2011-2012 Brochure (pdf).
Motor Vehicle Regulations
Miami University is not responsible for damage to or theft from motor vehicles or bicycles parked, stored, or operated on university property. The university is not responsible for damage to motor vehicles or bicycles and locks incurred during impoundment or immobilization.
A permit is required to park in a university parking lot at all times, except as noted in these regulations. A permit is required to park on city streets that run through or adjoin campus from 7am to 4pm, Monday through Friday. At other times a permit is not required to park on city streets that run through or adjoin campus. Any unregistered vehicle that receives a parking citation will be subject to a vehicle registration look-up fee of $2.50.
Parking enforcement staff may issue one warning citation per license plate per year (July 1-June 30) to a car parked in violation. A warning will not be issued for the following violations:
- parking in: a handicap zone, space reserved for specific vehicles or permit numbers, or spaces posted for no parking 2-6am
- reproduction or illegal use of a permit
- Obtaining a permit by providing false information, or in violation of this policy's restrictions, will result in revocation of the permit with forfeiture of the permit fee.
- Unauthorized transfer of a student permit to another vehicle will result in revocation of the permit with forfeiture of the permit fee.
- The student shall notify the Parking Office of any change in the conditions under which the student qualified for the permit and surrender the permit to obtain an exchange. Failure to report a change in qualifying conditions is a violation of the motor vehicle regulations and will result in revocation of the permit with forfeiture of the permit fee. The Parking Office will work with a student who needs a parking privilege in the event the student's circumstances change.
- Display of a revoked permit is Illegal Use of Permit, a violation.
- Students may be referred to the Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution for actions described in this section.
Duration of Permits
Annual permits: Valid through Monday following May commencement.
Semester permits: Valid through Monday following final examination week of each semester.
Summer term: As listed in the course guide.
Temporary: Minimum of seven days from date of issue; maximum of four weeks each semester.
Ordinarily, all student permits are accepted in the Ditmer and West Millett parking lots. However, on dates of home football games and other special events, all student cars must be removed from the West Millett lot. Students are required to check the Parking Services website for those dates that require removal from the West Millett lot. Students may park in Blue permit areas on campus all day on those dates. On home football game weekends, a permit is not required from noon Friday to 10pm Sunday.
Semester Breaks and Holidays
Red permit and Green permit lots are not open for student parking Monday through Friday, including holidays and semester breaks. Posted restrictions in these lots are in effect, and ticketing in these areas does occur on holidays and semester breaks. Blue permit areas are open for all student permits on holidays and semester breaks. Any vehicle bearing a valid permit may park during the day in Blue (not Red or Green) permit parking areas designated on the parking map:
- Tuesday through Monday of Thanksgiving Holiday
- Thursday and Friday preceding and Monday following Spring Break
- Thursday and Friday of Final Examination Weeks for both semesters
- Thursday through Monday of fall Midterm Holiday
- Friday through Tuesday of Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
- Friday through Tuesday of Presidents Day holiday
- The first two days of each term
Students who require a parking privilege not granted by their permit must call the Parking Office for permission prior to parking on campus. You must have a valid permit assigned to the vehicle. Advise the Parking Office if your vehicle becomes disabled while parked on campus; you will have 24 hours to remove it from a restricted lot. Students with extenuating circumstances may receive permission to park on campus up to four times in the semester. You must have a valid permit assigned to the vehicle. If a citation is issued during the time of login after permission has been granted, you must present the citation on the date of issue or the next business day to request it be canceled.
Use of vehicle hazard flashers or stopping and standing does not permit a vehicle to park in violation of posted restrictions and the parking policy. Violators may receive a parking citation even if hazard flashers are in use.
A student is responsible for any vehicle brought to the Oxford area for his/her use and for all citations issued to that vehicle. This applies whether the vehicle belongs to the student, his/her parents, or a third party. Students who lend their vehicles to others are responsible for any parking fines incurred.
Vehicles that remain parked in violation at the same location for more than three hours after being cited may be cited again. Vehicles moved to another location after being cited may be cited immediately if parked in violation.
Failure to Display Valid Permit. Fine: $35. Failing to display or improperly displaying a valid university parking permit. All information on the permit must be visible from outside the vehicle. Decal permits must be permanently affixed to the inside surface of either windshield at the lower corner of the driver's side. Hangtag permits must be displayed on the rearview mirror inside the vehicle. Card permits must be displayed inside the front windshield. Cars that display no permit and are parked in a University lot after restricted hours may be cited for Failure to Display a Valid Permit.
