Operation of motor vehicles on University property is a privilege granted by the University. It may be withdrawn at any time if you fail to comply with the rules and regulations set forth. Failure to comply may also result in your vehicle being towed from campus at your expense. This applies to any vehicle whether it is a car, truck, van or a motorcycle.

University parking is available to all employees, faculty and eligible students.  Visitors and those persons who conduct business with the University will be directed to park in the Hawks’ Landing Parking Facility (see below for further information). Availability is on a first come, first served basis, if you are eligible. To be eligible to park on campus you must obtain a University parking permit. Resident freshmen and sophomore students are not permitted parking privileges, including temporary permits, under any circumstances (see Student Vehicle Policy below).

Handicapped persons who have a State-issued disability parking placard or registration plate for their vehicles must obtain a University parking permit to park their vehicles on University property in the spaces reserved for handicapped parking. State-issued handicapped identification alone does not permit parking on University property. Students and employees who are temporarily handicapped due to accidents etc. must also obtain state-issued temporary disability placards before applying for an SJU handicapped permit.  Information for the State of Pennsylvania can be found at http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/registration/pwd_plate.shtml.  Information for the State of New Jersey can be found at http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/Vehicle/HandicappedPlates.htm.

Parking Permits

Parking permits must be purchased online. Eligible students and employees should to go www.sju.edu and sign onto the NEST. There is a link in the Public Safety block on the School Services page to purchase your decal. Permits will still be sold on a first come, first served basis. Employees and students who have unpaid parking violations from the previous year will not be permitted to purchase a parking permit until all charges have been settled.

The yearly parking permit fees for the 2017-2018 academic year are as follows:

  • Reserved parking: $1000
  • Resident students: $250
  • Commuter students: $250
  • Full-time administrators & full-time faculty: $250
  • PLS & graduate students: $250
  • Full-time staff: $250
  • Part-time staff & part-time faculty: $75

Discounted parking permits are available for $100 for those who wish to park in Hawks’ Landing only. Those individuals who choose this option will be restricted to parking only in Hawks’ Landing.

As in prior years, the parking rates are based on an analysis of the revenue required to cover the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of all of our University parking facilities, along with a market comparison with other colleges and universities in the region. The 2017-2018 academic year rate increase is part of our multi-year plan to bring the financial profile of our parking operation closer to a break-even self-sustaining status, so that it pays for itself and does not have to be subsidized by tuition revenue or other sources.

Payment for parking permits needs to be made via credit card or payroll deduction online via the NEST (refer to the “purchase parking permit” link in the Public Safety block on the School Services page).  Under no circumstances may departmental operating budgets and/or private donations be used to pay for permits.  Reserved parking permits are limited to those that have already been issued in prior years.  Unfortunately, due to extremely limited capacity, we are unable to add any new reserved spots at this time.  Payments for the reserved permits must be arranged in person at the University’s Security Office.

Additional Parking Related Information

Parking on Maguire Campus (Quinn Hall and Gabriel Hall)

NEW THIS YEAR: In order to best utilize limited parking space on the Maguire Campus, faculty and staff whose offices are in Merion Hall, Connelly Hall, Nicoletti Music Studio, Windrim Hall, Duperreault Hall, O’Pake Recreation Center, Quinn Hall, Ziff Carriage House, Toland Hall, and Fine Arts East must park in the Quinn Hall or Gabriel Hall gated lot on the Maguire Campus (unless purchasing a Hawks’ Landing permit). Swipe access will be automatically granted to those with a Quinn or Gabriel gated lot parking permit. Those issued parking permits for the Quinn Hall and Gabriel Hall lots will be restricted to those lots while parking on campus. The non-gated Duperreault Hall lot on the Maguire Campus will offer general parking to all other faculty, staff, and students on a space-available basis.

Public Safety Escorts

Public Safety will provide escorts, both walking and vehicular, throughout the fall and spring semester upon request. Escorts will only be given inside the approved escort range.

Merion Gardens, Town House and Rashford and Lannon Parking

Merion Gardens, Townhouses and Rashford and Lannon permit holders are not authorized to park in any other lot on campus other than their designated lots; conversely, general permit holders are not authorized to park in the Merion Gardens, Townhouses and Retail Parking spaces behind Hawks’ Landing.

Parking at Hawks’ Landing

Per Hour Parking at Hawks’ Landing – Parking is available in Hawks’ Landing without purchasing a SJU Parking Permit by paying for parking on an hourly basis. Those entering Hawks’ Landing without a permit will be prompted to take a ticket and pay at one of two pay stations located in the lobby of the Hawks’ Landing Garage. The pay stations accept either coins or a credit card.

