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Snow Emergency Parking Guidelines

Snow Emergency Parking Guidelines

  • When there is an actual or anticipated snow emergency, rotating yellow snow alert beacons will be activated in campus parking lots and signs will be displayed in campus residence hall lobbies. These beacons and signs are your signal that you should park ONLY in your designated lot, and that you should expect further snow parking information to become available during the emergency. Designated sections of certain resident lots (Shea/Durgin Lot, Great Hill Drive Lot, Woodward Lot and the Great Hill Student Apartments Lot) have signage indicating that in the event of a snow alert the spaces must be vacated by the end of the day (11:59pm) that the snow alert is put into effect or vehicles will be ticketed and towed to allow sufficient space for initial snow removal. Cars should be moved to unrestricted spaces in any authorized lot.
  • During a snow alert, in addition to the designated sections of resident lots mentioned above, any vehicle parked in violation of snow alert instructions will be ticketed and may be towed without warning if Campus Police believes the vehicle's location poses a hazard to snow removal efforts. Current fine for impeding snow is $50.00. If vehicle must be towed, it is done at owner's expense at a cost of $125.00 plus $20.00 per day storage and $50.00 fine (fees subject to change).
  • Priority for snow clearing in parking lots will be commuter and faculty/staff lots in order to ensure that these lots are ready once the university re-opens. Resident lots will then be cleared.

Resident Students

  • Notification will typically be made through pre-recorded snow parking messages at 508-531-7765 (RSNL) and channel 71 of the ResNet cable system.
  • Resident students will be asked to move their cars temporarily while the resident lots are cleared. Instructions and timelines will be provided via the methods outlined above. During the winter season it is advisable for all permit holders to maintain scrapers and shovels in their vehicles to assist in moving from one lot to another and back again when the lot is cleared.

Commuter Students

  • Commuter students may call the Inclement Weather Line at 508-531-1777 (or listen to the radio and television stations identified in the Inclement Weather Policy) to learn if university will be closed.
  • When the University is closed commuter students are asked NOT to come on campus. If work or other commitment requires you to do so, you must contact Campus Police for parking instructions. Failure to do so may result in a ticket for impeding snow removal or towing.
For more information, please refer to the "Inclement Weather Policy" on the university web page: