Parking at Wellesley College
This information pertains to anyone driving a motor vehicle to Wellesley College.
This website is designed to acquaint you with the Wellesley College Motor Vehicle Parking Rules and Regulations. Whether you maintain a vehicle on campus throughout the year, or have temporary use of a vehicle, you are expected to be familiar with and abide by these regulations.
Specific questions or concerns related to parking on campus can be answered by contacting the Police Department at 781-283-2121 (Ext: 2121 from any campus phone), or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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For All Non-Emergencies: 781-283-2121 or Ext 2121
For Emergencies: Police-Fire-Ambulance: 781-283-5555 or Ext 5555
The principal objectives of the parking regulations are to:
- Provide students with the opportunity to maintain a motor vehicle while attending Wellesley College.
- Assure students, employees, visitors and guests have an appropriate place to park.
- Establish and promote a walking campus in order to minimize congestion, noise and safety problems.
- Enforce safety for pedestrians and vehicular traffic.
- Assure that access for emergency vehicles and equipment is maintained at all times.
Employees are typically assigned to general staff parking in the Davis Parking Facility and Gray Lot. Senior employees and those who work in buildings east of Tupelo Lane are assigned to restricted parking areas, such as Founders Lot. Movement from general staff parking areas to restricted parking areas is based primarily on years of service and disability needs. As vacancies in restricted areas become available, eligible employees will be contacted about the vacancy and afforded the opportunity to move from the general parking areas to the restricted parking areas.
Employees must park in their designated parking areas at all times.
Employees with temporary or permanent medical disabilities must request special parking permits directly through Jim Wice, the Director of Disability Services. Medical documentation of an illness or injury may be requested.
Visitor Parking and Registration
Daytime visitors and guests may park in designated visitor parking spaces on each level of the Davis Parking Facility
Overnight visitors/guests must obtain a visitor parking permit at the Police Department. The fee is $2 per night and free on the weekends and holidays.
Students are responsible for the fines incurred by their guests.
Temporary Parking Passes for Temporary Vehicles
Students and employees who have temporary use of a vehicle or a rental must obtain a temporary parking permit for that vehicle if parking on Wellesley College property overnight. Temporary student parking permits and visitor parking permits are available 24 hours a day at the Police Department, which is located in the Davis Parking Facility.
All visitors are required to park in the Davis Parking Facility.
Student Parking Registration
IMPORTANT NOTICE: All returning students wishing to maintain a vehicle on campus for the academic year must register their vehicles at the Wellesley College Police Department within the first week of the semester between the hours of 8:00am -3:00pm. Following this period, vehicle registration is available at Campus Police 24 hours per day 7 days per week. It is extremely important to register your vehicle in a timely manner to avoid parking citations.
Parking at Wellesley College is a privilege afforded to sophomores, juniors and seniors. All students who wish to maintain a vehicle on campus are required to register it with the Wellesley College Police Department within 24 hours of bringing it here. Registration of your motor vehicles may be completed at the Wellesley College Police Department. There is a fee associated with parking. Students must charge their parking registration fee to their term bill.
- Resident Student full year decal:$135.00
- Resident Student 1/2 year decal:$75.00
- Commuter full year decal:$100.00
- Commuter 1/2 year decal: $60.00
Auditor Parking Fees: Please make checks payable to Wellesley College
- Full Year Decal: $85.00
- 1/2 Year Decal: $50.00
- Senior Citizen & Alumnae - Full year decal: $55.00
- Senior Citizen & Alumnae - 1/2 year decal $35.00 per semester
- Retired WC Employees w/10 years of service: $10.00 per year
Winter Session Only:
Note: Student Vehicles with full year student decals do not have to pay this fee.
All students’ vehicles must be registered in person by the owner/operator of the vehicle. Parking decals will be issued at the time of registration.
**It is helpful to bring in your vehicle registration and insurance information when registering your vehicle for a parking decal.**
Parking Decal Instructions:
Once your vehicle is registered, place the Wellesley College parking decal on the inside lower right hand corner of the rear driver’s side window. All parking decals must be permanently affixed to the window of the vehicle and must be easily read from the outside. Failure to display a current parking permit properly may result in fines and/or towing. All previous parking decals must be removed in order to make identification easier - Scrapers are available at the Wellesley College Police Department.
Again, students must register their own vehicles. If a student falsely registers a vehicle (i.e. having a senior register the vehicle owned by a sophomore or junior in order to receive priority parking), Campus Police will refer both students to General Judiciary and their parking privileges may be revoked.
- Changes in license plates, makes, models, owners, etc., of a registered vehicle must be reported to the Police Department immediately.
- Vehicles not registered, improperly registered or without proper license plates are subject to towing.
