Parking

Appeals

Individuals who receive a parking citation and believe that extraordinary or mitigating circumstances warrant waiver of their parking fine may petition by way of appeal Parking & Transportation Services for reconsideration. Parking citations must be appealed within fourteen (14) calendar days of the citation. Appeals may be made either in writing or electronically, by the individual receiving the citation or the registrant of the vehicle, using the appeal link on this page. Appeals should be filed electronically, allowing you to receive time-stamped email confirmation that the appeal was received. (Note: Warning citations are no-fine and cannot be appealed.)

Are you a student? Need some help with your appeal? You may contact the Student Government Solicitor General before you file. Remember the appeal deadline!

Citations not paid within fourteen (14) days of issuance will accrue a late fee. Late fees do not accrue during the period that the appeal is under consideration. If an appeal is not submitted within fourteen (14) calendar days, the right to appeal is forfeited.

The written appeal will be reviewed by the Appeals Mediator/PATS staff and adjudicated based on the current PATS Parking Rules or Regulations. The decision notification will be sent by email and USPS mail. The following are reasons that will not be accepted by PATS, the USF Final Appeals Committee, or the Student Government Supreme Court as reasons to dismiss or reduce a citation. This is not an all-inclusive list:

  • Disagreement with the Parking Regulations
  • Ignorance of the Regulation
  • Could not find a valid parking space
  • Operation of the vehicle by another person
  • Patrollers did not issue citations previously for similar violations
  • Tardiness to class and/or appointment
  • Inability to pay fine
  • Traffic congestion
  • Received incorrect verbal information
  • Perception that designated parking area is unsafe

If you are going to file an appeal, please consider the following:

  1. Prepare a concise written argument.
  2. Attach any supporting documents to your appeal.
    Only those persons or departments responsible for incurring the citation or the registrant of the vehicle cited may appeal a citation.

What to Expect:

  1. The first appeal will be reviewed by a PATS appeal mediator and adjudicated based on the current PATS Regulations, and a letter of decision will be mailed.
  2. Those dissatisfied with the decision of the appeal mediator, can request a final appeal. Final appeals may be made either in person to the appropriate committee (oral argument not to exceed five minutes), or in writing on the appropriate form or web-link. Final appeal requests must be made within fourteen calendar days from the date of the appeals mediator's letter of decision. Once a hearing is scheduled and you are unable to attend, you may re-schedule for the next available hearing date. You are allowed one reschedule only.
    • If a student is dissatisfied with the decision of the Appeals Mediator, they may make a final appeal to the USF Student Government Supreme Court within 14 calendar days of the first appeal decision.
    • If a non-student (person or department) is dissatisfied with the decision of the Appeals Mediator, they may make a final appeal to the USF Parking Final Appeals Committee within 14 calendar days of the first appeal decision.
  3. The appropriate committee will review the appeal and may dismiss, down-grade, or uphold the citation, but the committee may not contradict the prevailing parking regulations. The committee is the final appeal authority, pending review of dismissed citations by the Director of PATS for adherence to the prevailing parking and registration regulations.

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Diversion Program - Options to reduce or eliminate a citation fee

Parking & Transportation Services’ goal is to support student development and success.   We have developed two optional programs for students to choose from as an alternative to either reduce or eliminate the fee associated with a parking citation.   We offer these programs to educate our campus community and prevent future citations.  The two options for this program are listed below.

Option 1: Volunteering in Lieu of Paying Citation

Parking and Transportation Services (PATS) has collaborated with CLCE to allow USF students volunteer opportunities in lieu of paying a citation. *

The Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement (CLCE) develops students into leaders who will make a positive difference in the world. These programs help each student discover their passion and talents, while developing their skills and understanding of leadership and active citizenship.

* The Citations eligible for this program are:

  • No Current Permit Display
  • Out of Assigned Area
  • Facing Traffic
  • Parking Over the Line
  • Improper Display

Important Notes:

  • This program is for active USF students only.
  • Each student is only allowed to volunteer in lieu of paying a citation a maximum of two times through this program.

