A. Abandoned Vehicle: Any vehicle other than a bicycle that is left in one location on campus for more than 72 continuous hours. Exceptions can be granted with the prior approval of Parking Services. Vehicles with a valid resident hall permit are not subject to this 72-hour restriction.

B. Altering: To change the original information on a document to make it different than it was. Examples include but are not limited to altering permits, receipts, vehicle registrations or handicap permit registrations.

C. Americans with Disabilities Act ADAdisabled spaces: This definition is also known as handicap or may be referred to as Medical Equal Accessibility. An individual with a disability is defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment. See section IX, Zone Enforcement. An ADA/disability accessible parking space consists of a vehicle space with proper signage.

D. Appeals Board: The appeals board is comprised of faculty, staff and students charged with the responsibility, by expressed authority of the Board of Governors of Colorado State University, to decide appeals of parking citations. (See Section VI.)

E. Bicycle: Every device propelled solely by human power upon which a person can ride. This includes tricycles, recumbent, unicycles, and tandems.

F. Boot: An immobilization device attached to the wheel of a vehicle to prevent it from being moved.

G. Boot List: A list of vehicles that have four or more unpaid parking citations that have escalated and the vehicle has been issued a warning sticker citation. Vehicles on this list are eligible to have a boot applied to the vehicle or the vehicle could be impounded.

H. Campus: All property owned or under the control of Colorado State University.

I. Compact car space: Cars parked in the designated compact car space may not extend beyond the end of space markings.

  • Compact space lengths in the garage: 15ft 4in.
  • Average car space on campus: 17ft.

J. CSU Parking Permit (Valid): A permit issued by CSU Parking and Transportation Services that gives an individual access to park in specifically designated areas on the main and south campuses. A valid CSU parking permit is required to park on campus. This excludes University Apartment permits and Prospect Plaza Permits.

K. Counterfeiting: Making an unauthorized copy of something in order to defraud or deceive people.

L. Defacing: To spoil the appearance of something, especially when done intentionally.

M. Disabled Veteran Plates: Disabled veteran plates are not valid in Americans with Disabilities Act ADA/disabled spaces unless they are ADA/disabled designated plates. See section IX. Zone Enforcement.

N. Emergency Vehicle: Ambulance, fire, or police vehicles responding to an emergency call.

O. Faculty and Staff Members: All full-time, temporary, special, regular or general faculty, administrative professional and state classified personnel. This includes all non-student hourly or part-time non-student temporary employees, faculty in a transitional appointment status, and resident employees of cooperating agencies housed on campus.

P: Foothills Campus: Also known as the Judson M. Harper Research Complex, the Foothills Campus is located west of S. Overland Trail and south of Laporte Avenue, and includes all CSU-owned property adjacent to Rampart Road west of S. Overland Trail.

Q. Housing Permit: Permit issued on behalf of Housing & Dining Services for Aggie Village, Aggie Village Family, University Village, or International House. These permits are only valid in the respective resident lots. Aggie Village U and Aggie Village Family T permits are also valid in Research Blvd lot # 740.

R. Immediate Family: Spouse, common law spouse, domestic partner or child.

S. Improperly Displayed: A parking permit issued by Parking and Transportation Services that is not displayed, on the front dash or rear view mirror, in a manner that allows Parking and Transportation Services staff to read all pertinent information regarding the lot it is assigned to or the dates it is valid for.

T. Impound (Section V, B): The movement of a vehicle by use of a tow truck and moved to a storage lot typically owned by the tow company.

U. Impound fee: A fee assessed by Parking and Transportation Services to vehicle when it has been impounded.

V. LEED parking spaces: Parking spaces designated for low-emitting and fuel efficient vehicles (i.e. LEED qualifying vehicles) as defined by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. The list of tested vehicles that qualify is available at

W. Electric Vehicles parking spaces: Parking spaces designated for electric vehicles with plugin charging capabilities.

X. Main Campus: Property owned or under the control of Colorado State University that houses the majority of the academic programs and residential halls. This area is primarily bordered by Shields Street, South College Ave, Laurel Avenue and Lake Street.

