Compliance with parking regulations is encouraged by fair and consistent enforcement.
All patrons park their vehicles at the University at their own risk. The University is not responsible for theft of any vehicle, its contents, or damage sustained by a vehicle parked on University property.
The University reserves the right to remove or relocate any vehicle on campus at the owners' expense that is unable to be moved due to an immediate or planned campus parking lot need or snow emergency.
Parking privileges may be revoked for the rest of the vehicle registration year if cited seven times between September 1 and August 30. Students are also responsible for citations issued to immediate family members or those with the same permanent address.
Parking permit regulations are enforced from 6 a.m. Monday to 6 p.m. Friday, a timeframe of 108 consecutive hours. Other parking violations including but not limited to parking in fire and travel lanes, accessible spaces, at fire hydrants, along a curb, or on the grass are enforced 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Faculty and staff parking lots are designated for faculty and staff only with valid parking decals between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. These lots specifically include:
State Quad faculty/staff lot
Colonial Quad faculty/staff lot
Podium West faculty/staff lot
Dutch Quad faculty/staff lot
Weekdays after 4 p.m. and before 8 a.m. any vehicle with a valid University at Albany parking permit can park in these locations.
Overnight parking is not allowed in any visitor lot, metered parking space, or any parking lot where signage indicates no overnight parking. That includes the SEFCU Arena as well as the University Administration Building and Management Services Center parking lots.
The University is under no obligation to mark all areas where parking is prohibited. It is the responsibility of the vehicle operator to park in accordance with the regulations. Lack of signage does not imply lack of enforcement.
The immobilization policy is designed to provide vehicle owners or registrants the chance to avoid the cost and inconvenience of having their vehicle towed from campus for excessive parking violations.
If you owe $100 or more in fines, an immobilization device may be attached to your vehicle. The owner or registrant of an immobilized vehicle has 72 hours to contact Parking & Mass Transit Services, settle their fines and pay a fee of $100 to have the device removed. After 72 hours, the University reserves the right to tow the vehicle from campus at the expense of the vehicle's owner or registrant.
Attempting to remove, tampering with, or damaging the immobilization device without payment may result in additional fines and fees, and in student instances, referral to Community Standards. Any attempt to remove the immobilization device shall make the offender liable for any vehicle damage and may subject the offender to criminal and financial penalties.
Any vehicle on University property that is abandoned, unsafe, inoperable or under repair will be ticketed as such and must be removed immediately from campus.
Unsafe vehicles are those that present a clear and present danger or are threat to life, safety or the environment. For example, a vehicle that is leaking gas, oil or anti-freeze. These vehicles can also be towed off campus at any time at the expense of the owner or registrant.
Vehicles without a valid state or province vehicle registration are considered abandoned. These vehicles will be ticketed as “abandoned” and towed from campus at the expense of the owner or registrant.
The University may declare a snow emergency if accumulation impedes emergency vehicles’ access and/or access for individuals who need to park in authorized areas, or when snow removal operations are necessary for the general health and safety of our campus community.
Residential first-year students (freshmen who reside on campus) are not allowed to bring a vehicle to campus, purchase a parking permit, or park in visitors’ lots and metered parking spaces. Credits earned during high school or in pre-college courses do not have an effect on this policy.
Students who do not live in on-campus housing, or who are 21 or older, can park on campus with a valid parking permit.
Students with medical accommodations that have been approved by Student Health Services or Counseling and Psychological Services may be granted an exemption for expected duration of need. Note: Parking & Mass Transit Student Services cannot accept or review medical documentation.
Students with military obligations may be granted an exemption if they provide supporting documentation from their commanding officer on military letterhead. Military exemptions are granted one semester at a time and renewals will not be granted if the student receives a parking violation.
Anyone who attempts to register a vehicle for a resident first year student will be referred to the Office of Community Standards.
Any vehicle registered to a resident first-year student will also be ticketed and/or towed at the owner's expense, even if legally parked.