Approved in Fiscal Year 2015


The intent of these motor vehicle, parking and transportation rules of Cleveland State University (CSU) is to facilitate the work of the students, faculty, staff and campus visitors at CSU. Changes to these rules will be recommended by the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs in collaboration with the University Parking Review Board for approval by the University President, Provost, or their selected designee.


If any motor vehicle found on University property is in violation of traffic laws or rules of the State of Ohio or of the University, the citation will be issued to the member of the University community to whom the car is registered in Parking & Transportation Services. If the vehicle is not registered with the University, the citation will be issued to the legally registered owner of the vehicle according to the state of Ohio or its equivalent.


  1. Parking Registration, Rates and Privileges

    CSU students, faculty, and staff must register with the Department of Parking & Transportation Services in order to park in any University operated parking location. An employee is considered an employee regardless if they are actively taking classes.

    Registered patrons may obtain a Pre Paid Parking Credential, which is defined as a token (e.g. hangtag, access card, device etc.) for which the holder has registered and paid the entire cost in advance or has made arrangements for payroll deduction with Parking Services for access to parking lots prior to coming to a CSU parking facility to park. Every vehicle utilizing a credential permit must be registered by license plate and linked to the patron's parking account with CSU Parking & Transportation.

    Parking credentials are the property of Cleveland State University. It cannot be resold or transferred to other owners. The parking credential permit must be surrendered upon termination of this agreement. In addition, the parking credential permit may be revoked or seized at any time by CSU Parking & Transportation.

    Registration and possession of a valid parking credential authorizes an individual to park in parking facilities owned and/or operated by the University for which the parking tag permits them access. It does not guarantee the holder a specific parking space unless the credential authorizes use of a reserved parking space.

    A current parking credential must be displayed when entering a parking facility and while the vehicle is parked. Parking rates will be posted in the Parking & Transportation Services office and on the department's website.

    Pre Paid parking tag holders are granted the following privileges, based upon availability:  access to designated parking facilities during regular hours; weekend parking in designated areas; entry into special event parking locations to which the credential allows access without the payment of any additional fee [but may be required to park in a different parking facility to which the permit is valid at]; and access to privately operated parking locations as applicable.

    Visitors to CSU may purchase parking for the published visitor rate in visitor lots and/or for the posted and/or prearranged Special Event rate at designated locations.

  2. Enforcement Authorization

    The Department of Parking Services and its employees are authorized to enforce University Parking Rules by serving notice of the violation on the person or on the vehicle found to be in violation.

    Any notices of violation served will stipulate as to the violation committed, location and time of the violation, and the rights of the person accused of the violation.

  3. Parking for the Disabled

    Disabled parking spaces are provided in all garages on campus and in all surface lots that are located contiguous to a University building. Faculty, staff and students who are holders of State of Ohio disabled placards and a prepaid CSU parking credential may park in CSU designated parking spots within an area for the specific type of parking credential they hold or at designated metered spaces. Both the State disabled placard and the CSU parking credential must be displayed while parked on campus. Visitors who require disabled parking may park in designated spaces in metered parking areas or visitor lots

  4. Paid Special Event and Guest Parking

    Any group arranging an event on campus must contact Parking & Transportation Services in order to make prior arrangements for Special Events Parking. Special event parking is recommended for occasions when visitor parking locations are inadequate, or guaranteed or prepaid parking is desired. In general, events that will bring 20 or more visitors to campus should request reserved prepaid parking or make arrangements for guests to pay for parking on site.

    Special Event Parking. Event planners are encouraged to consider the academic calendar and class schedule when planning events.

    Special Event Parking is defined as parking services, which result from or coincide with a major campus event or any event for which Parking Services must take extra measures in order to monitor and control campus parking. Parking may be designated “special event parking” at any time – weekdays, evenings and weekends included.

    Individuals or University departments who wish to pay for visitors and guests to park on campus must contact Parking & Transportation Services to make arrangements. Visitors and guests who do not have prepaid parking will be directed to the parking locations that accept payment by the hour.


