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Parking Summonses

Parking Services Office

Our Services

The Parking Services Office provides information to the college community and its visitors regarding parking on campus. The office is also responsible for processing the parking summonses issued by University Police, including collections, receipts, and parking appeals.

Contact Us

Parking Services Office
Buffalo State
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222

Phone: (716) 878-3041
Fax: (716) 878-3384
Email: parkingservices@buffalostate.edu

Web: http://suny.buffalostate.edu/parking

Semester Hours

We are open during the semester:

Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Enforcement, Fines, Payments, and Appeals

Parking Enforcement

Campus parking lots are enforced by the University Police for the following reasons: 

  • To insure that illegally parked vehicles do not hinder vehicles (i.e., fire lanes, roadways, fire hydrants, etc.) that have to respond to an emergency on campus.
  • To uphold the parking privileges given to valid permit holders.
  • To enforce the parking rules and regulations.

The operation of a motor vehicle on campus property is covered under New York State Education Law, Section 360, which authorizes the State University to adopt and make applicable to its campuses any and all provisions of the Vehicle and Traffic Law.

Regulations are strictly enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 12 months a year.

A comprehensive list of the parking policies of Buffalo State can be found by clicking Parking and Permits.

Fines

Effective  January 1, 2009, fines for parking violations on campus will increase from $25 for violation of a fire lane or fire hydrant, and $15 for all other violations to $35 and $25, respectively. For violations requiring an intracampus tow (from a lot where parking is prohibited from 1:00 to 6:00 a.m. to lot F, M-2, R or G), the penalty shall be a $50 fine. This fine is in addition to a fine violation of $25 for violation of parking in a no parking 1:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. parking lot. The fine for violation of a parking space designated for persons with disabilities will remain at $50.

Parking fines not paid or appealed within 30 days of receipt of the summons are doubled. Students who have outstanding parking fines are barred from registering for class or receiving their transcript.  Employees who have outstanding parking fines for more than 90 days will have the fines deducted from their paychecks. Vehicles parked on campus with outstanding parking fines are subject to either towing or the placement of an immobilization boot on the vehicle

Payments

In Person

Payments are accepted in-person at Student Accounts, Moot Hall. You must have either the original parking summons or a printout from Parking Services in order to make payment. Student Accounts accepts cash, check, money order, or credit card (Visa or MasterCard). Checks will only be accepted for amounts less than $100.

Parking summonses also serve as a return payment mailer. These payments return to a bank lockbox and are processed with Parking Services 24-48 hours after payment is received.

By Mail

Check and money order payments may also be mailed to the Parking Services office. 

Online

Payments for parking summonses issued by University Police may be paid online by Visa or MasterCard. The license plate of the vehicle parked in violation or the summons number is necessary to process the transaction. Please allow up to one business day for the transaction to be processed and for any student delinquency hold to be removed. To insure that all outstanding summonses issued to your account have been paid, please contact Parking Services at (716) 878-3041.

Pay Parking Summonses Online

Appeals

Appeal requests must be directed to the Buffalo State Parking Services office within 30 days of summons issuance. Attempts to appeal summonses later than this date will not be processed.

You will receive notification of the hearing date and time via a letter mailed to the address that you stipulate on the parking summons. If you are a resident student and your appeal notification is sent over a holiday break, it will go to the registered address of the parking summons.

The decision of the hearing officer is final. Therefore, it is imperative that you are prepared for your defense. All documentation must be submitted to the hearing officer at the time of your appeal. It is solely your responsibility to provide any necessary documents. 

You have 15 days from your hearing date to comply with the judgement of the hearing officer. If you are found guilty, additional penalties will be incurred after 15 days.

Cancellation and rescheduling an appeal may only be made one time. Parking Services must be notified of the cancellation before the close of business on the Friday before the hearing date.

Appeals based on the following will not be successful:

  • Ignorance of the regulation.
  • Inability to find a permitted parking space.
  • Operation of the vehicle by another person.
  • Failure of the University Police to ticket previously for similar offenses.
  • Inability to pay fine.
  • Disagreement with the parking rules and regulations.
  • Failure to display current parking permit, vehicle registration, or inspection.
  • Improper display of the parking permit.
  • Expired meter offenses other than a defective meter (in which case, you must obtain written verification by University Police).

Penalties

Violators of campus traffic and parking rules and regulations are subject to the issuance of a summons, returnable to Buffalo State. Fines must be received within 30 calendar days. Fines not paid in full within the prescribed period are assessed late fees. 

Unpaid fines may be deducted from the wages of an offending college employee. Student transcripts and registration are placed with delinquent holds until all fines are paid. Vehicles with outstanding parking summonses are subject to immobilization or towing.

Towing

The college may authorize the towing of any vehicle that violates parking rules and regulations. Expenses incurred from vehicle immobilization, towing, or storage are the responsibility of the vehicle's registrant. 

Any vehicle parked anywhere on campus with outstanding parking summonses is subject to towing at any time.

A vehicle parked in persistent violation of campus policies is subject to towing at any time.

Student Holds

Student transcripts and registration may be placed on hold if they carry an outstanding delinquent balance with Parking Services. 

Parking accounts must be paid in full in order to clear the hold and allow the student to conduct school business.

 

Responsibility

The vehicle's registrant is responsible for any and all penalties and fines for violation(s), and for any and all liability or damage claims resulting from the possession, operation, or parking of the vehicle on the premises of Buffalo State. Individuals affiliated with Buffalo State through a parking permit are held accountable for violations.

Any vehicle found on campus whose license plate is registered to an individual with the same last name and address as a Buffalo State student is presumed to belong to that student and is subject to student parking rules and regulations.

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