- Vehicles that cannot be readily moved or are inoperable shall be towed
Massachusetts Law requires that every non-resident enrolled as a student at a school or college in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, who operates a motor vehicle registered in another state or country for more than thirty days within the Commonwealth during any period beginning September 1st of any year and ending August 31st of the following year shall, on or before such thirtieth day, file in triplicate with the police department of the city or town in which said school or college is located on a form approved by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles, a statement signed by him/her under penalties of perjury providing the following information: registration number and make of the motor vehicle, and the state or country of registration, the name and address of the owner, the legal residence while attending school or college, and the name of the school or college he/she is attending. Any such non-resident who fails to comply with the provisions of the paragraph shall be punished by a fine of not more than fifty dollars.
PARKING AREA ASSIGNMENTS
Students who live in campus residence halls must park in their designated parking areas and walk from place to place.
First year resident students are not authorized to bring vehicles to campus.
Sophomores & Juniors
Sophomores and Juniors will receive DC parking decals upon registration and are required to park in the Distribution Center Parking Lots 24 hours a day seven days a week. See picture below.
There is no parking at any time in Gray Lot, Dower Lot, College Club Lots, Sports Center, in front of Munger Hall, Jewett Hill, Pendleton Hill, the Rte. 135 circle by Cazenove and Pomeroy, the West End of the Sports Center, the Trade Center Lot, or in any other area that is not specifically authorized.
UPDATE 1/22/18: Seniors residing in the Tower Court Complex, Lakehouse, Cervantes, Munger and the Hazard Quad must park in the DC Lots. Seniors may no longer park in the Davis Parking Garage until completion of the Science Center Construction Project. After 4:30pm, Monday through Friday, senior parking is permitted in Founders Lot until 2am. There is no overnight parking in Founders Lot Monday through Friday.
Weekend Parking in Staff Lots (Seniors Only)
Seniors may park anytime in Founders Lot on the weekends beginning Friday at 4:30pm. All students must remove their vehicles by 6am Monday morning. Failure to vacate by 6am will result in a parking citation and/or motor vehicle tow.
There is no parking at any time in College Club Lots, Sports Center, Jewett Hill, Pendleton Hill, the Rte 135 circle by Cazenove and Pomeroy or in any other area that is not specifically authorized.
During business hours (7:30am-4:30pm), commuter students must park their vehicles in the Davis Parking Facility. Commuting students may park in the Founders Lot after business hours and on weekends provided they vacate by 6am Monday morning. Failure to vacate by 6am will result in a parking citation and/or a motor vehicle tow.
Auditor students are required to register their vehicle(s) and may only park in the Davis Parking Facility Lot.
Munger Hall Seniors
The parking spaces in front of Munger Hall are reserved only for seniors residing in Munger Hall on a first come first serve basis. Once occupied, all other Munger Seniors must park in DC Lot (pictured above). In conjunction with the Police Department a special Munger Senior Parking Permit will be provided.
All roadways surrounding the residence halls are fire lanes. Parking in a fire lane is strictly prohibited and will result in a parking citation or tow at the owner’s expense.
Additional Parking Clarifications:
Students on official business or employed at any college office are expected to park in their designated parking area and walk to that particular office or area.
Students and employees who need to park close to a building to drop off items, unload a vehicle, pick up passengers, may do so by notifying the police office by telephone and reporting the circumstances, make of vehicle, and license plate number. Campus Police may permit temporary parking to accommodate for a reasonable amount of time.
Parking is strictly prohibited in the following areas:
- On any campus road
- On the side of any campus roadway
- In front of any building (residential, academic or administrative)
- On any grass or unpaved area
- on public streets adjacent to the campus
- in any visitor or reserved space
- in any designated fire lane (all roadways surrounding residence halls and academic buildings are fire lanes whether posted or not)
- in any loading area
- in front of any chain or gate
- in reserved parking places
- in handicap areas
- at any bus stop
- on any sidewalk, path or crosswalk
- in front of or along side of a fire hydrant
- at the College Club
- in front of the Campus Center
- in any “RD” Resident Director space near or around the residence halls
- in any parking space behind Claflin and Lake House
- in any parking space along the Lake House roadway
- on Jewett Hill or Pendleton Hill, Claflin, Lake House and Boat House:
There are many parking spaces in the areas around Claflin, Lake House and the Boat House. These parking spaces are designated for the Resident Directors/Area Coordinators and their visitors. The parking spaces near the Boat House are designated for visitors to the Boat House only. Students may not park in these areas at any time.
Visitors and guests of students and employees must park in the Davis Parking Facility. Students and employees are responsible for any violation incurred by their guests.
Snow removal is difficult under the best conditions, but more so when parked cars are obstructing snow removal equipment. Cars hindering snow removal operations will be towed if necessary. Resident students should keep their cars in their designated parking areas during snow storms unless instructed otherwise by Campus Police. Faculty and Staff parked on the fifth floor of the Davis Parking Facility are urged to move their cars to lower levels of the garage as soon as possible during snow storms.
