Special Parking Requests
Students may be eligible for upgrades to the standard student permit. Graduate assistants, students participating in late-night off-campus jobs or activities, those with ambulatory medical conditions and those with a state-issued handicap placard may be eligible for unique parking assignments.
Before applying for a specialized parking assignment, students must be registered for a standard parking permit. This process must be completed online through their my KU account prior to applying for any upgrade.
Please click the dropdowns on the right to learn more.
Persons with state-issued handicap placards or plates may utilize handicap parking spaces on campus, provided they also display a KU parking permit.
To ensure that handicap placards are not being abused, the KU parking enforcement team will, from time-to-time, check the validity of placards and plates. Bearers of these items are encouraged to provide copies of the placard and state-issued placard ID card to the KU Card Transportation Services Office by emailing the images to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduate Student Daytime Parking
If a graduate student does not take any classes during the day nor reside on campus but does have a campus job which requires them to be on campus between 7:00 AM and 4:30 PM, they may request a one-semester, no-cost G (graduate student) permit by doing the following:
- Sending a copy of their current academic schedule for the semester the request is made to their supervisor.
- Asking their supervisor to send an email to email@example.com which includes the name of the graduate student, their ID number, the title of the position the student will hold, the number of hours the student will work, and a copy of the student's work schedule for the semester the permit is being requested.
Once this information is reviewed by the staff of Transportation Services, a determination will be made if the graduate student is eligible for a no-cost decal.
Transportation Services provides students the opportunity to request temporary Special Parking when they have a documented medical need and the assignment of parking can improve their welfare. The issuance of a Special Parking Permit is an optional service that KU provides to its community members under a limited number of conditions. The applicant must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- has a short-term, qualifying mobility issue but does not qualify for a state-issued handicapped license plate or placard.
- has a short-term, qualifying mobility issue, but, due to the short length of time of their mobility issue, it would not be feasible to apply for state handicapped parking status.
- has a long-term, qualifying mobility issue, has applied for a state-issued handicapped license plate or placard, and is awaiting a response from the state.
Special Parking Permits (displayed on vehicle rearview mirror) allow for parking as follows:
- In any KU parking space designated for “Special Parking Permit Only” AND/OR
- In any parking space on campus EXCEPT as stated below.
Special Medical Parking Permits do NOT allow parking in the following spaces/areas:
- Handicapped parking spaces, visitor parking spaces, or any other reserved spaces.
- Any roads, lands, or grassy areas where there is not a legal parking space.
To be considered for a Special Parking Permit, a student must complete and submit the attached form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Off-Campus Jobs and Activities
Transportation Services provides students the opportunity to request a change to their parking assignment when special documented circumstances exist that are essential to the welfare of the student. Special dispensations are sometimes allowed in the following circumstances:
- A student is employed on-campus performing duties assigned by the university which require the repeated use of a personal vehicle while parked in a specific area designated by Transportation Services.
- A student is employed off-campus and the current parking assignment significantly affects a student’s ability to safely get to work on time.
- A student has personal safety concerns based upon experiences or course schedule.
- A student serves as a First Responder in the Kutztown area.