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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. Use 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 a parking permit. This includes cars, trucks, motorcycles and motor scooters. Residential student permits are limited in number and are specific for a single lot. 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. Pro-rated rebates will be given for permits returned to the Business Office.

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 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 the Motor Vehicle Registrations and Use Policies.

Permit Types

Commuter Permits: All commuting student vehicles are required to have a sticker permit affixed to the exterior of the rear window of their vehicle in the lower left hand corner. 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). Commuter permits are available without charge to part time students. All full time commuter students, defined as enrolled for twelve credit or more in any given term, must purchase a permit at the published rate.

Resident Student Permits: Resident student permits allow for parking on campus, but are restricted to specific lots, designated by the permit. Residential permits must be affixed to the exterior of the rear window of their vehicle in the lower left hand corner. Permits must be visible or ticketing and/or towing of the vehicle will occur.

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 sticker permit affixed to the exterior of the rear window of their vehicle in the lower left-hand corner. Adult Education student permits allow parking in designated commuter lots, as well as Lots H, N and E after 5 p.m. 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 are available without charge to all adult education students. This permit is valid for three academic years from date of issuance. It is the student’s responsibility to update vehicle information upon change of vehicle status. Permits affixed to improper vehicle may result in a citation issued to the owner of the permit.

Adult Education permits can be obtained the first day of class or by contacting the Office of Public Safety at 262-551-5911. After you have registered your vehicle, officers 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 regular permit is obtained. Temporary permits will be valid for 24 hours.

Temporary Permits: Temporary permits are available for guests and resident student vehicles for a short term parking. A resident student may register a vehicle for up to fourteen days in any academic year. Current charges apply. Any student vehicle that will be on campus longer than fourteen days during any academic year must display a regular parking permit. 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 24/7/365; 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 citations 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.

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 Ordinance. In addition to Carthage action, these vehicles may be subject to ticketing and/or 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 authority to grant valid disabled parking permits. State issued disabled permits do not grant overnight parking privileges.

Parking Policies and Citation Information

Prohibited Parking Locations Including Campus Drive:  Any vehicle parked on the campus grounds with any wheel off the roadways or parking lot will be subject to citations and/or removal. The vehicle owner may also be liable for any damage to Carthage grounds and property. Student vehicles parked in faculty or staff spaces, visitor’s lots, any service drive or loading dock, restricted spaces, fire lanes, or on Campus Drive will be subject to citations and/or removal without prior notice. Allowing for unloading into the residence halls, residential students may park on campus drive for 15 mins. The vehicle owner must contact security at the time they park, and put their “emergency flashers” on. Vehicles parked on campus drive without their “emergency flashers”, or parked for more than 15 minutes, will be ticketed and/or towed without warning. Students may not park on either side of campus drive, in front of any academic, residence hall or service building. Students are also prohibited from parking in the Lentz Hall Visitors (except for the two posted “15 minute only” spaces); Lentz Hall reserved spaces or the South Upper Lot (formerly Lot I) visitor’s spaces. There is no grace period for these areas. Faculty/Staff are prohibited from parking in marked visitor spaces in all Lots including South Upper Lot (formerly Lot I). These are reserved for visitors to the campus.

Parking Violation Tickets Fine Structure
Security reserves the right to tow any illegally parked vehicle without notice outside of this fine structure based on the parking needs of the campus. This structure is subject to change at anytime by the College.

Minor Violations:

  • 1st citation is recorded as a warning.
  • 2nd citation carries a fine of $30.
  • 3rd citation carries a fine of $40.
  • 4th citation carries a fine of $50.
  • 5th citation the vehicle is towed.

Major/Tow Violations:

  • 1st tow violation carries a fine of $125.
  • 2nd violation carries a fine of $150.
  • 3rd violation, the vehicle is removed from campus to Jensen’s impound lot all tow and storage fees must be paid to Jensen’s. In addition a Carthage fine of $150 will be charged.
  • 4th violation, the vehicle will be removed from campus all fees as described in the 3rd violation will occur. 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 3 member panel in writing.

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.

All unregistered/unpermitted vehicles on campus after visitation hours are towed off campus to Jensen’s towing at the owner’s expense

Major Violation Tickets and Towing: Students must park only in the lots designated by their permit. Parking in an unauthorized area or in a lot, for which their car is not permitted, may result in the towing of the vehicle without prior warning or notice. Should a vehicle be towed to an off-campus impoundment lot, the student will be required to pay the towing firm their normal rate and storage fees. Should your vehicle be towed to a campus storage area, a major violation ticket will be issued.

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.

Ticket Appeals:  Moving violations, such as failure to obey traffic signs, speeding, reckless driving and endangering others, are subject to fines ranging from $100.00 to $150.00. The speed limit throughout the campus is 15 miles per hour. The Office of Public Safety will determine the fine on a case-by-case basis. Students may appeal any ticket to the Office of Public Safety. Ticket appeals must be received, in written form, within 72 hours of the citation issuance. You may also appeal a ticket online at 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. 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 (formerly Lot P)
  • 14th Avenue Lot (formerly Lot R)
  • Tennis Center Lot (formerly Lot V)

Designated Commuter Lots — 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday

  • South Lower Lot (formerly Lot A)
  • Pike River Lot (formerly Lot D)
  • North Lots 2 and 3 (except those spaces designated for faculty/staff)
  • OVERNIGHT parking is prohibited with a commuter permit.

Designated Commuter Lots — 5 p.m. to closing Sunday-Saturday

  • South Lower Lot (formerly Lot A)
  • Pike River Lot (formerly Lot D)
  • North Lots 1, 2 and 3 (formerly Lots C, N, H)
  • Lentz Lot
  • OVERNIGHT parking is prohibited with a commuter permit.

Designated Faculty/Staff Lots

  • South Lower Lot (formerly Lot A)
  • South Upper Lot (formerly Lot I)
  • Pike River Lot (formerly Lot D)   
  • Faculty and staff are prohibited from parking in spaces reserved for visitors in the South Upper lot.

Designated Visitor Lots

  • Posted spaces across from Lentz Hall*
  • Marked spaces in South Upper Lot (formerly Lot I)
  • All of South Lower Lot (formerly Lot A) during resident hall visitation hours
    * Note: Lentz Lot spaces are restricted for use by business visitors and guests of the College. No student vehicles may use these spaces.