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Parking Rules

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.

Vehicle Registration

All vehicles parked on the Hamilton College campus must be registered with the Transportation Office on a permanent or temporary basis. Permanent registrations can be completed on the Campus Safety website.

Once completed you will be notified by mail when your permit is ready for pick-up. Temporary permits can be requested at the Transportation Office which is located inside of the Campus Safety building.

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 $125 per academic year, or $75 per semester. Temporary permits will be issued to all other persons.

First year students may not have vehicles on campus, and violation of this policy can result in loss of parking privileges for their sophomore year.

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 fine. 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 $25 fine.

Temporary and permanent parking permits are available at the Transportation Office. All members of the community are expected to register their vehicles within two business days, according to the processes established by the Transportation Office.

Lot assignments

Students are expected to keep their vehicles in the designated student lots at all times when not in use. Parking at the Griffin Road Apartments and 95 College Hill Road lots are designated for their respective residence. Each lot has a limited number of parking spaces.  Parking in these two lots are granted with special parking permits in addition to the normal student parking permit.  This special permit is provided on a first come first serve basis at no additional cost.    

Faculty/Staff members are expected to keep their vehicles in the designated faculty/staff parking lots at all times when not in use.

Use of The Admissions and the first row of the Woolcott lots are designated only for guests of the Admissions office. These areas are strictly off limits to all students and faculty/staff members.

The Mail Center parking lot is designated as 5-minute parking only. Violators will be ticketed and towed at the owners expense

Student vehicles that are parked in a Faculty/Staff lot are subject to a $25 fine. Faculty/Staff vehicles that are parked in student areas are also subject to a $25 fine.

If no spaces are available in a student lot, they are expected to contact the Department of Campus Safety and request instructions. Faculty/staff members are expected to check all faculty/staff lots for openings before they request assistance from the Department.

Student Lots Faculty/Staff Lots
North Lot Athletic Complex Lot
New Lot Woolcott (excluding first row)
Ferguson Lot (excluding first two rows) Ferguson Lot Faculty/Staff (First Two Rows)*
Wertimer Lot Bundy Lounge Lot
Skenandoa Lot Bristol Center Lot
Major/ MacIntosh/ Minor Lot Philip Spencer Lot
Root Student Lot Elihu Root Lot
95 College Hill Road (special permit required) Anderson-Connell Alumni Center Lot

Griffin Road Apartments (special permit required)

Pub Lot (not visitor's area)*
  KTSA Lots (first six rows closest to building)*
  Root Faculty/Staff Lot*
  Molly Root Lot
  Dunham Lot

Note: Designated Faculty/Staff lots that students are allow to park in on the weekends, beginning on Fridays at 5pm through Sunday 11:59pm.

For the 2020-2021 fall semester students may now park in the first three KTSA parking lots on the weekends only.  The same guidelines will be in effect as stated above.  The lot closest to the Babbitt Pavilion is reserved for food service parking only.  

Restricted/No Parking Areas

Fire Lanes

All campus roadways are considered fire lanes, though they have no markings. These areas include all quadrangles, access roads, and traffic circles, as well as driveways leading to and from parking lots.

Vehicles parked in fire lanes are subject to a $75 fine.

Emergency Vehicles and other official vehicles that bear the “Hamilton College” logo are permitted to park in fire lanes, but must be in radio or phone contact with the Campus Safety dispatcher at all times while parked in the restricted area.

Parking for people with disabilities

Note: Hamilton College does not issue parking permits for people with disabilities.

Hamilton College recognizes 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.

Any person who is legally entitled to park in handicap parking spaces must display their handicap permit at all times while parked. These specialized parking permits are issued only by your local municipalities.

Vehicles that are parked in handicap spaces without the proper permit are subject to a $75 fine and will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Weekend parking for students

Students are permitted to park in the Ferguson Faculty/Staff Lot (first two rows), Root Faculty/Staff lot, and Pub lot (excluding the visitor’s area) from Friday evening beginning at
5 p.m. and extending through the weekend. All Student vehicles must be removed from these lots no later than 11:59 p.m. Sunday night

Student vehicles that remain in these lots after the stated hours are subject to a $50 fine and will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Mail Center Parking

All parking spaces near the Beinecke Student Activities Village and the Hamilton Mail Center are limited to five minutes.

Vehicles that remain in these past the allotted time frame are subject to a $50 fine and may be towed at the owner’s expense.


