Campus Safety

Parking Regulations

A. General

The University strongly encourages use of alternative and environmentally friendly forms of transportation. For example, students and employees may purchase Salem bus passes at a 50% discount, get the special educational membership rate for the two on-campus Zip Cars, rent a bike at the Willamette Bike Shop, or find another student or colleague to share a Carpool permit.

  1. It is your responsibility to know and abide by these Parking Regulations. Lack of knowledge of these regulations is not justification for appealing a citation.
  2. Speed Limit: 10 miles per hour, without exception.
  3. Oversize Vehicles: RVs, buses, trailers, moving vans, etc., may not be parked on campus.
  4. Disabled Parking Spaces: a State disabled permit AND a University parking permit are required. A map of campus disabled parking space locations and power-assist doors is available on request.
  5. Restricted Areas: Effective 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, a vehicle parked in a fire lane, crosswalk, handicap space, loading zone, no-parking area, sidewalk, driveway, landscaped area, et al., is subject to immediate towing at the owner's expense. However, you may request permission to temporarily park in certain restricted areas by contacting Campus Safety in advance.
  6. Loading Zones: limited to 15 minutes, while actively loading or unloading.
  7. Citations/Appeals: citations must be paid or appealed within five business days. Refer to Section G. for appeal process information.
  8. All vehicles parked on campus must be in operable condition.
  9. Theft/Damage: Willamette University and Tokyo International University of America are not responsible for theft from or damage to vehicles parked on University property; however, if your vehicle is damaged or items are stolen, contact Campus Safety immediately to initiate an investigation/report.
  10. Sleeping in vehicles overnight is prohibited.
  11. With a valid parking permit, you may leave your vehicle on campus over the summer. However, if maintenance of parking lots, building, or grounds requires that your vehicle be moved, it will be towed to an alternate campus location at your expense.  To avoid the possibility of this expense you may leave a key with Campus Safety; an officer will move your vehicle at no cost to you, if necessary.
  12. The University partners with Mission Mill and Bush Elementary School to prevent illegal parking on their property.

B. Parking Permits

Valid Willamette University parking permits are required year-round, at the times posted in every lot.

Standard permits are valid in any Standard lot (identified as Permit Parking Lot on this map). The purchase and proper display of a current Standard parking permit allows an individual to park in a Standard lot if there is a legal parking space available. Possession of a permit does not guarantee space availability.

Reserved permits are specific to an assigned Reserved lot; a space is guaranteed.

Kaneko Commons Residents: Reserved parking is available only in the Kaneko parking lot; Standard parking is available only in the lot south of the softball field.

Carpool permits are valid in any Standard lot, or in marked Carpool spaces in the Visitor Parking lot between 7am and 2pm Monday-Friday.  Carpool is defined as two or more non-resident Willamette University students and/or employees.

  1. To be valid, a permit must be current and hanging from the rear-view mirror.
  2. Permit Cost: Standard = $135/year, $90/spring, summer/$45.  Reserved = $420/year, $350/year for Kaneko Commons residents.  Carpool = $90/year, $60/spring.
  3. Re-sale: Permits are the property of Willamette University and may not be resold, loaned or gifted by the holder.
  4. Employee Permit Restrictions:
    • Employees may not purchase permits for their dependents who are students.
    • A permit for a second employee vehicle may be purchased, but only one vehicle may be on campus at any time. 
    • Before a permit will be issued, all outstanding fines must be paid.
  5. Permit Transferability:  Permits may be transferred to any vehicle you drive, excluding motorcycles/motorbikes and vehicles listed in section A.3.
  6. Lost Permit:  A replacement is $10.
  7. Limited-Use Parking Permit: A five-use permit is $10. Valid in Standard lots only.
  8. Permit Refund Schedule: 
Return the permit during: for a refund of:
Standard Carpool
August/September $135 $90
October $100 $70
November $75 $50
December/January $55 $35
February $35 $25
On or after March 1 $0 $0

9.  Temporary Mobility Impairment: If you have a short-term injury or illness which significantly reduces your ability to walk short distances, and you have a Standard or Reserved permit, you may request a free special permit to allow parking nearer to campus housing or academic buildings, for a period of up to two weeks. A specific space or area will be assigned. Disabled parking spaces may not be utilized for this purpose.

C. Motorcycle/Motorbike/Bicycle Parking

  1. Motorcycles, motorbikes and bicycles may park ONLY in designated racks or areas.
    Motorcycles/motorbike parking areas are at the south end of Lausanne Hall (off Winter Street), and on the west side of Matthews Parking Lot (off 12th Street), near the footbridge.
  2. No permit is required to park in designated racks or areas.
  3. Bicycles locked to railings or in hallways are subject to removal by Campus Safety.

