Hamilton College is a pedestrian campus, but allows members of the community to use motor vehicles as they travel to and from College Hill. To ensure public safety, all members of this community and guests are expected to familiarize themselves with the policies outlined in this webpage and must comply with them at all times.
Please note that the regulations outlined in this guidebook are expected to be followed year-round.
All vehicles parked on the Hamilton College campus must be registered with the Department of Campus Safety on a permanent or temporary basis. Please visit the campus safety office to register a vehicle and receive a parking permit.
College employees and contract service providers may register their vehicles free of charge. Sophomore, junior, and senior students may also register one vehicle and will be charged $100 per academic year, or $50 per semester. Temporary permits will be issued to all others. First year students may not have vehicles on campus, and violation of this policy can result in loss of parking privileges in the sophomore year. Under no circumstances may a student register a vehicle for another student or a vehicle belonging to another student.
Students are not permitted to regularly use vehicles registered to Hamilton employees without registering them as student vehicles and paying the appropriate fee.
Unregistered vehicles are subject to a $75 parking citation. If the vehicle's owner completes the registration process within 24 hours of the citation, the fine will be waived. Registered vehicles that do not have their parking permits properly displayed are subject to a $50 citation.
Temporary and permanent parking permits are available in the Campus Safety office. All members of the community are expected to register their vehicles in a timely manner, according to the procedures established by the Department of Campus Safety.
Student vehicles that are parked in the Admissions or any Faculty/Staff parking lot are subject to a $50 citation. Faculty/Staff vehicles that are parked in the Admissions or any student parking lots are also subject to a $50 citation.
Students, faculty, and staff members are expected to check all appropriate lots for available parking spaces. If no spaces are available they are directed to contact the Department of Campus Safety to request instructions.
|New Lot||Elihu Root House Lot|
|Root Extension Lot||Anderson - Connell Alumni Center|
|Wertimer Lot||Pub Lot (Not Visitor Area)|
|Root Lot||KJ Lot|
|Skenandoa Lot||Molly Root|
|Rogers Estate Lot||Dunham Lot|
|Ferguson Lot (Except The First Two Rows)||Bristol Center|
|Griffin Road Apartments||Ferguson Lot Faculty/Staff (First Two Rows)|
|North Lot||Philip Spencer House|
|Major/Minor/Mac Lot||Field House Lot|
Although not marked, all campus roadways are considered fire lanes. These areas include all quadrangles and traffic circles, as well as driveways leading to and from parking lots.
Hamilton College does recognize any state-issued parking permit for people with disabilities. Please refer to the information below, provided by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles to obtain a disability parking permit in New York State.
To get complete information about reserved parking for people with disabilities, read the DMV brochure, Parking for People With Disabilities.
The NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law defines the permanent disabilities that qualify. If you have a permanent disability that qualifies, you can get vehicle plates for reserved parking from the DMV or a parking permit from your local government. It is illegal to park in a parking space reserved for persons with disabilities if you do not have the correct vehicle plates or parking permit. You can use the vehicle plates or parking permit in New York State and in most other states.
You and your healthcare provider can complete the application form MV-664.1. You also can have your healthcare provider (MD, DO, DPM, or NP) complete a statement on their letterhead. The statement must describe the disabling condition and verify that the disability qualifies according to the law. Bring the form or statement to the issuing agency in your locality (normally the office of your city clerk, town clerk or village clerk). There is no fee for a permit. Remember that the DMV does not issue the parking permits.
All parking spaces near the Beinecke Student Activities Village and the Hamilton Mail Center are limited to five minutes. In addition, two parking spaces at the Mail Center are designated for ZipCar parking only. No vehicles other than ZipCars are authorized to park in these spaces. Vehicles parked in ZipCar parking spaces may be towed without warning and without being in violation of receiving three or more citations.
Parking is prohibited behind Commons Dining Hall, Backus House and the Health Center. Vehicles parked in this area will be ticketed and/or towed at the owners expense.
There is no parking around dumpsters and loading dock ares. These areas are used by College personnel on a daily basis and need to be kept clear at all times.
Motorists may not park their vehicles in posted "no parking" zones at any time.
Vehicles must be parked between painted parking space lines.
Paved and gravel surfaces are designed to support a vehicle's weight, grass or landscaped areas can be seriously damaged by vehicles that drive or park on them. Vehicles may not park in an area that does not have a gravel surface surface or is not paved.
Driveways are not intended for vehicle use, even when chains are down and the driveways open; parking or driving on sidewalks is also prohibited.
During periods of inclement weather, the Physical Plant may need to relocate vehicles from College parking lots to accommodate snow removal. The community will be notified of the snow removal schedule by electronic mail and traditional postings.
Mopeds, scooters, and other motorized bicycles cannot be stored in College buildings or parking lots. The use of motorcycles is permitted, but compliance with all parking and traffic rules and regulations is expected. In accordance with New York State law all riders are required to wear DOT approved helmets.
The Department of Campus Safety expects all motorists to comply with posted traffic signs.
The on-campus speed limit is 15 miles per hour.
On rare occasions, exceptions are made to College parking policies. All requests for exceptions must be submitted, in writing, to the Hamilton College Parking Appeals Board. More information is available in the Campus Safety office.
Vehicle registrants may also appeal parking citations by completing an appeal form and submitting it to the Parking Appeals Board. These forms are available in the Campus Safety office. Appeals must be submitted within five days of the citation and the petitioner's parking history will be considered when decisions are made.
All Parking Appeals Committee decisions are final. Parking fines are not billed until all appeal procedures have been exhausted and citations that are successfully appealed do not count towards the excessive ticket totals.
Vehicle owners should be aware of the following before they file an appeal: