Map of Parking Zones on Campus

Regulations governing on-campus driving and parking

The following regulations, which may be amended without notice,
govern the driving and parking of motor vehicles on the campus of
Franciscan University of Steubenville. “Motor vehicles” are defined as
automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, motor scooters, motor bikes, and any
other motor-powered vehicle operating on land, excluding snowmobiles,
which are not permitted on campus.

Faculty and Staff Registration

Faculty and Staff must register their vehicles for a parking permit through the Office of Human Resources.


Student Vehicle Registration

Students must register their cars for a parking permit sticker with the Department of Public Safety located at 1519 Assisi Heights.


A. Driving Regulations

    1. The speed limit for motor vehicles on University property is 15 miles per hour.
    2. Pedestrians have the the right-of-way. Drive slowly and respect the rights of others.
    3. Motor vehicles must be operated on the streets designed for normal automobile use.


B. Parking Regulations

    1. All students at the University must register their motor vehicle each academic year. Faculty and staff will be notified when it is time to replace hang tags. All vehicles must have a valid parking permit to park anywhere on campus at all times. There is no parking lot on campus where students, faculty, or staff may park without a valid parking permit.
    2. To obtain a parking permit, a student must present a valid driver’s license, a copy of their state vehicle registration, and proof of insurance.
    3. Student parking permit stickers must be affixed to the driver’s side of the rear window or driver’s side of the rear bumper. Parking permit stickers may not be taped to the inside of the window. Improper placement,
      including the use of tape, is considered a violation and is subject to a citation. Faculty and staff hangtags must always hang from the rear view mirror while on University premises.
    4. The responsibility for finding a legal parking place rests with the motor vehicle operator. Lack of space is not considered a valid excuse for violation of the University’s parking regulations.
    5. Parking is prohibited in all loading and service docks and zones, and entrances to all buildings. Curbside parking is prohibited in most areas.
    6. Parking is prohibited in fire lanes and at all yellow painted areas (i.e., curbs and walkways).
    7. Parking is prohibited on grass plots, construction areas or any other place that will mar the landscaping of the campus, inconvenience or endanger anyone, create a hazard, or interfere with the use of University facilities by others.
    8. Parking is prohibited in spots marked “Reserved.”
    9. All vehicles must be parked within the white lines on blacktop lots. Straddling a white line or parking in the center of any lot is prohibited.
    10. The registered owner shall be responsible for all violations, even when another is driving the vehicle.
    11. Only vehicles with valid handicap authorization may park in handicap designated spaces. Unauthorized vehicles will be ticketed and/or towed or immobilized at owner’s expense.
    12. Overnight parking is not permitted on the main entrance hill or around Vaccaro Field. These areas are considered overflow parking for daytime use only.
    13. Resident freshmen may not have a vehicle on campus and may not have a vehicle registered in another person’s name unless they are granted special permission by the Office of Student Life.
    14. Student parking permits may not be used for more than one vehicle. Each vehicle must be registered separately.
    15. Resident students are permitted to register one vehicle only. Commuters may register more than one vehicle, but only one vehicle may park on campus at any given time.
    16. Each person operating a motor vehicle on campus is responsible for knowing and abiding by these regulations. Ignorance of the regulations is no excuse for a violation.
    17. Franciscan University of Steubenville disclaims all responsibility for losses or damage to vehicles or its contents operated or parked on campus, and is not responsible for losses or damage to any vehicle immobilized or towed.


C. Parking Permit Costs

    1. Student Parking Permit $80: Commuters and resident sophomores, juniors and seniors may purchase this permit. Commuters may register a second vehicle for an additional $5.
    2. Graduate Student Permit $80: A second vehicle may be registered for an additional $5.
    3. Temporary Permit: $10 per week, 2 weeks maximum.
    4. Faculty/Staff: Permits are available in the Human Resources Office.


D. Parking Areas for Specific Parking Permits

Any of these lots may contain one or more spaces designated for handicap, visitor, residence director, or service vehicle parking. Such postings take priority over the general lot assignments indicated below.

Parking areas and their guidelines:

    • A: Admissions Guests and Visitors/Employees M-F 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
    • B, C:   Employees Only  M-F 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
    • D, E, F, H, I J, K, L, N, R: Employee and Student
    • G:   Open to all registered vehicles and visitors unless otherwise posted
    • M:   Dining Staff
    • S:    Employee and Department Visitors
    • T:     Visitors Only


E. Violations, Fines and Appeals

  1. Improper expression or display (i.e., abusive language, uncontrolled temper, raised voice, etc.) before, during, or after receiving a citation, an auto-boot, or being towed, or while speaking to a member of the Department of Public Safety or a University official about the citation, will result in further disciplinary action.
  2. Failure to comply with a directive from the Department of Public Safety or University official, will be referred to the Dean of Students (or designee) and will result in further disciplinary action.

Schedule of Fines:

$10 FINE

  • Parking permit not properly displayed

$50 FINE

  • Parking in a fire lane or by a fire hydrant
  • All moving violations: i.e., speeding, reckless driving, rapid acceleration, or stop sign violation
  • Parked or driving on grass, side walks, or other prohibited areas
  • Improper parking (double parking, blocking driveways, or other prohibited areas)
  • Parking in loading/service vehicle spaces
  • Removal or disregard of barricades
  • Improper expression or display
  • Parking unregistered vehicle
  • Unauthorized use, reproduction, or tampering with permits
  • Falsifying request for permit
  • Immobilization of vehicle (auto-boot)
  • Unauthorized removal of auto-boot
  • Parking in wrong or unauthorized lot
  • Failing/refusing to comply with lawful orders of a Public Safety Officer

$250 FINE

  • Unauthorized parking in handicap space


  • The violator will pay all costs associated with towing
  • Vehicle storage fee: $25/day for each day after the first 24 hours
  • Payments after business hours may be payed at the Department of Public Safety by cash or check

Please note:

  1. Students who have at least three (3) or more violations per semester may also be subject to disciplinary action in addition to the established fines.
  2. Employees (faculty and staff) who have three (3) or more violations, a letter will be sent to the employee’s divisional vice president who will confer with the employee regarding their lack of institutional citizenship.

Payment of Fines: Student fines are to be paid at the Student Service Counter – Cashier is located in Starvaggi Hall. As with all outstanding balances, grades, transcripts, or other academic records (including diploma) will be withheld in lieu of any unpaid account. Excessive violations (three or more per semester) may result in additional sanctions, including but not limited to the suspension of campus parking privileges, and/or disciplinary action.

Appeals: Parking citations may be appealed by presenting the citation to the Department of Public Safety (located at 1519 Assisi Heights) with a completed ‘Request for Appeal of Parking Citation’ form, within five (5) regular working days of the citation. Due to high volume, verbal appeals or excuses are not accepted. The decision of the Director of Security of Public Safety is final.

Towing and Immobilization Policy 

Franciscan University reserves the right to immobilize any vehicle parked in violation of the University’s parking regulations at the owner’s expense. Immobilization or towing and relocation (see below) of a vehicle may happen with no warning, even if the owner has no previous violations. Any vehicle that is parked illegally, parked in violation of University regulations or that must be moved for special events or maintenance is considered to be parked in violation of University regulations.

In the event the vehicle is immobilized, the driver must contact the Department of Public Safety by calling 740-283-6333 so the device can be removed. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO MOVE THE VEHICLE with the auto-boot in place. The auto-boot removal fee must be paid before the auto-boot is removed. The auto-boot is the property of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and any damage done to the auto-boot will make the offender liable for the destruction of FUS property. Removing this devise or moving the vehicle by any means or in a manner before an official release of the auto-boot is obtained by the Department of Public Safety constitutes a separate and additional violation. The University is not responsible for damage caused if the vehicle is moved with the auto-boot in place.

In extreme cases, Franciscan University reserves the right to tow and relocate (to another campus site) any vehicle parked in violation of the University’s parking regulations at the owner’s expense. This includes, but is not limited to: emergency situations, blocking other vehicles, creating a safety hazard, or any other situation determined necessary.


F. Search of Student Motor Vehicles on Campus

Parking on campus is a privilege. By registering a vehicle with the University and obtaining a parking pass, a student gives consent and permission for Franciscan University of Steubenville to “inspect” his or her vehicle on campus upon the reasonable suspicion that he/she is in violation of University rules/policies and/or state and federal laws.

Accordingly, in an effort to maintain order and discipline and to protect the health, safety and welfare of the campus community, the University reserves the right to search any student motor vehicle registered with the University when such vehicle is present on campus and there is reasonable suspicion that illegal drugs, weapons, explosives, stolen property, or other illegal contraband may be present in the motor vehicle in violation of University rules/policies and/or state and federal laws.

The search of a student motor vehicle will be reasonable in its scope and intrusiveness. A search of the vehicle may include search of the trunk and glove compartment and may involve a K-9 trained to detect narcotics and other contraband. Such searches may be conducted without prior notice and without a search warrant, when supported by reasonable suspicion.

If a student fails to comply with a request from a University official to give access to his or her vehicle for the purpose of conducting a search (i.e., open a locked motor vehicle under the student’s control or open its compartments), that student may be subject to discipline under the Student Code of Conduct. The University may pursue disciplinary action against the student, up to and including immediate suspension or expulsion from the University. Additionally, a student who refuses to comply with a University search may lose his or her parking privileges.