Parking Rules and Regulations
Parking Permits: Applications, Payments and Refunds
All Monmouth College parking lots and parking areas, including those streets and driveways maintained by the College, require a College-issued parking permit.
The layout of Monmouth's campus in a residential area provides a beautiful campus around which to walk. Parking facilities are limited.
All vehicles parked in Monmouth College parking areas must display a valid parking permit. Vehicles displaying the general Student Parking Permit may park in any lot designated as a Student Permit lot. General Student Parking permits are $100 per semester.
Students who prefer a more economical way to park a car near campus may instead register for an 11th Street Only permit. This is a free permit only valid in the 11th Street parking lot.
The opportunity to purchase a student parking permit is first given to returning students if an online Registration Form is completed by July 20th. After the July 20th deadline, permits are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis regardless of class status, if permits are still available. Freshman permit assignments will be made after July 20th in order of registration submission. If there are no General permits available, the student will be notified that they have been placed on a Student Permit waiting list and a free 11th Street Lot only permit will be assigned. An email will be sent to the student’s MC email address after July 20th to confirm permit or waitlist assignment.
The number of parking permits sold each year is limited to the roughly equivalent number of campus spaces designated for student parking. However, possession of a parking permit does not guarantee that a parking space or a parking space in a specific lot will always be available. Open parking spaces may not be in preferred lots. Vehicles must be parked within a valid parking space in an appropriate lot.
Parking permits will be issued to students after their move to campus in August and, if applicable, the permit fee will be charged to their student account.
A refund for a returned and unused parking permit is allowed if requested within the first seven calendar days of each semester. If the old permit is not returned, or if proof of destruction is not provided, the full per-semester fee will be charged.
Hang Tag Permits – Use and Fines
Parking on the Monmouth College campus is a privilege that may be revoked at the discretion of Monmouth College.
It is the responsibility of the person registered for the parking permit to properly display the permit at all times (hung from the rearview mirror with assignment and expiration date visible through the front windshield). Incorrect display of the parking permit may result in a parking ticket and fine. The person registered for the hang tag will be charged the fine for all tickets issued for any vehicle parked in an illegal spot or lot with the permit. Hang tags should be removed from the rearview mirror while driving. If an alternative vehicle is used by a parking permit holder, a temporary parking permit must be obtained from the Stockdale Center Office or Campus Security.
The full permit fee will be charged for a replacement permit. A refund for an unused parking permit is allowed if requested within the first seven days of each semester and if the unused permit is returned.
Conditions and Responsibilities
Monmouth College reserves the right to permanently change all parking rules and regulations in order to make improvements or to facilitate operations. Students, faculty and staff will be informed of such changes by public notice (electronic bulletin board, etc.).
Vehicle owners or parking permit holders who have received more than four parking tickets during an academic year will be required to permanently remove their vehicles from campus, and no refund will be provided. Vehicle owners or parking permit holders who are required to permanently remove their vehicles, but fail to do so will be referred to the appropriate administrative office (Student Affairs, Personnel, etc.) for disciplinary action.
General Rules and Regulations
- Parking in all Monmouth College parking lots or College-maintained streets requires the appropriate College-issued parking permit (employee or student). A parking permit does not guarantee the holder a parking space or a parking space in a specific lot. The responsibility of finding an authorized parking space rests with the permit holder. Lack of preferred parking is not a valid excuse for violation of traffic and parking regulations.
- All Monmouth College students, faculty and staff must register their vehicles and properly display a registration decal or parking permit at all times. Unregistered vehicles with outstanding violations will be assessed a service fee if the license plate number is traced for identification.
- Parking is prohibited in campus fire lanes (Stockdale drive, west side of Bowers, etc.) at all times.
- Blocking or obstructing traffic in parking areas, in service drives, along yellow curbs, in loading docks or next to trash dumpsters is prohibited.
- Parking in or along College drives is prohibited, except where specifically designated.
- Parking on or blocking sidewalks or other pedestrian pathways is prohibited.
- Parking or driving on College lawns is prohibited.
- While driving on College property, motorists must yield right-of-way to pedestrians.
- All current parking permits remain the property of Monmouth College and may not be sold or transferred to other parties.
- Full price will be charged for replacement, lost or stolen parking permits. Anyone found in possession of a stolen parking permit will be fined, lose all parking privileges on campus, and face disciplinary actions.
- All parking rules and regulations apply to motorcycles. Motor vehicle use, including motorcycles, is strictly prohibited on college walkways. (Use of non-licensed motorized vehicles, such as golf carts, is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the College.)
