Office of Public Safety

Parking & Traffic Regulations

Effective: August 1, 2021

The following regulations for the registration, operation, possession, and use of vehicles by WIU students, staff, faculty, employees of contracted services, and visitors are effective as of August 1, 2020 and are enforced year round, 7 days a week, 24 hrs. a day except as noted in these regulations. The authority to regulate parking is vested in the administration by the Western Illinois University Board of Trustees. These regulations are reviewed by representatives of the faculty, staff and student body and approved by the President of the University.

Persons who own, possess or operate a vehicle on Western's campus are responsible for knowing the regulations. Violation of parking regulations may subject an individual to University discipline, including but not limited to repossession of parking permits and/or revocation of parking privileges. Individual cases will be reviewed by the Director of the Office of Public Safety or his designee and/or Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.


  • UNIVERSITY FACILITIES -- All WIU property owned or controlled by the Western Illinois University Board of Trustees.
  • REGISTERED VEHICLE -- A vehicle properly displaying a valid WIU parking permit or licensed by a government agency.
  • EMPLOYEE -- An individual employed at WIU or a non- student employed by a business under contract to work on campus.
  • STUDENT -- An individual enrolled in any class at WIU, including the Department of Continuing Education, who is not an employee as defined above.
  • COMMUTER A -- Senior and graduate students who do not live on WIU campus property.
  • COMMUTER B -- All other students who do not live on WIU campus property.
  • RESERVED SPACE -- A department or organization assigned a reserved parking space for clients and/or departmental use. A request for approval will be forwarded from the Vice President of Administrative Services.
  • INDIVIDUAL RESERVED SPACES -- Reserved spaces are for designated administrators after approval of the President or Vice President of Administrative Services.
  • VISITOR -- An individual who is not enrolled in any classes or receiving credit on an internship or who is not employed at WIU (Includes both the Macomb & Regional Center Campus).
  • VENDOR -- An individual who conducts business on campus and is not affiliated with the university.
  • SERVICE VEHICLE -- A vehicle which is clearly marked as owned by the university or a vehicle displaying an approved service permit.


  • Meters will be enforced between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday- Friday the entire calendar year. Meters located in lots adjacent to a residence hall will be enforced 7 days a week 7 a.m.-midnight. Permits are NOT valid for parking in metered spaces, the vehicle operator is responsible for paying the meter. Only vehicles displaying a “Meter Exempt Disability Parking Placard” may park in metered spaces without paying the meter.
    • Subsequent meter violations may be issued at 30-minute intervals for 30-minute meters and 1 hour intervals for 1 hour to 10 hour meters.
    • Malfunctioning meters (i.e., jammed, incorrect timing) should be reported immediately to Parking Services. A meter ticket will be cleared only if a report is filed within 24 hours and the malfunction is verified.
    • Meter Rates; $0.25 - 30 Minutes $0.10 - 12 Minutes $0.05 - 6 Minutes
  • All parking spaces are defined by white lines and/or parking blocks; all other areas are "no parking zones". Such areas will include, but are not limited to: posted fire lanes, no parking zones, yellow zones, crosswalks, grass or unpaved areas and service drives.
  • Service drives and service vehicle spaces are reserved at all times. For loading/unloading purposes, non-University vehicles may be issued a service permit to allow 30-minute parking. Prior consent may also be obtained via telephone and entered on the car log; violations will not be cleared without appeal unless the vehicle is on the car log. Vehicles may not be logged into meters, fire lanes, reserved or handicap spaces or on the grass.
  • The speed limit is 20 m.p.h. on internal university roadways and 10 m.p.h. in parking lots.
  • WIU assumes no responsibility for the care or protection of any vehicle or its contents on WIU property.
  • WIU reserves the right to temporarily or permanently close any parking area. When possible, advance notice will be given. Any vehicle in a barricaded area may be ticketed and/or towed at the owner's expense.
  • Operators and owners of mobile homes, trailers, campers, etc. are not permitted to use University facilities for the purpose of living except with permission from the Office of Public Safety.
  • Commuter A & B Lots may be used by faculty/staff hangtag holders.


  • The responsibility of finding a legal parking space rests with the vehicle operator. A parking permit does not ensure the availability of a parking space, but grants the privilege of parking in specified areas when space is available.
  • Visitors may obtain a free parking permit for restricted hours. Employees and students are not considered as visitors and may not display a visitor permit on their vehicle.
  • Visitors who receive parking tickets may have registration violations excused by personally appearing at Parking Services of the Office of Public Safety (open 24 hours) and establishing their visitor status PRIOR to leaving campus. The registered owner/university affiliated individual of the vehicle will become the responsible party for violations that are not resolved during the seven-day appeal period; a notarized letter may be required to clear a ticket.
  • A substitute or disabled vehicle may be placed on a vehicle log by calling Parking Services. The registrant is responsible for tickets issued prior to notification.
  • Substitute vehicle log-ins will be honored if the registrant has a valid annual permit.
  • Vehicles may be logged in for 30 minutes for loading/unloading by calling Parking Services. Tickets received in no parking zones, reserved lots, faculty/staff, and Q Lots during logged in time will be cleared upon receipt by Parking Services. When Parking Services is closed contact the Office of Public Safety at 298-1949.


