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Avoiding Citations

 

  • Locations: Only park in a space indicated by the type of permit or the permit decal issued. If you are visiting the campus, please park in the indicated Visitor Lots (and pay to park where necessary).
  • Signs: Parking is controlled by signage. Because there is more than one type of parking space in a lot, it is necessary to note the signage in the area. In each lot, there can be many different signs restricting parking throughout the entire day, including reserved until 5:00 p.m., 24-hour reserved parking and handicapped spaces.
  • Time: Parking anywhere on the SMU campus from 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Friday 7:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. requires a registered vehicle and permit or a valid permit decal.

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Enforcement

 

  • Citations will be usually affixed to the violator's vehicle windshield.  
  • Though the Parking Coordinators make every effort to securely affix the citation, the Parking and ID Card Services Office is not responsible for citations that may be removed by other individuals or that have blown away by wind or rain.
  • Permit fraud (including using fictitious registration information or displaying a fraudulent permit) will result in the automatic suspension of parking privileges and referral to the University Judicial Officer.

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Appeal a Citation

 

  • A parking citation must be appealed within 15 calendar days of the issuance date of the citation.
  • All appeals must be submitted in writing using the online request for appeal.
  • It is the responsibility of the appellant to make his or her case by including information such as:
    • Relevant permit number(s)
    • Vehicle information
    • Parking Coordinator or the Parking and ID Card Services Office employee name(s)
    • SMU ID number(s)
    • Receipt number(s) and/or receipt date
  • Once an appeal request is submitted online, please print the confirmation page for your records.
  • Appeals are administratively reviewed within two to three weeks of submitting the appeals. However, processing delays may occur during high volume periods and the decisions of "Granted", "Denied" or "Reduced" are based on current published parking regulations.
  • The decisions of "Granted", "Denied" or "Reduced" are final and irreversible.

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Unrecognized Appeals

 

Appeals based on the reasoning below are unacceptable and will go unrecognized by the administrative review panel:
  • Ignorance of the regulations
  • Stated inability to find a permitted parking space
  • Operation of the vehicle by another person
  • Stated failure of officer to ticket previously for similar offenses
  • Inability to pay fine
  • Disagreement with parking policies and/or appeal review decisions

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Appeal Review Process

 

  • Appeals are reviewed in the order they are submitted.
  • Citations are administratively reviewed and the reason for appeal is read.
  • The parking and traffic rules relevant to the appeal are considered.
  • Other information is reviewed such as area maps, citation/appeal history, digital photograph of the violation and area signage and a decision is made.
  • Appellant is notified of the decision via email response.

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Paying for Citations

 

  • Students, faculty or staff can pay fine(s):
  • Campus visitors, campus service providers and contractors can pay fine(s):
    • By mail using the envelope provided with the citation.
    • In person at the Parking and ID Card Services Office.
    • Online payment can be submitted via credit card by setting up a "Guest Account" through the My Parking Account Site.
  • A violation fine is a University fee that must be paid within 15 calendar days from the issue date.
  • Failure to pay parking fines could result in a parking boot after 2 or more citations have been issued.
  • For students, failure to pay parking fines results in holds placed on the student account, which prevents registering for classes, receiving transcripts or participating in graduation ceremonies.

 

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Parking Fines

 

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Booting and Towing

 

  • The University assumes the right to immobilize vehicles that have not been identified (i.e. permitted) and are in excess of one citation.
  • Vehicles that have been towed may contact the Parking and ID Card Services Office during normal business hours. Otherwise, contact the SMU Police Department.
  • Costs associated with booted or towed vehicles are as follows:
    • Boot/Tow Fee: $80.00 to release vehicle + outstanding citations.
    • $25.00 per diem fee added for every day after the first 24 business hours the vehicle remains unclaimed.
  • For more information about vehicle relocation on Game Days, please visit our Game Day Parking Information Page.

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Habitual Violator

 

  • Students, faculty or staff who receive 6 or more citations in the same academic year are designated "Habitual Violators". 
  • Habitual Violators are subject to:
    • Vehicle immobilization each additional time they violate parking policy.
    • An additional fee of $80.00 will be applied for the removal of the immobilization boot.
    • A $10.00/day impound fee will also be applied for each day the vehicle remains immobilized
  • Habitual Violators remain on the University's Habitual Violator List for the current full academic year having their record reset at the beginning of the new academic year.

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Chronic Violator

 

  • Students, faculty or staff who are in excess of 10 citations are designated "Chronic Violators" and are subject to further penalty. 
  • Chronic Violators remain on the University's Habitual Violator List for the current full academic year having their record reset at the beginning of the new academic year.
  • Those who consistently continue to violate the policy will have their parking privileges removed.
  • A vehicle receiving 11 or more citations will be removed and impounded to Walnut Hill Wrecking.

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University Park Citations

In some instances violators of the City of University will be issued Fire, Parking or Building Ordinance citations. These cases are filed in and must be resolved at the University Park Municipal Court.

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 Quick Links
Avoiding Citations
Enforcement
Appeal a Citation
Unrecognized Appeals
Appeal Review Process
Paying for Citations
Parking Fines
Booting and Towing
Habitual Violator
Chronic Violator
University Park Citations
 


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