
Any questions or concerns regarding the issuance or enforcement of any ticket given by the WSU Police Department should be directed in writing, to the parking clerk.
Hearings will not be rescheduled and failure to appear for a hearing will result in a finding of responsibility for the defendant.
Parking violations and fines are published each year at the beginning of the Fall Semester. A parking brochure will be available upon decal issuance at publicized locations around campus and on the web at Worcester.edu/parking.
Penalties for Unpaid Fines:
Parking violations and fines at WSU are regulated by Chapter 90, Section 20A 1/2 of the Massachusetts General Laws. Under this provision of the law, all fines will increase by $5.00 if not paid within 21 days.
If the ticket is not paid in 45 days the ticket will increase by an additional $15.00.
When the Registry of Motor Vehicles becomes involved, a surcharge is added by the RMV of $20.00 for each violation. When the registered owner has not paid the fine imposed they will not be able to renew their license to drive and/ or vehicle registration at the Registry of Motor Vehicles until all marked tickets at WSU are paid.
Tickets can be paid to the parking clerk by following means.
Worcester State University OneCard is not accepted for the payment of fines.
Inquiries about the cost of violations should be made prior to arrival by calling Parking Clerk at 508-929-8887 (recorded line)
• Personal Check—Will be accepted during the initial 60 days after issuance date of the violation and should be made payable to Worcester State University
• Cash Payments—will only be taken by parking clerk for tickets that are not registry marked.
• Money order—should be made payable to Worcester State University
• Bank check—should be made payable to Worcester State University
You may pay tickets with a credit card via the web at: http://www.parkingticketpayment.com/Worcesterstate
Tickets that are registry marked can be paid by this method, you must contact parking clerk during regular business hours with the receipt number after payment to have registration /license renewed.
Any motor vehicle parked on university property which does not display a valid parking permit decal of courtesy pass is subject to citation and or towing without notice at the owner's expense.
Issuance of a parking permit does not guarantee the holder that on any given day space will be available in the designated or preferred area. Police officers or other officials may suggest alternate locations in such cases. All vehicles must be operated on university property in conformity with these Rules and Regulations, and with the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 90. Violators will be subject to penalties as listed under Penalties for Illegal Parking or Operating.
WORCESTER STATE UNIVERSITY ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR DAMAGES TO ANY VEHICLE OR ITS CONTENTS BY REASON OF FIRE, THEFT, VANDALISM, ACCIDENT, OR OTHER CAUSE.
ALL PARKING IS AT THE OWNER'S RISK.
REPORT ALL MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS ON CAMPUS TO CAMPUS POLICE DEPARTMENT ROMM102 WWASYLEAN HALL 508-929-8911 (recorded line).
MASSACHUSETTS LAW REQUIRES STUDENTS TO REGISTER WITH THE COMMONWEALTH ALL OUT-OF-STATE MOTOR VEHICLES WITHIN 30 DAYS OF THE TIME THE VEHICLE IS BROUGHT INTO MASSACHUSETTS. MASSACHUSETTS LEVIES A $50.00 FINE AGAINST UNREGISTERED OUT -OF-STATE STUDENT MOTOR VEHICLES. (CHAPTER 90, SECTION 3.
Q: I'm a night student and on campus only after 4 p.m. Do I need a decal?
A: Yes. All vehicles on campus must display a valid parking decal or pass while parked on campus.
Q: What should I do if my original decal is on a car I sold, or that vehicle is no longer on the road?
A: Resident Students should, if possible, scrape the old decal off your vehicle and bring it to the Office of Residence Life where you'll complete a form to obtain a new decal. You'll be issued a replacement decal at no charge for your next vehicle. Your old decal will be voided in the university's computer system. Commuter students should inquire with the OneCard Office.
Q: My car has a decal, but it's being repaired. Can I borrow someone else's car for a few days and keep that one on campus?
A: Yes, you can keep a borrowed car on campus; however you need to come to the Office of Residence life to obtain a temporary parking pass at no charge if you are a resident student. All other community members need to come to the Parking Clerks Office at the WSU Police Department to obtain a temporary parking pass at no charge. Temporary passes expire on the date printed at bottom of permit.
Q: I don't normally have a car on campus, but I just need to bring one for the week. Can I get a temporary pass?
A: Yes. For resident students who don't have a vehicle with a decal, temporary parking passes can be obtained the Office of Residence Life. These passes are limited and there is no guarantee of approval
Q: My doctor says I can't walk long distances; can I park in handicapped parking?
A: No. Drivers are only allowed to park in handicapped parking if they have handicapped plates or an appropriate handicap permit. If you have a health concern that limits your ability to walk to and from campus buildings, bring documentation from your health care provider to the Health Services Office in room G-209 the Gymnasium 2nd floor .If your request is approved by Health Services, they will issue you a pass to park in other specifically defined areas. This does not allow parking in Handicapped spaces
Q: A friend is visiting my residence hall. Can he/she park his/her car on campus?
A: Yes. Visitors are welcome on campus. They must get a day or overnight pass at the WSU Police department or (ISO) Institutional Security Officer in the lobby of Wasylean or Dowden Hall. Guests must be signed into the residence hall in order to get an overnight pass. The pass will specify which lot to park in. Guests must park in lower lot whilst getting decal or visitor spaces in upper lot.
Students, staff or faculty may not park their vehicles in visitor spaces anywhere on campus.
Q: I can't get to the Parking Clerks Office during business hours for a temporary pass. What should I do?
A: In most cases, the WSU Police Department can issue you a temporary pass. For decals and multiple day passes, please call the Parking Clerk (8887) or One Card Office (8888) to discuss alternative ways to obtain your decal/pass.
I do not have my decal/ hangtag what should I do?
Contact University Police at 508-929-8911 (Recorded line)
They will direct you as to how to park without being ticketed .
Out of State Student Drivers:
Pursuant to the provisions of M.G.L c.90 § 3, as amended by chapter 46 of the acts of 2003, , this form must be completed in quadruplicate by every nonresident enrolled as a student at a public or private school or college in the Commonwealth during any period beginning on September 1st of any year and ending on August 31st of the following year, who operates a motor vehicle in Massachusetts that is registered in another state or country. This applies to students commuting from out-of-state to a school in Massachusetts and students temporarily residing in Massachusetts, whether living on campus or not. This completed form must be filed with the Police department in the city or town where the school is located. The Police department must provide a copy to the school, the local assessor, and the RMV.
The school will issue the required decal, which must be affixed to the uppermost center portion of the windshield.
The penalty for a nonresident’s failure to comply as required is up to $200.00.
This form applies to students commuting from out-of-state to a school in Massachusetts and students temporarily residing in Massachusetts. The school will issue the required decal, which must be affixed to the uppermost center portion of the windshield. The penalty for failing to comply as required is up to $50.00.
This form is available online or the parking clerk’s office Monday –Friday 08.00AM-04.15PM.
The parking clerk will issue the decal at no cost to registered WSU Students in good standing.
One Card and valid registration and proof of insurance must be presented in order to obtain decal.