I. Vehicle Registration and Eligibility
II. Registration Fees and Fee Refunds
III. Parking Regulations
V. Traffic Regulations
VI. Parking Violations
VII. Parking Enforcement Reticketing GuidelinesA. Eligibility
B. Displaying Permits
- Vehicle registration is required for all residents, commuters, faculty, staff, visitors and vendors who use any area other than metered spaces and pay lots. One permit, either hanging or window decal, is required for parking privleges.
- Parking permits must be displayed by the first day of classes. Students parking only for Saturday classes and evening classes between 4 p.m. and 2 a.m., Monday through Friday, are exempt from registering their vehicles, although they cannot park in lot 12 or lot 41 at any time.
- Resident parking permits are distributed to sophomores, juniors and seniors on a first-come basis. If available, other parking areas located away from the residence halls may be assigned as overflow areas. Freshmen students may be assigned to long-term storage lots away from their residence halls.
- Resident hall students may register only one vehicle.
- A student is not allowed to register a vehicle owned
by another student or another student's immediate family or display a permit issued to another student or staff member.
- The definition of commuter student is: a currently enrolled student who resides off campus.
- The definition of a resident hall student is: a currently enrolled student who resides in a CMU residence hall or CMU apartment complex.
C. Purchasing Permits
- Hanging Permit: The hanging parking permit is displayed on the rearview mirror with the printing facing the windshield.
- Window Permit: The window permit must be attached to the inside lower corner of the windshield on the driver's side. The permit must be permanently affixed according to the instructions on the permit backing. Tape or other materials cannot be used.
- Motorcycle or Scooter Permit: One permit is required for motorcycles or scooters and may be attached to the front or rear fender or windshield.
Permits that are purchased online at
will be mailed to the students' home address. Permits ordered online after July 31 will be mailed to the selected address through the end of the first week of the fall semester. Online permit requests received after the first week of classes must be picked up at the CMU Police/Parking Services Office.
D. Temporary Permits
- Annual permits may be purchased Monday through Friday at the CMU Police/Parking Services Office between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
- A valid operator's license and vehicle registration must be presented at the time of purchase.
Temporary permits may be obtained at the CMU Police Department 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A current operator's license and current vehicle registration must be presented at the time of purchase.
All students, faculty and staff who wish to park an unregistered vehicle temporarily on campus must obtain a temporary parking permit. These permits are obtainable for fees, which are less for students, faculty and staff who already have a valid CMU permit. Fees are:
|Valid permit holder|| || |
|• One Day||$2|| |
|• One Week (seven days)||$5|| |
|• Four Weeks (28 days)||$20|| |
|Non-Valid permit holder|| || |
|• One Day||$3|| |
|• One Week (seven days)||$10|| |
|• Four Weeks (28 days)||$35|| |
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A. Annual Parking Fees
|• Resident||$150|| |
|• Resident with Zone A Privileges||$175|| |
|• Commuter||$175|| |
|• Faculty/Staff||$185|| |
|• Senior Officer||$200|| |
For second semester only, the charge is one-half the annual fee. For summer session only, the charge is one-fifth the annual fee.B. Fee Refunds - Used Permits
Students, faculty and staff leaving the university at the close of the first semester may apply for a 50 percent refund of fees paid for vehicle registration for the academic year. A hanging permit or an identifiable portion of the decal permit must be returned to the CMU Police/Parking Services Office
by the end of the first week of spring semester classes.C. Fee Refunds - Unused Permits
Students, faculty and staff who purchase permits but do not use them may receive a refund by returning the permits to the CMU Police/Parking Services Office within two weeks of the date of purchase or 2nd week of fall semester.D. Replacement of Hanging Permits
E. Replacement of Window Permits
- Hanging faculty/staff permits may be transferred from your registered vehicle to another family-owned vehicle from the same residence without charge and without registering with the CMU Police/Parking Services Office. The hanging permits may not be loaned or transferred to a student or anyone outside the same residence and family. (An exception may be made for a loaner vehicle when yours is being serviced.)
- Any lost or stolen permit may be replaced upon payment of the required fee.
- To replace a currently valid window permit, individuals must bring in an identifiable portion (letter and number) of the permit.
