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Trinity Parking Rules, Regulations and Processes

Revised and Reissued November, 2008

Upon issuance of a parking permit, students, faculty and staff agree to comply with the regulations set forth herein:

Parking on Campus

In order to park in University owned/controlled property, all students, faculty and staff must register their vehicle(s) with the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and obtain the appropriate parking permit. Students, faculty, staff and visitors are required to display a valid University parking permit (or visitor’s pass) at all times when parked on University owned or controlled property, to include reserved and handicap parking spaces. Note: possession of a valid parking permit does not necessarily guarantee a parking space. Parking is on a first come, first served basis. Adequate parking space is available; however, during peak traffic times parking lots and spaces closest to the buildings fill up quickly .

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Accessing the Campus

The University allows access to the campus by way of the Main Front Circle (Michigan Ave.) and the Cuvilly Drive Lot. In the interest of maintaining consistent levels of campus safety and security, DPS Officers at the campus access points have the option to deny access to faculty and staff who fail to display (1) a valid parking permit, and (2) a valid University issued ID . University issued IDs and parking permits that do not have a current (year/date) validation sticker are rendered invalid. Faculty, students and staff who are driving an unregistered vehicle, or have forgotten their (un-affixed) parking permit may park along Michigan Ave.

Failure to present your valid University issued ID may delay your entry onto the campus. Please help the DPS to serve you better by ensuring that you have both of the following, at all times, upon entering the campus:

  1. A valid University issued ID (with current year/date validation sticker)
  2. A valid parking permit (with current year/date validation sticker)

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Registering your Vehicle

Trinity now issues student parking permits through an online system available at your convenience. Using the parking permit website you will be able to immediately print a temporary parking permit to use right away; your actual permit will be mailed to you within a few days. Complete instructions

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Returning Students/Staff/Faculty

Returning Students, Staff and Faculty members must provide the following information for parking permit renewal. All parking tickets must be paid before a new permit will be issued.

  • Bring in your old parking permit
  • Present a current Trinity ID
  • Supply updated vehicle information (if changed)
  • Provide current address and phone number (if changed)
  • Students ONLY – provide a receipt of payment

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Parking Permit Placement

Parking hangtag permits are designed to hang from the rear view mirror. Without exception, and for the purpose of immediate identification, parking permits should be displayed from the rear view mirror with the permit clearly visible through the front windshield to ensure maximum visibility and expeditious traffic flow upon entering campus access points.

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Handicapped Parking

Parking spaces designated for the handicapped are exclusively intended for use by vehicles displaying a valid handicapped permit/pl ate (i.e. dash card, hangtag or license plate). Handicapped permits/plates are issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (by jurisdiction). All vehicles displaying a valid handicapped parking permit/plate on University owned or controlled property are required to display a valid Trinity parking permit (or visitor’s pass) in conjunction with the handicapped permit. Note: if displaying both a handicapped permit and a University permit (affixed to a hangtag) from the rearview mirror, the information printed on the handicapped permit should be visible through the front windshield; the University permit should hang directly behind the handicapped permit and face the rear of the vehicle so that the permit remains unobstructed and visible. Handicapped permits/plates do not authorize the user to park illegally.

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Visitor Parking Pass

All visitors parked on University owned/controlled property are required to register their vehicle with the DPS and secure a temporary visitor’s parking pass for display on the vehicle dashboard. Visitors may register their vehicles at the Main Building Reception Desk (1 st floor lobby) or the DPS Communications Center ( Main Building , Room B-8). Limited short term parking is available at the Main Circle Drive and the Cuvilly Drive Lot exclusively for this purpose. Visitors include (but not limited to) those individuals not currently enrolled at, compensated by, or employed as an affiliate of Trinity.

  • Visitor parking passes must be prominently displayed and clearly visible from the vehicle dashboard at all times while parked on University owned/controlled property.
  • Any alteration the visitor’s parking pass renders the pass invalid.
  • Visitor parking passes are valid in visitor designated parking areas only, unless otherwise indicated on the visitor pass.
  • Faculty and staff expecting large quantities of visitors/vehicles on campus should provide advance notice (5 days whenever possible) to the DPS in order for special accommodations to be arranged.

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Service Representative Pass

Returning contractors and vendors who provide services on University owned/controlled property must obtain a Service Rep pass, free of charge, from the DPS. Service Rep parking passes must be prominently displayed and clearly visible from the vehicle dashboard at all times while parked on University owned/controlled property. Contractors and vendors who provide services for the University are bound by the parking rules, regulations and processes defined herein.

