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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 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 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 hang tag displayed on the rear view 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 credit 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 hang tag displayed on the rear view 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 hang tag displayed on the rear view 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/Staff permits allow for parking in specific, restricted lots, designated by the permit. Faculty/Staff permits must have the hang tag permit properly displayed, hanging from the rear view 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 hang tag displayed on the rear view 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 24/7/365; 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 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. 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 Ordinance. In addition to Carthage 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 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:  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. The following are locations where Student Residential, Commuter and Off-Campus parking is prohibited:

  • Faculty or staff spaces
  • Any service drive or loading dock
  • Restricted/Reserved spaces
  • Disabled spaces Visitor’s lot 
  • Fire lanes
  • Campus Drive

Student vehicles or visitor/non-Carthage vehicles will be subject to citations and/or removal from a space without prior notice. 

Unloading Parking: Allowing for unloading into the residence halls, residential students may utilize the 15-minute spaces across from the Campbell Student Union for a time period not to exceed 15 minutes.

Students may not park on either side of campus drive, in front of any academic, or service building. Students are also prohibited from parking in the Lentz Hall Visitors (except for the posted “15 minutes only” space); Lentz Hall reserved spaces or the South Upper Lot 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. These are reserved for visitors to the campus. 

Parking Violation Tickets Fine Structure: Public Safety 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 any time by the College. Any vehicles parked in a handicap space automatically move to the Major Violations/Tow procedure.

Minor Violations:

  • 1st citation is recorded as a warning
  • 2nd citation carries a fine of $35
  • 3rd citation carries a fine of $50
  • 4th citation carries a fine of $65
  • 5th citation the vehicle is towed

Major/Tow Violations:

  • 1st tow violation carries a fine of $125
  • 2nd tow violation carries a fine of $150.
  • 3rd 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.
  • 4th 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. 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. 

Moving Violations, such as failure to obey traffic signs, speeding, reckless driving and endangering others, are subject to 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.

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

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:  Ticket appeals must be received within 72 hours of the citation issuance. You may appeal a ticket 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 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.