|Student Parking Regulations|
All students are eligible to park on University of St. Thomas (UST) property with the purchase of a parking decal.
Cost per session (non-refundable, payable at the Business Office)
Fall $75 Spring $75 Summer Parking $50
Student decals required to park in the following areas:
- Student Lot S 8:00am – 7:00pm Monday-Friday
- Parking Garage 24 hours a day
*The Parking Garage may be used by anyone who pays either the daily entry fee or the semester fee.
Student Vehicle Registration
- Parking permits must be purchased either through the Business Office or online through a mystthom account.
- Vehicles must be registered with the Security Office.
- After submitting a completed registration form and proof of parking fee payment, applicant will be issued a parking decal. This decal must be properly displayed on the lower right side of the front window of the vehicle. UST ID card is required to leave the parking garage.
- Vehicle registration and fee payment do not guarantee a parking place
- The person who registers the vehicle will be held responsible for any violations of the parking regulations.
- Students may register a second vehicle and obtain a second decal by paying an additional fee of $5.00. Additional permits can only be utilized by the student who has paid the $75.00 fee.
- Vehicles parked on University property without an appropriate decal displayed will be booted or towed.
- The $75.00 parking fee is non-refundable.
Lost/Stolen Decal: A lost/stolen decal should be reported immediately to the Security Office. A $5 replacement fee will be charged for a lost decal.
Parking Garage Fee:
There will be a $2 per exit fee for the parking garage for those who do not pay the $75 session fee. Any member of the UST community or any visitor to the University may pay the daily fee. Drivers approaching the exit gates without an activated ID card must pay the $2 exit fee regardless of whether or not the $75 parking fee has been paid. University policy requires students to have a student ID with them at all times while on campus. Students are strictly prohibited from allowing others to use their activated ID cards in order to exit the parking facility.
Any department or individual scheduling an event that will attract visitors to the University should contact the Director of Security at least one week prior to the event to make appropriate arrangements for parking.
In addition to the University regulations, all Texas Criminal and Motor Vehicle regulations are in effect on University property 24 hours a day. Strict adherence to all regulations is required to protect pedestrians and vehicles. Security Office personnel have the jurisdiction to remove or impound any vehicle operated or parked illegally in violation of these regulations on University property. The owner of the vehicle will be required to pay the cost of moving and storing the vehicle. Security Office personnel have discretionary powers to enforce a policy of traffic control on the campus even if not specifically covered by these regulations.
- Students are expected to be familiar with and abide by these regulations. The responsibility for knowing all current laws and regulations rests with the motor vehicle operator.
- These regulations apply to all vehicles operated on the campus of the University of St. Thomas. The term ‘campus’ means all property at the University of St. Thomas under the jurisdiction of the Security Office. The term ‘vehicle’ includes automobile, trucks, motorcycles, motorbikes, scooters, and mopeds. ‘Visitors’ are persons other than UST students, staff, and faculty.
- Each owner is expected to take the necessary steps to safeguard his/her property. The university is not liable for auto thefts or burglaries.
- Students are not allowed to park in designated faculty/staff parking lots Monday – Friday from 8am – 7pm when school is in session.
- Vehicles with handicap parking permits may park in any handicap designated space in any lot, at any time.
Operation of a Motor Vehicle
- The maximum permissible speed on all campus parking lots is 10 miles per hour.
- Pedestrians have the legal right-of-way at all crosswalks.
- A motor vehicle operator shall not back his/her vehicle into or through any intersection.
- A vehicle shall not be operated on any sidewalk, the mall, or lawn areas. Exception: University owned vehicles or contractors performing assigned duties.
- The parking on the campus of “junked vehicles” or vehicles purchased for resale or trade is prohibited. “Junked vehicles” may be towed.
- Motorcycles, scooters and mopeds must not be parked in bicycle racks and cannot be operated on sidewalks and malls.
It is a violation of these regulations to park in the following places at any time. A vehicle so parked may be subject to removal at the owner’s expense.
- On any sidewalk, mall or lawn on the University property.
- In any place designated as “loading zone.”
- In front of or on any service drive or driveway.
- Outside of designated slots in any parking areas.
- In front of mobile barriers.
- Within 30 feet of a stop sign or intersection, within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, within 20 feet of cross-walk, more than 18 inches from the curb.
- In a place marked “reserved”, “No Parking”, “Visitor”, or “Tow Away Zone”.
- At the curb on any street where markings specifically indicate that parking is not permitted.
Failure to comply with regulations:
When, in the judgment of the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA), a student fails to comply with traffic and parking regulations, the VPSA may file conduct and disciplinary charges against the student. The Security Office reserves the right to us automobile immobilization devices, commonly known as “boots”, to enforce parking regulations in problem areas. The boot, once placed, will be removed only upon the payment by the violator of a $50.00 fee. The officer removing the boot will accept this fee in cash or in a check made payable to The University of St. Thomas, and a receipt will be issued.
If the boot is not removed on the same day it is installed, an additional $50.00 fee will accrue each day the boot remains in place. This fee will continue to accrue for thirty days, at which time the Director of Security will undertakes such measures as are necessary to remove the vehicle from University property and recover boot fees. A reasonable attempt to contact the registered owner of the vehicle will be made.
Any attempt to remove a boot by the owner of the immobilized vehicle will result in the filing of criminal charges. Removal or attempted removal of the boot where no damage occurs will be construed as Theft of Service. Removal of the boot where it is damaged will be construed as Criminal Mischief. If the boot is taken from campus by the violator, it will be considered Theft of University Property. In all cases, the police will be contacted and the Director of Security will file charges.