Parking and Traffic Control
The Mount St. Mary’s University Department of Public Safety is responsible for controlling parking and traffic movement on campus. The goals of the Parking and Traffic Control Policy are to maintain an orderly process that address the personal needs of individuals in the community, provide for the community’s safety, and protects the aesthetics of the campus.
The primary elements of Mount St. Mary’s University’s parking policy are as follows:
All vehicles parking on Mount St. Mary’s University’s Emmitsburg campus shall be registered with Public Safety and shall display a valid Mount St. Mary’s University parking permit.
Vehicle parking is assigned on the basis of status, i.e. staff, (faculty, staff, administration), commuter students, resident students, and visitors; and class( i.e. freshmen and sophomores, or juniors and seniors.)
For purposes of determining a student’s class for parking permit issuance, the class is determined on the basis of the student’s class assignment at the beginning of the academic year and will not be changed during the academic year. Spring semester transfer students’ class will be determined by their class assignment when they begin their studies at the Mount.
For purposes of this policy graduate students and graduate assistants will be considered commuter students regardless of whether or not they are in on-campus housing.
A valid state-issued registration card for the vehicle being permitted must be presented in order to obtain a parking permit. Students requesting a parking permit must display a valid Mount St. Mary’s University student identification card (MountCard).
Graduate students and other students who are legitimately unable to pick up a parking permit during regular business hours may fill out a permit application at the Public Safety information desk and the desk officer will verify the vehicle information and student status. The desk officer will then issue a temporary parking permit to the vehicle and the person requesting the permit will be able to pick up the regular parking permit on the next day their class meets.
Student permits are only issued after the student requesting the permit reads and signs the form explaining the parking assignment for the student’s status and class. A copy of the form is provided to the student along with their permit and the original signed copy of the form is retained by Public Safety. Students violating the conditions outlined on the form explaining the parking assignment for the student’s status and class are subject to sanctions outlined in this policy.
Students are not authorized to obtain a parking permit for another student.
Any student who misrepresents information on any University form or application, including the parking permit application, are subject to sanctions under this parking policy as well as the Student Code of Conduct.
Only a vehicle displaying an authorizing “Reserved” permit may park in a reserved parking space. Unauthorized vehicles parked in a “Reserved” parking space are subject to ticketing and towing.
Only vehicles with valid “Handicapped” plates or placards may park in “Handicapped” spaces. Unauthorized vehicles parked in a “Handicapped” parking space are subject to ticketing and towing.
Fire lanes may only be used by emergency vehicles. Unauthorized vehicles parked in a fire lane are subject to ticketing and towing.
At no time shall unauthorized vehicles park in a location where the stopped vehicle will restrict movement of other vehicles or access to a building or other location unless specifically authorized and permitted to do so.
Parking permits are not transferable. If a new vehicle or license plate is obtained, contact Public Safety to update the registration
Parking regulations are in effect at all times, including semester breaks, holidays and summer break.
Refer to the “Designated Parking Areas and Assignments” at the end of this document for additional information on parking assignments and restrictions on campus.
During the first week of each academic year the Public Safety Department will register student vehicles in Patriot Hall during the afternoon and evening meals. At all other times student, along with faculty, staff, and administrators can obtain a permit at the Public Safety office between 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Display of Parking Permits
Student parking permits are adhesive stickers that must be renewed annually. Student parking permits shall be displayed as follows:
Staff parking permits are hang style tags and shall be displayed by hanging from the rearview mirror of the vehicle. Staff parking permits are issued to a specific vehicle and are valid as long as the vehicle user is employed by the Mount, subject to certain restrictions.
Occasionally, it might be necessary to park near a residence hall or office/classroom building for a short period of time to load or unload a vehicle. To avoid receiving a parking citation please park in one of the "15-minute loading/unloading" spaces found at various locations on campus. If a "15-minute loading/unloading" space is not available, please call Public Safety at (301) 447-5357 and provide the desk officer with a description of the vehicle and an estimate of how long your vehicle will be in the unauthorized are. When approval is given please be sure to turn on your four-way flashers.
Should a vehicle be found to be inoperable in an unauthorized lot or space, the person responsible for the vehicle should call Public Safety and an officer will be assigned to respond and offer assistance. If the vehicle remains inoperable, the officer will verify its condition and Public Safety may authorize a temporary permit or time extension.
Significant instances of noncompliance with this parking policy may result in towing of the offending vehicle from campus at the owner’s expense for excessive or serious violation(s) of this parking policy. Instances that may be deemed to be significant instances of noncompliance include but are not limited to:
Parking, stopping or standing in a fire lane, reserved space, or handicapped space without authorization.
Parking, stopping or standing in a manner that creates a safety hazard.
Parking, stopping or standing in a manner that interferes with snow removal.
