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Office of Public Safety

Parking Policies

Operating a motor vehicle on the Carthage campus is a privilege granted by the College. Usage fees apply. The College has adopted the following regulations to assure safe, courteous, and orderly vehicle operation and parking. It is the responsibility of all drivers to know and follow these regulations.

All employees and students, full- and part-time, are required to register their motor vehicle with the Office of Public Safety and obtain and display a parking permit. This includes cars, trucks, motorcycles, and motor scooters. All permits remain the property of Carthage College and when asked, must be surrendered. A parking permit becomes invalid when the registered student graduates, withdraws, or changes residency status. Permits may not be sold or transferred from student to student.

Carthage College assumes no responsibility nor creates any liability, for the care and/or protection of any vehicle, or its contents, while on campus. The College assumes no responsibility for the security of vehicles or their contents while moving or parked in the areas subject to Carthage jurisdiction. All employees and students use parking facilities at their own risk. Carthage students, faculty, and staff are expected to abide by the Motor Vehicle Registrations and Use Policies.

Permit Types

Commuter Permits: All commuting student vehicles are required to have a hangtag displayed on the rearview mirror facing frontwards. Commuter student permits allow parking in designated commuter lots. They are not valid for overnight parking. “Overnight parking” is defined as starting at the time when the residence halls close to visitors (established visitation hours). All full-time commuter students, defined as enrolled for twelve credits or more in any given term, must purchase a permit. Note: Commuter permits are available without charge to part-time students.

Off-Campus Student Permits: All off-campus student vehicles are required to have a hangtag displayed on the rearview mirror facing frontwards. Off-campus student permits allow parking in designated on-campus lots. They are not valid for overnight parking. “Overnight parking” is defined as starting at the time when the residence halls close to visitors (established visitation hours).

Resident Student Permits: Resident student vehicles are required to have a hangtag displayed on the rearview mirror facing frontwards. Resident student permits allow parking in specific lots, designated by permit. Permits must be visible or ticketing and/or towing of the vehicle will occur.

Faculty/Staff: Faculty and staff permits allow for parking in specific, restricted lots, designated by the permit. Faculty and staff permits must have the hangtag permit properly displayed, hanging from the rearview mirror of the vehicle. Permits must be visible from the outside of the vehicle or ticketing and/or towing of the vehicle will occur. At no time should a faculty/staff vehicle park in a designated visitor space.

Adult Education Permits: All students participating in our adult education program (adult undergraduate studies, summer studies, graduate studies, international admissions programs, and professional development programs) must have a permit to park on campus. Students are required to have a hangtag displayed on the rearview mirror facing frontwards.

Adult Education student permits allow parking in designated commuter lots. They are not valid for overnight parking. “Overnight parking” is defined as starting at the time when the residence halls close to visitors (established visitation hours).

Adult Education permits can be obtained on the first day of class or by contacting the Carthage Office of Public Safety at 262-551-5911. After you have registered your vehicle, Public Safety will deliver your permit to the Office of Continuing Studies, located on the fourth floor of Lentz Hall, on the next business day. A temporary permit may be obtained at the Office of Public Safety until such time as the regular permit is obtained. Temporary permits will be valid for 24 hours.

Temporary Permits: Temporary permits are available for guests of students for overnight parking. Non-Carthage student guests may register their vehicle for up to three days at a time, in accordance with the college’s visitation policy. The Office of Public Safety is open 24 hours a day, year-round; you must immediately register any vehicle you park on campus. Vehicles with an expired regular or temporary permit, or lacking any visible permit, are subject to citation or removal of the vehicle without prior notice. In accordance with state law, the Kenosha Police Department may also issue a city citation for trespass parking for all nonregistered vehicles parked on property under the care and control of Carthage College.

A resident student, that is not a permit holder, may register a temporary vehicle for up to fourteen days, with the purchase of a temporary permit. Students can only purchase two temporary permits in an academic year for up to a total of 14 days. Any student vehicle that will be on campus longer than fourteen days during any academic year must purchase and display a regular parking permit.

Disabled Parking Permits: Unauthorized parking in a disabled parking space or bus stop, or trespass parking (uninvited parking on campus without a permit) is a violation of state statutes and city/county ordinances. In addition to Carthage’s action, these vehicles may be subject to ticketing and/or towing by the Kenosha Police Department. Students needing to use marked disabled parking spaces must display a valid disabled permit issued by their home state department of transportation. Carthage does not have the authority to grant valid disabled parking permits. State-issued disabled permits do not grant overnight parking privileges.

