Parking on campus at ISU involves several rules and regulations in order to avoid receiving a parking ticket. 

According to the ISU website, the student parking registration states, “Undergraduates, graduate students, graduate assistants, graduate fellows, and all others enrolled shall be defined as students for purposes of vehicle registration.”

If you’re a guest visiting campus, guest permits can be purchased for three dollars per day.

The student registration allows students to park in specific parking lots on campus, it’s important to pay attention to which registration is allowed for the lot you choose to park in. Parking in the incorrect lot is one of the top ways to earn a ticket. 

“The top two violations are consistently no permit/expired permit (approximately 4,300 tickets) and wrong lot (approximately 1,200 tickets),” said Lori Elkins the Assistant Director of Public Safety 

For Traffic and Parking Services at ISU.

In addition to these rules, there are also other parking details to keep in mind. 

The ISU website states, “Yellow curbs, fire lanes, loading zones, and landscaping/grass areas are not parking spaces. A vehicle may be ticketed and towed if it is left unattended in these areas.  Individuals with Student or Student Resident permits are allowed to park in Student and Student/Staff lots.  After 9pm, Lots 10 & 14 are limited to Student Resident permit parking only. Individuals with staff permits are allowed to park in Staff and Staff/ Student lots.  Parking in a staff lot Monday— Friday between the hours of 7 am—5 pm with a student permit will result in a parking ticket for wrong lot.  (the same applies for staff in student lots).”

 It’s safe to infer that the amount of parking tickets given out on campus piles up over time.

“We write approximately 8,000 tickets a year,” said Elkins. 

This creates the question, “Where is the money that comes from these parking tickets going?”

Along with the revenue coming in from tickets being issued, revenue is also coming in from those at ISU purchasing student and staff parking passes. 

“Revenue received from tickets is used to help fund parking operations. An average of 3,200 student permits and 1,000 staff permits are sold each year.  The revenue from permit sales is used to maintain current lots (paving, striping, snow/trash removal, and improvements),” said Elkins.

 The point of issuing parking tickets isn’t to ruin someone’s day, it serves an important purpose of reiteration, safety and fairness.

 “Our main purpose for issuing tickets is to create behavior modification.  Our goal is to encourage individuals to park in the correct locations based on their designation in order to maintain fairness and safety for parkers and pedestrians in the parking lots,” said Elkins.