Permits can be removed by covering the permit with tape and using a razor blade scraper. Scrapers are available at the CMU Police/Parking Services Office.
- Valid window permits may not be removed from one vehicle and applied to another.
- Any lost or stolen permit may be replaced upon payment of the required fee.
- A change of address may require a change of permit if the parking privileges are different for the new location. An additional charge may result from privilege changes.
- Limit of two (2) window permit exchanges per academic year.
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On-campus and commuting students may park their vehicles in designated lots only. All parking lot permit regulations are in effect from 2 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday during the calendar year unless otherwise posted. There will be no parking in any area between 2 a.m. and 7a.m. except for resident lots with a valid residence hall parking permit. University permits must be properly displayed on vehicles by 7 a.m. on the first day of regular classes and throughout the entire academic year including summer sessions.A. Parking Areas
All parking areas are designated for the specific groups indicated below. Only vehicles with appropriate permits are permitted in the resident and visitor lots between 2 a.m. and 4 p.m. (see III, A, 4).
B. Closing of Parking Areas
- Resident Parking Lot Assignments
All vehicles with resident permits may be parked only in the lots designated below. If the zone has no available parking spaces, all zones can park in lots 63 and 64 (as overflow).
Zone A: Includes Zones C and K
Zone ABC: Lots 1A, 1B, 1C, 63, and 64
Zone E: Lots 46, east three-quarters of 47, 52, 53, north half and west half of 55
Zone FR: Lots 63 and 64
Zone G: Graduate Housing, also includes Zone C
Zone K: Kewadin Village and Northwest Apartments
Zone L70: Lots 70, 63, and 64
Zone N: Lots 1, 1A, 1B, and 1C
Zone S: Lots 44 and 45
Zone T: Lots 39, 40 and 42
- Commuter Parking Lot Assignments
Zone C: Lots 2, 8, 14, 18, 19, 22, 27, 28, 33N, 33S, 43, west quarter of 47, 51, 62W, 62E, 63, and 64. Must pay the meter when parked in a metered parking space.
- Faculty and Staff Parking Lot Assignments
Faculty and staff may park in any CMU parking lot, with the exception of the Graduate Apartments and Visitor lots. Must pay the meter when parked in a metered parking space. No full-time student may obtain a faculty/staff permit. A student who is a son, daughter, or spouse of a faculty or staff member is not allowed to park a registered faculty or staff car in a faculty/staff lot. If a student must use a faculty or staff car on campus, it must also display a student permit and be parked in a student parking lot.
- Student Apartments
Parking areas adjacent or designated for Kewadin Village, Northwest Apartments, and Graduate Housing are reserved for residents and their guests. Guest permits may be obtained at any time at the CMU Police Department 24/7.
- Handicapped Parking
CMU students, faculty and staff who display state handicapped permits and utilize handicapped parking must display a CMU permit. Visitors must display a state handicapped permit and a CMU guest permit.
- Metered Parking
Parking in metered areas is open to any vehicle. Meter fees must be paid between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. No overnight parking is permitted in metered spaces. Parking in unmetered handicapped spaces in a metered lot requires a CMU permit as well as a state handicapped permit.
- All vehicles must be parked within parking lines designating a parking space.
- Parking so that a portion of the vehicle hangs over or blocks a sidewalk is prohibited.
- Parking is prohibited in any driveway (including end of a row, service drive, loading dock, etc.) at any time unless otherwise posted.
- Vendor Permits
Vendors are required to register their vehicles with CMU Police/Parking Services.
Permits are to be hung from the rearview mirror.
Fees - $150 (year), $75 (semster), $10 (week), $3 (day).
- The senior officer parking permit is available to all senior officers. This permit gives senior officers parking privileges in all campus parking lots except metered parking lot 15 and the Bovee University Center circle drive.
- Parking areas marked "Reserved" are reserved 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The University reserves the right to temporarily close any parking area for a special event, construction, etc.C. Liability
Central Michigan University or any of its employees assume no responsibility for loss from theft or damage to cars parked in university parking lots.
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- Visitors are required to
register their vehicles with CMU Police/Parking Services. First-time violators who fail to display a parking permit may have their violation rescinded if they present it to the CMU Police/Parking Services Office within 24 hours.
