The operation and/or parking of a motor vehicle on the Concordia University Wisconsin campus is a privilege given to all students and employees. The rules and regulations that govern this privilege are as follows:

Vehicle and Bicycle Registration

To register your vehicle, log into the portal at my.cuw.edu and follow the “Register My Auto” link on the “Campus Life” tab. To register your vehicle, you will need to know the vehicle make, model, color, year and license plate number.  After completing the online registration, your parking permit can be picked up at the Campus Safety office. Parking permits are not transferable. Students or employees who no longer have a vehicle must notify Campus Safety in order to update their registration records. 

Student Vehicle Registration

All students bringing a motor vehicle (including motorcycles / mopeds) to campus must annually register it with the Campus Safety Office. Resident students are allowed to register and obtain one parking permit. Commuter students are allowed to register two vehicles and obtain a parking permit for each vehicle. Student parking permits must be affixed to the outside of the rear window on the driver’s side of the vehicle.

Employee Vehicle Registration

Employees are required to register their vehicles (including motorcycles/mopeds) upon beginning their employment with the University. Employees are allowed to register three vehicles. Employee permits can be moved between registered vehicles as needed. Employee permits are non-expiring.

Parking Permit Fee

All students utilizing a vehicle on campus will be charged a parking fee each academic year (see fee chart for current parking fee). Students can pay this fee when registering their vehicle online, or have the fee charged to their university account. The parking permit fee is prorated throughout the academic year as indicated online in the fee chart. Residential students may only register and receive a parking permit for one vehicle. Commuter students may register and receive parking permits for two vehicles. Students that graduate in December will receive a prorated credit of the parking permit fee.

There is no registration fee for employees registering their vehicles.

Parking Permits & Restrictions

Concordia University parking permits are color coded as follows:

  • Blue Faculty and Staff
  • Green Commuter Student
  • Red Resident Parking Structure
  • Black Resident Surface Lot

Resident students who have earned less than 90 credits will be issued a red Parking Structure Permit and must park in the parking structure at all times. A resident student beginning the academic year with less than 90 credits can exchange their parking structure permit for a surface lot permit once their transcript reflects they have completed 90 credits.

Resident students who have earned 90 or more credits will be issued a Black Surface Lot Permit. Students with a Surface Lot Permit may park in any campus parking lot between 6:00am-11:00pm. After 11:00pm, resident students with a Surface Lot Permit are only permitted to park in Parking Lots: C, D, E specifically designated spaces in lot F, and lots G and M. Resident students with a Surface Lot Permit are not guaranteed a surface lot parking space near their assigned resident hall. Resident students who are eligible for a surface lot permit, may request a parking structure permit when picking up their permit at the Campus Safety Office.

Commuter students will be issued a Green Commuter Parking Permit and may park in any parking lot except lots C, D, G, E, or the Parking Structure unless the parking space is otherwise designated by a sign.

Employees will be issued a Blue Employee Permit and may park in any parking lot except lots C, D, G, E or the Parking Structure unless the parking space is otherwise designated by a sign.

Parking permits are issued to a specific vehicle a student or employee registers. Student parking permits are not transferable between vehicles.

Summer Resident Student Parking

Students residing on campus between the end of the spring semester and beginning of the fall semester must have a valid parking permit. From the Monday after spring commencement through July 31st, resident students are permitted to park in Lots N, P and Q. Effective annually on August 1st, students residing on campus until the beginning of the fall term are required to park in the parking structure. This is intended to keep the surface lots open for returning resident students to use when moving in to campus housing.

Parking Permit Placement

Student parking permits must be affixed to the outside of the glass on the driver’s side of vehicles rearmost window. The rearmost window is the window above a trunk or within the lift gate/hatchback of a vehicle.

Employee parking permits hang from the rearview mirror with the University logo and permit number facing outward. Exceptions to the parking permit placement location may be made by Campus Safety on a case by case basis.

