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Motor Vehicle and Parking Regulations

All students are permitted to have automobiles or motorbikes on campus. All vehicles must be registered with the campus Department of Public Safety at the beginning of the school year. Failure to register carries a fine and possible loss of motor vehicle parking privileges on campus.

Motor Vehicle Registration

All students are required to register their vehicle(s) with Public Safety during the first week of the semester.  Proof of registration is required when registering a vehicle with the Department of Public Safety.  In the event that a student brings a vehicle to campus at some other time, the student is required to register it with Public Safety within three (3) class days. The registration fee is $70.

Student registration decals are valid for one academic year; consequently, all vehicles must be registered each year.

Parking Regulations

All vehicles must be parked in a lined parking space. All student parking spaces are lined but not marked as reserved. Faculty/Staff parking areas are reserved Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. when classes are in session.  All students are free to use the Faculty/Staff spaces before 8 a.m. and after 3 p.m. on scheduled class days and all day on weekends and holidays.  This does not include the Faculty/Staff spaces behind Health Services, which are off limits at all times to anyone other than Health Services staff members. 

The lack of a convenient parking space is NOT an excuse for violating parking regulations. Vehicles are considered parked when left unattended, with or without flashers on.  If a registered vehicle is loaned to another person and a traffic citation is issued, the registered owner is responsible for the payment. 

Any students exchanging their Washington College registration permits are subject to having their on-campus parking privileges suspended. 

Off-Campus Students

Off-campus students using their vehicles to drive to campus must register with Public Safety and obtain a WC parking permit in order to secure campus parking privileges.  Once registered, off-campus students can park in student/open spaces. Students are responsible for abiding by all local statutes regarding parking off-campus.

Resident Assistant Parking

Resident Assistants will have reserved parking spaces in the vicinity of their assigned dormitories. These spaces are strictly limited to authorized vehicles with Resident Assistant Parking Permits.  All others in these spaces will be ticketed.

Temporary/Visitor Parking

Parking spaces marked “Visitors” are reserved for official guests of the College. Visitor passes can be obtained from Public Safety. Temporary vehicle passes are issued to students, faculty, and staff who will have a vehicle on campus for a limited period of time. Full-time students must register their vehicles as student vehicles. Proof of registration is required when registering a vehicle with the Department of Public Safety. Only students who are full-time employees and part-time students, as verified by the Registrar’s Office, are allowed faculty/staff parking permits. 1782 parking permits are not to be used by students. On-campus handicapped parking permits, either long or short term, are available through the Department of Public Safety. A letter from a healthcare provider or from the College’s Health Services may be required.

If a student vehicle becomes disabled, it is the student’s responsibility to notify Public Safety of the details. Failure to do so will not be a valid excuse for violating parking regulations.

Motor Vehicle Fines

Fines are as follows:

Reckless Driving                                                                    $100

Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device                                   $50

Impeding Traffic Flow                                                             $50

Parked in Handicapped Zone/Hash Zone                              $50

Driving on Lawn/Parking on Lawn                                          $35

Parked in Fire Lane                                                                $30

Parked in Faculty/Staff, C-Tag, RA, or Visitors Space          $30

Parked in No Parking Zone                                                    $30

Parked in Reserved Area                                                       $30

Unregistered with Washington College                                  $30

Invalid Vehicle Registration                                                    $30

Parked on Pedestrian Walkway                                             $30

Other                                                                                       $30

Warning                                                                             No Fine

Parking Ticket Appeals

The following are situations that are typically not accepted as valid circumstances for parking in violation of Washington College parking policy:

An appeal based on how long you were parked in violation

Public Safety Officers will issue a citation to any vehicle parked in violation of regulations. An appeal that states that the vehicle was only parked for two minutes, five minutes, etc., is not considered valid.

An appeal based on your need to get to class/work/an appointment on time

It typically requires a few minutes to locate a parking space within the campus parking system. It is suggested that faculty, staff, and students plan their schedules such that there is sufficient time to find and park in a legal space.

An appeal based on lack of a parking space near your destination

Parking spaces in certain areas are limited, and the campus parking system does not guarantee a space in a specific lot. Faculty, staff, students, and visitors must park in a legal space.

An appeal based on your need to load or unload

With the exception of the beginning and end of the semester, parking illegally next to a building to load or unload is not a valid excuse.

An appeal based on not seeing the sign or line markings

It is the driver’s responsibility to comply with all posted signage, notices, and line markings.

An appeal from a guest/visitor unaware of parking regulations

Students, faculty, and staff are responsible for obtaining a valid parking permit for their guests from the Department of Public Safety. Visitor permits can be obtained at any time.

An appeal based on vehicle malfunction

Students who experience a vehicle malfunction and cannot move their vehicle should make arrangements with a service station to either repair or tow their vehicle. For compelling situations only, a student may receive short-term authorization to remain parked from the Department of Public Safety.

An appeal based on use of four-way hazard flashers

Four-way flashers are designed to warn other motorists that a vehicle may be a hazard. Use of four-way flashers does not allow you to park illegally for any period of time.


Responsibility for payment of the penalties incurred rests with the student registrant, and if the registration has not been completed, it lies with the owner and/or operator of the vehicle. The person receiving the fine has the right to appeal the offense. Return the copy of the violation within ten (10) days from the date of issuance indicating a request for an appeal. No appeals will be taken after the deadline.

Any person who receives more than five tickets in a given semester may lose all parking privileges for the remainder of that semester. Violators who continually violate Washington College traffic regulations and penalties may find their vehicles booted or towed at the owner’s expense and may be subject to disciplinary action. There is a $50 charge to have the boot removed from a vehicle, regardless of whether the tickets are paid. Violation of this prohibition will cause further disciplinary action to be taken. 

Indebtedness, as a result of the failure to pay fines, shall be the basis for the College to withhold grades and/or transcripts.

Community Parking

If you find the need to park in the community surrounding the campus, please follow posted signs indicating the town’s parking regulations and the Residential Parking Permit Zones.

Currently, there are parking restrictions imposed by the Town of Chestertown along the south curb of Campus Avenue, both sides of Mt. Vernon Avenue and Greenwood Avenue, as well as the north curb of Brown Street. These areas are designated for Chestertown Resident Parking only. Non-resident vehicles parked on these streets will be in violation of local ordinances and subject to enforcement. The College has no authority over these spaces and cannot intercede with town authorities on behalf of individuals who park illegally and receive citations. Additional restrictions might be imposed in the future, and the Town of Chestertown will post any such restrictions. 

Students are asked to be considerate of the College’s residential neighbors and their parking needs. 

Vehicle Damage

Washington College is not responsible for damage that may occur to vehicles while parked on campus.  This damage includes (but is not limited to) foul ball strikes or objects cast by lawn mowers.  Reports of damage can be made with Public Safety, and reports will be given to the vehicle owner upon request.