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The Process:

  1. Once a student has received a citation, they can elect either to pay, appeal, or volunteer within 14-days of issuance.
  2. If the volunteer option is chosen, PATS sends an email to student and copies the current CLCE contact designee with the deadline to initiate the process.  Email includes:
    1. Number of expected hours (rate = $8.50 per hour)
    2. Deadline to complete the volunteer activity
    3. Contact name and instructions on how to complete and log service hours with the CLCE (please see the email blurb from CLCE, which is provided on a separate document)
  3. Student is required to choose their volunteer activity from the CLCE Service Opportunities portal. Every time a student volunteers, they will take the Reporting Service Hours Form with them and have their volunteer supervisor sign it. Students can contact the CLCE contact designee if they need assistance choosing a volunteer activity and submitting their form.
  4. Once a student completes their volunteer hours, they will log their volunteer hours into BullSync. On the first and third Friday of each month, an authorized CLCE contact will run a report to verify the hours and send PATS a report confirming student’s completion of activities.
    1. If yes - Confirming number of hours;
    2. If no - Confirming that activity has not been completed.

Report should:
Contain the student’s name and U number*
(*Note: students are required to provide their U# to the CLCE on the Reporting Service Hours Form. If student has not completed the volunteer activity, the CLCE will not have access to their U#.)

   5.  PATS reviews letter, and treats the letter as an appeal:
           a. If assignment has not been completed, citation is upheld and normal process is followed.
           b. If assignment is completed, citation is downgraded to a warning, and normal process is followed.

Instructions on how to complete and log service hours with the CLCE:

Step 1: The volunteer activity you choose to complete must be approved by the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement (CLCE). All approved volunteer activities can be found on BullSync in the CLCE Service Opportunities portal.

Step 2: Once you find a volunteer opportunity that fits your needs, follow the instructions provided in that opportunity listing to schedule and complete your service hours.

Step 3: When you go to volunteer, you are required to take the Reporting Service Hours Form with you, fill it out completely, and have your volunteer supervisor sign it.

Step 4: Once you have completed your service hours, follow the How to Record Service Hours in BullSync instructions to submit your Reporting Service Hours Form.

Step 5: Email the CLCE contact designee to confirm completion of your volunteer hours. CLCE will provide a report to PATS on your behalf. PATS will review the report, and treat it as an appeal.

Important Notes:

You are responsible for completing your service hours by the deadline. If a volunteer activity is cancelled for any reason, or spaces fill up, you are responsible for finding another opportunity to fulfill your requirements. Students can contact the current CLCE contact designee if they need assistance choosing a volunteer activity and submitting their form.

Option 2: Educational Class in Lieu of Paying Citation

Parking and Transportation Services (PATS)  will offer the option to attend an educational class in lieu of paying or appealing their citation*.  Upon successful completion of the class and a score of 90% or higher on the quiz at the end, the citation will be downgraded to a warning. A Student Government Supreme Court Justice will be conducting the class.

* The Citations eligible for this program are:

  • No Current Permit Display
  • Out of assigned area
  • Facing Traffic
  • Parking Over the Line
  • Improper Display

Important Notes:

  • This program is for active USF students only.
  • Each student is eligible to take this class a maximum of one time.  After that, the student will need to pay or appeal per standard procedures.

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Overview

The class will cover the following topics through use of a Power Point presentation:

  • Why are you here?
  • About PATS
  • Parking 101: At USF Tampa Campus
  • Where do I park?
  • Quiz
  • The Appeals Process
  • What happens next?

The Process

When a student submits their first appeal within 14-days of issuance they can indicate that they wish to enroll in the class. The Appeals Mediator will schedule the student for the next available class and send the date, time, and location to the student.

  1. Students will attend the class at the appointed time, where they will be given a presentation by a Student Government Supreme Court justice. Time will be allotted for questions, and then the 10-question quiz will be administered. While the grading of the quizzes is preformed, the justice will present a final portion of the PowerPoint (appeals, Solicitor General’s role, and additional services of Student Government).
  2. Each participant will receive their quiz results and record the scores for the Appeals Mediator’s records.
  3. The Appeals mediator will downgrade citation to warning for those who pass the quiz with a score of 90% or higher. If a student fails the quiz the citation will not be downgraded.

Important Notes:

  • Each student is eligible to take this class a maximum of one time.  After that, the student will need to pay or appeal per standard procedures
  • Warning citations have no fines and cannot be appealed.
  • Failure to pass the quiz or show up for the scheduled class will result in the citation being upheld.