Temporary Parking Permit

Students and employees temporarily bringing a non-registered vehicle onto campus must obtain a temporary parking permit. Temporary Permits must be purchased online by following the Register My Auto link on the Campus Life tab of the portal. Students who have not purchased an annual parking permit, but need to bring a vehicle to campus for a short period of time may purchase a temporary parking permit for $10.00. Temporary parking permits may be issued for up to 7 days at a time. Students who have already purchased an annual parking permit are eligible to receive up to two temporary parking permits annually without paying an additional temporary permit fee. Employees are not charged for temporary parking permits.

Traffic & Parking Enforcement

Campus Safety is responsible for traffic control and parking enforcement on campus. Campus Safety may revise the parking rules, close parking lots, close or block parking lot exits and entrances at any time based on the needs of the university. Campus Safety reserves the right to issue resident students a type of parking permit they may not be otherwise eligible for and to relocate permit holders as needed.

Campus Speed Limit

The speed limit throughout the campus is 15 MPH.

Guest / Visitor Parking

Students and employees may not park in designated Guest Parking spaces. Employees wishing to reserve a parking space for a guest should contact Campus Safety via email (Campus.Safety@cuw.edu). Resident students inviting a non-student guest to stay on campus overnight are required to obtain a guest parking permit for their guest. Resident student guests will be instructed where to park at the time the permit is issued. General public visitors must register their vehicles online to obtain a daily parking permit. Permits are available online at www.cuwaa.aimsparking.com, then click the Order Parking Permit button and select CUW Guest Temporary Permit. The permit will be emailed to you and will include a campus map and instructions on where you can park.

Handicapped / Disabled Parking

Handicap / disabled parking spaces are available throughout the campus. Any person with a state issued handicap / disabled permit or license plate may park in any designated handicap / disabled parking space on campus. Campus Safety does not issue temporary handicap / disabled parking permits. Students or Employees in need of a temporary handicap / disabled permit must apply for the permit through the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles. Violations for Parking in a handicapped / disabled parking space without a state issued permit may be referred to local law enforcement.

Motorcycle Parking

Motorcycles must be registered with Campus Safety and a parking permit assigned to the motorcycle. Parking permits do not need to be affixed to motorcycles. Once the permit is assigned to the motorcycle the physical permit will be destroyed by Campus Safety and not given to the student.  Motorcycles may not be parked in the same parking space as a vehicle. Motorcycle parking is available in Lots H, I, N and the Parking Structure. Resident students with a motorcycle must park in the designated area in the parking structure. Students may register an automobile and motorcycle.

Loading and Unloading Parking

Students and employees needing to load or unload their vehicle may park in a designated 15-minute parking space. Vehicles parked in these spaces must have the emergency (hazard) lights activated. Vehicles may not remain parked in a loading/unloading space for more than 15 minutes. 15-minute parking spaces are available in Lots H, F, J, K, M, N, Q.

Overnight Parking

Overnight parking restrictions are in effect from 11:00 PM — 6:00 AM daily.  During the academic year, overnight parking for commuter students and employees is only permitted in parking lot M. For overnight parking accommodations during non-academic periods such as winter break, spring break or summer, contact Campus Safety at (262) 243-4344 or via email (Campus.Safety@cuw.edu).

Vehicle Towing Policy

Concordia University reserves the right to tow any vehicle from university property for the following reasons:

  • Parked in an area designated as a fire lane.
  • Parked blocking access to a dumpster, loading dock or other area on campus.
  • Parked in a handicap space without proper state issued permit.
  • Parked in a posted "No Parking" zone.
  • A vehicle determined to be abandoned, not in operable condition, a hazard or obstruction.
  • A vehicle in violation of any campus policy.
  • Any vehicle not removed from a parking lot which has been closed for a special event or snow removal.
  • Repeated violations of the parking rules and regulations as specified in the Habitual Offender section of these rules

When the owner of the vehicle is a known student or employee, they will be notified via email that their vehicle has been towed off campus. The vehicle owner will be responsible for all costs associated with the towing and storage of their vehicle. Concordia University is not responsible for damages caused by towing and will not provide or arrange for transportation to the towing facility to recover a vehicle after it has been towed off campus.

