All students are independently responsible for understanding Ohio Wesleyan’s parking regulations and knowing where they are permitted to park.
All parking restrictions are enforced on the academic side of campus beginning on the first day of fall and spring classes. Restrictions are not enforced on the residential side of campus until 5 p.m. on the fifth day of each semester to give students time to purchase and affix OWU parking permits. At all times, however, vehicles parked on the residential campus must be in marked B or C parking spots. (All OWU lots west of Washington Street are considered residential with the exception of parking lots at the Jay Martin Soccer Complex, Sanborn Hall, and Austin Manor.)
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 a metered space, or enforcement action may be taken.
By following these simple rules, OWU students and their guests will be able to enjoy the convenience and privilege of OWU’s on-campus parking. Please contact Public Safety at 740-368-2222 with questions.
Below are the descriptions and parameters for each type of OWU parking permit and details for securing them.
All parking permits are non-transferable. Vehicles with fictitious or altered permits, or permits not registered to the specific vehicles on which they are displayed, will be immobilized, or towed, and impounded at the owner’s expense. Any student bringing a vehicle to campus must purchase an OWU parking permit, even if the vehicle is parked off campus.
Student Parking Permits
Any student (residential, non-residential, or commuter) bringing a vehicle (automobile, motorcycle, scooter, etc.) to Delaware during an academic year must register the vehicle and properly display an OWU parking permit at all times on and off campus.
- Series A (all access) parking permits are available to OWU faculty and staff only; however, students with permanent or temporary mobility impairments/disabilities may qualify. Written documentation from health services is required. Vehicles with A permits may be parked in any designated A, B, or C space, except as otherwise designated.
- Series B parking permits are available to all students. The cost of a B parking permit is $175 for the full year. Having a B permit does not ensure that students will be able to park in the residential lot where they live. Vehicles with B permits may be parked in any designated B or C space, except as otherwise designated.
- Series C parking permits are available to all students and provide remote campus parking at minimal cost. C locations include the Jay Martin Soccer Complex, Meek Aquatics and Recreation Center, Haycock Hall, and designated spaces on the far west side of Williams Drive. The cost of a C permit is $15.
- Vehicles with C permits may be parked in any C space except as otherwise designated.
- Permit application must be completed online at: https://www.tocite.net/owu/viewpermit
- Permit fees may be paid online with a debit/credit card. Onsite payment may be made at the Public Safety office using debit/credit card or personal check only.
- Permit prices for B and C permits drop 50 percent on March 1.
- All students are able to purchase their choice of a B or C permit.
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.
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.
Temporary Parking Permits
Temporary permits are issued for a total of 14 days or fewer during the academic year at no cost through the Department of Public Safety.
Temporary Health-Related Parking Permits
Requests for temporary health-related parking permits must be approved by OWU’s Student Health Services. Approved permits then are issued by the Department of Public Safety. Students with state-issued handicap permits will be given Series A (all access) University parking permits from the Public Safety Department at no charge.
OWU Visitor Parking Permits
Visitors attending 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 permits are not valid for these lots at other times.
If a friend or family member is 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 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 lots without a visitor permit. (No parking is allowed between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. in the Hamilton-Williams lot without a special overnight permit.)
Motor vehicles in violation of OWU parking regulations will be ticketed. Vehicles illegally parked in handicap spaces, no parking zones, fire lanes, reserved employee 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.
- Vehicles that cannot be booted for any reason, including tire size, are subject to immediate towing.
- Vehicles may be booted for up to 72 hours, during which time the locking mechanism may be removed by paying a $75 fine. 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.
- 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.
The boot removal fine may be paid online at: https://www.sagepayments.net/eftcart/products.asp?M_id=541692785482, 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.
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 $5 posting fee per citation.
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.
Unregistered vehicles parked by students on city streets without OWU permits are subject to being ticketed for not being registered on or off campus. Students are subject to being sent to Student Conduct Office for failure to register and display a parking permit. Students should contact the Student Conduct Office at 740-368-3175 or visit the Public Safety Department to discuss the appeals process for any tickets issued by Public Safety officers.
Any student receiving a citation for an alleged parking violation(s) may appeal the citation through the Student Conduct System. All appeal requests must be submitted within seven (7) business days of the date of the citation.
Request a Parking Appeal
All parking appeal requests are reviewed and decided by a panel consisting of the Coordinator of Student Conduct and the student advisors. A letter regarding the outcome of this review is then sent to the student’s email address. All decisions made by this panel are final.
Parking Appeal Denied?
Any student whose parking appeals are denied has 20 business days to pay the fine. Fines can be paid online, or by cash or check at the Cashier’s window, Room 018 of University Hall. Any fine not paid by the deadline is posted to the student’s account without additional notice.
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 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 for no less than six months, after which it may be converted to University use, donated, discarded, or destroyed.
Skateboards, Longboards, Non-motorized Scooters, etc.
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 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.