University Police

Frequently Asked Parking Questions

  1. What is the mission of the parking program?
    The mission of the parking program is intended to safeguard the general welfare of the college community members and guests and to promote order and ease of movement on the campus by supplementing the New York State Motor Vehicle and Traffic Law, which is in full force and effect on the campus.

  2. Where is Parking Services located? 
    University Police Parking Services is located at the corner of State Route 104W and New Street in the former Chase Bank building near the main entrance to the college. The phone number is 315-312-3227.

  3. What are Parking Services hours of operation?
    Parking Services is open weekdays 7:30 am - 4:00 pm.

  4. How do you register your car to get a parking permit (sticker)? 
    You may register on-line by going to www.oswego.edu/administration/parking.  
    You must present a valid vehicle registration if you register in person.                                                                                                               

  5. The vehicle must be registered to either yourself or an immediate family member living at the same address.
    Stickers must be displayed on the front windshield, lower passenger side corner and they must be permanently affixed, (meaning that they cannot be taped on) or your vehicle is not considered registered and you could still get a ticket for either improper display of your permit or for being unregistered if you did not put the permit on your car.

  6. How much does it cost to park on campus? 
    Go to Parking Fee schedule.

  7. What forms of payment are accepted?
    You may pay by cash, check or credit card, (Master Card, Visa, American Express or Discover) or transfer to Student Accounts.  Inquire at parking Services for more information.

  8. What is the refund policy if you withdraw from school?
    You may receive refunds of your parking fee only. The $10.00 processing fee is non-refundable.   In order to receive a refund, the parking sticker must be returned and a refund must be requested.
    100% - refund the first week of classes
    70% - refund the second week of classes
    50% - refund the third week of classes
    30% - refund the fourth week of classes
    * not refundable after this time.

  9. What if you drive a different vehicle on campus for the day?
    If you already have a permanent permit for another vehicle, then you need to stop at parking services to obtain a temporary permit at no charge. If you do not have a permanent permit you may get up to seven temporary permits for $1.00 a day per semester.  Permits are not transferrable.  Temporary permits are available at U.P. any hours that parking services is closed.

  10. Do you need to be registered with a parking permit to park on campus for evening classes that start after 4:00 pm?
    Yes

  11. Can you share your parking permit with other people.
    No.

  12. What are the procedures for handicapped parking? 
    Anyone that has been issued a handicapped hang tag or license plate through the city, town, village clerk or police departments may park in a handicapped parking space.  Parking in handicap spaces on campus requires a valid SUNY Oswego parking permit in addition to your handicap hangtag or license plate.

  13.  Do they ever not enforce parking?
    No

  14. Where can you park overnight if you are a commuter? 
    You must obtain a temporary permit for a Resident lot.

  15. If you're a resident and you have a visitor come stay with you, where do they park, and do they need a permit?
    Visitors that are staying with residents need to come to parking services where they can get a permit for $1.00 a day and park in resident lots. When Parking Services is not open you can go to University Police located at Pathfinder Hall to receive a temporary permit.

  16. How do you appeal a ticket? 
    For information please go to the parking main page & click on appeals. 

  17. Can you still receive a parking permit if you owe parking obligations?
    No, you must pay all parking obligations before you can purchase a permanent or temporary permit.

  18. How long do you have to pay a ticket, and does the amount increase if you don't pay it on time? 
    You have five business days to pay. If you don't pay within five business days the amount will not increase but a "hold" will be put on your account.  Banner "holds" for unpaid citations or delinquent deferments for parking permits will prevent registration for future classes as well as hold up requests for transcripts and diplomas until such time as the financial obligation to Parking Services has been paid in full.  Once the obligation has been paid in full, the "hold" will be removed the following business day.

  19. Are there other ways to pay for tickets instead of coming in person to parking services?
    Yes, online at the Parking main page, just click the Parking Portal button.   You may send a check to parking services payable to SUNY Oswego, or fax your credit card information to the parking office. For more information concerning faxing contact the parking office.

    Mail checks to : University Police Parking Services
    Pathfinder Hall
    SUNY Oswego
    Oswego, N.Y. 13126

  20. Who issues the parking tickets on campus?
    The University Police Officers issue the parking tickets on campus. Student workers for University Police may also issue parking tickets. These students have been fully trained by the Police Officers.

  21. How many tickets can you get before you are towed?
    10 tickets = $200.00 in fines.

  22. What changes have been made to parking on campus for the Spring 2013 Semester?
    There have been no changes made to parking on campus for the Spring 2013 Semester. 

  23. I'm a freshman can I bring my car to school? Freshman  resident students can park in a resident student lot in their zone after they purchase their  resident permit.   Freshman commuters can park in Lot 7 or Lot 5 only, during the hours of 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. From 3:00 p.m.until mid-night they may park on main campus in commuter or employee lots.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

  24. Where does the money I pay for parking fines and fees go and what is it used for?
    Parking fines and fees are collected and tallied each business day and deposited to the college accounts. Funds from the parking revenue is used for such things as parking signs, parking lot maintenance, civilian salaries, grounds equipment, parking lot construction etc. Funds from the parking program are used to support the SUNY Oswego campus.                                                          

  25. Finally, for all customers, parking staff has an obligation to treat all customers with respect and dignity and to answer questions regarding parking procedures, rules and regulations fully and accurately.

    Customers should treat parking staff in the same manner. No one likes to receive parking violations, however, that does not entitle students, employees or visitors to treat parking staff in a personally threatening or intimidating manner. Those in violation may be subject to sanctions via the Office of Judicial Affairs or criminal prosecution from the University Police Department depending on the circumstances.

    All complaints, questions or problems may be directed to the Parking Division at the University Police Parking Services, 315-312-3227 or by email at parking-list@ls.oswego.edu

  26. NYS University Police
    SUNY Oswego
    Oswego, NY 13126
    Police: 315-312-5555  police@oswego.edu
    Parking: 315-312-3227  parking-list@ls.oswego.edu
    Police fax: 315-312-2155