Dickinson College provides parking for faculty, students, and staff in areas as conveniently located as possible. These spaces are provided on a first come first serve basis and the college does not guarantee the availability of spaces.
Visitors or guests of Dickinson College who will have vehicles on campus for longer than 3 hours must register their vehicles at the Department of Public Safety. A temporary parking pass will be issued and should be placed in the rear window of the vehicle on the driver’s side.
When registering your vehicle, please provide:
- Vehicle license plate number
- Length of stay
- Contact number
Campus Parking Policy
To ensure the orderly flow of traffic and obtain the maximum utilization of parking spaces, it is necessary to have and enforce regulations related to the operation and parking of vehicles while on campus. Parking lots are designated by a sign with a color decal displayed, according to the following classifications:
Faculty/Staff Red Decal: Vehicles with red decals may park in areas designated with red and blue signs.
Student Blue Decal: Vehicles with blue decals may only park in lots posted with a blue and white sign indicating "Student Parking".
Commuter/Continuing Ed Purple Decal: Vehicles with purple decals may park only in the West Kline or Kaufman Student lots.
Goodyear Lot Student Gold Decal: Vehicles with gold decals may park in the Goodyear lot, marked with the corresponding gold and white sign, or in lots designated with blue & white signs for "Student Parking".
All vehicles parked on campus must conform with provisions of the laws and ordinances of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Borough of Carlisle. Motor vehicles which are abandoned or illegally parked on College parking lots will be removed in accordance with Section 3353 of the PA Vehicle Code.
The following are not permitted:
- Parking in a "no parking" or reserved space.
- Parking in a handicapped space without a proper tag.
- Parking in fire lanes marked with yellow curbs.
- Parking in areas designated as "tow away" zones.
- Parking so as to block access to refuse containers.
- Parking in or blocking a driveway.
- Parking on a sidewalk.
- Exceeding the posted time limit in regulated areas.
- Carless or imprudent operation of a motor vehicle on College Property.
- Invalid use of visitor space.
- Parking an unregistered vehicle on College Property.
- First year students are not permitted to possess or operate motor vehicles on the Dickinson campus or in the Carlisle area. For parking purposes, al students with less that eight completed courses shall be considered first year students. This policy is in effect seven days a week, 24 hours a day while school is in session. Exceptions to the policy are granted according to a set of strict guidelines established by the college. All requests for exceptions must be submitted by the student to the Chief of Public Safety in writing with the necessary and appropriate documentation in support of the request attached.
- Winter Break: Persons needing to leave vehicles parked on campus during Winter Break must contact Public Safety to be directed where to park the vehicle. Vehicles parked on campus maybe parked in the Kaufman Lot or the West Kline Lot, but only at the direction of Public Safety. In the event of a storm, cars not parked in the areas designated by Public Safety may be towed at the owner's expense.
Permits & Vehicle Registration
All members of the Dickinson College faculty, administration and staff and upperclass students who are currently enrolled in Dickinson College are authorized to use motor vehicles on the Dickinson campus, in Carlisle, or in the immediate vicinity of Carlisle. Dickinson parking decals are required to park on property under the control of the college. Please note that persons plannning to use more than one motor vehicle must register each vehicle separately. Vehicles should be registered immediately upon being brought to campus.
There is no charge to register your vehicle and obtain a Dickinson parking decal. All persons associated with Dickinson College who expect to park a motor vehicle on campus at any time should acquire a Dickinson parking decal. It should be understood that this does not guarantee the registrant a parking space in any particular campus lot.
How to Register a Vehicle
- Bring your valid driver licence, vehicle registration card and insurance card to the DPS office.
- Inform the dispatcher of where you live or work on campus. Students must indicate class year (first year, sophomore, junior or senior).
- Completely fill out the form provided and return it to the dispatcher, who will assign your decal.
- Once you receive your parking decal, place it either on the lower left rear bumper, or on the bottom left-hand side of your rear window.