  • A parking permit is required in certain lots from 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and at all times (24 hours) in certain lots or spaces as posted.
  • Parking regulations (i.e., reserved spaces, no parking zones, fire lanes etc.) are in effect at all times, including weekends, holidays, and when classes are not in session.
  • Individuals who have no annual permit may purchase a temporary permit for $5.00 per week for their respective parking lot(s).
  • All permit holders will be permitted to park in F/S lots during periods when classes are not in session. Any vehicle will be allowed to park in all Q lots for the first 5 days of a semester and during finals week without a permit. Faculty/staff lots will be enforced during these times. Assessment Day is considered as class in session.
  • In order to obtain any additional special permit (residence hall lot, graduate assistant, etc.) proof of immediate family ownership of vehicle (title or current license plate registration) must be provided at the time of purchase. Restricted permits or identifiers must be displayed next to the WIU annual permit.
  • One ticket for a No WIU Permit and Restricted Parking ($50) may be reduced to $10 when an annual permit is purchased within seven days of the ticket issue date.
  • Students will not be permitted to register any vehicle with a dealer (DL) plate.
  • Mopeds and motorcycles must display permits that are clearly visible from the rear of the vehicle.
  • Hangtag registration is not considered complete until the hangtag is displayed from the interior rear view mirror so that the numerals are visible from the front of the vehicle. Exceptions will be reviewed by the Director of Public Safety.
  • Half of the parking permit fees may be credited to the student's account if the permits are returned by February 1 of the year of expiration.
  • Current permits should be removed when the vehicle is destroyed or changes ownership. The vehicle registrant continues to be responsible for all tickets written while the permit is valid. A lost or stolen permit/hangtag should be reported to the Office of Public Safety immediately. A report must be filed before a replacement hangtag may be purchased. The full purchase price will be charged for replacement of lost/stolen permits/hangtags.
  • All current permits remain the property of WIU and may not be loaned, traded, or sold by the person to whom they have been issued. A revoked permit must be removed from the vehicle and returned to Parking Services.
  • Employees may purchase only one hangtag and this hangtag may not be used on a vehicle displaying a student permit. Hangtags need to be returned to Parking Services if employee leaves the University during the school year.
  • No individual shall manufacture or attempt to use a counterfeit permit/hangtag. Use of a counterfeit permit/hangtag will result in a $75 fine and possible disciplinary action.

V. Permit Classifications

Employee Hangtags

Reserved Hangtag - Available to employees upon the approval of the Vice President of Administrative Services.

F/S Hangtags - Available to employees and vendors. Valid in F/S, CA, CB, and Q Lots. Vendors may request a V permit for 20-minute parking in service vehicle spaces or loading zones.

Service Permits - S stickers may be issued to individuals who have been approved for use in service drives/spaces for a maximum of 30 minutes.

Unlawful use of a stolen employee hangtag will subject an individual to arrest and prosecution, in addition to administrative action.

An illegal transfer of an employee hangtag may result in revocation of parking privileges for the remainder of the academic year for all parties involved.


Q Permits -- Available to students and employees for all Q Lots.

Commuter A Permits -- Available to graduate and senior students who do not live on the WIU campus for parking in CA, CB and Q Lots.

Commuter B Permits -- Available to all students who do not live on the WIU campus for parking in CB and Q Lots.

Residence Hall Permits -- Available to occupants of Corbin/Olson, Thompson and Grote/Lincoln/ Washington Halls. Contact Parking Services for information. Proof of immediate family vehicle ownership must be presented. Residence Hall permits are invalid as of the date the individual leaves the residence hall. Residence Hall spaces are reserved at all times during the fall and spring semesters. An illegal transfer of Residence Hall permits will result in revocation of parking privileges.

Married & Graduate Housing Permits -- Residents must purchase their appropriate annual permit/hangtag (student or employee). A special permit will be issued at no additional charge to allow parking in the lot for their building. The special permit will need to be returned in identifiable condition in order to obtain a replacement. Non-residents and 2nd vehicle (per apartment) must park in the visitor areas. A WIU permit is required Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. in this visitor lot.

MOTORCYCLE PERMITS -- Motorcycles and mopeds are permitted to park in designated motorcycle parking and meters. This is a 24 hour restriction. Individuals who register a primary vehicle and obtain a hangtag permit, may obtain one motorcycle permit at no cost. Individuals who use a motorcycle as a primary vehicle only, will be required to pay the current motorcycle registration fee to obtain a permit.

VENDOR PARKING PERMITS -- Individuals, other than employees or students, who regularly operate and park a vehicle on campus for business purposes should purchase a F/S hangtag. (The Purchasing Office will verify vendor status.) In addition, a special permit is required in service spaces (limit 30 minutes). Companies with a University contract to provide goods or services to WIU may receive an additional parking identifier at no charge for vehicle(s) used solely for delivery purposes.