Cost information is as follows:

  • 30 Minutes                          No Charge  
  • Up to 2 Hours                       $3.00
  • Up to 4 Hours                       $5.00
  • Up to 6 Hours:                     $7.00
  • Over 6 to 16 hours:              $15.00 

If a vehicle remains parked for over 16 hours, an additional rate of $25.00 is applied for each day the vehicle remains in the parking facility

Persons leaving the garage without being able to pay will be subject to a $30.00 fine for failure to pay.

Parking Violations

Parking in handicapped areas without an appropriate handicap permit will carry a fine of $75. Fraudulent or improper use of permit will carry a fine of $100.

How to Appeal a Violation

Anyone wishing to appeal a ticket may do so online. Go to www.sju.edu/security and click on Traffic Appeals Form and complete the form. Appeals must be filed within 5 days of the date the ticket was issued.    Appeals filed after the 5 day appeal period will not be considered.  Once the appeal is received at Public Safety it is forwarded to the Appeals Board which consists of a faculty member, an employee and a student. Once the appeal is heard by the board, a decision letter is emailed to the student/employee. If the appeal is denied, a 2nd appeal can be made by completing another form online. This form will be sent to the Chairman of the Appeals Board, a faculty member who is not on the hearing board, and he will make the final decision.

Boot and Towing Policy

1. A motor vehicle that remains illegally parked can be ticketed every 24 hours. A vehicle ticketed two (2) or more times in the same space over 72 hours and has not moved will be ticketed and booted and may be towed.

2. A vehicle parked in a manner so as to cause a hazard i.e.: blocking fire lanes, handicapped access, etc. will be ticketed and towed.

3. A vehicle illegally parked in a reserved space will be ticketed, booted or towed.

4. Vehicles with three or more unanswered tickets and who’s owner or driver is unidentified will be booted or towed.

5. A vehicle displaying a fraudulent parking permit will be ticketed, booted or towed.

6. Employees and or students who have any outstanding violations will not be permitted to purchase a parking permit for the following year until all charges have been settled.

Student Vehicle Policy

The Student Vehicle Policy at Saint Joseph’s University authorizes parking opportunities for third and fourth year undergraduates who obtain permits from the Department of Public Safety.  First year and second year residential students must leave vehicles at their family home.  Students are prohibited from bringing their cars to campus and parking them on neighboring residential streets.  The student operator of any vehicle that is found parked on a neighboring residential street without a valid parking permit is considered in violation of the Student Vehicle Policy and will be referred to the Office of Community Standards.

Restrictions on student parking are necessary at Saint Joseph’s University for three basic reasons:  (1) first and second year students who spend the majority of their time on campus benefit by forging relationships within residence halls and involving themselves in campus-oriented weekend activities, campus ministry, athletics, and recreation; (2) limitations on the actual number of parking spaces on campus; and (3) out of respect for quality of life issues affecting communities adjacent to Saint Joseph’s University and the limited parking available on city streets.
In limited instances, the University may extend an accommodation and issue parking permits to first and second year students.  For the 2017-2018 academic school year the following conditions will be considered:

1. First and second year students commuting from their family home may be issued parking permits.

2. First and second year students who have exceptional circumstances such as state-issued handicapped plates or placards for a personal disability, or extreme family hardships as determined by the Department of Public Safety may be issued parking permits.  Employment is not considered a hardship.

3. Certain second year residential students residing in designated University facilities with sufficiently large parking lots including the Townhouses, Merion Gardens, and City Avenue Residence Halls (Rashfrod and Lannon Halls) may be issued parking permits specific to these lots.  Where the number of second year residential students residing in a University facility exceeds the number of available parking spots, provisional eligibility and permits for those lots will be awarded by lottery.

Once purchased / issued, University Parking Permits cannot be borrowed, sold or exchanged between the permit holder (student and/or University employee) and any other person.

Violations of this policy are subject to tickets and fines issued by Saint Joseph’s University Public Safety officers and will also be forwarded to the Office of Community Standards.

In addition, section 9-2804 of the Code of City of Philadelphia requires that all “students either provide the college or university with the model, make, and license number of any vehicles owned, operated or controlled by such student, and a copy of a current registration and valid insurance certificate for each such vehicle, or certify in writing that the student does not own, operate or control a vehicle.