Traffic & Parking

Kirkwood’s traffic and parking regulations are based on the Code of the State of Iowa. 

Local laws and ordinances also apply. Students, faculty, staff, and guests are expected to comply with these regulations when on Kirkwood property. 

Traffic and parking violations are not permitted, including: 

  • Speeding
  • Failure to stop at a stop sign
  • Reckless driving
  • Parking illegally 

The majority of parking spaces on campus are to be used on a first come, first serve basis.  Students, faculty, staff, and guests may park in any of the non-designated parking areas.

Policy Traffic & Parking
Responsible Department Facilities & Public Safety
Approval Authority Troy McQuillen, Vice President
Policy Owner Melissa Jensen, Senior Director
Effective Date 08/01/2018
Version Number: 2
Legal Counsel Reviewed (yes/no): No
Legal Reference(s):
Scope: College-wide

About Parking on Campus

The following areas are reserved and are clearly marked:

  • Disability (handicap-accessible) spaces are reserved for those vehicles that display valid State of Iowa Disability Identification. Get additional information on the State of Iowa Persons with Disabilities Parking Law
  • Visitor spaces designated for campus guests. These spaces are not to be used at any time by faculty, staff, or students.
  • Kirkwood issued permit parking spaces.  All vehicles parked in these spots must correctly display a valid Kirkwood issued parking permit they have been issued.  See information below for additional information.
  • Expectant Mother Signage – reserved for expectant students and others who bring small children to campus.
  • Park & Ride – Located on the northwest end of Linn Hall parking lot, reserved for Park & Ride commuters.
  • Overnight Parking - Vehicles are not be left on campus overnight.  Exceptions may be made by contacting Public Safety.
  • Other specially designated parking spaces.  Examples of these reserved spaces are Service Vehicles, Maintenance, etc.

Kirkwood has special permit parking spaces available. The designated spaces are available on a temporary basis only. Permit designated spaces must display a Kirkwood issued permit to park in these locations.

Examples of circumstances which may qualify for special parking are:

  • Temporary disability which limits mobility
  • Other medical concerns
  • Pregnancy
  • Travel between buildings with limited time between classes 

Public Safety maintains records, including the name of the requester, vehicle, and permit information of vehicles authorized to park in reserved spots. Vehicles parked in reserved spots without authorization, outside the time frame, or with an expired permit, are subject to a fine.

The responsibility of finding a reserved space lies with the permit holder.  Possessing a permit for a reserved parking space, or requesting a reserved spot, does not guarantee the availability of a preferential parking space. In the perceived or actual event that a reserved space is not available, a reserved permit does not allow any preferential parking. Reserved permit holders may park in open, non-designated parking spaces at any time. 

Reserved parking permits are the property of Kirkwood and may only be used by the permit holder. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to notify Public Safety of any relevant changes to their information on file, including but not limited to change of license plate, change of vehicle, or temporary use of an alternate vehicle. In the event a permit is lost, a replacement permit will be issued at the cost noted on the Administrative Fees Chart. 

Parking in a reserved parking space is a privilege that may be revoked at any time at the discretion of Kirkwood. 

Warning notices will be issued by Public Safety whenever possible. Violation notices, or tickets, will be issued when the warning notice has been ignored, or the violation is significant. Continual disregard of warnings and tickets may result in a vehicle being towed.

The city where the campus is located may also issue parking and/or moving violation tickets. 

Administrative fees will be charged for violations. Administrative fees for violations will be considered the same as any other debt owed to the college. 

If a ticket is received, students, faculty, staff, and guests must do one of the following:

  • Pay the fee at the One Stop office on the second floor of Kirkwood Hall.
  • Mail the fee to Kirkwood in the envelope provided.
  • Submit an appeal form within five days.


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