Student Parking Appeals

Faculty, staff, and visitor appeals should be directed to KSU Parking Operations (Operating Unit of Auxiliary Services and Programs).

Click here for the Student Parking Citation Appeal Form (PDF)

Click here for the Student Parking Citation Appeal Form (Word DOC)


The following reasons are not considered acceptable grounds for student parking appeals:

  • Forgetfulness or oversight in displaying correct hangtag/decal. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain and display these documents for all vehicles brought on campus.
  • Lateness to class or appointment.
  • Claims of inability to find a legal parking space.
  • Appeals based solely on a request for leniency or warning in the absence of significant mitigating circumstances.
  • Appeals submitted after the 14 calendar day deadline, barring pre-approved reasons for unavoidable delay.

The following reasons will likely result in a “Denied” appeal based on established precedent:

  • “My hangtag was on the floor, car seat, in cup holder, etc.”

Hangtags must be "clearly visible" at all times when parking on campus and must be displayed on rearview mirror or the dashboard. The permit number on the hangtag must also be visible.

  • “I got into a wreck/my car wouldn’t start/someone else needed to use my car, so I was driving a rental car/friend’s car/family member’s car and didn’t have a hangtag or decal.”

Students may obtain temporary hangtags from the Welcome Center at no cost.

  • “I parked on landscaping/in the roadway/not in a marked parking space because there were no signs indicating No Parking.”

Students may only park in marked spaces in a hangtag/decal-appropriate lot.

  • “I parked in a visitor space because I wasn’t here for class/I was visiting a friend who lives on campus/I just needed to run in for a moment to do something.”

Students are never visitors as defined by KSU Parking Rules and Regulations.

  • “I didn’t see the sign.”

    Lack of observation is not valid grounds for appeal. One way to avoid this is to look around the area for any signs before you leave your car.

  • “Someone else parked over the line causing me to park over the line.”

You can either go find another parking space or park your car within the lines, even if doing so does not leave enough room for the other car.

  • “My hangtag does not fit the rearview mirror.  It fell off while I was in class.”

A fallen hangtag is not valid grounds for appeal and will most likely result in a denial of the appeal.  If your hangtag does not fit on your rearview mirror, attach a rubber band or a string to your hangtag and then place it on your rearview mirror. If you are unable to place your hangtag on your rearview mirror, place your hangtag on your dashboard, possibly with some velcro. If none of these solutions are able to help you, please contact Parking and Transportation at 770.423.6506 for specific help to your situation.

  • “I was unaware KSU gave out temporary hangtags.”

Lack of knowledge is not valid grounds for appeal. You can obtain a temporary hangtag at the Welcome Center booth located at the Visitors Lot (near Lot B).

  • “I used my hangtag to get into the deck and forgot to hang it when I parked.”

There are ways drivers can get into decks/lots without a hangtag; therefore, forgetting to hang the tag while parked in a deck/lot is not valid grounds for an appeal.

  • “I forgot my hangtag, so I parked in visitor’s parking. I planned on paying, but I got a citation anyway.”

If this happens to you, pay the fee for parking in visitor’s, then take your receipt to the Department of Parking and Transportation. Be aware that students should not be park in visitor spaces during the hours of 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Students are never visitors as defined by KSU Parking Rules and Regulations.   

  • “I didn’t know my decal expired.”

The expiration date for you decal is printed on the decal. Lack of knowledge is not valid grounds for appeal.  

  • “I parked in the striped area to avoid getting a dent in my car.”

Cars should not park in the striped areas no matter the reason. If someone has parked over the line and the open space is near a striped area, do not park in the striped area.  

Please Note:

  • The burden of proof for an appeal rests on the student, not the officer who issued the citation. An appeal claiming a citation was issued erroneously without evidence or details supporting such a claim will be “Denied.”
  • Witness statements submitted with appeals will be verified and photographs attached to appeals will be compared to photographs taken at the time the citation was issued.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to obtain an appropriate parking hangtag/decal each semester. At this time, only commuter students and North Deck residents (University Village, University Village Suites, and KSU Place) receive hangtags. All other residential students are assigned a numbered decal each August and should NOT go to Card Services to pick up a new parking hangtag, as this phase will begin at a later time.
  • Students must hang their hangtags from the rearview mirror, logo side facing out with the permit number visible. The hangtag must be visible from the outside. If the hangtag does not fit over the rearview mirror arm, it is acceptable to place the hangtag on the vehicle dash, logo side out. The hangtag is transferable and should be moved to any vehicle you park on campus.
  • If you live on campus and you have a commuter hangtag on your car it will be subject to a parking citation and/or your vehicle may be impounded. Hangtags and decals can be picked up at the Card Services Center, located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center. Parking decals must be visible at all times in its proper location (affixed in the lower left corner of the front windshield) when parked at your apartment complex or it is subject to a parking citation and/or your vehicle may be impounded.
  • Students with questions about the appeal process may contact the Student Parking Appeals Coordinator of the Department of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity at 770.499.3403. For questions concerning payment, please contact the Bursar’s Office at 770.423.6013. For questions concerning parking rules and regulations, please contact the Department of Parking and Transportation at 770.423.6506.

Click here for the Student Parking Citation Appeal Form (PDF)

Click here for the Student Parking Citation Appeal Form (Word DOC)