Important Vehicle Registration updates for incoming students (2023)
Incoming Fall 2023 students: To register your vehicle, go to the Wittenberg Experience page. On the “Campus Safety” tile, there will be a link to “Vehicle Registration." When you click on the link, you will be taken to the registration page. When registering your vehicle, you will need the following information:
- Vehicle Year
- State Where License Plate Is Issued From
- License Plate Number
- Vehicle Make (Chevrolet, Ford, etc.)
- Type of Vehicle (2 door, 4 door, truck, SUV, etc.)
- Vehicle Color
Once you have submitted your form, the Vehicle Registration Fee will be charged to your student account in Self Service. Any student who has already submitted their Vehicle Registration form for the Fall 2023 Semester does not need to do so again and will just need to pay their registration fee if they have not done so already. If students have submitted multiple of the same Vehicle Registration forms, they will not be charged more than once.
Vehicle hang tags are sent to student campus mailboxes, while faculty and staff hang tags are mailed to their departments. The tags should be affixed to the rearview mirror in a visible manner. Allow 48 hours for Wittenberg Police Department to process the registration. The department is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - however, please note that students should email or call us with questions, as our walk-up window is temporarily closed due to construction.
If you have any questions regarding the vehicle registration procedure, please call Wittenberg Police at (937) 327-6231 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Motor Vehicle Regulations
To preserve green space and maintain the special sense of community that a walking campus offers, parking is limited. The allocation and designation of campus parking has been carefully considered to best meet the diverse needs of the Wittenberg community and its visitors. All traffic and parking regulations will be enforced 24 hours a day by our officers.
Students with cars on campus must register their vehicles each school year. If you change vehicles during the academic year, Wittenberg Police can update vehicle registration information. Send an email to email@example.com with the updated information about the new vehicle and be sure to include your name and student ID number. Also, make sure to take the sticker from the vehicle you registered and place it in the new vehicle.
Keep in mind, this is a vehicle registration fee and not a parking pass. ANY student who brings a vehicle to campus, MUST register their vehicle. Students who live in sorority or fraternity houses, ‘burbs housing, dorms, or are commuters MUST register their vehicle. Even if you do not plan to park on Wittenberg owned property, you must register your vehicle. The policy can be found in the Student Handbook on pages 82-83.
Unregistered student vehicles parked on campus will be ticketed, and repeat offenders will be booted or towed at the student's expense. Once faculty or staff register, the registration is good until you change vehicles or leave the university. Faculty and staff are exempt from the registration fee.
All students are expected to familiarize themselves with the University motor vehicle regulations and operate their vehicles with caution and good judgment. Validation tags are valid only for areas designated as student parking. Faculty, staff, and visitor areas are not for student parking. Such things as careless operation, driving at an excessive speed, driving while under the influence of alcohol, or driving on any campus grounds other than campus roads are among the more serious abuses of the motor vehicle code and are not tolerated. The maximum speed limit on campus roadways is 15 mph. Parking in any university cross-walk is prohibited.
Legal parking areas for students are the New Hall lot, Ferncliff Hall Lot, the lower end of Ward Street, the Student Center lot overnight in designated areas only), the new Krieg lot, and the Tower and Firestine Halls lot. Students may also park in any legal spot on city streets. Students who have paid for access to the reserved lot near Firestine Hall may park there. There are no other legal parking places on campus, either signed or unsigned.
Parking regulations are enforced in the following manner: vehicles parked illegally will receive citations; vehicles receiving more than one citation for the academic year may be towed or booted with an immobilization device. The fee associated with recovering towed vehicles is separate and unrelated to university fees. Fines assessed by the university are charged to the bill of the offender. Extended non-payment or unidentified vehicles are still subject to the total fine when identified. These fines are placed on the student bill and, if not paid, can delay graduation or prevent class registration. It is the responsibility of students who operate and own vehicles to ensure that their vehicles are parked legally on campus. Loaned vehicles are the financial responsibility of the owners and no difference in enforcement will be shown to multiple offenders who claim that their cars were not within their control.
Traffic and parking violation sanctions include, but are not limited to: citations, towing, immobilization, and/or loss of parking and operating privileges on campus. Only citations issued in error, issued to the wrong party, or a verifiable emergency will be considered for review by the Chief of Police. Financial hardship is not a cause for review. This review must occur within five working days of the violation. Citations will NOT be reviewed outside the five-day time frame. Violations not subject to the appeal process include unsafe operation of a motor vehicle, parking in fire lanes and handicap spaces.
- Fines are paid at the Student Financial Services office on the first floor of Recitation Hall
Visitors are required to follow the same regulations as their relatives or sponsors. They are expected to obey parking regulations just as are other members of the university community. Visitors must obtain a visitor's parking pass from the Police Division.
Visitor parking is available on city streets and in designated visitor parking spaces located along the street in front of Recitation Hall, in the lot next to the Student Center and in the Krieg Hall lot at the corner of N. Fountain Ave. & W. Ward St. Visitors are expected to obey parking regulations just as are other members of the university community. Wittenberg is a walking campus and visitors can easily walk from one side of campus to the other in 10 minutes.
Parking on campus is monitored by campus police, and although the parking policy is very relaxed during the summer months, the regulations are enforced during the academic year. Visitors are encouraged to drop by Campus Police or the Admission office in Recitation Hall, in order to receive a free "Visitor" parking permit.
Parking & Transportation
Wittenberg Police Officers may have a vehicle towed or immobilized using a device called a "boot." In most cases, Wittenberg will only do this to vehicles that are in serious violation of the regulations or are repeat offenders. To get the boot released or to find out if your car has been towed, contact the Police Division at (937) 327-6231.
- If your vehicle has been booted, officers will release the boot for a $75 fine.
- If your vehicle has been towed: You will need to contact Maine's Towing & Recovery Service (see information below). The current charge for a tow from Maine's is $150.00 plus any storage fees ($25/day outside and $30/day inside) and a 15% fuel surcharge. In addition, you will be responsible for any fine(s) Wittenberg Police will charge you from the citation for the violation(s) that caused your car to be towed.
MAINE'S TOWING & RECOVERY SERVICE
1717 EAST PLEASANT ST.
SPRINGFIELD, OH 45505
Parking Violations & Fines
- Failure to Register: $175
- Fire Lane: $100
- Handicap Area: $100
- Immobilization Device: $75
- Unauthorized Area: $50
- Sidewalk: $50
- Impeding Traffic: $50
- Over Time Limit: $25
- Failure to Display Permit: $25
- Other: $20
These rates are not meant to be all-inclusive, and are subject to change. If you are checking to see the amount you owe for a parking violation, please contact Student Financial Services for an up-to-date summary of your charges.