- Students may not park in designated Faculty/Staff lots from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays and may not park in the Admission lot at any time.
- All parking lots are open from 5:00 p.m. Friday to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, except for the Admission lot and when/where specifically designated.
- Use of parking spaces restricted to service/delivery only is limited to designated Monmouth College vehicles. All others will be ticketed regardless of time or use of hazard lights.
- Visitor Parking spaces may not be used by MC Faculty, Staff or Students at any time.
- In the event of a license plate change, a vehicle change, or a loaner/temporary vehicle being brought to campus, the Director of Safety and Security must be notified.
- To address operational requirements (construction, special events, etc.), campus parking lots, parking areas or parking spaces may be temporarily or permanently closed.
- Students whose parents are employed by Monmouth College or otherwise have access to a vehicle with an employee parking permit are not authorized to park that vehicle in designated faculty and staff spaces.
As mandated by the State of Illinois, a number of campus parking spaces are designated for handicapped parking. These parking spaces are clearly marked and are restricted for use by individuals displaying valid handicapped permits issued by licensed physicians or with State-issued handicapped license plates.
Tickets and Fines
Parking tickets will be issued to any vehicles found to be in violation of the rules and regulations in this guide or as posted (i.e., signs, electronic bulletin board, etc.) by Monmouth College. The person registered for the hang tag will be charged the fine for all tickets issued for any vehicle parked in an illegal spot or lot with the permit. A parking permit does not guarantee the holder a parking space. The responsibility of finding an authorized parking space rests with the permit holder. Lack of preferred parking is not considered a valid excuse for violation of traffic and parking regulations. Failure to find a parking ticket on the vehicle does not invalidate the parking ticket or the associated fine. Unregistered vehicles with outstanding violations will be assessed a service fee if the license plate number is traced for identification. Failure of the College to strictly enforce any parking regulation does not waive future enforcement of the regulation.
Fines associated with parking tickets:
- Unregistered Motor Vehicle: $100.00
- Parking or Driving on College Lawns: $50.00
- Parking in Handicapped Space without Permit: $50.00
- All Other Violations (unauthorized lot or parking space, restricted areas, sidewalks/ pathways/driveways, blocking dumpsters, double-parking, etc.): $20.00
Theft and Damage
Parking permits or registration decals do not include or imply security protection. Monmouth College assumes no responsibility for theft or damage to motor vehicles or their contents. Vehicles should be locked at all times.
Inoperable or Abandoned Vehicles
The owner or driver of a vehicle that is in violation of Monmouth College parking rules and regulations but cannot be moved due to mechanical difficulties must immediately report the vehicle to Campus Security or the owner will be fined.
Towing of Vehicles
Vehicles parked illegally will be towed at the owner’s expense by Berg’s Towing, 1420 North Main Street, 309-734-1999. The towing charge is $50.00. A storage charge may be assessed.
City Parking Ordinances
Streets surrounding campus require a City of Monmouth residential permit for parking overnight from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m.. These City permits are available only to residents in homes on the streets with restricted parking. Cooperation by all students and their guests in abiding by parking regulations is expected. Where overnight parking is allowed, parking on City streets is limited to 72 hours at any one location.
A number of streets bordering the campus, including East Broadway, North 6th and East Euclid, are designated by the City of Monmouth as “Emergency/Snow Routes.” In the event of snow, the City of Monmouth prohibits parking on these streets until the snow has been cleared.
Violations of City ordinances will be enforced by the Monmouth Police Department. Significant fines and towing can result from violation of City parking ordinances.
Visitors may obtain a visitor’s parking pass from the Stockdale Center, the Security office in Mellinger Center or from the Office of Director of Safety and Security office located in the basement of Poling Hall. Students, faculty and staff are not considered visitors and may not display a visitor permit on their vehicles or use visitor parking spaces at any time.
Vehicles used by visitors are subject to the rules and regulations stated in this guide or as posted by Monmouth College or the City of Monmouth.
Overall coordination of the parking program at Monmouth College is the responsibility of the Director of Safety and Security. Inquiries regarding parking regulations and procedures should be directed to the Director of Safety and Security.
Parking tickets may be appealed by completing the Parking Appeals Form (below). Appeals received after 12:00 pm every Thursday will be reviewed the following week. Appeals must be received within 14 calendar days of the date the parking ticket was issued. Appeals received after the 14-day deadline will not be considered. You will be notified by email of the Students Appeals Board decision.
Parking Appeals Form