Parking and Vehicle Registration Policy at Dickinson

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Registration of Motor Vehicles

All members of the Dickinson College faculty, administration and staff and upperclass students who are currently enrolled in Dickinson College classes are authorized to use motor vehicles on the Dickinson College 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.

Note: First-year students are not permitted to possess or operate motor vehicles on the Dickinson campus or in the Carlisle area. This restriction applies to any vehicle regardless of its type, ownership, or registration but does not apply to fleet vehicles used in accordance with college sponsored activities. This policy is in effect seven days a week. Exceptions to the policy are granted according to strict guidelines and can only be made by the Department of Public Safety. Requests for exceptions must be made in writing by the student and forwarded to the Department of Public Safety.

All members of the faculty, administration, staff and students must register their vehicles with the Department of Public Safety to receive a parking decal. Persons planning 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.

Parking and Operation of Motor Vehicles

Parking and operation of motor vehicles must conform to provisions of the laws and ordinances of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Borough of Carlisle. Parking a vehicle for extended periods (longer than 72 hours) is discouraged in central campus lots. If you need to park your vehicle for periods longer than 72 hours, please use the Facilities Management lot on North Orange Street and notify Public Safety. Motor vehicles which are abandoned or illegally parked in college parking lots will be removed in accordance with Section 3353 of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code.

The following are not permitted:

  1. Parking in a “no parking” or reserved space.
  2. Parking in a handicapped space without a proper tag.
  3. Parking in fire lanes marked with yellow curbs.
  4. Parking in areas designated as “tow away” zones.
  5. Parking so as to block access to refuse containers.
  6. Parking in or blocking a driveway.
  7. Parking on a sidewalk.
  8. Exceeding the posted time limit in regulated areas.
  9. Careless or imprudent operation of a motor vehicle on College property.
  10. Invalid use of a visitor space.
  11. Parking an unregistered vehicle on College property.

Penalties for Violations of Regulations

Failure to observe traffic regulations will result in the imposition of penalties as follows:

  1. Parking offenses will be assessed a $25 fine. A fourth offense in an academic year may result in the loss of parking privileges on campus.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.


Penalties for violations committed 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.

Penalties assessed will, unless paid to as above, be charged to the individual’s account with the college and treated on the same basis as any other amount owed to the college.

Parking Citation Appeals

Parking citations may be appealed within 7 days of the date issued. Citation appeal forms are available at Public Safety. Appeal forms are reviewed by a student panel and the appealing party is notified of the outcome of their appeal by e-mail.

Parking Over 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 may be 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 areas designated by Public Safety may be towed at the owner’s expense.