 Restricted to faculty/staff parking only.  Several spots are available for Shine, HAVOC and COOP vehicles. In addition, two parking spaces 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.

Morris Hall

This area is reserved strictly for service vehicles only. All other vehicles will be ticketed and may be towed at owners' expense.

Commons Dining Hall Parking Area

Parking is prohibited behind Commons Dining Hall, Backus House and the Rudd Communications Center. Vehicles parked in this area will be ticketed and/or towed at the owners expense.

Loading Docks and Dumpsters Areas

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.

Vehicles that impede access to these areas are subject to a $50 citation.

No Parking Zones

Motorists may not park their vehicles in posted “no parking” zones at any time. Pavement that is painted with diagonal lines also constitute a “no parking” zone.

Vehicles parked in these areas are subject to a $25 fine.

Two-Space Parking

Vehicles must be parked between painted parking space lines.

Vehicles occupying more than one space are subject to a $25 fine.

Grass, Mud, and Dirt Areas

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 that drive or park on grass, mud, or dirt are subject to a $50 fine. Vehicles that are parked partly on pavement and partly on grass are also subject to a $50 fine.

Driving or Parking on Driveways, Emergency Access Roads, and Sidewalks

Driveways and Emergency Access Roads are not intended for vehicle use and parking, even when chains are down and the driveways open. Parking or driving on sidewalks is also prohibited.

Vehicles that violate either of these regulations are subject to a $75 fine.

Emergency Snow Removal

During periods of inclement weather, Facility Management may need to relocate vehicles from College parking lots so that snow can be removed. The community will be notified of the snow removal schedule by electronic mail and traditional sign postings.

Vehicles that are not removed from their lots by the specified time are subject to a $50 fine and may be towed at the owner’s expense.

Prohibited Vehicles

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.

Traffic Violations

Motorists are expected to comply with all posted traffic signs, speed limits, and NYS driving laws.

Vehicles that pass stop signs or violate one-way policies on campus roadways are subject to a $50 fine.

Motorists should be aware that College Hill Road, Campus Road, and Griffin Road are all in the jurisdiction of Oneida County and the Town of Kirkland. All local parking, speed, and driving laws are fully enforced by Law Enforcement.

Speed Limit

The on-campus speed limit is 15 miles per hour.

Temporary Exceptions

Campus Safety will give members of the community temporary permission to park in restricted areas to load or unload their vehicles or for other extenuating reasons. You must call Campus Safety at (315) 859-4141 to coordinate this exception. With permission of Campus Safety, a vehicle may park for a maximum of twenty minutes.

Additional Sanctions

Any member of the Hamilton community (student or employee) who accumulates more than three parking tickets in one academic year will incur additional parking-related sanctions.

After a vehicle receives three parking citations, Campus Safety officers will be authorized to have any illegally parked vehicle towed, at the owner’s expense. Any student whose vehicle receives three parking tickets will also be required to park in North Lot if they bring a vehicle to campus the following year. The Director of Campus Safety will send a warning letter to the vehicle owner (if identifiable) that explains the consequences of future violations

After a vehicle receives ten citations, the vehicle’s owner will lose parking privileges for the rest of the academic year. The owner’s parking permit will be revoked, and the owner will be required to remove the vehicle immediately from campus. If the vehicle is found anywhere on campus after this sanction has been communicated to the owner, it will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Special Circumstances and Appeals

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 at parking@hamilton.edu.

Vehicle owners may also appeal parking citations by completing an appeal form which will then be reviewed by the Parking Appeals Board.  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 Board 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 outlined in Rule XVII.

Vehicle owners should be aware of the following before they file an appeal:

  • Appeals for handicap area citations are not approved.
  • The use of hazard lights (or “flashers”) does not excuse illegal parking.
  • Vehicles that park illegally for an extended time can receive multiple citations.
  • Ignorance of published parking regulations does not excuse violations.

The Parking Appeals Board consists of one member from each of the upper three classes, one staff member, and one faculty member/administrator appointed annually by the Director of Campus Safety.


Hamilton College assumes no liability for loss or damage to any vehicles parked on College property, or personal property left within, on, or around such vehicles. The College assumes no liability for vehicles that are towed by local agencies.

Contact Information

Campus Safety

315-859-4141 315-859-4124 campo@hamilton.edu
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