Transportation Services

Parking and Traffic Regulations


American University has determined that it is in the best interests of the University community that rules and regulations be established to govern the driving and parking of motor vehicles by faculty, staff, students, and visitors on University property. Accordingly, these regulations have been developed to facilitate the safe orderly flow of traffic, to permit access for emergency vehicles, and to promote pedestrian, cyclist, and vehicular safety. Transportation Services is responsible for enforcing the regulations for all vehicles on American University’s property.

Operating a motor vehicle on University property is a privilege, which is conditioned, in part, on compliance with these rules and regulations. American University assumes no liability or responsibility for damage or theft to any vehicle parked in or on University property. The University reserves the right to change the allocation and to temporarily close any parking area or facility when deemed necessary in view of overall University community needs. Such actions relating to these regulations need not be published or otherwise publicly announced prior to implementation. However, we will attempt to provide prior notice via various resources, such as The Eagle newspaper, telecommunications billboard, American Today, etc.


Transportation Services
Public Safety Building
Monday-Friday 8AM-7:30PM

Public Safety
Public Safety Building
Open 24 hours
202-885-2527 (non-emergency)
202-885-3636 (emergency)


All vehicles must display the appropriate AU permit. Motorcyclists must register their motorcycle with Transportation Services and purchase a permit.


These regulations are applicable to all members of the University Community – faculty, staff, Students, visitors, contractors, and vendors.

A. Use of permits are enforced on campus and in the Nebraska Commuter Lot and Katzen Garage from 8:00am until 5:00pm Mondays through Fridays.

B. Restricted and resident student lot permits are enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

C. Sports Center garage permits are enforced from 8:00am until 5:00pm Mondays through Fridays.

D. Valid handicapped license plates or permits must be displayed when a vehicle is parked in a handicapped space.

E. Visitors with a handicapped permit or state handicapped license plates are exempt from depositing coins in to Pay-As-You-Go anywhere on campus. (Does not apply to faculty, staff, and students).

F. Vehicles with diplomatic plates ARE NOT exempt from AU’s parking and traffic regulations.

G. Public Safety is authorized to move or impound any vehicle that is illegally or improperly parked on University property.

H. Vehicles with three or more unpaid tickets may be impounded/immobilized 30 days after the third ticket is issued.

I. When a vehicle is immobilized (booted) all unpaid fees must be paid before the vehicle is released.

J. Parking is issued on a first-come, first-serve basis. When the maximum capacity of the parking facilities have been reached, permit sales will be suspended until space again becomes available. Persons desiring parking in a specific lot will be placed on a waiting list.

K. When parked, the motor vehicle must be within the boundaries of the single parking space used. The fact that other motor vehicles may have parked improperly does not constitute an excuse for parking any part of the motor vehicle outside the space boundaries.

L. Vehicles may not be double-parked or parked in any position, which prevents adjacent vehicles from exiting their legal parking space. 

M. Motorcycles must register their motorcycle with Transportation Services and purchase a permit. Motorcycle permits allow a motorcycle to park in any faculty/staff space on campus, including the Sports Center Garage. Additional designated motorcycle parking is provided in the Centennial Garage.

N. The owner-of-record and/or the individual registering a vehicle with the University is responsible for all University parking citations written against that vehicle regardless of the identity of the driver at the time of the violation.

O. Any vehicle parked in a fire-lane zone, driveway, roadway, or any area not specifically marked, as a legal parking area will be subject to citation and may be booted or impounded.

P. "Service" and "Loading" spaces are enforced 24 hours a day. Official University vehicles as well as Service and Contractor vehicles with the appropriate permits are permitted to park in these designated spaces.

Q. The speed limit on University streets is 15 miles per hour.

R. The speed limit inside or on University parking facilities is 10 miles per hour.

S. Except for University vehicles, motor vehicles may be driven only on roadways, and must observe all applicable statutes and ordinances of the District of Columbia and the rules and regulations specific to the University. Emergency vehicles may operate on any surface are required when making an emergency response.

T. Pedestrians will be given the right-of-way at all times except where traffic control lights with pedestrian indicators are provided (such as a crossing light at a traffic signal).

U. Moving or driving around University parking/traffic control devices is strictly prohibited and may constitute a violation of District law as well as these regulations.

V. Bicycles & Scooters

  1. Bicycles must be registered with Public Safety.

  2. When ridden on streets or in areas intended for use by motor vehicles, bicycle riders will observe all "rules of the road" applicable to those motor vehicles.

  3. When parked, bicycles must be in bicycle racks or other spaces or areas designated for their use. Bicycles must be parked clear of sidewalks, ramps, building entrances and handrails/fences.

  4. Scooters are not required to purchase a parking permit, however they must park in bicycle racks only.