Transportation and Parking

Parking and Traffic Regulations

Campus Parking Information Guide

*Indiana law requires you to buckle up!*





Authority for establishing these traffic and parking regulations is given to Saint Mary's College by Indiana Code 20-12-3.5-3.

Saint Mary's College assumes no responsibility for the theft or damage to any motor vehicle, either parked or operated on College property.

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  1. Your vehicle must be registered and the decal or hang tag displayed in the proper location.
  2. Self-adhering decal must be properly affixed. Do not tape or temporarily affix the decal-use all the adhesive of the decal. Hangtags must be displayed with the appropriate information turned outward.
  3. Parking Lot and space restrictions are in place at all times.  Between the hours of 8:00 pm and 8:00 am, students are allowed to utilize any college parking lot or parking space EXCEPT for specifically marked reserved spaces, which are reserved 24 hours a day, every day.  This includes Special Parking Permit, Handicapped and Guest/Visitor spaces.  Tri campus community members are not considered guests with regard to parking.
  4. Pedestrians have right-of-way at all times.
  5. Parking is permitted only in clearly marked parking areas and parking lots.
  6. Obey all posted traffic signs (Stop, Speed Limit, One Way, etc.) 
  7. Do not block traffic lanes, access ramps, crosswalks or trash receptacles.
  8. Do not park in no parking or bus zones, visitor or handicapped areas, on the grass, on sidewalks, in traffic lanes or reserved parking spaces. Yellow curbs are no parking areas.
  9. These regulations are in force for the entire calendar year even during breaks and holidays.

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Students, guests and people with disabilities or special needs should contact the Campus Safety Office to make arrangements for special parking privileges.  Special Parking privileges may require medical certification and/or approval from the Office of Disability Services.


Overnight guests that have a vehicle parked on campus are required to stop by Campus Safety for a guest parking permit. Permits are available 24 hours a day at the Campus Safety building.


From time to time it may be necessary/desirable to park a vehicle in a No Parking zone or restricted area in order to move large items or supplies into or out of the building.  To preserve a safe environment for everyone and to ensure that traffic is not hampered, individuals wishing to load or unload in one of these areas must go to the Campus Safety Office to request "Loading/Unloading" permit. These permits must be displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle and are limited to a maximum of 60 minutes. Failure to move the vehicle within the specified time will result in the vehicle being cited. Loading/Unloading permits displaying a date that has been altered will also result in the offenders' vehicle being cited.

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Parking Lots on campus are specifically designated for defined use 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm.  Vehicles parked in violation of the below defined use are subject to enforcement actions which may include citations or towing. 

If you have questions about parking lot usage please contact Campus Safety at (574) 284-5000 or

Students may utilize any parking areas that are NOT specially designated as SPECIAL PERMIT, RESERVED or HANDICAPPED parking between the hours of 8pm and 8am, 7 days a week. 

Resident Students must park in designated resident student parking from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week. 

Commuting Students may utilize designated Commuting Student parking areas as well as use any parking designated for student use between the hours of 8pm and 8am, 7 days a week.

SPECIAL PERMIT, RESERVED and HANDICAPPED spaces are enforced at ALL TIMES.  DO NOT PARK IN THESE AREAS unless you have special permission.

8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, the following designations are in effect:

  • Angela Parking Lot, Facilities/Senior Lot and French Crossings Lot

    These are the primary parking lots for resident student vehicles and their guest(s). Do not park in traffic lanes or “College Vehicle” designated spots.
  • Faculty/Staff and Special Events Lot (Dining Hall)

    This lot is designated for faculty/staff and Special Events and visitor parking only.
  • Le Mans Circle

    Le Mans Circle is designated for official campus guest only. All others will be cited unless special permission has been granted by the Admissions Office or President’s Office. 
  • Holy Cross Parking spaces
  • These spaces are designated for Faculty/Staff. Reserved spaces are enforced at all times.
  • Commuting Student Parking Lot

    This lot is designated for commuting students only.
  • O'Laughlin/Moreau:  The parking spaces in front of O'Laughlin auditorium/Moreau Hall are designated for the short term parking needs of campus visitors only.  The marked handicap parking spaces are for special needs visitors attending events in O'Laughlin. Designated Special Permit Parking spaces are reserved 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
  • Opus Hall Parking Lot

    This lot is designated for Opus Residents and their guests. 
  • Regina Hall Parking Lot

    The Regina Parking Lot is designated for Faculty/Staff on the south side and Commuting Students/Visitors on the north side. Resident Students may only use this lot from 8pm to 8am.
  • Science Parking Lot

