The roads on campus are private lanes maintained by the college for the convenience of its personnel, students, and visitors. Since these roads are used for pedestrian and vehicular traffic, all vehicles must be operated at or below the posted speed limit of 20 MPH. Applicable Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Laws are enforced.


  1. Students, faculty, and staff who wish to park on college property must apply to the Department of Public Safety (Benjamin West House) for a parking permit.
  2. The person who registers a vehicle is responsible for assuring that the vehicle, regardless of who drives it, is parked in conformance with these regulations.
  3. Faculty and staff permits should be clearly displayed on the rear view mirror of the permitted vehicle with the permit number facing the windshield. Student permits shall be displayed on the bumper of the permitted vehicle left of the license plate. Permits shall not be obscured by the plate or any other equipment on or in the vehicle.


  1. Any student, faculty, or staff member who wishes to park a motor vehicle on property owned or controlled by the college must obtain a parking permit. Permits are not transferable. Permits may only be used on vehicles registered to the permit number.
  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. Parking is permitted exclusively in spaces outlined with white paint where signs indicate it is permitted. All other areas not specifically designated for parking shall be considered NO PARKING zones.
  4. Motorcycles and motorized pedal cycles shall not be parked in a building or within ten 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.
    1. Double parked blocking another vehicle
    2. In signed NO PARKING areas
    3. In a signed Accessible Parking space without a state-issued disability parking placard
    4. Blocking fire lanes, fire exits, or within 15 feet of a fire hydrant
    5. In loading zones unless actually loading; flashers must be on and loading time is limited to 20 minutes
    6. In service entrances, construction sites, doorways or straddling painted lines
    7. In areas where the permit of that vehicle is not valid
    8. Over or adjacent to yellow lines or curbs 
    9. On grass or walkways


Depending on the seriousness and frequency of the offense(s), a vehicle is subject to one or more of the following sanctions:

  1. A fine of $10 to $50 depending on the violation
  2. Revoking the right to use college parking facilities
  3. Use of a "vehicle immobilizer" (the BOOT)
  4. 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 reserves 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 the vehicle.


The owner or operator of a vehicle which has been immobilized (booted) will be required to remit by cash, check, or debit to student account a fee of $50. Once the fine is paid, the "boot" will be removed by Public Safety and is subject to re-booting at any time. 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 may be subject to being towed at the beginning of the next business day.

If your vehicle is towed please contact Public Safety for information on contacting the tow service provider.


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.


Those visiting Swarthmore College Monday through Friday from 7:00a.m. to 3:30p.m. may park in the visitors' section of the Benjamin West Lot. Many faculty/staff parking spaces are available to visitors Monday through Friday from 3:30p.m. to 7:00a.m. and on weekends; obey posted signs.


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) will then be subject to daily ticketing if observed on college property. Once the account is paid, full parking privileges will be restored, at the discretion of the Public Safety office.


Any person who believes that the violation charged is not justified or is excusable due to extraordinary circumstances must file an appeal within 5 days of the 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 Transportation & Parking Adjudication Committee may follow an unsuccessfully appealed violation. The decision of that committee is final.

Illegal parking for personal convenience or for insufficient space within any given lot will not be considered a valid reason for appeal.


The borough of Swarthmore places certain restrictions on overnight parking on all borough streets. Additional information is available through the Police Department.