Campus Safety and Security

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.

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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 persons taking classes at the University must register their motor vehicle(s) each academic year with Campus Security. All vehicles at all times must have a valid parking permit to park anywhere on campus. There is no parking lot on campus where students 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 registration.
  3. 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.
  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.
  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. 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.
  9. The registered owner shall be responsible for all violations, even when another is driving the vehicle.  
  10. Only vehicles with valid handicap authorization may park in handicap designated spaces. Unauthorized vehicles will be ticketed and/or towed at owner’s expense.
  11. Overnight parking is not permitted on the main entrance hill or around Vaccaro Field. These areas are considered overflow parking for daytime use only.
  12. Resident freshmen may not have a vehicle on campus and may not have a car registered in another person’s name.
  13. A parking permit may not be used for more than one vehicle. Each vehicle must be registered separately.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Franciscan University of Steubenville disclaims all responsibility for losses or damage to vehicles operated or parked on campus, and is not responsible for losses or damage to any vehicle towed from campus.  

C. Parking Permit Costs

  1. Resident Permit $40- Only resident sophomores, juniors and seniors may purchase this permit.
  2. Commuter Permit $40- Only commuter students may purchase this permit. A second vehicle may be registered for an additional $5. A Commuter may register a maximum of 2 vehicles at one time.
  3. Lower Campus $40- Only lower campus resident sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduates may purchase this permit.
  4. Assisi Heights $40- Only Assisi Heights residents may purchase this permit.
  5. Evening Commuter/Summer Permit $20- Allows for parking after 5 pm on weekdays and anytime on weekends, and/or during summer sessions. A second vehicle may be registered for an additional $5.
  6. Temporary Permit- $1 per week, 2 weeks maximum.

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 Area

Authorized Users (unless otherwise posted)


Commuter and staff only 7 am – 7 pm Monday – Friday. Other hours--any registered vehicles.

B, C, D, E, F, G

Staff only 7 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday. Other hours--any registered vehicles.

H, J

Resident and staff permit only.


Staff and Friary parking only.


All registered vehicles unless otherwise posted.


Staff only 7 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday as posted. Other spaces for resident students.


Visitors only.

N, O

Any registered vehicles except AH.


Any registered vehicles 7 am – 9 pm. Parking is prohibited after 9 pm except AH.


Commuter and staff only 7 am – 7 pm Monday – Friday. Other hours--any registered vehicles.


Staff only 7 am – 7 pm Monday - Friday. Other hours--any registered vehicles.

S, T

Any registered vehicles unless otherwise posted.


Assisi Heights residents 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 Campus Security guard or a University official about the citation, will result in further disciplinary action.
  2. Schedule of Fines:

    Unauthorized parking in Handicapped Spaces


    Parking in a Fire Lane or by a Fire Hydrant


    All moving violations: i.e. Speeding, Reckless Driving


    Rapid Acceleration, or Stop Sign Violation


    Failing or Refusing to Comply with Lawful Orders of a Security Officer


    Parked or Driving on Grass, Sidewalks, 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


    Parking Unregistered Vehicle


    Unauthorized Use, Reproduction, or Transfer of Permits


    Falsifying Request for Permit


    Immobilization of Vehicle (Auto-boot)


    Parking in Wrong Lot


    Parking Permit not Properly Displayed


    Towing and Impounding (payable to the Towing Agency)

  3. Payment of Fines: Fines are to be paid at the Student Service Counter – Cashier 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 (five or more per academic year) may result in additional sanctions, including but not limited to the suspension of campus parking privileges .
  4. Appeals: Parking citations may be appealed by presenting the citation to the Campus Security Office (located in the Community Building in 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 is final.

F. Towing and Immobilization Policy


  1. Franciscan University is a private tow away zone. The towing of cars is authorized by Ohio Revised Code 4511.67-68.
  2. Vehicles may be towed for illegal parking as stated in Sections A and B or for excessive citations (5 or more citations).
  3. Towing charges are determined by the towing service and are payable in cash to the towing service at the time of retrieval.
  4. In the event the vehicle is auto-booted (immobilized), the driver must contact Campus Security by calling 283-6319 or "0" so the device can be removed. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO MOVE THE VEHICLE with the auto-boot in place. The University is not responsible for damage caused if the vehicle is moved with the auto-boot in place. If the driver does not contact Campus Security within 12 hours, the vehicle may be towed at the driver’s expense.
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