Parking Violation Citations and Fine Structure

Public Safety reserves the right to tow any illegally or improperly parked vehicle without notice. This structure is subject to change at any time by the College. Any unauthorized vehicles parked in a handicap space, restricted spaces or reserved spaces, or on-campus grounds automatically move to the major violations/tow procedure.

Parking Violation Citations and Fine Structure:

  • 1st parking citation is recorded as a warning
  • 2nd parking citation carries a fine of $35
  • 3rd parking citation carries a fine of $50
  • 4th parking citation carries a fine of $65
  • 5th parking citation: Once an individual has accumulated 4 citations, further citations will result in the vehicle being towed to the owner’s permitted lot.
  • After the 6th citation, the vehicle will be towed to Jensen’s impound. See below for towing procedures.

Towing Procedures:

  • 5th citation: 1st tow violation carries a fine of $125 and the vehicle is transported to the owner’s permitted lot without notification.
  • 6th citation: 2nd tow violation carries a fine of $150 and the vehicle is transported to the owner’s permitted lot without notification.
  • 7th citation: 3rd tow violation carries a fine of $150 to Carthage and the vehicle is towed from campus to Jensen’s impound lot. All tow and storage fees must be paid to Jensen’s Towing.
  • 8th citation: 4th tow violation carries a fine of $175 to Carthage and the vehicle is towed from campus to Jensen’s impound lot. All tow and storage fees must be paid to Jensen’s Towing. In addition to those fees and fines, your permit will be revoked for the remainder of the year. You may appeal this revocation to a three-member panel in writing.

Unregistered Vehicles: For the safety of our campus community, all unregistered and unpermitted vehicles parked in any location on campus after residential hall visitation/guest hours will be removed from campus and towed to Jensen’s towing impound lot at the owner’s expense.

Moving Violations: Moving violations, such as failure to obey traffic signs, speeding, reckless driving, and endangering others, are subject to immediate citation and fines. The speed limit throughout the campus is 15 miles per hour.

  • 1st moving violation carries a fine of $150
  • 2nd violation carries a fine of $200
  • 3rd violation carries a fine of $250 and revocation of parking privileges

Revocation of your parking privileges, unless ruled by the committee, is for the remainder of the school year. Any reinstatement will require that the student purchase a new permit and pay in full, all associated fines and fees prior to reinstatement.

Major Violations: Any unauthorized vehicles parked in a handicap space, reserved/restricted spaces, or on-campus grounds are subject to immediate removal. These infractions automatically move to the towing procedures. Any student found to have forged, altered, falsified, tampered, duplicated, or manipulated a Carthage parking permit will result in the revocation of parking privileges.

Lost or Stolen Permit: Each student is responsible for his/her vehicle while on campus regardless of who is driving. Parking fines will be assigned to the registered permit owner’s account. If your permit is lost or stolen, please report this to the Office of Public Safety.

Citation Appeals: Citation appeals must be received within 72 hours of the citation issuance. You may appeal a citation online. Your appeal must contain the citation number and date of its issue.

Revocation of Permits: Carthage reserves the right to revoke the parking permit and/or refuse to issue any future parking permits to individuals who exhibit a history of repeated offenses, or endanger others, or damage College property by the careless use of a motor vehicle. Revocation will occur for any student found to have forged, altered, falsified, creates, or tampers with a permit. In addition to revocation, the student may also be referred to student conduct.

Carthage also reserves the right to refuse the issuance of a parking permit to any individual who does not obtain a permit in a timely fashion. A ticket/tow history indicating that a vehicle has been parked on campus multiple times for more than one week without a permit will be sufficient to initiate disciplinary action towards the responsible vehicle user.

Parking Lot Information

Designated Resident Lots — 24-hour, daily basis
The following lots are resident parking by special permit only:

  • 35th Street Lot 
  • 14th Avenue Lot 
  • Tennis Center Lot
  • Apartment Lot

Designated Commuter/Off-Campus/OCS Lots — 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday

  • South Lower Lot
  • Pike River Lot
  • North Lots 2 and 3 (except those spaces designated for faculty/staff)

Designated Faculty/Staff Lots

  • South Lower Lot 
  • South Upper Lot 
  • Pike River Lot  
  • Faculty and staff are prohibited from parking in any marked visitor spaces.

Designated Visitor Lots

  • Posted spaces across from Lentz Hall*
  • Marked spaces in South Upper Lot
  • All of South Lower Lot (during resident hall visitation hours)
    * Note: Lentz Lot spaces are restricted for use by business visitors and guests of the College. No student or faculty/staff vehicles may use any of these spaces except the 15-minute spaces.