Y. Meter: A mechanical device equipped to accept payment for the use of a parking space. The device may accept payment for a single space or for multiple spaces. The device may also be referred to as a multi-space meter or a pay station.

Z. Misuse of Permit: Using a permit you are not authorized to use based on parking regulations or policies. Examples would be using a permit that; does not belong to you, has been reported as lost or stolen, is assigned to a different vehicle or a student using a faculty and staff permit.

AA. Motorcycle: A motor vehicle designed to travel with not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, except tractors. This includes all motorcycles, mopeds, low powered scooters and motorized bicycles powered by electricity or combustible fuel.

BB. Motor Vehicle: All vehicles which are self-propelled. (No distinction is made among federal, state, and privately-owned vehicles.)

CC. Multi-use lots: Lots on campus that allow multiple permit types within that specific lot.

DD. Nuisance: A vehicle can be deemed to be a nuisance if it is inoperable, is deemed to be a safety hazard or if it repeatedly parks in a manner that is in violation of the parking regulations. This especially applies to the following areas: fire lanes, state and service vehicle spaces, bike lanes and loading zones.

EE. Parking: The stopping of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, other than very briefly for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading or unloading passengers while the vehicle is occupied.

FF. Parking Services Committee: A group of University faculty, staff, and students charged with the responsibility, by expressed authority of the Board of Governors, to review and recommend changes to the University parking policy.

GG. Parking Citation: A citation issued by an authorized employee of the University for a violation of University parking regulations which is disposed of by Parking Services in accordance with University policies set forth in these parking regulations.

HH. Parking Space: An area designated for parking vehicles and defined by two parallel lines indicating the boundaries of the individual spaces.

II. Pay station: Machine that collects payment for parking.

JJ. Red Pavement Marking: Red paint on the street or curb used for traffic control purposes that indicates no parking, stopping, or standing.

KK. Semester Break: The days in between the end of one semester and start of the next semester. Spring break and fall break are not semester breaks; they are a suspension of classes in the middle of a semester.

LL. Service Vehicles: Includes University Services vehicles actively engaged in service or maintenance of the buildings and grounds, or vehicles owned or operated by commercial establishments, linked to a valid CSU J-service permit, and actively engaged in servicing the campus. All other vehicles are excluded except by specific permission of Parking Services.

MM. Short term and hourly parking: Parking areas where payment must be made at a parking meter or pay station and where time is bought for specific periods of time (i.e. 15 minutes up to several hours).

NN. South Campus: Property owned or under the control of Colorado State University that houses specialized veterinary medicine degree programs that is located near the intersections of West Drake Rd and Research Blvd.

OO. Storage: Storing a car in a campus parking lot without moving it from a parking space for at least 72 continuous hours (excludes residence hall lots and Research Blvd lot # 740).

PP. Students: All persons enrolled for credit or audit one or more hours of graduate, undergraduate, or conference work except faculty and staff members as defined above. Continuously enrolled students are considered as regularly enrolled students even though credit hours may not be received. Continuing education students who receive course credit are considered to be students for purposes of these regulations.

QQ. Timed zones: Areas on campus restricted to parking for the allotted time limit indicated by signage.

RR. University Holidays: Those days officially declared holidays by the University during which ALL offices are closed. This does NOT include spring and fall breaks, winter break and summer semester

SS. University Working Days: Refers to all days the University is open; i.e., all days except Saturdays, Sundays, and University designated holidays.

TT. Visitor: A visitor is considered to be anyone who is not included under the definitions for faculty, staff, and students. (See Definitions O and PP above.)

UU. Warning sticker: Sticker affixed on the window of a vehicle that has accumulated four or more unpaid parking citations.


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