Damage or Theft
Wellesley College is not responsible for damage or theft insurance of motor vehicles while on college property. Vehicles and their contents cannot be guaranteed against protection loss of any kind. Owners should always lock valuables in the trunk area of the vehicle and consider purchasing anti-theft devices. You can call Campus Police for additional crime prevention measures.
Unless otherwise instructed by Campus Police, all motor vehicles must be parked in designated parking areas throughout the year including all breaks and holidays. Vehicles cannot be stored or left on campus during winter or summer break periods without the consent of Campus Police.
Abandonment and Towing
Any vehicle parked on campus property in violation is subject to towing if deemed necessary by a police officer. It is the responsibility of the driver to park legally. Vehicles that are illegally parked may be towed without prior notification to the owner. The following are but some examples of violation:
- Cars registered but inoperable will be towed even from a legal space.
- Cars obstructing fire lanes or other emergency access are subject to immediate towing.
- Charges for towing and storage are the responsibility of the owner.
- Vehicles parked in front of any campus building are subject to towing.
- Vehicles not registered and displaying a proper permit are subject to towing.
- Vehicles parked illegally in handicap areas are subject to immediate towing.
- Students parked in employee areas during business hours are subject to towing.
- Vehicles obstructing snow removal are subject to towing.
Motorcycles and Mopeds
The Police Department advises against bringing any motorcycle-type vehicle to campus because of the extreme vulnerability to theft. Such vehicles are easily loaded into pickup trucks or vans. All the rules and regulations applicable to motor vehicles also apply to motorcycle-type vehicles.
Revocation of Driving Privilege
The privilege to maintain or operate a motor vehicle on the campus may be revoked by the Chief of Police or her designee for continued disregard for rules and regulations, accumulation of 5 or more parking violations during the academic year, flagrant violations, reckless driving or any violation that places the safety and welfare of the community in jeopardy. Individuals who have been notified that their privilege to maintain and/or operate their vehicle on campus has been revoked must remove their vehicle from campus within 24 hours of the revocation notice. Should the vehicle be observed on campus it will be towed and the operator may be subject to further disciplinary action.
Parking Citations may be appealed only if done so according to the following instructions and within the 14 day period from when the citation was written.
The preferred method for appealing a parking ticket is on-line. Please email email@example.com and provide the citation number in the subject field. Please provide your name, address, phone and your reason for appeal in the body of the email.
If you do not have internet access, appeals can also be made by filling out the form in person at the Wellesley College Police Department. Ticket appeals will not be considered on citations older than 14 days.
Visitors who receive traffic violations while on campus may return such notices to the Campus Police office prior to leaving campus or mail such violation within the 14 day appeal period as stipulated on the reverse of the violation. Subsequent violations by visitors will not be waived and will be subject to billing of all fines imposed. Students and employees are responsible for the fines incurred by their guests. Due to the volume of citation appeals, delays may occur. Do not send in duplicate appeals, as they may slow down the process. Visitors who fail to turn in the yellow copy of their first citation will have the bill sent to their home address.
Billing for Violations
Parking citations are billed through the Cashier's Office at Green Hall and placed on the student's tuition bill. Employees will be billed directly from the Cashier's Office and outstanding fines may be deducted from payroll.
Payment may be received at the Cashier's Office during their normal business hours.
DRIVING AND VEHICLE SAFETY
All persons operating motor vehicles on Wellesley College property are expected to comply with the motor vehicle and traffic laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Failure to comply with these laws could result in the issuance of a Commonwealth of Massachusetts Motor Vehicle citation.
Operating Under the Influence
Motorists operating vehicles under the influence of intoxicating liquor, marijuana, narcotic drugs, depressants or stimulant substances or the vapors of glue, all as defined in MGL S.1, CH. 94C, shall be arrested and prosecuted under chapter ninety, section twenty-four of the Laws of the Commonwealth.
Personal Safety Tips for Drivers
- Always lock doors and close all windows when leaving your car, whether for a few minutes or overnight.
- Store all packages and valuables in the trunk when leaving the vehicle parked.
- Never pick up hitchhikers.
- As you approach your vehicle, have your keys ready. Check the vehicle for intruders before getting inside and lock your door once you are in the vehicle.
Preventing Auto Theft
Each year more than a million vehicles are stolen in the United States. You should always behave as if your vehicle is at high risk for theft. The typical car thief, professional or amateur, is looking to steal vehicles that offer the least amount of resistance. You should also be aware that the year and model of the vehicle does not matter. Older vehicles may often be sold for parts.
Your objective should always be to remove the risk and reduce the opportunity for theft. Listed below are some measures you might consider:
- Remove the ignition key and secure all doors and windows even while running a quick errand.
- Avoid leaving valuables in the car. Purchases made while shopping should be kept in the trunk and out of sight.
- Consider the purchase and installation of a security device, such as an alarm, locking gas cap, and/or a locator device, such as LoJack.
- Be sure to keep GPS devices and iPods out of plain view while the vehicle is unattended.