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Citations

Consistent enforcement of university parking regulations helps contribute to a safe and equitable system for all individuals driving to our campuses. Citations can be written for anyone who does not follow parking regulations.

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Fines

Payment

Citation payments can be made easily online. Payment is also accepted at the Parking Services Office located in 4 Edwards Center, or checks can be mailed in the envelope provided with the citation. UC Blue Ash or UC Clermont citations should be paid at the respective campus business office.

Unpaid Citations

  • Fines that are not appealed or paid within ten (10) calendar days from the date the citation is written will be doubled. 
  • Individuals with unpaid citations will not be able to purchase or renew a permit.
  • Student records will be withheld until citations are paid in full.
  • Vehicles with multiple unpaid citations are subject to impoundment or immobilization and will remain so until the citations are paid in full.

Enforcement

The failure of the university to insist upon strict compliance with any regulation in any one or more instances shall not be construed as a waiver for the future enforcement of any such regulation. All regulations remain in full force and are effective twenty-four-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week including holidays.

Appeals

Occasionally, extenuating circumstances may be the basis for the appeal of a citation.  The Parking Appeals Committee, made up of faculty/staff and students from other areas within the university, make all final decisions for appeals. A citation may be appealed online or submitting an appeal in writing to the Parking Services Office. The following guidelines are in place:

  • Citations appealed within ten (10) calendar days of the citation date do not require upfront payment of the fines.
  • Citations appealed after ten (10) calendar days will require payment of all associated fees before the appeal can be processed.
  • An administrative service fee will be assessed to all appealed citations that are upheld by the Parking Appeals Committee.
  • If a citation is voided by the committee, all fines and fees paid toward that citation will be refunded.
  • If a citation is sustained by the committee, payment must be received within ten (10) calendar days from the date of the appeal notification letter sent to the email on file or the fine will be doubled.
  • Simple errors or omissions on the citation which have no direct effect on the actual circumstances surrounding the violation are not considered grounds for cancellation of the citation.

Towing & Impoundment

University of Cincinnati Police and/or Parking Services have the authority to tow and/or impound vehicles for the facilitation of university operations and/or violation of parking regulations.

Towing and/or impoundment of a vehicle may occur when a vehicle is:

  • Blocking a fire lane or hydrant.
  • Blocking a roadway, drive or loading dock.
  • Blocking a dumpster.
  • Blocking other vehicles.
  • Creating a real or potential safety hazard.
  • Owned or operated by an individual with outstanding delinquent parking tags.
  • Using a revoked, altered or stolen permit.
  • Parking in violation of posted signs.
  • Parked in a reserved stall without proper permit or permission.
  • Parked in a non-reserved ADA accessible stall without state-issued disability placard or license plate.
  • Blocking a pathway needed to facilitate university operations (e.g., construction, maintenance, emergency, etc.).
  • Parked in area reserved for event management. Signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance.

Abandoned Vehicles

Vehicles remaining on university property for more than 72 hours without a valid university parking access card or permit will be considered abandoned. Abandoned vehicles may be towed and/or impounded at the owner's expense. Unclaimed abandoned vehicles may be sold at public auction 30 days after notice. It is the driver's responsibility to contact the appropriate campus parking office if he/she knows the vehicle will be left unattended for more than 72 hours.

Impounded Vehicles

Impounded vehicles will be assessed a daily storage fee. Total payment of outstanding fines, delinquent fees, impound fees and towing charges must be paid in order to release the vehicle. Personal checks will not be accepted as a means of payment.

If a tow truck driver is called to move a vehicle and the driver appears before the vehicle is towed and agrees to pay all outstanding obligations, the vehicle will not be towed, but the individual will be responsible for the tow charge.