Restricted Area. Fine: $75. Parking in university parking areas beyond time and area privileges granted by your permit or parking in violation of posted special event parking restrictions. During restricted hours, the specified permit is required to park a vehicle in a University parking area. Signs at the entrances to campus lots and individual spaces indicate the color, type, or number permit required, as well as the times and days the restriction is in effect. University events sometimes require the exclusive use of parking areas. These areas will be posted in advance of the event. Students are not permitted to park in the West Millett lot on dates of home football games. Not all campus streets are posted with permit restrictions. Contact the Parking Office or consult the parking map for permit restrictions for an area.
- RED: A few RED permit areas are posted for 24-hour restrictions and are limited at all times every day to vehicles displaying a RED permit. Vehicles displaying permits of any other color are not permitted to park in these areas.
- RED and RED/GREEN permit parking areas are posted with restrictions in effect from 7am to 4pm (or at all times in specific lots). After those times any vehicle displaying a valid permit of any color may park in that area.
- RED permit holders may park in any university parking area.
- GREEN: Most RED/GREEN areas are posted with restrictions in effect from 7am to 4pm, Monday through Friday. After those times any vehicle displaying a valid permit of any color may park in that parking area.
- BLUE: Restricted from 7am to 4pm, Monday through Friday. After those times any vehicle displaying a valid permit of any color may park in the blue and purple parking areas.
- PURPLE: May park in Ditmer lot at all times and in the West Millett lot during the day but not between 2 and 6am
- YELLOW (Ditmer and West Millett): Open to any vehicle displaying a valid permit of any color at any time EXCEPT student parking is not permitted in West Millett parking area on dates of home football games. Shuttle bus service is provided from Ditmer and West Millett to central campus.
Reproduction or Illegal Use of Permit. Fine: $300. Use by a student of any of the following is a violation:
- reproduction of a permit
- permit that has been altered
- permit that has been revoked
- permit reported lost or stolen
- student permit transferred to another vehicle without authorization
- permit issued to or designated for issue to a visitor, faculty or staff member, or graduate assistant
Overtime at Meter. Fine: $10. Parking at an expired meter or failing to display a receipt when parked in a space controlled by a receipt-issuing device or failing to pay for time parked in a space or facility requiring a fee is an overtime parking violation. Unless otherwise posted, meter fees must be paid when parking between the hours of 7am and 7pm, Monday through Friday, except when the university is officially closed. This applies only to parking meter fees; all other parking and permit restrictions are in effect at all times.
Several parking meters are posted to allow parking with any valid permit when the meter display indicates time remaining. Permit requirements and parking restrictions are in effect at all times even when vehicle is parked at a meter.
University parking facilities that require a fee for use by the hour or by the event require payment at all times.
Overtime in a Timed Zone. Fine: $25.
Parking where signs prohibit. Fine: $75.
Outside Designated Space. Fine: $75. More than one vehicle in one designated space, parking in two or more spaces, or creating a space where none exists.
Parking in Loading Zone/Service Drive. Fine: $75.
Prohibited/Yellow Zone. Fine: $75. Parking or standing in a posted "No Parking" zone or Yellow area. No parking is permitted on alternate sides of Oak and Maple 2-6am as posted. No parking is permitted in the Campus Avenue Parking Facility 2-6am daily.
Parking on Sidewalk or Grass. Fine: $75.
How to avoid (or get released from) 'The BOOT'
What is immobilization?
Immobilization means the car has a wheel lock (boot) placed on it to prevent it from being moved until released by the proper authorities.
Why is a vehicle immobilized?
A car may be immobilized for any one of the following reasons
- Three or more violations in a year
- Use of an illegally reproduced permit
- Use of a permit that has been altered, revoked or reported as lost or stolen
- Use of a permit that has been transferred to another car without authorization
- Use by a student of a permit intended for issue to a visitor, faculty or staff member or graduate assistant
I have paid my fines. Can my car still be 'booted'?
Yes, but only if you are parked in violation. We issue citations and immobilize cars in order to encourage students to comply with the motor vehicle regulations.
Can a vehicle be immobilized more than once?
Yes, the next time you are parked in violation your car may be immobilized again. This may result in your referral to the Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution.
Do I have to pay all my fines for the boot to be released?
No. Parking fines other than the immobilization fine may be transferred to your Bursar bill.
How do I get the boot removed?
- You must identify yourself as the person responsible for the car.
- The immobilization fine must be paid in cash or check in person at the Parking Office.
- If the car is released after business hours the immobilization fine must be paid by cash or check in person at the Parking Office the next business day.
- If a citation for Reproduction/Illegal Use of Permit was issued, the permit illegally used must be turned in at the Parking Office during business hours or surrendered to the Parking staff person who releases your car.
- If the car does not have a current University parking permit, you must obtain a permit. The permit fee may be placed on your Bursar bill.
- If your car is released after hours, you must obtain a permit on the next business day.
May this violation be referred to the Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution?
Yes, the Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution may be notified in any of these circumstances
- your car is immobilized again
- failure to surrender the permit illegally used
- unauthorized removal or damage of the immobilization device