The appeal board has authority to deny an appeal of a violation, sustain an appeal of a violation, or alter the violation to one that they consider defining the infraction more appropriately.
The appeal committee attempts to make its decision based on the parking/driving regulations of this university.
Appeals must be filed with the University of Mary Campus Safety and Security Office within 5 calendar days of citation issuance. Delinquent citations will not be accepted for appeal.
Appeals must be filed using an appeal form.
- Forms can be obtained from the University of Mary Campus Safety and Security office.
- Appeals may be filed electronically using the online form below
The following are situations that are typically NOT accepted as valid extenuating circumstances for parking or driving in violation of University of Mary parking and driving regulations:
- An appeal based on the lack of a parking permit. All motor vehicles possessed or used on campus must be registered with the campus safety office as soon as operation of said vehicle begins on the campus.
- An appeal based on how long you were parked in violation. Officers will issue a citation to any vehicle parked in violation of regulations. An appeal that states that the vehicle was only parked for two minutes, five minutes, etc. is not considered valid. A parking restriction holds for parking for any period.
- An appeal based on your need to get to class/work/an appointment on time. It typically requires a few minutes to locate a parking space within the campus' parking system. It is suggested that drivers plan their schedules such that there is sufficient time to find and park in a legal space and allow for extra walking time.
- An appeal based on lack of a parking space near your destination. Parking spaces are very competitive, and the campus' parking system does not guarantee a space in a specific lot. Drivers must park in a legal space in a lot valid for their permit.
- An appeal based on the appellant's assertion that they did not see the sign or line markings. It is the driver's responsibility to note and comply with all posted signage, notices, and line markings.
- An appeal based on lack of knowledge of the regulations. It is the driver’s responsibility to read and familiarize themselves with the parking and driving regulations. Your opinion that the parking rules are unfair is not a legitimate basis for appeal.
- An appeal based on the assertion that someone else was using your vehicle. Loaning a vehicle to another driver does not excuse the owner from violations incurred by the vehicle.
- An appeal based on the assertion that you did not receive a violation on your vehicle. If there is record of the violation being written, it is considered valid. In some cases, the nature of the violation may require that the violation be mailed to the registrant, such as a moving violation.
- An appeal based on a vehicle malfunction. Drivers who experience a vehicle malfunction and cannot move their vehicle (for example: out of a lot that prohibits overnight parking) must report their vehicle as disabled to Campus Safety and Security immediately at 701-355-8000, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Use of four-way hazard flashers. Four-way flashers are designed to warn other motorists that your vehicle may be a hazard. Use of four-way flashers does not allow you to park illegally for any period. The use of four-way flashers or other vehicle lights is necessary and only recognized as legitimate in posted short-term parking areas near residence halls and apartments.