Risk and Safety Management Committee is responsible for overseeing the establishment of parking policies and procedures for all students, faculty, staff and visitors. Because the university is located in a residential area, parking is a very important issue. The policies and procedures listed at this site have been established to maximize the use of parking facilities for the entire university community and minimize the impact of university parking on our neighbors.

Risk and Safety Management Committee reserves the right to change and adapt this policy throughout the academic year in order to accommodate the changing parking needs of the USF community. Any parking policy changes will be communicated fully to the USF community. University of Saint Francis assumes no responsibility for any damage to or theft of vehicles or any property with those vehicles parked in university lots.

Contact Safety and Security Services at 260-399-7888 for more information.


All commuter students and employees are issued numbered vehicle identification tags to be displayed on the rearview mirror of the vehicle that is driven and parked on university property. Resident students must register their vehicles (or indicate that they do not have one) and will be issued a window sticker specific to their resident status. The following restrictions apply to operating a vehicle on campus:

  1. The campus speed limit is 13 mph.
  2. Resident students are to use the parking lots provided for their specific residence hall.
  3. Resident students are prohibited from parking on the east campus.*
  4. Students are not to use areas posted for staff, faculty or visitors.
  5. Parking is not allowed on lawn areas, driveways, walkways, or any marked or posted areas such as fire lanes and handicapped spaces and delivery areas.
  6. Driving is not allowed on the causeway and posted service drive. Use of the service drive is restricted by a remote control activated gate. The remote gate openers are assigned to service vehicles only. No other exceptions will be made.
  7. Parking is restricted to one vehicle per marked space.
  8. Violation of any of these regulations can result in the issuance of a warning ticket or a fine. Fines are to be paid, or an appeal filed, within seven days at the Business Office.
  9. Refusal to pay outstanding fines, repeated offenses, refusal to display a vehicle ID tag, or parking in posted tow areas can result in the vehicle being removed from campus.
  10. The university reserves the right to open and inspect any vehicle on campus property.

*Resident students, when transporting art projects that can be damaged due to weather conditions, will be allowed to park at the Rolland complex.


Employee parking

All employees of the university are issued numbered vehicle identification tags to be displayed on the rearview mirror of the vehicle to be operated and parked on campus. Faculty and Staff have parking available in designated areas at Rolland, Achatz, Hutzell, Doermer, Pope John Paul II Center, North Campus, and Trinity Hall.

Commuter Student Parking

Parking is provided at all university classroom buildings for USF commuter students only. Lots that are marked Staff, Faculty or Visitors are restricted to vehicles with the appropriate ID. Commuter students registered by July will be sent vehicle identification tags by mail prior to the beginning of the fall semester; students registering after that date, or for the spring semester, will receive their tag when they get their USF ID card. If no parking tag is received by the start of the semester, please stop by the Security Office to pick one up. There is no charge for vehicle tags. This tag is to be displayed when operating or parking a vehicle on university property. University parking policies are enforced by the use of warning and fine citations. All fines are billed to the student to whom the tag was issued and are payable (or an appeal filed) at the Business Office. The university reserves the right, in cases of repeated violations, refusal to display a valid tag or for unregistered or abandoned vehicles, to have the vehicle removed from USF property at the owner’s expense. The university is not responsible for articles left in vehicles.

Resident Student Parking

All resident students must register their vehicles through their Hall Director and display the resident vehicle sticker in the lower left corner of the rear window when the vehicle is parked on campus. Resident vehicle stickers are provided when residents arrive on campus for hall check in, if no parking sticker is received at that time, please request one from the Hall Director. The east parking lots serving the academic buildings are for use by commuter students only, resident students are required to leave their vehicles in their assigned lots.

Visitor Parking

Designated visitor parking spaces are located in front of Trinity Hall.  If you are a visitor, you may also contact the sponsoring department or individual for parking information on other areas of campus.  The sponsoring department should contact Security to obtain visitor parking tag for visits of more than one day. 

Game day parking for resident students

On days that the university is hosting a home football game, residents will need to have their vehicles moved out of the spaces south of Clare Hall and the stadium lot by 11:00 p.m. on the night before the event. These spaces will be reserved for handicap and VIP parking. Vehicles in these spaces after 11 p.m. will be towed.

Refer to the game day tailgating guidelines.


In the event of multiple vehicle violations, the following policy will go into effect:

Four violations – per academic year

  • The vehicle owner/driver will be referred to the university judicial officer. The judicial officer will meet with the student and discuss the frequency of tickets and personal responsibilities within the campus community. A written warning is given and the student referred to the Student Handbook on the action to be taken on a fifth violation. Documentation related to the fourth violation and any subsequent violations will be kept in the Security Office and Student Life.

Five violations – per academic year

  • Campus Security gives the vehicle owner/driver a tow warning and notification that a campus incident report has been generated as the result of the fifth violation. The campus incident report will initiate a judicial system investigation (included with the incident report is a listing of the dates of each violation). At the completion of the investigation, the individual will be notified of the investigation findings, any disciplinary action that was taken and that any subsequent violations will result in the vehicle being towed.

Unidentified owner

The vehicle will be towed. If the vehicle owner/driver cannot be identified:

  • At the fourth violation a tow warning will be issued by Campus Security.
  • At the fifth violation the vehicle will be towed – when the vehicle is towed, the owner/driver will be identified and a campus incident report will be generated.
  • The incident report will generate an investigation by the university judicial system.

Ticket charges are added to the student’s account in the Business Office.


In the event of an accident, or if you cause damage to another automobile, please notify the owner personally, in writing, or call Security to report the damage. If damage has been done to your vehicle or if it has been broken into, call Security immediately (399-7888). Damage reports will not be taken after a vehicle has been moved from university property.

The University of Saint Francis assumes no responsibility for the care and/or protection of any vehicle or its contents at any time it is operated or parked on its property. Please keep vehicles locked and remove any valuables. In the event that a vehicle is towed the owner is responsible for all towing, any incidental damage, and any storage fees.


The Security Department will provide jump starts for batteries. In the event of low tire pressure, call Security. They will contact Maintenance personnel during business hours to provide compressed air. Security will provide this service after hours. Unlocking vehicles, providing gas, changing tires, or towing vehicles is not provided as a university service. Security can assist in finding this type of service.