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Where is The Office of Campus Security located?

The Office of Campus Security is located in the lower level of Lehmann Hall, overlooking the football field.  We are open 24 hours a day, every day of the year for your convenience.  Our emergency and non-emergency number is 630-617-3000.  

What vehicle services does the Office of Campus Security provide?

We will assist you if you lock your keys in your car or if your car doesn’t start.  Your vehicle must be parked on campus, along Walter Street, in the College’s parking spaces along the railroad tracks or in one of the two remote parking lots, and you must have a Jaypass with you.  There is no charge for these services, but you will need to sign a vehicle service waiver form.  We do not change flat tires or dig cars out of the snow.

I have a parking sticker from last academic year. Do I need to get a new one?

Yes.  Parking stickers are valid for one year from September 1 to August 31.  

What are the costs for parking stickers?

The parking sticker fee is $50 per semester for commuter students and $100 per semester for residential students.  The fee will be charged to your student account once you register your vehicle with the Office of Campus Security. There is no fee for faculty and staff parking stickers.  

I was a resident student last semester and I am a commuter student this semester (or vice versa).  What should I do about parking?

Bring your current parking sticker to the Office of Campus Security and exchange it for a new sticker.

Are first year residential students permitted to park on campus?

No.  The parking policy prohibits first year residential students from having a car on campus.  If you would like to apply for an exception, come to the Office of Campus Security and pick up an exception form. Do not bring the car to campus until you have permission to do so.  If your exception is granted, you may then come in and register your car and the fee will be added to your student account.  

I am a graduate student or in an accelerated program, do I need to register my vehicle and get a parking sticker?
 
Yes, all vehicles parked on Elmhurst College property must be registered and display a current parking sticker. The parking sticker fee is waived for graduate students and accelerated students.

I work full time and cannot get to the Office of Campus Security until after business hours.  How can I get a parking sticker?

The Office of Campus Security is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Stop in when it is convenient for you.  

My parking sticker ripped.  What do I do?

Simply bring in the pieces to the Office of Campus Security and we will issue a new one at no charge.

I lost my parking sticker.  What do I do?

You must send an email to the Assistant Director of Campus Security explaining how the sticker was lost.  You will get an email with instructions to obtain a replacement sticker.  Stickers reported lost or stolen may not be used to park on campus, and will be identified as such in our system.  

Do I have to register my motorcycle and where may I park it?

Yes, every vehicle on Elmhurst College property must be registered with the Office of Campus Security.  There is no fee for registering motorcycles.  Motorcycles are only permitted to park in designated motorcycles spaces, which are clearly marked on the campus map.  Motorcycles are not permitted in car spaces, sidewalks, bike racks, landscaped areas or inside buildings.  

I am having trouble finding parking.  Where can I park?

There are typically open parking spaces in in the 2 remotes lots at St. Peter’s Church and First United Methodist Church.  Those lots are open from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday when classes are in session.  These lots are not available during the summer semester.

My car did not start this morning and I will be driving a car that is not registered. What should I do so that I do not get a ticket?

Come to the Office of Campus Security and register for a temporary hang tag. These tags are free and valid for up to one week.

I am a residential student and I am having a guest spend the night who will be bringing a car to campus.  Do my guest’s vehicle require a parking permit?


Yes.  Every vehicle on Elmhurst College property must be registered with the Office of Campus Security.  Come into the Office of Campus Security with your Jaypass and your guest’s information (name, cell phone number, vehicle make, model, license plate, year and color) to obtain a temporary parking permit at no charge.  Per the Residential handbook, guests are only permitted to stay 72 hours in any given week, so temporary parking passes will be issued for a maximum of 3 days.

What are the rules for parking if I live at Elm Park Apartments or Prospect Apartments?

Each apartment has one parking space assigned to it.  The apartment number matches the space number you need to park in.  Elm Park apartment space numbers are on the sign in front of the space.  Prospect Apartment space numbers are painted on the ground in the space.

You must obtain a residential parking sticker and an apartment hang tag to park in your assigned parking space. Apartment hang tags are updated each semester. Your apartment hang tag should be displayed from your rearview mirror when parked in the apartment space. You may not transfer or lend your apartment hang tag to any other person, and you may not allow other people to park in your assigned space.  Spaces are reserved for residents of that apartment only, and you may only park in your assigned space.  If your assigned space is occupied, you must park in an overnight permitted lot between 2:00 am and 6:00 am. Overnight lots are the Dinkmeyer Hall lot, Stanger Hall/West Hall lot, Alexander lot or Mill Theatre lot. Overnight parking is not allowed in the general parking spaces in the Science Center lot. If your apartment hang tag rips, bring it to the Office of Campus Security for a replacement.  

What are the rules for parking if I live in a campus house?

You must obtain a residential parking sticker to park in your driveway. You must obtain a temporary parking permit for any guests visiting you who will park their car in your driveway. If your driveway is occupied, you must park in an overnight permitted lot between 2:00 am and 6:00 am.  Overnight lots are the Dinkmeyer Hall lot, West Hall lot, Alexander lot or Mill Theatre lot. Any spot in the Science Center lot is not overnight permitted. You are not permitted to park or drive on the grass at any time.  

I recently had knee surgery.  Can I get a temporary handicapped permit from the Office of Campus Security?

If you and your doctor feel temporary handicapped parking is needed, you may apply for a placard through the Secretary of State’s Office at cyberdriveillinois.com/. The Office of Campus Security cannot issue permits which allow individuals to park in handicapped spots. These spots are strictly regulated by the Secretary of State’s Office. For short term medical options (lasting less than 2 weeks) contact the Office of Campus Security.  

I am a commuter student going away with my athletic team or for an Elmhurst College function.  Can I leave my car on campus overnight?

Yes, simply come into the Office of Campus Security and get an overnight temporary parking permit. Hang the tag from your rear view mirror and park in a general, open overnight-permitted space.  

I take one class at Elmhurst College and work downtown.  Can I park on campus and take the train to work?

No.  Parking in Elmhurst College owned and leased parking lots is reserved for currently enrolled students, staff and faculty who are currently on campus.

I live close to campus but am not a residential student.  Can I park my car on campus over night?

No.  Parking on campus property overnight is only permitted for vehicles registered to current residential students.  

Can I leave my car in a fire lane, with my hazard lights on, for just a minute to run an errand?


No.  Fire lane parking restrictions are enforced by the Office of Campus Security as well as the Elmhurst Police Department, and violators are subject to tickets.

Can I leave my car in a handicap space or the striped spaces next to it, with my hazard lights on, for just a minute to run an errand?

No.  Handicapped parking spaces, which include the adjacent striped zones, are enforced by the Office of Campus Security as well as the Elmhurst Police Department, and violators are subject to tickets.

What happens when I get an Elmhurst College Vehicle Violation?

All violation fees will be added directly to the student’s account.  

What if I want to appeal my Elmhurst College Vehicle Violation?

You are welcome to appeal any Elmhurst College vehicle violations within 5 days of the date of violation.  Simply fill out the back of the violation and turn it into the Office of Campus Security (in person or via U.S. mail).  Appeals are reviewed on Fridays and you will be notified by e-mail if your appeal was granted, adjusted or denied.

I like to break the rules.  Can I get in any real trouble for that?

Yes.  Any person who receives 8 tickets in an academic year will receive an additional habitual offender vehicle violation of $50 for each violation beyond that threshold.  In addition, repeat violators may be ticketed by the Elmhurst Police Department, and students who repeatedly receive tickets will be referred to the campus judicial process for violations of the Elmhurst College Code of Conduct.

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