Parking Lot Escorts

Campus Safety officers will provide an escort for any student or employee to or from any parking lot on campus to the closest building entrance upon request. Students requesting an escort to the parking structure should meet Campus Safety officers at the entrance to Albrecht / Wartburg. Escorts can be requested by calling Campus Safety at (262) 243-4344 or Ext: 4344 from an on-campus phone.

Please note that Campus Safety Officers may not be immediately available to respond to a request for an escort, however, an officer will respond as soon as possible.

Parking Structure Regulations
  • The speed limit within the parking structure is eight miles per hour (8 MPH). All drivers must follow the directional signage and markings while in the parking structure.
  • If you are found responsible for causing damage to the parking structure or equipment, any other person’s vehicle or property or for violation of any of these rules, you may have your parking privileges revoked. Any damage to CUW property; intentional or not, may be referred to law enforcement.
  • There is no smoking or loitering allowed in the parking structure. Once your vehicle is parked, you are expected to exit the parking structure.
  • Use of skateboards, bicycles, rollerblades, scooters, etc. in the parking structure is prohibited.
General Parking Regulations

The following additional regulations apply campus wide:

  • Use of any campus parking lot or the parking structure for automotive repairs of any type is prohibited. Campus Safety may be able to provide assistance with jump starting your vehicle or inflating flat tires.
  • Vehicles must be parked in one parking space and in the center of that space. Vehicles parked over the yellow parking space line and occupying more than one parking space may be issued a parking citation and towed at the owner’s expense.
  • Students are not permitted to leave/store their vehicles on campus in any parking lot or the parking structure during the summer if they are not living on campus.
  • Overnight parking of recreational vehicles, motor homes, or camping trailers is prohibited. This includes pickup trucks with slide-in/cabover style campers or tents designed for human occupancy.
  • Overnight occupancy of any vehicle on campus is prohibited.

Parking warnings / citations

At the issuing Campus Safety Officer’s discretion, vehicles parked in violation of any campus parking rule may be issued a warning for the violation in lieu of a parking citation. Campus Safety Officers are under no obligation to issue warnings and are not required to issue a warning before issuing a citation for a violation of the parking rules.

Parking Citations

Vehicles parked in violation of these rules may be issued a citation for the violation every 24 hours. Students and employees whose registered vehicle is issued a citation will receive a citation notification email in their CUW email account. If a vehicle is parked in violation of more than one parking rule, a separate citation may be issued for each observed violation or all observed violations may be listed on the same citation.

Parking Citation Payment

Parking citations must be paid online; by following the Register My Auto link on the CUW Portal or via this link, and clicking on the Pay Ticket icon. Citations not paid within 14 calendar days from the date of issuance will be assessed an additional $20 late fee. This may result in a “hold” being placed on a student or employees university account. A convenience fee will be applied to online credit card transactions.

Pay Ticket

Parking Citation Appeals

If you believe you were parked in compliance with the CUW parking rules, you may submit an appeal online at by following the “Register My Auto” link on the Campus Life tab of the CUW Portal or via this link, and clicking on the Appeal Ticket icon. Appeals must be submitted within 7 calendar days from the date the citation was issued. You will be notified via email as the outcome of your appeal.

Appeal Ticket

Habitual Violator

Habitual offender is defined as an individual who receives three or more parking citations in an academic year (July 1-June 30). Following the issuance of the third parking citation within an academic year, students will be referred to the Dean of Students Office. Employees who habitually violate the campus parking rules will be referred to the Human Resources Office. Referrals to the appropriate office will be made following each subsequent violation. Additional Habitual Offender penalties are as follows:

  • Citations 3 and 4 - $20.00 Habitual Offender surcharge will be automatically assessed.
  • Citation 5 - $20.00 Habitual Offender surcharge will be automatically assessed and tow warning sticker will be affixed to the driver side window of the vehicle advising the owner it will be towed if cited again.
  • Citations 6 through 9 - $50.00 Habitual Offender surcharge will automatically be assessed and vehicle will be towed of campus at owner’s expense.
  • Citation 10 and all subsequent citations - $100.00 Habitual Offender surcharge will automatically be assessed and the vehicle will be towed off campus at the owner’s expense.