    The first eight rows on the west side of this lot are designated for faculty and staff parking. 
  • Science General Student Parking Area

    The last three rows in the Science Parking Lot are designated for Saint Mary's commuting students, Notre Dame students and students from other institutions that are taking courses at Saint Mary's are to utilize this parking lot. Resident Students with classes at ND may request a parking pass for this area only for the times with class conflicts.
  • Student Center Parking Lot

    This lot is designated for short term parking for Faculty/Staff and visitors to the Student Center.
  • Welcome Center Parking Lot

    This lot is designated for short term parking for visitors and guests utilizing the Welcome Center services. 
  • Havican Hall, Madeleva/Clubhouse Parking Lots

    These lots are designated for faculty and staff parking.

Sisters of Holy Cross/Convent Parking areas are off limits to students at all times


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A. Responsibility

Everyone is expected to comply with Indiana laws regarding the safe and lawful operation of a motor vehicle. Speed limits on campus are 20 miles per hour. 

B. Undergraduate and Graduate Student Vehicle Registration Fees

  • Resident Student - $185.00
  • Non Resident Student - Academic Year $130.00
  • Temporary Parking Permits (2 weeks only) $ 30.00

C. Failure to Register Vehicle

Following the issuance of a second ticket for failing to register your vehicle or for an expired decal will result in the vehicle being towed at the owner's expense.

Students are not allowed to use a College parking lot for the storage of their vehicle when the academic year has ended, except through written permission of the Director of Campus Safety.

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Vehicles may be towed away or immobilized at the owner's expense for the following violations, with no liability by the College.

  1. Chronic violators who accumulate five traffic citations in a given semester.
  2. Vehicles that are not properly registered and have received two previous warnings or citations.
  3. Vehicle not moved as requested for snow removal or lot maintenance.
  4. Vehicle parked in a handicapped space without a designated permit.
  5. Vehicles blocking crosswalks, building entrances, loading dock or trash receptacle areas.
  6. Vehicles that are abandoned, disabled or junk vehicles.
  7. Vehicles parked in parking lot where no student parking is allowed.
  8. Vehicles parked in roadways, traffic lanes, fire lanes, bus zones, on sidewalks or lawns.
  9. Vehicles illegally parked in yellow curbed areas.

If a vehicle is towed, it will be stored at Rick's 66 Service Station at Auten Road & S.R. 933 North (277-5035). The minimum towing fee of $85.00 and the daily storage fee of $15.00 must be paid in cash or with a credit card at the time the car is retrieved. Rick's 66 is open Monday-Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Sunday from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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Community members or guests of Saint Mary's College have the right to appeal any traffic ticket. All appeals must be filed within seven (7) days of receipt of the citation.  Appeal forms must be filed electronically via the the attached link.  Any appeal received more than seven days after the date of citation issuance will be denied.  Appeals are heard monthly by the Student Appeals Committee and are final and binding.

Click here for Citation Appeal form

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A. Students

Traffic violation fines may be paid in person at the cashier's window at the Student Center First Source Bank or mailed to: Saint Mary's College, Business Office, Notre Dame, IN 46556

B. Faculty and Staff

The first two tickets issued to a faculty or staff member shall be considered as warning tickets. The offender will be assessed the normal fine at the writing of a third ticket and the vehicle may be towed. One exception: Vehicles illegally parked in yellow curbed areas will be towed at the writing of a second ticket.

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Vehicles registered at Saint Mary's may park on the Notre Dame campus in accordance with the parking regulations stated in Notre Dame's Parking Information brochure. Contact Notre Dame Parking Service Office at 631-5053 or Security at 631-5555 for additional information about parking.

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A. A Notre Dame registered vehicle may operate and park on the Saint Mary's College campus in accordance with any and all traffic and parking regulations established by Saint Mary's College.

B. Notre Dame students attending classes at Saint Mary's College may park their vehicles in:

  • Science Parking Lot rows #9 & #10 (2 rows furthest east) (or)
  • Angela Parking Lot (or)
  • All rows of the Commuting Students Lot (North of Science Lot)

C. Notre Dame students are considered members of the community and may not utilize "Guest or Visitor" parking during restricted hours.

This is an overview of the College's established traffic and parking regulations. Individuals interested in reviewing these regulations may visit the Security building to pick up a parking brochure. If you have any questions or problems with parking, call 284-5000. Security is open 24 hours every day to assist you.

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