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Parking & Transportation Policies

Parking at Santa Clara University (SCU) and on lands owned or controlled by the University is regulated by this Parking and Traffic Plan and is enforced through the issuance of parking permits.

Section 2.1   Faculty, staff & students must purchase permits through eCampus accounts.

Section 2.2   Persons with Disabilities are eligible to purchase a reduced fee permit

Section 2.3   During permits hours, all vehicles on campus must have a parking permit

Section 2.4   A “Permit”: Not a “Reservation”

Section 2.5   Permit Purchasers may not sell, transfer, or assign their issued permit

Section 2.6   Revoked Permits

Section 2.7   Withhold Issuance of a parking permit

Resident Santa Clara University students are not permitted to bring cars to campus for the duration of their first-year (Fall through Spring quarters). This includes students who have enough credits to be considered second-year students at any time during their first academic year at Santa Clara University.  Transfer students are not affected by this policy.

First-year on-campus resident students who can demonstrate a compelling need or who would suffer undue hardship under this restriction can apply for a waiver.  Waivers will be reviewed by the committee (Asst. Dean for Student Life, Housing Director, Resident Life Director, Campus Safety Services representatives), and will be kept to an absolute minimum.  Permits obtained through the waiver process will be “C” permits and issued only for one academic Quarter per application and re-application is needed for each quarter thereafter. Applications are on a quarter-by-quarter basis and committee decisions regarding issuance are final. After the submission deadline, the application process is closed until the next quarter.  To file a waiver, complete the online application.    

Persons who obtain a parking permit by providing falsified information will have current and future parking privileges revoked, referral to the Office of Student Life as appropriate and may face judicial action.  All fees paid will be forfeited.

Campus Safety Services will not sell parking permits to first-year students except upon approval of a Waiver and other members of the SCU community who are eligible for a parking permit will not be permitted to purchase one for a first-year resident student.  Attempts to do so will result in having any future parking privileges of both parties revoked.

Parking citations that remain unpaid after 21 days from the date of issuance are processed as follows:

The Department of Motor Vehicles for the state in which the cited vehicle is registered is contacted to provide Registered Owner name and address information.  Upon receipt of this information, a notice is mailed to the registered owner of record providing fifteen (15) days in which to either pay the associated fine or to request an appeal.  If after 21 days neither payment is received nor an appeal filed, a Penalty Fee is added to the amount due.

NOTE: It is the vehicle owner’s responsibility by law to notify DMV of any address changes.

When Parking Citations remain unpaid: They are referred to Collections.

California DMV does not accept requests for registration holds from Santa Clara University for unpaid citations.  Therefore; unpaid SCU parking citations will not appear on a Vehicle Registration Renewal Notice from the California Dept. of Motor Vehicles.

Parking citations that remain unpaid after the Penalty Date are referred to a Collections Agency.  Once placed in collections, the Registered Owner will receive written notification from the Collection Agency that the amount owed must be paid.  Failure to pay the amount due will result in notification to the three (3) major credit reporting bureaus within 90 days of the first correspondence, and can negatively impact a person’s credit rating.  A notation on the Registered Owner’s credit report will state, "Collection Accounts: Accounts seriously past due."   The Credit Bureau will not remove this notice for 5 years. Therefore; persons who receive notification that an unpaid citation has been placed in collections should respond immediately to such correspondence.

Persons who are SCU Students or former students (including graduates) that own or are associated with vehicles that have unpaid parking violations issued to them are subject to having a Hold placed on their Student Account.  While such Hold is in effect, the person can not register for a class, add or drop a class, receive their diploma, be certified by the State of California for the practice of law, or have transcripts sent at their request.  Once applied, the Hold will only be released upon payment at the Transportation/Campus Safety office of all delinquent notices of parking violations issued to their vehicle(s).  Payment must be cash, a cashier’s check, or a money order made payable to “SCU Parking.”  Partial payments are not allowed once a Hold is applied.  The release of a Hold is not immediate, but generally, can be accomplished on the next business day following payment.

Currently-enrolled students may check the status of their Student Account at any time by logging into eCampus, at SCU’s Home Page, to determine if any Holds have been placed. For further information, contact Student Accounting at (408) 554-4412.

Carpools are vehicles that arrive on campus with two (2) or more persons.  To participate in the Carpool Program you must:

  • Register all participants in the carpool at the Campus Safety office. There is no fee associated with the Carpool Program.
  • Receive a Carpool decal that must be displayed in the vehicle that is brought to campus.
  • Upon arrival on campus, the carpool participants must be verified by officers at the Main Gate.   Upon verification, the vehicle will be issued a daily parking pass.  This pass, coupled with the Carpool decal, will entitle the vehicle to park in any “B”, “E”, or “F” spaces as appropriate.
  • Each Carpool will receive five (5) daily parking B or E passes per month as appropriate, for participant’s use during the month of issuance, and must be validated on the day of use by officers at the University’s Main Gate.

Mass Transit Discount on mass transit tickets.  Purchase a mass transit monthly ticket and receive (5) free daily parking passes per month.   Parking passes are only for use during the month of issuance and must be validated on the day of use at the University’s Main Gate, Transportation or Campus Safety Offices.

Electrical vehicle (EV) charging stations have been installed on campus by SCU.  The charging stations are located on the first level of the Parking Structure, the Leavey Center lot, the Sobrato “C” lot and the Loyola lot. Faculty, Staff, and Students who have a VALID parking permit will be able to charge their EV’s at no charge. Stations in the Parking Structures are for the exclusive use of the Faculty, Staff, and Students. All other stations are available to the public 24/7 for a fee, however, Permit Holders are permitted to use these stations as well, free of charge. To gain access to the stations, a participant MUST sign up for a ChargePoint account at or by ChargePoint Mobile App on iPhone or Android. Creating a ChargePoint Network Account will allow the ChargePoint to notify a participant via text message or E-mail when their vehicle is completely charged or if their charging session is interrupted for any reason such as a GFCI fault or a disconnected cable.

Once a participant has obtained a ChargePoint Account, AND possesses a current parking permit issued by SCU Transportation Services, they will need to connect to Santa Clara University on the ChargePoint network.

Once a participant has been connected, they will be able to charge their EV while on campus.  Transportation Services requests that participants monitor the progress of their vehicle on the ChargePoint website ( and relocate their EV when charging has been completed so others may use the charging station.