As a reminder: First year students are not permitted to possess or operate motor vehicles on the Dickinson campus or in the Carlisle area unless they have been granted permission for a medical reason. If a first year student requires a car for medical reasons, their health care provider must complete a Request for Exemption from Automobile Restriction Policy form and submit it to Health Services at the Wellness Center. The director of Health Services will make a recommendation to the Director of Public Safety, after which the student will be notified of the decision. Violations of the first year student car policy will result in loss of car privileges for the first full semester of the sophomore year, a fine and the immediate removal of the vehilce from the Carlisle area. Please refer back to the Campus Parking Policy or contact the Department of Public Services for further information.
Parking Tickets & Citation Appeals
Any person who feels that a parking ticket was issued in error may contest the parking ticket by filing a notice of appeal. This can be done online or at the Public Safety Office. An appeal must be filed in accordance within the timelines and the procedures set forth on the parking notice. According to college policy, disregarding of a parking ticket will result in the charging of costs to the student’s account and renewal of vehicle registration is contingent upon compliance. These charges will be treated on the same basis as any other debt due the College.
Parking Penalties: Failure to observe traffic violations will result in the imposition of penalties. Parking offenses will be assesed a $25 fine. A fourth offense within one academic year may result in the loss of parking priveleges on campus.
Handicapped, no parking, service vehicle, visitor parking and shipping and receiving areas are tow zones. In addition to the towing charge, a $25 fine will be imposed. A second towing offense will result in a towing charge, a $25 fine, and loss of all parking privileges on the campus.
Paying a Parking Fine: All fines must be paid at the Cashier's office in the Holland Union Building or dropped in the 24 hour payment box outside the Cashier's Office within 24 hours from the time the citation was issued. Unless paid accordingly, penalties will be charged to the individual's account with the College and treated on the same basis as any other amount owed to the College. Penalties for violations commited with a vehicle will be charged against the registration of the vehicle unless another person is clearly identified as the operator of the vehicle at the time of the violation.
Appealing a Parking Ticket:
- All persons receiving a citation have a right to file a notice of appeal within seven (7) days of the date listed on the "Notice of Parking" ticket.
- You may appeal a citation in person, or online by downloading the Parking Citation Appeal Form (PDF).
- Complete and sign the form, attach the citation, and submit the appeal.
- The results of the notice of appeal will be e-mailed to you.
Violations of Laws & Policies Will Not Be Dismissed: Before submitting an appeal, please review the following claims for which violations will not be dismissed. While these reasons may seem valid to the violator, they do not address the laws of Pennsylvania and the policies of the College. These reasons generally will not result in the violations being dismissed, or the violator being successful on appeal.
- Short Errands: A short errand is a very common excuse; however, no errand short of a bona fide medical emergency is an acceptable excuse for parking illegally.
- Being late for a business or personal appointment does not permit the driver the privilege of parking illegally.
- Parking Lots Being Full: It is the driver's responsibility to locate legal parking. This excuse is invalid, and confirms the driver's liability.
- Missing/Misreading Parking Signs: Drivers are required to look for and abide by all posted signs when parking.
- Temporary Parking: Evidence of a short stay (leaving a friend in the car, leaving parking lights blinking, leaving the motor running) does not mitigate the offense.
- Others were not ticketed: Sometimes this excuse is raised as discriminatory enforcement. An officer may have been called away from the area before checking all vehicles. Parking citations stand on their own.
- Someone else had my car: The registered owner has joint responsibility with whoever was driving his or her car. Unless it can be shown by the registered owner that the car was driven without permission, the registered owner, renter or lessee is responsible for a parking citation.
- A College Official saw me and did not object: Generally speaking, college officials and employees are not authorized to grant permission to break college policies. Whenever possible, an officer will caution about illegal parking, but silence by an official does not waive parking restrictions.
- Suggesting that a violation has not been ticketed in the past, or that you're aware others have done the same thing is never a valid excuse for illegally parking, and no one should be rewarded for getting away with prior violations.
Campus Parking Map (PDF)
Click to view the enlarged Campus Parking Map.