Parking, stopping or standing illegally in a marked tow-away area.
Parking, stopping or standing in the grass or on a sidewalk.
Parking, stopping or standing in a manner that obstructs the flow of traffic on streets or traffic ways.
Parking, stopping or standing in a manner that interferes with an emergency right of way.
Parking, stopping or standing in a manner that interferes with an actual emergency response.
Student vehicles cited for parking violations 10 or more times in an academic year may be subject to additional sanctions including towing and/or loss their parking privilege for the remainder of the academic year.
Staff vehicles cited for parking violations 10 or more times in an academic year may be placed in restricted parking and their vehicle may be subject to towing if they violate this restriction.
Unregistered vehicles cited for parking violations three (3) or more times in an academic year may be subject to towing and restriction from on-campus parking.
Other acts of significant noncompliance as determined by the Director of Public Safety or higher University authority.
Selection of Towing Services
Private towing companies are utilized by Public Safety. The owner of the towed vehicle can call Public Safety for the address of the towing company. Neither the Mount nor Public Safety receives any payment for the towing.
Once a towing company has been called to campus the person responsible for the vehicle for which the tow was requested may be held accountable for reasonable charges associated with the towing request. Such charges may be applied to the campus account of the person responsible for the vehicle.
Mount St. Mary’s University’s campus is posted with parking requirements and all students and staff receive information concerning the University’s Parking and Traffic Control Policy when they register a vehicle on campus and at the start of each academic year.
Citations may be appealed online or by submitting an appeal in writing to Public Safety, or on the form available at the Public Safety office. Appeals must include the citation number, the date and location of violation, name and e-mail address of the person appealing, the registration number and/or the permit number of the vehicle and the reason for the appeal.
All appeals must be filed with Public Safety within 10 days of citation’s issuance. After 10 days, the appeal may be denied for being untimely. Appeals submitted to any University official outside of this process will not be considered valid and may not be entertained.
Notification of the appeal finding will normally be returned by e-mail within 10 business days.
Fines for a parking citation are payable at Public Safety during regular business hours between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and noon and from 1 to 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday, up to five days after the date of issuance. After ten days fines are payable at the Accounting and Finance Office on the third floor of Bradley Hall during normal business hours.
Student Process for Unpaid Citations
Upon the expiration of the appeal period unpaid student vehicle citations that have been forwarded to the Accounting and Financial Affairs office are charged to the student’s campus account and added to the student’s next billing statement.
Unpaid citations may cause a student to be unable to register for the next semester’s classes, get copies of course transcripts, or even get a diploma upon graduation.
Staff Process for Unpaid Citations
Upon the expiration of the appeal period unpaid staff vehicle citations are forwarded to the Accounting and Financial Affairs office and the employee may be billed for the citation.
At the end of each semester the Finance Office will notify Public Safety of any outstanding employee citations. The Director of Public Safety will in turn notify the supervisor of an employee of the unpaid citation(s) and the supervisor may initiate counseling or disciplinary action if the citation(s) remain unpaid.
Staff vehicles cited for parking violations ten or more times in an academic year may be placed in restricted parking and their vehicle may be subject to towing if they violate this restriction.
Designated Parking Areas and Assignments
Streets or Trafficways
Striped "Zebra" Zones
Grass Areas or Lawns
By Specific Permit
Handicapped Permit Needed
Lot 1 (Terrace Lot)
Lot 2 (University Way at John Walsh Way)
Visitor & Service Vehicles Only
Lot 5 (Borders & Pangborn)
Faculty/Staff Permit Only
12:01 a.m. Monday
Faculty/Staff Permit Only
Lot 7 (Bicentennial)
Junior & Senior Resident Students
12:01 a.m. Monday
Lot 8 (Apartments)
Faculty/Staff & Commuters
12:01 a.m. Monday
Lot 9 (Between Memorial Gym & McGowan Circle)
Lot 9A (McGowan Circle)
Permit & Service Vehicles Only
Lot 10 (Memorial Gym)
Junior, Senior & Commuter Students
12:01 a.m. Monday
Lot 11 (Numbered Seminary Spaces)
Seminarians Only by Numbered Space
Lot 11A (at Seminary)
Seminary Faculty & Administration
Lot 12 (East Campus at Archives) & Lot A and B
Freshman & Sophomore Resident Students Only
12:01 a.m. Monday
Lot 14 (ARCC between Straw Family Stadium and College Lane)
By Specific Lot 14 Permit Only
12:01 a.m. Monday
ARCC North Ramp
Handicapped & Service Vehicles
ARCC South Ramp
ARCC Gravel (Lots C through F) & Waldron Stadium
By Permit Only
Parking is allowed on main campus in lots 5, 7, 8 and 10 on Friday evening from 5:30 p.m. until midnight on Sunday. All other times you must remain in your assigned parking lots.