EMERITI PERMIT -- One permit is available at no charge to each WIU emeriti as designated by the Vice President for Administrative Services Office which is valid in F/S and Q Lots. Use of an Emeritus permit by WIU employees or students is not permitted and may result in revocation of parking privileges.

TEMPORARY MEDICAL PARKING PERMITS -- Students with special medical needs may obtain a temporary medical parking permit from Beu Health Center for faculty/staff lots. The student must have a current WIU parking permit and have the medical permit affixed to the window next to the WIU parking permit.

HANDICAPPED PARKING PERMITS -- Any Faculty/ Staff/Student vehicle displaying a state issued handicapped permit or license plate must display a current WIU parking permit and is authorized to park in any unreserved handicapped space. Handicapped spaces are reserved for state authorized handicapped vehicles at all times. Unauthorized use of state handicapped permits will result in revocation of WIU parking privileges. Vehicles displaying a “Meter Exempt Disability Parking Placard” may park in a metered space without paying the meter.

SUBSTITUTE VEHICLES/TEMPORARIES -- Individuals using a substitute vehicle may call Parking Services to request a vehicle log ( up to 3 days per call). Substitute vehicle hangtags are available at Parking Services (7 days at a time) Limit 5 logs per semester. The substitute vehicle may not be registered to or owned by an individual otherwise ineligible for the requested parking area. To assure citations are removed, individuals should contact Parking Services with citation information.

DISABLED VEHICLES -- Individuals must report and log in vehicles that are disabled for a specified period of time (up to 4 hours); tickets will be cleared only during the logged in time period. Vehicles may not be logged into meters, reserved spaces, or fire lanes.

Annual Permits will be prorated as of January 1.

Annual Permit

Reserved Space
Reserved Lot
Residence Hall
F/S Hangtag
Commuter A
Commuter B
Q Lot

Annual Fee

$ 60.00
$ 100.00
$ 80.00
$ 60.00
$ 60.00
$ 30.00


$ 30.00
$ 62.00
$ 50.00
$ 40.00
$ 30.00
$ 30.00
$ 15.00


The following violation fines will be enforced year round as follows:

  • No WIU Permit: $25
  • Restricted Parking/Permit not valid in lot: $25
  • Improper Parking: $5
  • No Parking Zone/Undesignated Parking: $40
  • Fire Access Area (plus any tow charges): $75
  • Towable Violation, issued in addition to Parking Violation: $75
  • Reserved Space/Lot: $40
  • Handicapped Space (plus any tow charges): $250
  • Overtime Meter: $5
  • Subsequent Meter Violation: $10
  • Improper/Failure to Display Permit: $5
  • Failure to Register a Substitute Vehicle: $5
  • Failure to Report License Change or Correction: $10
  • Transferring Any (windshield affixed) WIU Permit from One Family-Owned vehicle to Another: $10
  • Falsification of Registration Information: $75
  • Altering or Manufacturing of Any WIU Parking Permit/Hangtag: $75
  • Unauthorized Procurement, Possession or Use of Any WIU Parking Permit/Hangtag: $75
  • Failure to Utilize Bicycle Parking Area: $5

A second ticket may be issued for certain violations which occur for longer than a 4-hour period.

Ticket payments may be made at Parking Services or the Union Service Center. Outstanding violations may restrict student registration and the release of student records. Unpaid violations may be referred to a collection agency.

You have seven (7) days to appeal, void, or have a violation reduced. No adjustments will be made after seven days.

Students with 10 or more tickets will be referred to Student Rights and Responsibilities for appropriate action.


  • Individuals receiving 5 tickets, other than $5.00 overtime meter violation, (PAID or UNPAID) will be placed on the Tow List for the remainder of the academic year. Thereafter, whenever parking in violation, the vehicle is subject to being towed at the owner's expense in addition to the parking violations.
  • A towable violation ($75) ticket will be issued in addition to the specific parking violations.
  • Individuals on the tow list are not eligible to use press passes or restricted permits other than Residence Hall permits.


  • Persons issued a parking ticket may appeal in writing within 7 calendar days of the ticket issuance. Tickets under appeal will be posted to the individual's account. Appeals that are amended or approved will result in an adjustment to the individual's account.
  • Appeals are adjudicated by the Appeals Committee.
  • If there is additional pertinent information after a written appeal has been denied, an individual may submit a second written appeal. Requests for second appeals must be made within ten calendar days from the first appeal's review date. The decisions of the Appeals Committee are final.
  • The Office of Public Safety/Parking Services shall enforce all University motor vehicle and parking regulations.


The Parking and Traffic Committee makes recommendations to the Vice President of Administrative Services and is chaired by the Director of Public Safety. Membership consists of students, staff, faculty, and administrative representatives. The committee acts as an advisory body to the President and Vice President of Administrative Services on matters pertaining to campus parking and traffic. Correspondence may be directed to the committee, c/o Office of Public Safety, Mowbray Hall.

Parking Services

Mowbray Hall
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455
309/298-1921 Phone
309/298-2884 Fax
7:30AM - 4:00PM Mon-Fri