When the owner of the vehicle is a known student or employee, they will be notified via email that their vehicle has been towed off campus. The vehicle owner will be responsible for all costs associated with the towing and storage of their vehicle. Concordia University is not responsible for damages caused by towing and will not provide or arrange for transportation to the towing facility to recover a vehicle after it has been towed off campus.

List of Parking Violations and Fines
  • 15 Minute Parking Violation - $30.00: Parking in excess of 15 minutes in any designated 15 Minute Parking space on campus. 

  • Fail to Obey Stop Sign - $30.00: Failure to come to a complete stop at a stop sign in any campus parking lot or at a campus roadway intersection.  Stop sign violations occurring at the intersection of a campus road and public road may be referred to local law enforcement.

  • Fail to Register Vehicle - $50.00: Failure to complete the annual vehicle registration process including picking up a parking permit from the Campus Safety Office and having a current and valid permit displayed on the vehicle. Employee parking permits are non-expiring and therefore do not need to register annually. Employees are required to register any new vehicle they bring to campus.

  • Fail to Properly Display Permit - $30.00: Failure to display the campus parking permit in the proper manner or location on the vehicle.  This includes not affixing the permit to the vehicle.

  • Guest / Visitor Parking Violation - $30.00: Parking in a designated guest or visitor parking space by a CUW student or employee.

  • Handicap Parking Violation - $75.00: Parking in a designated handicap / disabled parking space without a properly displayed and/or valid government issued handicap / disabled parking permit or license plates.

  • Impede / Obstruct Traffic - $30.00: Parking a vehicle in a manner that impedes or obstructs the free flow of other vehicular or pedestrian traffic in a campus parking lot or on a campus roadway.

  • No Parking Zone Violation - $30.00: Parking in any area on campus designated by a sign or pavement/curb markings as a No Parking Zone. This includes areas temporarily closed by Campus Safety or reserved for a special event.

  • Parked in Fire Lane - $30.00: Parked in any area of a parking lot or roadway on campus designated by sign or pavement / curb markings as a Fire Lane.

  • Parked Outside Parallel Lines - $30.00: Parking in a manner in which the vehicle occupies more than one parking space or straddles a painted parking stall line at the end of an aisle of parking in a parking lot or in the parking structure.

  • Overnight Parking Violation - $30.00: Parking a vehicle between the hours of 11:00pm and 6:00am in a campus parking lot in which overnight parking is prohibited.

  • Drive / Park on Grass or Walkway - $50.00: The operation of; or parking of; any motor vehicle on the grass or a campus walkway is prohibited.

    *CUW owned golf carts, utility vehicles, maintenance equipment are permitted to drive / park on the grass or walkways when done so in a responsible manner.

  • Unauthorized Parking Violation - $30.00: Parking a vehicle in a campus parking lot which the vehicle is not authorized to park in as determined by the type of parking permit that has been issued to that vehicle owner OR, parking an unregistered vehicle in a parking lot reserved for vehicles with a specific permit type area such as Parking Structure or Resident Student Surface Lot permit. Student or employee vehicles parked in a parking lot that has been reserved for off campus guests attending a special event on campus may be issued a citation for Unauthorized Parking.

    *Resident students with a Parking Structure permit parked in compliance with the Loading/Unloading zone rules may not be issued a citation for Unauthorized Parking.

  • Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle - $50.00: The operation of a motor vehicle on campus in a manner which creates a hazardous situation for pedestrian or other motor vehicle traffic or; in a manner which has potential to cause property damage or personal injury or; in a manner in which the operator may lose control of the motor vehicle.

Updated: 7/13/2023

Concordia University assumes no responsibility for losses by fire, theft, collision, or otherwise, to any vehicle or its contents occurring anywhere on campus.

Concordia University reserves the right to modify or change parking rules and regulations or void parking permits as deemed necessary.

Questions or concerns

Campus Safety officers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please contact Campus Safety with any parking questions you may have.

Office: Rincker 023
Phone: 262-243-4344
Email: campus.safety@cuw.edu