D. Guest/Visitor/Other Parking Options

  1. The Guest/Visitor parking kiosk, located at the corner of Winter and Bellevue, is staffed Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Guests: University departments may reserve a parking space for department-sponsored guests (such as invited lecturers, artists, and prospective students, for example) at no charge.
    Visitors: Individuals such as event attendees, vendors, media representatives, personal guests of employees and members of the general public may purchase a one-day parking permit at the parking kiosk for $5 (all day) or $3 (p.m. only); $2 for summer parking.

  2. Parking Meters: There are a limited number of short-term meters at the north edge of the Sparks (main) parking lot, near the Montag Center (west side), in the Kaneko Commons lot (near the vehicle gate), and in the courtyard between Lausanne and Doney Halls.  Two longer-term meters may be found near the west side of Sparks Athletic Center.
  3. An online map of accessible parking spaces and building entrances will be available soon.  In the meantime, get a paper map from the kiosk attendant or the Campus Safety office.

E. Violations and Fines

Restricted Area violations:

These Violations may result in immediate towing 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, without advance notice to the owner!

Fire Lane $50
Disabled Parking $100
Reserved Parking $25
Visitor Parking without a Visitor Permit $15
Parking in a Loading Zone $15
Blocking/Impeding Traffic $15
Parking/Driving on Grass/Landscaped Area $25
Parking/Driving on Sidewalks $15
Parking in a Driveway/Service Road $15
No Parking $15
Parking in an Unauthorized Lot $15
Expired Meter $15

Other violations:

No Permit $15
Invalid Permit $15
Altered Permit $50
RecklessDriving $50
Issue Boot/Tow Notice $15
Apply Boot $50
Tow Vehicle/Call Tow Truck $100
Speeding $25
Other $15

Violations of University Standards of Conduct:

The following violations will be referred to the Campus Judicial Office:

  • Receiving more than 10 citations.
  • Vehicle is towed more than once in the same academic year.

F. Payment of Fines

  1. Citation Payment Responsibility: Permit holders are responsible for payment of fines on all citations issued to any vehicle displaying their assigned permit.
  2. Where/How to Pay: Fines may be paid at the Campus Safety Office during regular office hours. Towing and storage charges must be paid direct to the towing company.
  3. Late Payments/Unpaid Citations: Fines not paid or appealed within five business days will be charged to a student's account, and a $5 processing fee added. Unpaid employee fines will be handled following section H.2. below, and will prevent purchase of future permits.

G. Parking Citation Appeals

1. Citations may be appealed up to five business days from the date of issue.  Repeated violations cannot be appealed.

  • Appeals must be in writing, submitted on the required form.
  • Appeals must be based on firm and verifiable evidence. Lack of knowledge of these parking regulations is not justification for appealing a citation.

The Director of Campus Safety will review appeals and make a decision based on the written appeal and on Campus Safety records. Appellants will be notified of the decision by mail.

2. The Director's decision may be appealed to the University Judicial Office. To submit a UJO appeal,

  • notify Campus Safety in writing within five business days from the date of the appeal decision;
  • include full payment of fines (if the UJO reduces or suspends the fine, payment will be refunded);
  • submit additional written comments (optional).

The original appeal documents will be forwarded to the UJO; you will be notified of the UJO's decision by mail.

H.  Booting/Towing Procedures

  1. Restricted Area Violations (see section E.1. above):
    Third RA violation during academic year: Boot/Tow notice advises of future booting and/or towing
    Fourth RA violation: vehicle is booted
    Fifth and subsequent violations: vehicle is towed
    Note: Citation records are NOT cleared at the end of the academic year. However, first RA-violation consequence will revert to previous year's ending level.
  2. Other Violations:
    Third unpaid violation: Boot/Tow notice advises of future booting and/or towing
    Fourth unpaid violation: vehicle is booted
    Note: Citation records are NOT cleared at the end of the academic year.
  3. Releasing booted vehicles: All citations must be paid. WU paperwork must be signed; the vehicle must be immediately moved to a legal parking place.
  4. Vehicles towed from University property: All citations must be paid. WU paperwork must be signed. The vehicle owner may then take the paperwork to the tow company to arrange for release of the vehicle.
  5. The vehicle owner is responsible for all costs associated with booting or towing. The University is not liable for any loss or damage resulting from booting or towing.