Parking Enforcement, Tickets, and Appeals
PARKING VIOLATION FINE STRUCTURE
Permit Improperly Displayed
Displaying a current AU permit improperly (i.e. portion or all of permit is obstructed) or failure to display the appropriate valid permit.
Exceeded Loading Period
Exceeding the 20-minute loading time or the time specified by sign or permit.
Wrong Permit for Lot
Parking in a lot with a permit that is designated for a lot other than that in which the vehicle is presently parked.
Parked in More than One Space
Parking over the designated white lines in any position that prevents another vehicle from exiting or entering a legal parking space. Vehicles may not be double parked.
Parking with a permit in the incorrect parking facility, in a designated reserved parking space, or in a service vehicle space.
Absence of Current Permit
Parking without displaying a valid AU permit or in an expired/unpaid parking stall.
Failure to obey Stop Sign
Not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign.
Parked in a No Parking Area
Parking outside of a legal parking space.
Vehicle is blocking the flow of traffic whether parked or standing.
Fee assessed for immobilization of a vehicle
Illegally Parked in Neighborhood
Parking on neighborhood streets adjacent to campus as an AU community member or guest.
For more information about this citation, please see the university's "Good Neighbor Policy," compliance with this policy is a condition of enrollment and/or employment at American University.
If you were issued a ticket with this violation while parked on a neighborhood street, and you are a resident living on this street, a visitor to a resident, or not on university business, this ticket will be voided. Please contact Parking and Traffic Services at 202.885.3111 to have this ticket voided and placed on a Do Not Ticket list if applicable.
False Registration Information
Unauthorized Use of Permit
Parked in a Crosswalk
Vehicles blocking pedestrian crosswalks, curb cuts, and handicap access ramps.
Permit Reported Lost/Stolen
Vehicles displaying a falsified, lost, stolen, or unauthorized permit may be immobilized immediately. Individuals found to have caused, committed, or benefited from the falsification of permits, possession of lost permits, the possession of a permit reported to be stolen, or the improper possession of a permit issued to another individual/program/office are subject to Public Safety investigation, and referral to Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution Services, Employee Relations, or the Office of the Provost as appropriate.
Parking in a designated handicap parking space without the required handicap license tag or handicap parking permit. This violation is also issued to vehicles blocking curb cuts and handicap access ramps.
SPECIAL NOTICE FOR BOOTED VEHICLE OWNERS
If a vehicle is booted for 30 calendar days and the owner has not contacted Parking Services:
The vehicle will be ticketed by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
The vehicle will be towed and impounded by a local towing company.
All unpaid tickets issued by AU must be paid at the Parking and Traffic Services office before your vehicle can be released from the towing company. AU will provide written documentation of your paid ticket balance.
The ticket issued by MPD has to be paid per instructions found on the ticket.
The costs of towing and storage are the sole responsibility of the vehicle's owner, ($100 for towing and $25 per day for storage), and must be paid to the towing company before your car can be released.
American University assumes no liability or responsibility for your vehicle under any circumstances.
A. Fines incurred with Parking and Traffic Services are considered a financial obligation of the University and records of fines are maintained for four years.
B. Individuals are responsible for all violations incurred by anyone driving a vehicle registered in his/her family name (Students can be held responsible for violations incurred with family-owned vehicles).
C. Late fees that double the violation charge will be applied after 30 calendar days from the date of the ticket.
Fines can be paid at the Parking and Traffic Services office from 8:00am until 6:00pm Monday through Friday or via the internet at www.parkingticketpayment.com/american.
When the Parking and Traffic Services office is closed, towed and impounded vehicles can be released, after full payment of fees, by Public Safety with proof of payment.
Personal checks will not be accepted as payment for booted vehicles or fines exceeding $100.
Payment may be made with cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, money order, or certified check.
If payment is mailed, please include the citation, your name and AU identification number, if applicable.
Checks and money orders should be made payable to American University.
Appeal forms must be submitted within 30 calendar days from the date of the ticket.
Individuals may appeal parking citations by appearing in person at the Parking and Traffic Services Office to complete a hardcopy appeal form or complete the form online using Public Safety's appeal form.
The Appeals process is an administrative process; therefore, a hearing will not be conducted.
Appellants will be notified by mail of the decision.
The decision of the Appeal Board is final and binding.
In order for your appeal to be processed in a timely manner, pertinent documentation should be submitted when the appeal is filed if available.
Please read Appealing a Parking Ticket to learn more.