The roads on campus are private lanes maintained by the College for the convenience of its personnel, students, and visitors. Because those roads are used for pedestrian and vehicular traffic, it is necessary that all vehicles be operated at or below the posted speed limit of 20 MPH. Applicable Pennsylvania motor vehicle laws are enforced.
1. Possession of a permit does not guarantee a parking space. Lack of space is not considered a valid excuse for violation of a regulation. Permits are not transferable.
2. All vehicles parked on college property must display a current, valid registration plate. Where applicable, a current certificate of inspection must also be displayed.
3. All Students who operate a motor vehicle, regardless of whether you apply or are approved, for a parking permit must register the vehicle with Public Safety. (Benjamin West House)
4. Parking is permitted exclusively in spaces outlined with white paint or where signs indicate it is permitted. All other areas not specifically designated for parking shall be considered NO PARKING zones.
5. Motorcycles and motorized pedal cycles shall not be parked in a building or within 10 feet of a building unless a motorcycle parking area is designated. The same rules pertain to motorcycles and motorized pedal cycles as to cars; but more than one of these vehicles may be parked in one regular parking space. A motorcycle or motorized pedal cycle must have a valid parking permit to be parked on College property.
6. Parking is prohibited
- if the vehicle is double parked
- in NO PARKING areas
- in a handicapped space without proper authorization
- blocking fire lanes, fire exits, or within 15 feet of a fire hydrant
- in loading zones unless actually loading; flashers must be on and time is limited to 20 minutes.
- in service entrances, construction sites, doorways, or straddling painted lines
- in areas where permit is not valid
- over or adjacent to yellow lines or curbs
- on lawns or walkways
Depending on the seriousness and frequency of the offense(s), a vehicle is subject to one or more of the following sanctions:
- a fine of $10.00 to $50.00 depending on the violation
- revoking the right to use college parking facilities
- use of a "vehicle immobilizer" (the boot)
- towing the vehicle off college property at the owner's expense
The College reserves the right to immobilize, remove, and impound abandoned vehicles or any vehicle found on college property in violation of posted parking regulations, without a current permit, with an unauthorized, altered, or revoked permit, parked in fire lanes or reserved spaces, blocking a loading dock or trash dumpster, parked on lawns or walkways, if the vehicle is determined to be a health or safety hazard, or if notice has been made informing the owner/operator that the vehicle will be removed.
The owner or operator will be responsible for costs involved in immobilizing, removing, impounding, and storing such a vehicle.
Vehicle Immobilization (Boot) Charges
The owner or operator of a vehicle which has been immobilized (booted) will be required to remit in cash, check, or debit to student account a fee of $50.00. Once the fine is paid, the "boot" will be removed by Public Safety and the vehicle must be removed from college property immediately.
If a "boot" remains on a vehicle for more than 48 hours without payment being made, that vehicle will be towed at the beginning of the next business day.
No liability is created by the granting of parking or vehicle operating privileges on property owned, leased, or otherwise controlled by Swarthmore College. The college assumes no responsibility for the care or protection of vehicles or contents while operated or parked on college property. Officers of the Department of Public Safety do patrol college parking facilities.
Those visiting Swarthmore College Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. may park in the Bond Lot, Dupont Lot, or anywhere along Fieldhouse Lane except the student "C" lot. Faculty/Staff lots are available to visitors Monday through Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. and on weekends.
Employees will be notified in writing of outstanding bills older than 30 days. An additional 15 days is then allotted to make payment. An unsatisfied account after this period will result in a temporary suspension of parking privileges anywhere on campus. The vehicle(s) would then be subject to daily ticketing if observed on college property. Once the account is paid, full parking privileges will be restored.
Any person who believes that the violation charged is not justified or is excusable due to extraordinary circumstances must file an appeal within five days of issuance of the ticket. Appeals will not be accepted unless they are submitted in writing and on the proper form. A second appeal or "review" by the appointed committee may follow an unsuccessfully appealed violation. The decision of the committee is final. Illegal parking for personal convenience will not be considered a valid reason for appeal. There is no appeal process for vehicles that have been booted.
Swarthmore Borough Parking
In agreement with the Swarthmore Borough, resident students are not permitted to park on borough streets without a Swarthmore Borough Parking Permit. Swarthmore College Students who reside in non-college owned housing should apply for a college parking permit if there is no parking available at their place of residence.
The Borough of Swarthmore places certain restrictions on overnight parking on all borough streets. Additional information is available through the Police Department.