The Essential Guide to Avoid Parking Tickets On-Campus

SUNY Oneonta

Brandon So, Staff Writer |

Have you ever gotten a parking ticket on campus? Chances are, you have! As a matter of fact, you’re not alone. SUNY Oneonta relies on help from the University Police Department stationed on campus to issue parking tickets and citations. Although the mission of the UPD is to ensure adequate parking for faculty, visitors, and students alike, many have criticized their methods. From insufficient parking spots to inadequate signage, there are never-ending issues regarding on-campus parking. 

Before we start, we must first understand the available types of parking on campus. Currently, SUNY Oneonta has seven different types of parking spots. These are designated by the parking Legend seen below. Students and Faculty are required to purchase a parking decal at the parking office located on campus. Depending on your decal designation, you are limited to specific areas on campus to park. However, most of the issue relates to commuter students and the number of spots on campus. If you are a commuter student, then you know exactly how bad the parking situation is. 

Although the parking situation is terrible, using these tips and tricks can help you avoid getting ticketed. The first step is knowing when tickets are issued. I have been a student here for nearly 3 years. Over time, I have been able to observe the patterns of where tickets are issued, and more importantly, when they are issued.

SUNY Oneonta’s UPD is responsible for issuing tickets on campus. UPD also publishes its daily crime report summary which shows how many parking tickets they give each day. On an average day, the UPD issues approximately 10-50 tickets. The UPD typically does not check parking spaces on the weekends as classes are not in session. The University Police Department strictly enforces parking in main parking areas so advise of parking rules during these times.

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Below is a list of parking spots on campus and the typical hours that they are checked:

Parking Spots Checked the Most

Fitzelle/Hunt Parking Lot  (8 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

West Dormitory Road Visitor Spaces  (8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

Netzer/Alumni Field House Faculty Lot (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Milne Library Faculty Spaces (8 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

Alumni Hall Faculty Lot (8 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

The parking spots listed below are some of the least checked areas on campus, 

Parking Spots Checked the Least

Alumni Hall Commuter Lot

Human Ecology Faculty Lots near Wilber Hall

Hays/Huntington Commuter Lot

Tennis Lot Commuter/Residential Lots

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The purpose of this guide is to better inform the student body when and where additional parking is available. Many students on and off campus can utilize this guide to know where parking spots are available in the evening and when classes are not in session. Please park at your own risk and respect all SUNY Oneonta parking rules. Please drive safely and observe all applicable road laws.

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