- Each person who is not a vendor, student, faculty member or staff member is a visitor.
Visitor permits are available 24 hours a day at the CMU Police Department. Visitor permits are issued for specific areas only. Metered parking areas are also available for visitor use upon payment of posted fee.
- Visitors attending athletic events may park in lots 62, 63, 64, 65, 67 and 70 without a visitor permit. For some events, a fee may be assessed for parking in some or all of these lots.
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A. Laws in Effect
The motor vehicle laws of the state of Michigan and the university traffic ordinance are in effect on university property.B. Speed
Speed on campus property is 20 mph unless otherwise posted.C. Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents on university property must be reported to the CMU Police Department, phone 989-774-3081.
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A. Fines and Penalties
B. Revocation of Privileges
- The person who registers a vehicle with the university is responsible for all parking violations and is subject to all fines or disciplinary action.
- Violations are handled through the CMU Police/Parking Services Office
- Parking Fine Schedule
After 7 Days|| |
|Parking in Handicapped Zone|| || || |
| ||Without Handicapped Permit||$100||$100|| || |
|Failure to Display Permit||$25||$35|| || |
|Parking in Restricted Area||$25||$35|| || |
|Parking in Drive/Service Area||$25||$35|| || |
|Parking Restricted (2 a.m.-7 a.m.)||$25||$35|| || |
|Parking in No-Parking Area (Signed)||$25||$35|| || |
|Other Violations||$25||$35|| || |
|Overtime Meter Parking||$10||$20|| || |
Parking privileges may be revoked for:
- Providing false information when applying for parking privileges.
- Lending a registered automobile to an ineligible person or registering an automobile for an ineligible person.
- Using an unauthorized parking permit.
D. Appeal Guidelines
- Vehicles parked in tow-away zones may be towed at the owner's expense.
- Vehicles with outstanding violations may be towed at the owner's expense.
- Vehicles parked in violation of university parking regulations and mandatory evacuation schedule may be towed at the owner's expense.
- Initial contact: Upon being notified by a citizen that he or she wants to appeal a parking ticket, the CMU Police/Parking Services Office staff will advise the subject that the ticket must be appealed within 30 days from date of ticket and that the ticket must be paid upon submission of the appeal form to the parking services office. Parking services personnel will provide the individual with an appeal form.
- Formal appeal: Upon receipt of the written appeal and payment for the parking ticket, the CMU Police/Parking Services Office staff will place the appeal in the appeal review file. The payment will be held by the CMU Police/Parking Services Office staff until the appeal is reviewed and a decision is made to accept or deny the appeal.
- Internal review: The service officer will review all appeals and gather any necessary information in order to make a decision to accept or deny the appeal. The appeal either will be accepted and the money returned to the person making the appeal or it will be denied and the money will be applied to the parking violation fine.
- Initial decision: The adjudicated appeal will be returned to the CMU Police/Parking Services Office manager for processing the payment if the appeal is denied or returning the payment to the appealing party if the appeal is accepted.
- The person who made the appeal will be notified by the CMU Police/Parking Services staff as to what the decision was concerning the appeal. If the person whose appeal was denied wishes to discuss the appeal further with the service officer, an appointment may be made to meet with the service officer.
- Administrative review: If the appeal was denied and the party wishes to appeal the initial decision, an appointment may be made with the CMU Police/Parking Services Office Manager for consideration of the appeal. The office manager shall consider the circumstances surrounding the violation and may intervene in this process as needed.
- Isabella County Trial Court: The parking ticket may be forwarded to the Isabella County Trial Court for adjudication through a civil infraction
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A. Reticketing times
The times for reticketing vehicles parked in violation at the same location are as follows:
- Meters may be reticketed after a length of time equal to the maximum time allowed by that meter (maximum of two per day).
- Service drives and other miscellaneous violations may be reticketed after four hours (maximum of two per day).
- Failure to display permit violations may be ticketed a maximum of two per day, at least 4 hours apart.
The 2011-2012 Rules & Regulations were adopted by the CMU Board of Trustees as part of the CMU Traffic Ordinance.
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