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Parking Restrictions and Enforcement

Parking regulations are enforced 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, year round, in accordance with parking and traffic control signage and asphalt/curb markings. The DPS reserves the right to immediately tow vehicles from areas that pose a threat to public safety (i.e. fire lane, fire hydrant, roadways, traffic lane); this includes the right to restrict access or redirect traffic and/or parking without notice. Parking is not permitted in locations that obstruct traffic or block driveways, doorways, loading docks, manhole covers, building sprinkler connections, etc. Unauthorized vehicles parked in areas with barricades, traffic cones, or temporary signage restrictions (i.e.: construction or special events) are subject to a parking citation and may be towed at the owner’s or operator’s expense. The University retains the right to reserve parking in areas owned or leased by the University to support special activities.

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Overnight Parking

Overnight parking is generally restricted to resident students, authorized guests and the Sisters of Notre Dame. Exceptions must be authorized by the Director of the Public Safety and will only be granted on an occasional basis.

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Designated Parking Areas

Parking is available to all University students, staff, faculty and visitors, baring a valid parking permit (or visitor pass), and in accordance with the following lot/area designations. Note: Trinity assumes no responsibility for any motor vehicle or its contents while parked on University owned/controlled property.

Note: students are prohibited from parking in (1) Lower Library Lot, (2) Main Circle, or (3) Cuvilly Drive Lot (during University business hours).
Commuter Students
Cuvilly Hall Lot: # 4
Kerby Hall Lot: # 5
Trinity Center Lot: # 6
Upper Library Lot : # 10
Resident Students
Cuvilly Hall Lot: # 4
Kerby Hall Lot : # 5
Cuvilly Drive Lot: # 2
Lower Library Lot: # 9 (This lot reserved exclusively for faculty.)
Upper Library Lot : # 10
Cuvilly Drive Lot: # 2
Alumnae Hall Lot: # 7
Upper Library Lot : # 10
Front Main Circle Lot: # 1 (15 min. limited parking)
St. Joseph ‘s Circle Lot : # 3
Conference Guests
Kerby Hall Lot: # 5
Trinity Center Lot : # 6
Trinity Center Members
Kerby Hall Lot: # 5
Trinity Center Lot : # 6

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Lost, Stolen or Destroyed Permits

Immediately report lost stolen or destroyed parking permits to the DPS. Replacement permits will only be issued upon the completion of a DPS incident report and a $15.00 replacement fee will apply (receipt of payment from Business Office required).

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Multiple Vehicles

Your single hangtag permit may be used with up to two vehicles; however, you must register both vehicles that you will use the hangtag permit with in accordance with the instructions outlined in bullet # 3. Requests to register more than two vehicles with DPS will require the purchase of an additional hangtag at the cost of $15.00; members of the Trinity community may not register more than four vehicles. Note: vehicles displaying a hangtag permit that does match the vehicle(s) registered with DPS may be subject to a citation and the permit holder will be responsible for any associated fees. Without exception, hangtag permits cannot be shared with anyone other than the registered permit holder and may only be used for the vehicle(s) registered to the permit. Fraudulent use or misuse of a parking permit may result in loss of parking privileges on campus.

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General Information

Parking permits issued by Trinity remain the property of the University and must be returned to the DPS upon separation from the institution.

Parking permits are valid through the printed expiration date.

Parking permits and privileges are not transferable.

Misuse of parking permits subjects the offender to possible revocation of parking privileges, judicial charges and/or criminal charges. Examples of misuse include but are not limited to: possession of a permit that has been reported lost or stolen; alteration of a permit, duplication of a permit, and unauthorized transfer of a permit.

Speed limit campus-wide is 15 mph. Excessive speeds will not be tolerated and violators may be subject to revocation of parking privileges, judicial charges and/or criminal charges.

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Ticket Payment and Appeals

The Department of Public Safety grants a short grace period at the beginning of each semester to allow everyone the opportunity to obtain a current permit. A current permit should be obtained as soon as possible however. Occasionally, warning tickets are given but are not obligatory prior to issuing a ticket. Issuance of a ticket during the grace period is dependent on the nature of the infraction. An individual may not park in a prohibited area at any time. For example; an individual may not park in a handicap space without a state issued handicap permit.

Tickets are payable by mail or in person within 14 days at:

Business Office, Main Hall, Room 114
Trinity Washington
125 Michigan Ave, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20017


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If you wish to contest a ticket

Appeal forms are available at the Department of Public Safety (Main Hall B-8) or available for download here: Appeal Form.

Optionally, you may send a typed letter to the Department of Public Safety Director with the following:

1. A copy of the ticket (retain the original for your records)

2. Your name and address

3. State the reasons why your appeal should be granted

All appeals must be received within 14 calendar days from the date of the ticket. Appeals after the 14 day grace period will not be considered.

Appeals will be reviewed by the Director of Public Safety, and forwarded to the appropriate department with the Director’s recommendation regarding the ticket. Student tickets will be forwarded to the Dean of Student Services, staff tickets will be forwarded to the Director of Human Resources and faculty tickets will be forwarded to the Provost. You will be notified by the Department of Public Safety when a decision has been reached regarding your appeal.

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Contact the Department of Public Safety at 202-884-9111.



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