Parking Regulations

Members of the college community are permitted to have automobiles on the campus subject to the following regulations, which apply to all students, faculty, staff, and administration. Vassar Community vehicles must be registered with the college:

  • Faculty, Staff and Administration: Register at the Buildings and Grounds Department.
  • Students: Register at the Safety and Security Office, 2500 New Hackensack Road.

The Vassar campus has very limited facilities for automobiles. Illegal parking is a serious safety hazard as it obstructs the movement of emergency vehicles, and endangers pedestrians by overcrowding narrow roads. The following parking regulations apply to all parts of campus (including Alumnae House), except the south parking lot. Parking is provided in the south lot for all students and guests displaying a current Vassar decal. Illegally parked cars of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and their guests are subject to fines and towing at the expense of the person reclaiming the car. All automobile regulations apply to any rental car brought on the campus.

  • Operating any moving vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs is prohibited.
  • Motorists must comply with all posted traffic regulations.
  • Changes (e.g., license plates, make of car, or use of a different car) must be immediately reported to the Office of Safety and Security.
  • The campus speed limit is 15 mph.

Cars belonging to students or their guests are not permitted on campus Monday through Friday between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm. The spaces on Raymond Avenue along the college wall between Main Gate and the Chapel entrance are part of the campus and are subject to the above restrictions. They also apply to Kendrick lot. The following exceptions are allowed:

  • Any vehicle displaying a valid disability permit may be parked in any valid campus parking space, including a designated disability space. Valid permits include state issued license plates and placards, and permits issued by the Town of Poughkeepsie. Members of the college community with a documented temporary condition that impairs their mobility may request a temporary disability parking permit from the Health Services or Disability and Support Services.
  • Students living in the Terrace Apartments or their guests may enter at the Collegeview Avenue gate and drive directly to Terrace Apartment parking. Special Terrace Apartment stickers are available from Safety and Security. The college designates one numbered parking space per Terrace Apartment; only residents of that Terrace Apartment may park in the designated space. Long-term parking in the Town House parking lots is restricted to those cars with “TH” parking decals.
  • Students or guests with something to load or unload may obtain a 20 minute pass from Safety and Security at the Main Gate and also at our main office located at 2500 New Hackensack Road. They may park only in the spaces near each residence hall designated as loading zones, not in other parking areas. It is the responsibility of students to inform their guests of this regulation.

Note: A disabled car is not a valid excuse to avoid fines or towing.

The driver of any motor vehicle on campus must be duly licensed to operate a motor vehicle upon a public highway, and must conform to traffic control, including stop signs and barricades.

Students must register their automobiles at the Safety and Security Office, where they will receive the appropriate parking decal. From the first day of classes through the last day of exams, first-year students are permitted to park only at the New Hackensack lot in front of the Security Office. Their cars are not allowed on central campus without an unloading pass during those hours (after 6:00 pm weekdays and on weekends) when sophomores, juniors, and seniors may park on campus. The central campus includes the Terrace Apartments and Town House area.

To register a motor vehicle, a student must present:

  • The ownership of registration card issued by the state of residence.
  • The student’s personal driver’s license.
  • Proof of liability insurance, including the name of the carrier, the policy number, and the effective dates.
  • A Vassar College identification card.

Students and their guests may park Monday through Friday between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm in the students section of the South lot. Raymond Avenue is reserved for town students.

The cars of students and their guests are permitted on the campus at night, between 6:00 pm and 7:00 am, and during the day on Saturdays and Sundays. During these hours, parking is limited to legal spaces marked with white lines only. No parking is permitted where there is a yellow line on the curb.

Parking is never permitted on sidewalks, within ten feet of fire hydrants, across walks or building entrances, around Main circle, or in any area marked “No Parking.” The Arlington Fire District has designated all areas outside of legal parking spaces as fire lanes. Employees and students are not permitted in those areas designated “visitor parking” and “admission parking.”

Violations and Fines

Members of the college community are responsible for parking violations incurred by their guests.

A student who allows his or her ID card to be used to bring a car through Main Gate is responsible for all fines incurred by the car.

Students may not leave cars on campus during vacation periods. Any car left on campus will be subject to towing and storage charges at the owner’s expense.

Any student car which has accumulated three or more tickets will incur a $50 fine. Additionally, the vehicle will be placed on the tow list and will be subject to towing should it be found on campus. The south lot is still available for those vehicles on the banned or tow lists.

Fines will be imposed for violations of automobile regulations as indicated below. Severe or repeat violations may be referred to the College Regulations Panel for further disciplinary action.

  • In a disability spaces without a proper permit.
  • Driving on walks or grass
  • Parking within 10 feet of a fire hydrant or in a fire lane
  • Parking on grass
  • Parking across walks or building entrances.
  • Exceeding the campus speed limit.
  • Failure to register a car
  • Use of motorcycle or moped
  • Failure to observe a stop sign
  • Parking in a zone marked “Tow Away” (in addition to towing costs)
  • Other illegal parking
  • Failure to display the current Vassar decal
  • Failure to report a change of license plates.
  • Parking in a house fellow/house advisor space.
  • Illegally parked car

Appeals of parking tickets may be brought to the Safety and Security Office.

Bicycles

  • All bicycles must display the current college decal. Unregistered bicycles will be confiscated. The decal can be obtained at the Office of Safety and Security.
  • No bicycle may be ridden at night without a light and a reflector.
  • No bicycle may be parked near an exit or across a walk.
  • No bicycle may be parked in such a way as to obstruct a handrail. Bicycles so parked will be impounded and not returned until a $50.00 fine is paid.
  • Bicycles may be placed in student rooms during winter and spring vacations. A fine will be imposed for any bicycle left elsewhere on campus during these vacations.
  • Bicycles may not be brought into any college building other than residences. They may not be brought or left in a part of these residences where they would create a safety hazard or would violate fire regulations.

Motorcycles

The college does not permit motorcycles, motor scooters, mopeds, or similar vehicles to be used on the campus. They may only be parked in the North Lot and in the area of the Town Houses; no motorcycle, moped, or other gasoline or diesel powered vehicle may be taken inside any college-owned building.

Snow Events

In order to enable effective and safe snow removal operations for our campus roads and parking lots, no parking is permitted during certain restricted times, typically 6pm-6am. These parking lots include: Kenyon, Noyes, Cushing, North Lot, Josselyn, Jewett, Quad houses, Baldwin, Ely, Main Circle, Mudd, Vogelstein CDF, Skinner, and all parking along the Casper Kill. If you are parked on one of the restricted areas listed during the hours noted, your vehicle may be towed at your expense. 

During snow events students parking along Terrace Apartment Driveways may be asked to move their vehicles to Walker, AFC or the golf course parking lots. Town House residents who park around the center circle should move vehicles to the Prentiss Field Parking Lot. All other Town House residents who are parked in lots 1, 2 & 3 should keep their vehicles in those lots until after the storm and then you will be instructed when to move your vehicle.