A. The Parking Advisory Committee shall make its recommendations to the Vice President that oversees the CSU Parking & Transportation program and be charged with the following:

  • Develops and reviews long-range plans for parking at the University.
  • Recommends strategies to ensure parking accessibility to campus buildings and facilities
  • Recommends parking rates as necessary to support required parking capability.
  • Assists in publicizing parking issues and developments within the University community
  • Reviews Parking Rules and recommends changes for consideration and approval by President
  • Reviews Parking Services’ annual goals and objectives

B. Provides assistance and relevant input to Parking Services for the following:

  • Budget review and recommendations relative to appropriate fees for parking and enforcement
  • Development of procedures that ensure the orderly flow of vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic at the University, while minimizing conditions which unnecessarily impede traffic on campus
  • Development and maintenance of parking facilities
  • Support of the Parking and Traffic Review Board that reviews and acts upon appeals of parking citations from students, faculty, staff and visitors

C. Advisory Committee Membership

  • Two faculty members appointed by the Faculty Senate
  • One Undergraduate student appointed by Student Government Association
  • One Graduate student appointed by Dean of Graduate Studies
  • One Law student appointed by Student Bar Association
  • One student appointed by Campus Support Services
  • One representative of bargaining units’ employees, who is not a faculty member, appointed by the bargaining unit
  • One representative from Management Administrative Staff Association
  • Director of Conference Services or a designee
  • Police Commander or a designee
  • Director of Parking (ex-officio)
  • Assistant Vice President for Campus Support Services or designee – Chair (ex-officio)


  1. The Parking Review Board shall hear and review second appeals.
  • Understand parking policies and enforcement procedures.
  • Review each second appeal and vote on the responsive actions.
  • Provide feedback and operational recommendations to CSU Parking Services.
  • More information can be found in the Section VI. Enforcement (D. Appeals)
  1. Review and provide recommendations related to disciplinary actions and implementation of additional sanctions regarding parking privileges
  • Review cases against patrons in which CSU Parking requests additional sanctions.
  • Vote on any additional sanctions or fees.
  • Provide input on if the charges warrant a Judicial Board hearing.
  1. Review Board Membership
  • Two Undergraduate Students
  • Two Graduate or Law School Students
  • Two Faculty Members
  • Two Staff Members
  • Parking Director or a designee (ex-officio)


A. Violations and Penalties

A vehicle is deemed parked when the vehicle is stationary, whether occupied or not.

The registered holder of the parking credential is responsible for any and all citations issued to that credential number. Fines will be assessed to the permit holder or the owner of any vehicle on University property in violation of the CSU Parking & Transportation Regulations. Any citation issued and not paid or appealed within 21 days of issuance will be considered delinquent and a late fee will be assessed. All appeals must be submitted within 21 days from issuance; after which time appeals will not be accepted. After 60 calendar days, any citation, which remains unpaid may be submitted for collection by the University, the State’s Attorney’s Office or an outside agency for collection.

Any current or former student with an unpaid citation will have a hold placed on his/her student status. This hold may prevent the student from registering for the subsequent semester(s) and will prevent the student from obtaining his/her transcripts until the citation and any late fee is paid.

Any individual with an unpaid parking fine will not be permitted to register a vehicle or purchase parking until the fine has been paid. Any individual who has outstanding citations, which were issued after July 1, 2014, and are aged more than 180 days from the issuance date will become eligible for immobilization.

CSU Parking violations are listed below.  All related parking fines are established by the CSU Board of Trustees.  Tow and impound fees are established by the specific company that is under agreement with CSU to provide such services.



No Valid Hangtag

  • No Valid Hangtag Displayed
  • Portion of Hangtag was not visible
  • Expired Hangtag Displayed
  • Permit not valid in CSU Spaces
  • Permit not valid in designated space
  • Permit not valid on day of park
  • Permit not registered to vehicle

$35.00 [a][b]


Unauthorized Parking

  • No Ticket Displayed
  • Ticket Displayed Incorrectly
  • Parked at a broken parking meter
  • Parking outside of time parameters


[a] [b]

Expired Time

  • Expired Meter
  • Pay Station Time Expired
  • 3-Hour Permit Time Exceeded*


[a] [b]

Illegal Permit

  • Use of Lost or Stolen Permit
  • Use of Altered Permit
  • Misuse of permit


[a] [b] [c] [d]

Illegal Parking Space

  • Sign prohibits Parking
  • Parked in Driveway
  • Parked on or over lines
  • Parked in multiple spaces
  • Parked on Sidewalk
  • Parked outside of a space
  • Parked with wrong color permit


[a] [b] [d]

Blocking Right of Way

  • Parked in crosswalk
  • Parked in a Fire Lane


[a] [b] [c] [d]

General Infraction

  • Failure to Pay
  • Entered through the Exit
  • Parked in a Reserved Space
  • Parked in a Visitor Space
  • Interference with Equipment
  • Failure to heed instruction


[a] [b] [d]

Misuse of Viking Card

  • Swiping someone out of gated facility
  • Giving Viking Card to another person


[a] [b] [d]

Invalid License Plate

  • License Plate Obscured
  • Expired License Plate/Temp Tag


[a] [b]

Disabled Space Non-Compliance

  • No Disabled Parking Credential displayed
  • Expired Disabled Parking Credential (DPC)
  • Unauthorized user of DPC


[a] [b] [d]

Boot Fee

  • Citation balance in excess of $99.00
  • Citation balance is 180 days past due


[a] [b] [c] [d]

Boot Tampering Fee

  • Tampering with implemented boot
  • Theft/Removal of implemented boot
  • Damage to an implemented boot


[a] [b] [c] [d]









[A] This violation will result in a fine as established by the CSU Board of Trustees.

[B] This violation may result in removal and impound of the vehicle.  Vehicle removal and storage is provided by a privately operated company on behalf of CSU Parking Services.  Booting is implemented by CSU Parking Services.

[C] This violation may be sanctioned in accordance with Section III.P of the Student Conduct Code (Falsification, Fraud, and False Testimony), or criminally prosecuted under Ohio Revised Code.

[D] Additional sanctions may be applied to this violation as determined by the Parking Review Board.

B. Vehicle Immobilization and Impounding

University Parking & Transportation Services is authorized to remove, immobilize (boot), impound and/or enter motor vehicles on University property at the owner’s expense.

This policy is to ensure that all parking patrons have equal access to the parking facilities with the minimum amount of risk to pedestrians and /or vehicles. Vehicles may be removed, immobilized and impounded in the following instances if such action is deemed appropriate and necessary by Parking & Transportation Services staff and/or CSU Police:

  1. The vehicle constitutes a traffic or safety hazard
  2. The vehicle is illegally parked in a disabled, state vehicle, reserved space, or any no parking area without a proper parking credential
  3. The vehicle is illegally parked outside of a parking space; including a fire lane, drive path, walkway, and/or any undefined area where parking stalls are not present.
  4. The amount of unpaid citations recorded for the registered individual exceeds $99.00 (excluding citations in appeal)
  5. The vehicle displays an altered or counterfeit hangtag or daily visitor receipt
  6. The vehicle is determined to be abandoned, or otherwise considered a derelict vehicle
  7. The vehicle operator fails to heed verbal or written instructions from Parking Services or CSU Police

Vehicle release arrangements will be posted in the Parking Services Office, on the department’s web site and in each parking facility. For release of a vehicle, an individual will be expected to do the following:

  • Payment of all parking fines;
  • Payment of tow, boot, and storage fees;
  • Presentation of valid driver’s license.
  • Required to register the vehicle (if the vehicle is not registered)
  • Return of requested CSU permit (if applicable)

In addition, a vehicle may be immobilized for information purposes, which consist of unregistered vehicles, enable face to face communication, security/safety reasons, and/or miscellaneous operational needs.  Informational immobilizations are not subject to additional (boot) fees.

C. Reproduction or alteration of hangtag or daily receipt

Parking hangtags are the property of Cleveland State University. Any individual found to have reproduced or altered a parking credential is subject to a fine, vehicle impounding, payment of towing and storage fees and may be sanctioned in accordance with Section III.P of the Student Conduct Code (Falsification of Records, Fraud and False Testimony), or criminally prosecuted under the Ohio Revised Code.

D. Appeals

Any individual who wishes to appeal a citation must submit an appeal request (Parking Appeal Form, email letter) to the Parking & Transportation Services office within the established time frame.  See Section V, paragraph A.  Appeal forms will be available in the Parking & Transportation Services office and on the department’s web site.

The Director of Parking & Transportation Services or designee reviews all appeals. The Director has the authority to act upon an appeal based upon the written statements submitted. A decision will be issued within 30 calendar days of the date appeal was submitted.  Decisions will be sent via electronic mail to the email address provided on the appeal form or via U.S. Mail if no email address is provided.

The Parking Review Board serves as the appellate body if an individual requests a second appeal review.  The second appeal may include a personal appearance by the individual who will be asked to provide new information not available at the time of the Director’s (or designee’s) review. To ensure appropriate representation, a quorum of any four members must be present to review appeals.

A request for a second appeal review can be submitted in writing  to the Parking & Transportation Services office within 14 calendar days of the date the most recent appeal decision was rendered. The second appeal can be submitted via Parking Services eCommerce Site or delivered to the Parking Services Office. The second appeal requires that the citation be paid in advance at the time of the appeal submission.

The Associate Vice President of Student Affairs serves as the appellate to the Review Board if an individual requests a third appeal review under the following conditions:  an alleged failure to follow established policies and procedures and/or an alleged failure to meet a general standard of fairness. To submit a third appeal, a written request must be delivered to the CSU Parking Services Office or electronic mail can be sent to parking

The Parking Review Board membership:

  • Two Undergraduate Student & an alternate
  • One Law or Graduate Student & an alternate
  • Two Faculty members
  • Two Staff member &,
  • Director of Parking Services or a designee (ex-officio)